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2014-05-06 02:56:17 PM  
Great abuse of power there a-holes. Pulling people over to give a free commercial for an ice cream shop.
 
2014-05-06 03:58:14 PM  
Pretty sure eating while driving makes you a distracted driver.
 
2014-05-06 03:59:00 PM  
Also, I don't accept ice cream from strangers.
 
2014-05-06 03:59:02 PM  
DISCRIMINATION!

I'm lactose intolerant.
 
2014-05-06 03:59:38 PM  

Empty H: Also, I don't accept ice cream from strangers.


I read that as "stranglers" and agreed very swift like.
 
2014-05-06 04:01:07 PM  
And if we just HAPPEN to see your dope stash in plain sight well then...bonus!
 
2014-05-06 04:03:45 PM  
Your tax dollars at work, cops pulling people over to give away (for free) the most dangerous food to consume while driving. Well done.

I guess that means they should have roadblocks set up half a mile down the road to stop people and ticket them for distracted driving as well, when they're found to be eating the ice cream?
 
2014-05-06 04:04:43 PM  
This thread is pretty stereotypical so far. Let's see what happens.

/normally one of the haters
//not this time
///why so angry everybody?
 
2014-05-06 04:05:27 PM  

Princess Poo Hands: DISCRIMINATION!

I'm lactose intolerant.


"We don't tolerate intolerance around here. Ma'am, I'm gonna have to put you behind irony bars."
 
2014-05-06 04:05:36 PM  
That PD is going to be seeing some lawsuits soonish.
 
2014-05-06 04:06:30 PM  
Really nice thing to do. Very bad idea. Going to backfire. Possibly going to end in a lawsuit by someone who feels pain and suffering, flashbacks, nightmares, bouts of insomnia, and acute lactose intolerance as a result of being pulled over without cause.

Seriously, in today's climate who thinks this is a good idea? Someone's going to get angry because they needed to be somewhere. Also, now you're encouraging distracted driving, unless the cop is going to insist that they sit there and finish the whole thing. And heaven forbid someone eating the cone while driving gets into an accident.

Nice idea. Should have stayed just an idea.
 
2014-05-06 04:06:34 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: This thread is pretty stereotypical so far. Let's see what happens.

/normally one of the haters
//not this time
///why so angry everybody?


Not angry, just a waste of time for everyone involved.
 
2014-05-06 04:07:50 PM  

Kamekoozie: Princess Poo Hands: DISCRIMINATION!

I'm lactose intolerant.

"We don't tolerate intolerance around here. Ma'am, I'm gonna have to put you behind irony bars."


Waaa waaa waaaaaaaaa

:)
 
2014-05-06 04:08:19 PM  

brimed03: Really nice thing to do. Very bad idea. Going to backfire. Possibly going to end in a lawsuit by someone who feels pain and suffering, flashbacks, nightmares, bouts of insomnia, and acute lactose intolerance as a result of being pulled over without cause.

Seriously, in today's climate who thinks this is a good idea? Someone's going to get angry because they needed to be somewhere. Also, now you're encouraging distracted driving, unless the cop is going to insist that they sit there and finish the whole thing. And heaven forbid someone eating the cone while driving gets into an accident.

Nice idea. Should have stayed just an idea.


You said it better than I did. Thank you.
 
2014-05-06 04:12:23 PM  
Lighten up haters, that's the entire point. Some delicious PR never hurts.
 
2014-05-06 04:14:11 PM  
Step One: local sheriff's department hands out free ice cream to drivers
Step Two: CHP cites drivers for distracted driving while eating ice cream a few blocks away
Step Three: profit
 
2014-05-06 04:15:08 PM  
Gee officer, some ice cream would be good...

Tell you what, hold my beer and I'll get you a little something for the policeman's benevolent fund.
 
2014-05-06 04:15:38 PM  
I'd be pissed about wasting my time.... say I'm trying to get to a flight? or a job interview.... nice to know I might miss a flight that costs 1000 dollars or not get a super important job because some cop wants to fark around and give me ice cream.

just when you think they can't waste any more time or money "serving" the public, they pull shiat like this.
 
