One would argue that police departments have criminals to catch and cases to solve. Yet once every blue moon, your local police department decides to become closer to the citizens it serves. The Merrimack Police Department of New Hampshire, for instance, is one of those police forces as it has just issued an arrest warrant on the name of the nation’s most trusted of rodents, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil via Facebook.
Yet some of the department’s followers cared to disagree with the motives behind the rodent’s warrant. As we all know, if Phil sees his shadow when emerging from his tree-trunk home, snow is bound to fall on our fair land. And while it is true that Phil predicted 6 harsh weeks of winter for the United States, no one actually expected “mountains of snow!”, Merrimack PD’s Facebook post read.
So who is responsible for this misunderstanding? Certainly not Queen Elsa or the Snow Miser, as some of the police department’s followers suggested.
“We never put out a wanted poster on an animal before. But we already decided his punishment is going to be life in the hole without parole. No bail for Phil.”
Merrimack police officer Roy mentioned in an interview. Both he and the chief decided that the harsh weather shouldn’t bring New Hampshire residents down. And because most complaints received this time of year involved residents upset with the fact that their neighbors had been blowing snow onto their properties, a laugh was in order.
Why should famous Punxsutawney Phil leave out such crucial details about the six weeks of snow that have now befallen the US?
Officer Roy explained that residents needed someone to blame for the horrible weather everyone was unprepared for. And when blaming your neighbors is no longer an option (despite your alley and driveway becoming visibly smaller under the heaps of snow falling without end), Phil seemed like the logical solution.
And Merrimack isn’t the only US city trying to lighten the mood that this bleak winter stretch has caused. While Pennsylvania is still experiencing your average winter, Boston is dealing with its fair share of problems , as is the rest of New England, which has already seen two feet of snow.
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