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Would you be angry if a cop pulled you over (like a traffic stop) and then just gave you ice cream?
I have been seeing videos of police pulling people over, like a prank, and then giving them ice cream or some other small gift. I would be stressed out and pretty angry if they did this to me. What would be your reaction?
Yes, because he is:
* impeding my travels, whether to the store or work
* gets an excuse to stop me, check my vehicle, ask me questions and invade my privacy all while putting a happy face on the intrusion
* if I am rude or refuse any offer, does he now get to search me and my car? ask my kids questions or threaten us for not complying, such as when I say no, no ice cream, we're lactose intolerant?
* this readily gets abused; whether I have a cop having fun scaring me about a $300 ticket or idiot pretending to be one before offering some piddling consolation prize, I have an emotional roller coaster so they can have fun
I donate to Institute for Justice and similar groups that have fought cops pulling out of state drivers over on fake charges of carrying drugs, search the car and take all cash and valuables under civil forfeiture laws. I see this is a possible new way to have an excuse to stop people and search/check, only with better branding.
I do understand that this is not a bad thing but would rather be angry than happy because I generally do not like pranks and react too seriously.
I'm not a big fan of pranks, either.
Me either, but I would be so relieved that I wasn't getting a ticket, I wouldn't be mad. A little upset, but not mad. The problem with this world these days is that people are way too sensitive. Just my opinion, Greg.
I would think, "well, they're trying in their own very weird way".
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