Quick refresher course before you watch this video: “Nickelback” is a band — A shitty one from Canada with a reputation of having fans who have barbed wire tattoos around their biceps. A “nickel-bag” or “nickel sack” is a laughably-small amount of marijuana, bought for $5. That amount is tiny it doesn’t really even exist, except in the opening scene of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
You would think law enforcement would know the distinction between a band that’s the laughing stock of the Internet and a nickelbag. But this hardass cop in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho swears he heard “nickel-sack” when the driver in the video more-than-likely said “Nickelback.” Even though they didn’t have to without a warrant, they give the deputies permission to search their car. The cop, however, is clearly agitated and slaps the one guy in cuffs to detain him, even though he did nothing wrong.
The Sheriff’s Office released a press release on the matter, of course:
The deputies are from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Coeur d’Alene Press, sheriff’s department spokesman Lt. Stu Miller said the incident is “being internally investigated.” He added, “We take this type of thing very seriously and we tell our people all the time to do their job as though someone is always watching, and they are always watching.”
That said, the sheriff’s department is refusing to release the deputies’ names. Of course, if they’d found a bunch of pot, their names would probably be in a press release, along with the names of the two men they confronted. Miller explained to the Press, “Obviously our deputies are human — they’re not infallible. But I’ve got to make sure the deputies are treated fairly in this as well.”
The real criminal here is the person listening to Nickelback. Why is marijuana still illegal when “Far Away” and “How You Remind Me” continue to inflict so much pain and suffering upon the world.
[H/T: Thought Catalog]