Channel 12 News reported that as part of the Tempe Police’s “2019 Positive Ticketing Campaign,” officers would pull over drivers who followed traffic rules in order to give them a coupon for a free soda or coffee at their local Circle K convenience store.
As it turns out, it was not true. Police are only pulling over people on foot or on bikes, not cars, to have positive conversations with them.
“We will be having positive conversations with citizens, say an officer happens to stop somewhere and see somebody, and says ‘Hey would you mind having a conversation with me?’ [to] educate them on bicycle laws and traffic laws,” Bacon added. After the conversation, the officers would give out the coupon.
It still sounds like a bad idea but it’s not as bad as originally reported.
THE FALSE REPORT TRENDED ON TWITTER
People were freaking out and Circle K trended on Twitter.
Today, Police are kicking off a campaign to promote good driving. Officers will be pulling people over who are following traffic laws…but instead of a ticket you’ll get a coupon for a free drink at Circle K-give us your reaction to this new initiative below! #TODAYinAZ pic.twitter.com/sP0AjvHFU7
— 12 News (@12News) July 29, 2019
MANY SAW THE HUMOR IN IT AND OTHERS DIDN’T
When a cop pulls you over for using your signal to give you a free drink at Circle K but you got cocaine in the trunk. pic.twitter.com/cIICtwNgT5
— pkwwmdffty (@thebigskykiller) July 29, 2019
“excuse me sir do you know why I pulled you over?”
“…to give me a circle k coupon?”
“no you just ran like 2 red lights and your tail light is out”
“do I still get the coupon?” https://t.co/JQmc01EocF
— (@probablydying) July 29, 2019
When the cops pull me over trying to give me a FREE drink at Circle K pic.twitter.com/Hgi5RcoCxx
— 50/50innertainment (@5050RecordLabel) July 29, 2019
Drinks at Circle K are $0.89. Please don’t pull me over. https://t.co/kqCqa3KifF
— Allen K. (@AllenK_81) July 29, 2019
I was hoping “Circle K” was trending in a Bill and Ted 3 promo. Turns out it’s just cops ignoring the 4th amendment. pic.twitter.com/YrNUSVnIZ0
— Martin R. Conterez (@HungryDogsLair) July 29, 2019
*Late for work
Boss: Why are you late?
Me: I got pulled over by the police.
Boss: Show me a copy of the ticket.
Me: I didn’t get a ticket, I got a Circle K coupon.
Boss: You’re fired
— Scott Williams (@jswilliams1962) July 29, 2019