Who says cops don’t have a sense of humor? Well, probably every grower who’s ever had their door kicked in by armor-clad DEA agents leaving shattered windows and terrified neighbors in their wake. That is why it is refreshing to see an instance where police officers acted more like meter-maids than soldiers in an occupying army.
Make no mistake, officers in the UK still lay their lives on the line, but it’s just that kind of danger that requires an equal dose of laughs to keep a person sane.
After receiving a tip which led officers to a wooded area near Wolvercote Mill Stream and the A34 highway in Oxford, the Thames Valley Police (TVP) found a heap of cannabis plants but no one to bust. When the cops couldn’t find the enterprising gardeners responsible for this crop they carried on and left this note:
— TVP Oxford (@TVP_Oxford) July 7, 2017
“Oops! Sorry we missed each other, but feel free to call me on 101 so we can discuss a deal! Lots of love, TVP xx.”
On their Twitter page, the department tweeted that the note was left behind for the growers because, “#WeveGotManners,” proving that while the law might be humorless, law enforcement doesn’t have to be. While the politer thing to do would have been to leave those poor old plants alone, the cops’ response is a refreshing break from the usual tough on crime approach. Then again, Americans do tend to struggle with the dry wit of British comedy.
The note was written on an official police notice which might suggest that the message ought to have been something with a more formal tone. Though upon closer inspection, even the notice itself begins with the cheery greeting of, “Sorry, you were out” suggesting that this might not be the only time these cops have used humor to get their point across.
Last August, the department sent out a message on the day that Premier League football clubs were making their draft picks tweeting, “Please don’t check your phone for updates whilst driving, you’ll end up with more points than Arsenal.”
No arrests have been made in connection to the roadside crop. According to the BBC, the plants were “seized and destroyed.”