Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Grease (is the word... in riot control)

In anticipation of the big Phillies/ Dodgers game tonight, the Philadelphia Police Department is taking preventative measures to ensure public safety in form of greasing streetlights, telephone poles and bus shelters. This move is designed to curb Phillies fans' habit of climbing up and onto things that are not normally designed to accommodate pedestrians. The idea seems to be that members of the anticipated mob who are rowdy enough to attempt the climb will then slip and fall back to the ground effectively subduing themselves. It's a plan that Wile E. Coyote would be proud of. How police intend to deal with revelers, or rioters (game outcome depending) who survive the fall and are inebriate, slippery as hogs and suddenly enraged has yet to be seen. Hopefully a spreadable product will be soon developed to prevent newspaper boxes from being flung through plate glass windows.
Go Phils!

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