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Holiday Police "Sting"s are on the Increase

Updated on July 7, 2013

Holiday Stings Put People Behind Bars

Cops Use Deceiving Methods

Delivering gifts to suspected law-breakers on holidays to snare the suspect is a law enforcement idea with creative flair. This was originally done on Valentine's Day, however, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas will do as well as any other holiday.

I was chuckling this morning when I heard on the news that on Valentine's Day last year police were suiting up in flower delivery clothes and driving up in a "sweetheart" van. They then took balloons out of the van, rang the bell and asked for the person in question.

Apparently, this element of surprise had quite an effect in bringing down the guard and police avoidance of the person sought. As soon as the person opened the door to accept the balloons, handcuffs were slapped on!

My initial "That's great" reaction has now changed to "Why does the United States carry the greatest incarceration rate of practically any country? Sure, we want violent offenders off the streets, but incarceration for bein unable to pay child support or fines or tickets is reprehensible. In addition, how will the incarcerated then be able to pay whatever?

Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues


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    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 5 years ago from Aurora

      Yes. There are warnings, but some think it unlawful search and seizure.

    • Bella DonnaDonna profile image

      Bella DonnaDonna 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Police DUI roadblocks are now also typical on holidays, screening everyone!

    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 6 years ago from Aurora

      Dear Nell,

      Thanks so much.

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      Laura Deibel 7 years ago from Aurora

      Thanks! Colorado has recently been very windy, too. I did live in NM and the wind there--I said I was being sand-blasted.

      Best of luck!

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great hub! Recently moved from Fort Collins to the windy plains of Wyoming. I sure do miss Colorado.


    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Ha Ha loved it! good idea. cheers nell

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      daytripeer 7 years ago

      Now, that was very innovative thinking by the police. Good hub. :-)