2014-05-06 04:16:20 PM  

FarkaDark: Lighten up haters, that's the entire point. Some delicious PR never hurts.


Pretty much.  I see this serving two purposes:
1.  Exposes people to cops who aren't busting them for anything, increasing the odds that they'll actually call the cops if something bad happens to them.
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.
 
2014-05-06 04:16:35 PM  
Aw, gee, thanks for making me late for work for no goddamn reason. Also, lactose intolerant, so thanks for the free food I now get to throw away because it will melt before I can give it to someone else.
 
2014-05-06 04:17:47 PM  
Their heart is in the right place, but it's a stupid plan.

Personally, if I already look like I'm in a shiatty mood then pulling me over for no reason, sending my heart rate through the roof because I don't  know that it's for no good reason, and then making me late to where-ever I'm going to hand me a treat I can't have because I'm diabetic is  not going to improve my mood at all.
 
2014-05-06 04:23:09 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: This thread is pretty stereotypical so far. Let's see what happens.

/normally one of the haters
//not this time
///why so angry everybody?


They're too serious and in need of ice cream
 
2014-05-06 04:24:00 PM  
Firethorn:
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.

I do like this idea, I just think it can be done in a better way.
 
2014-05-06 04:25:09 PM  
Lots of self-important butthurt so far. Stay classy, Fark!
 
2014-05-06 04:26:32 PM  

Firethorn: Pretty much.  I see this serving two purposes:
1.  Exposes people to cops who aren't busting them for anything, increasing the odds that they'll actually call the cops if something bad happens to them.
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.


...and I'm sure that's exactly how it's going to play out, too.   Absolutely zero "let's fark with those black dudes in the SUV over there when we pull them over and hand them ice cream....and run their plates for wants and warrants while we're at it" will happen, nor will anyone get really pissy for being pulled over and made late for something when they have no desire to meet a cop.
 
2014-05-06 04:27:18 PM  

Empty H: Firethorn:
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.

I do like this idea, I just think it can be done in a better way.


Yeah, walk around a park on a Sunday or something.  I've seen enough videos of people slamming into pulled over vehicles to think that this is just a dumb risk and waste of time.
 
2014-05-06 04:28:20 PM  
When I was a kid they used to hand out football and baseball cards.  That was a long time ago and I'm sure children are taught to fear them nowadays.  Thinking back it was kinda creepy, cop pulls up while me and friends are skateboarding or biking, 'hey kid, you like football cards?  Come here.'
 
2014-05-06 04:29:58 PM  

Empty H: Firethorn:
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.

I do like this idea, I just think it can be done in a better way.


Yes, like walking a local beat, becoming familiar with local business owners, helping an old lady load groceries into her car, saying hello to people and asking how they're doing.... the list can go on.
 
2014-05-06 04:30:54 PM  
Sorry all, this is actually an original piece by OV for once. No source link to re-direct you to (except maybe the YouTube video they're embedding)
 
2014-05-06 04:31:28 PM  

Empty H: Firethorn:
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.

I do like this idea, I just think it can be done in a better way.


Exactly.  All joking aside, giving someone an ice cream cone is unlikely to counteract the ZIP-SQUEAK of their sphincter closing when those lights flash in their rearview.  It'd be like your doctor calling up and saying, "I found something concerning on your labs...YOU'RE NOT SMILING ENOUGH!  Here's a coke!" or the IRS sending a letter that says, "Your recent tax filing cannot be accepted....WITHOUT THIS PIZZA PARTY!"

It's just not cool.  Host a cookout or a free concert in the part or something.  You can't force people to like you - you can only give them an environment to foster it.
 
2014-05-06 04:36:09 PM  

Weidbrewer: "Your recent tax filing cannot be accepted....WITHOUT THIS PIZZA PARTY!"


I laughter OLed.
 
2014-05-06 04:36:35 PM  
I'm all for cop bashing when they do something wrong, which is often, but even I can't be so cynical in the face of such a nice gesture. This is Plumas County, people, with a population of only 20,000 or so. It's a friendly, small-town gesture I don't see happening anytime soon here in L.A..
 
