A police department in Ohio issued a very stark warning about a new "addictive substance" that's sweeping their community on Facebook.
It's normal for officers to use social media as a means of alerting their followers of new crime outbreaks or people of interest to keep an eye out for. They usually contain very somber and serious verbiage which is meant to get folks on high alert.
Which is why this post about Girl Scout cookies is so hilarious.
On Jan. 17, the Ravenna Police Department issued a now-viral statement about the cookies. "We wanted to make our community is aware of a highly addictive substance that is about to hit the streets. These items go by a variety of names like 'Thin Mints,' 'S'mores' and 'Lemonades,' just to name a few."
As it turns out, the "dangerous" substance is a bunch of delicious treats sold by young women in green outfits all across America.
Apparently, the "dealers" in this scenario are absolutely fearless, and not to be trifled with in any scenario. "These items are distributed by strong, smart, fearless young women who will lure you in with their story and get you hooked," the department's Facebook post warned. "We know many people think, 'I will just get one box.' But one turns into two and two turns into five and, the next thing you know, you are hiding 'Thin Mints' in the freezer."
Of course, like any good public service announcement about highly addictive substances, the department issued a means of helping afflicted citizens by allowing them to offload their sugar-packed contraband at the police station. "We want you to know we are here for you. We have set up a disposal location for these cookies at the police department," the Facebook post advised. "Just drop them off 24/7 and we will properly dispose of them for you."
This isn't the first time, however, that the cops went out of their way to have a little bit of fun online. Like the time a "rebellious" young teen thought it'd be cool to hit his vape in front of a cop car. Only to find out that he was actually giving the ole' middle finger to a water service vehicle and not those who were sworn to protect and serve.
Then there was a fella who was upset about a helicopter mascot a police department lent to march in a pride parade. Apparently, some people online either didn't like the fact that they were allowing a dude in a costume to happily amble about a street, or they thought helicopters were made out of fabric.
One particular troll asked the police department if they thought their resources could've been better expended on protecting and serving and police work and not PR initiatives that involve cuddly anthropomorphic forms of aerial transportation.
The dude basically got shellacked by the police, who were more than happy to point out that the mascot wasn't actually one of their helicopters.
And then there were these funny officers who started sharing tons of photos online of them "owning up" to the cops-love-donuts stereotype.
It's always nice to see when law enforcement can laugh at themselves — and maybe others — from time to time.