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Police take to Twitter to laugh at alleged drug dealers

Technically Incorrect: British police find some drugs in a stash. They leave what to them was an amusing note and then laugh about it on Twitter.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


A policeman's lot is a funny one.

Sgt. Paul Taylor/Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It used to be that authority figures maintained a sense of decorum.

They kept straight faces, tight lips and calm demeanors as they set the world to rights.

Then social media came along. Everyone was accusing, laughing and trolling in real time. How could the police, for example, resist?

The latest example comes from the UK.

As the Evening Standard reports, police found a stash of cannabis near the Grand Union canal in Camden, London, on Wednesday.

Immediately, they took to Twitter not only to display their find, but also to show off a note they'd left behind in the hole they'd sniffed out.

Sgt. Paul Taylor posted the note that was addressed to the stash-owners.

On Metropolitan Police Service notepaper, it read: "Unlucky."

Helpfully, he added the hashtags #GetInTouch and #SmileyFaces to his tweet about the note.

Some will find the police's penchant for mirth amusing.

If everyone's using social media to enjoy a little trolling and laughter, why shouldn't the police?

Some might wonder though, whether this was all that funny for a cannabis stash that was reportedly worth 40 British pounds (around $58).

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told me: "We encourage our officers to have a friendly interaction with their followers about their policing activities."

This isn't the first police force that's used social media to laugh at alleged criminals.

In Australia, police had a good laugh posting a stoner's eccentric to-do list. Also in Australia, police took to Facebook to charge Nickelback with crimes against music.

Just as any organization, the police clearly feel the need to use entertainment in order to endear themselves to the public.

Social media creates a medium on which to be loved. In this case it must have given the police, at least for a few minutes, something of a high.