2014-05-06 04:37:25 PM  
Just leave me alone.
 
2014-05-06 05:00:36 PM  
How long until someone gets tasered because they got nuts AND I DON'T WANT ANY FARKING NUTS ON MY ICE CREAM, WHY IS THAT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND?!
 
2014-05-06 05:03:37 PM  
I'm lactose intolerant, you farking racists.
 
2014-05-06 05:04:54 PM  

accelerus: I'd be pissed about wasting my time.... say I'm trying to get to a flight? or a job interview.... nice to know I might miss a flight that costs 1000 dollars or not get a super important job because some cop wants to fark around and give me ice cream.

just when you think they can't waste any more time or money "serving" the public, they pull shiat like this.


Precisely. Want good a good PR stunt? Stop being fascists.
 
2014-05-06 05:04:58 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: I'm all for cop bashing when they do something wrong, which is often, but even I can't be so cynical in the face of such a nice gesture. This is Plumas County, people, with a population of only 20,000 or so. It's a friendly, small-town gesture I don't see happening anytime soon here in L.A..


It doesn't matter where this takes place, its still very wrong.  They are still  FORCING drivers to pull over.  Whether intended nicely or not, the driver has absolutely no say in the matter about whether they are pulled over or not.

Here's an example of your logic:

Hey, do you like cake?  Then how about I knock you down and shove a piece of it down your throat.  What are you complaining about, you whiner?  Its cake!  Everyone likes cake! Whether I force it on you or not shouldn't be the issue, right?

Traffic stops are (nominally) supposed to be public safety reasons--catching criminals, correcting bad driving behavior, correcting obvious mechanical faults with the vehicle, etc.  How does  FORCING a driver over to give them ice cream at all serving this purpose?
 
2014-05-06 05:14:59 PM  

Firethorn: FarkaDark: Lighten up haters, that's the entire point. Some delicious PR never hurts.

Pretty much.  I see this serving two purposes:
1.  Exposes people to cops who aren't busting them for anything, increasing the odds that they'll actually call the cops if something bad happens to them.
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.


The sentiment is great, and I'd love to see more of it. I'd also like to see it pulled off in a way that is less likely to 1) freak people out and 2) turn into a fishing expedition. Put up a booth on the side of the road with a big FREE ICE CREAM COURTESY OF OFFICER FRIENDLY sign next time.

/Decent idea, poor execution.
 
2014-05-06 05:18:37 PM  

Weidbrewer: Firethorn: Pretty much.  I see this serving two purposes:
1.  Exposes people to cops who aren't busting them for anything, increasing the odds that they'll actually call the cops if something bad happens to them.
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.

...and I'm sure that's exactly how it's going to play out, too.   Absolutely zero "let's fark with those black dudes in the SUV over there when we pull them over and hand them ice cream....and run their plates for wants and warrants while we're at it" will happen, nor will anyone get really pissy for being pulled over and made late for something when they have no desire to meet a cop.


Or they think they smell marijuana when they get to your window and you spend the rest of the day having your car ripped apart on the side of the road.
 
2014-05-06 05:22:56 PM  

DanZero: Sorry all, this is actually an original piece by OV for once. No source link to re-direct you to (except maybe the YouTube video they're embedding)



Usually they just rip off a story and add their own bullshiat to it,  now they're completely making it up?

Faaantastic.


/Thanks for always posting non OV links when you can =)
 
2014-05-06 05:40:49 PM  

Bin_jammin: Your tax dollars at work, cops pulling people over to give away (for free) the most dangerous food to consume while driving. Well done.

I guess that means they should have roadblocks set up half a mile down the road to stop people and ticket them for distracted driving as well, when they're found to be eating the ice cream?


Well, that is easy to handle, pull off the roads and eat the ice cream. Even if you are late to work, tell them it was due to emergency ice cream. It had to be an emergency since it had a police escort.

A couple days ago, my supervisor was pulled over because the cop liked his after market headlights and wanted to find out where my supervisor got them. My supervisor wasn't amused.
 
2014-05-06 05:48:45 PM  

Empty H: brimed03: Really nice thing to do. Very bad idea. Going to backfire. Possibly going to end in a lawsuit by someone who feels pain and suffering, flashbacks, nightmares, bouts of insomnia, and acute lactose intolerance as a result of being pulled over without cause.

Seriously, in today's climate who thinks this is a good idea? Someone's going to get angry because they needed to be somewhere. Also, now you're encouraging distracted driving, unless the cop is going to insist that they sit there and finish the whole thing. And heaven forbid someone eating the cone while driving gets into an accident.

Nice idea. Should have stayed just an idea.

You said it better than I did. Thank you.


No, thank you.  LOL when I started typing that on mobile there was only one post ITT.  By the time I submitted the comment, most of my points had already been posted, mainly by you.  So I appreciate that it wasn't wholly wasted time.

/or course, this is Fark, so really it's all wasted time
 
2014-05-06 05:53:33 PM  
That would irritate the fark out of me. If I'm in my car I obviously have somewhere to be. Don't stop me and waste my time with this stupid shiat.
 
2014-05-06 06:08:00 PM  
www.godlikeproductions.com
 
2014-05-06 06:35:12 PM  

Firethorn: FarkaDark: Lighten up haters, that's the entire point. Some delicious PR never hurts.

Pretty much.  I see this serving two purposes:
1.  Exposes people to cops who aren't busting them for anything, increasing the odds that they'll actually call the cops if something bad happens to them.
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.


You know what would really fight the 'us vs them' mentality? Stop training cops to treat going on patrol like going into battle and that the public is the enemy.
 
2014-05-06 06:42:25 PM  
The cynic in me says programs like this give police a legal excuse to pull over random vehicles for closer visual inspection, even those that might not otherwise present probable cause.

"Your honor, we were performing a routine stop under the ice-cream-giveaway program when we noticed bags of garden soil in the back seat.  We considered this to be irrefutable evidence of a small-time grow operation so we entered the residence."

/I'd be livid if one of these have-a-nice-day traffic stops caused me to be late to something important or miss a flight...
 
2014-05-06 06:52:57 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-05-06 07:15:15 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: This thread is pretty stereotypical so far. Let's see what happens.

/normally one of the haters
//not this time
///why so angry everybody?



Let's give the police the benefit of the doubt, and just go ahead and assume that this is entirely a goodwill gesture and in no way a way to cover going on a fishing expedition without probable cause.

Even assuming that - it's still a stupid idea. I'd acknowledge that their hearts were in the right place but still be irritated if I got pulled over for this stupid misuse of police authority.

I can buy my own ice cream, but I can't buy myself more time. Many people they ull over could very well be on their way to something important, and not need some policeman to interrupt them to pull them over to simply give them a sample of farking ice cream with a "Hyuk-yuk! You're driving while too serious" creepy grampa joke.

And again - assuming it's not just a cover for an otherwise illegal fishing expedition. Which, in the final analysis I'm not sure how safe of an assumption that really is.

cdn3.whatculture.com

"It was still a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid plan."

/link it like it's hot
 
2014-05-06 07:23:44 PM  

Firethorn: FarkaDark: Lighten up haters, that's the entire point. Some delicious PR never hurts.

Pretty much.  I see this serving two purposes:
1.  Exposes people to cops who aren't busting them for anything, increasing the odds that they'll actually call the cops if something bad happens to them.
2.  Exposes cops to non-criminal citizens, helping to fight the 'us vs them' mentality.


Cops can surely use some good PR. But, I think it'd be better if they just set up a booth somewhere to hand out free ice cream. Pulling people over for no reason is not going to be popular, and for damn good reason.
 
2014-05-07 01:28:15 AM  

stewbert: Cops can surely use some good PR. But, I think it'd be better if they just set up a booth somewhere to hand out free ice cream. Pulling people over for no reason is not going to be popular, and for damn good reason.


Like many others have already said, it was a flawed plan.  But at least they're trying, unlike so many other departments.
 
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