Coach Brings What to Practice?

I was surprised after reading the following story from September 10, 2010:
PALMYRA, Wis. -- The Palmyra police chief said a woman stole marijuana from the back of his truck.

Police said the plants were in Chief Charles Warren's truck after he helped officers remove them from an elderly man's field.

Warren said his patrol car was being serviced, so he was using his truck for work.

"A couple of my officers called me and said, 'Look, the plants - 89 plants - are too big to put in the cruiser,'" Warren said.


He parked it outside a high school football practice where he was coaching after he picked up the pot.


From the football field, he saw a woman taking plants from the back of his truck and watched a man pull up with a trailer...


The woman was cited for possession.
Police said she was the mother of one of the football players.
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I just had a few observations on this one:

(1) Rank Means Everything

I bet the chief is glad to be the chief of his department since he has to deal with this embarrassing situation.  I believe if the incident would have involved just one of his officers and not the community's "top-cop", the responsible employee would have received a multiple-day suspension that involved losing a couple of paychecks.

(2) Property Comes in All Shapes and Sizes--Just Take Care of It

Periodically, every police agency has to handle large, explosive, or otherwise hazardous/odd evidence and property that can't be accommodated by the usual procedures.  There is always a back-up plan (likely included in a policy) or at least a precedent so these items are not dangling from the back of an officer's personal vehicle during youth football practice.

(3) The Two Important Jobs Will Conflict

Good grief, as police chief there will be times that your job will make attending practice impossible.  Call an assistant or parent or whatever, and let them know that you'll be busy--in this case securing illegal plants.  Don't drive to school, park, and--assuming no one steals your confiscated items--drive the illegal stuff home with you because its too late to do anything with them after practice (I am assuming that was the plan).   

(4) A "Snack Mom/Dad" Lesson

This story dove-tails well with my Little League Coaching parody video post from Friday--especially with the humorous behaviors of parents.  Remember the mom in the video prodding poor coach about a "Best Snack Time Award?"  Well, team officials in Palmyra will definitely not be soliciting any snacks or baked goods from the mom arrested in this incident, and I'd say she is out of the running for recognition as "Best Snack Mom."

27 comments:

Diana said...

I don't know who to wonder about more... the football mom or the police officer. Oh my goodness. But I agree with your observations... geesh, Mr. Officer, don't leave your work half done!

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suz said...

Way to go Coach! ... er...Chief! ...um....Oh hell, never mind.

imbeingheldhostage said...

holy cow. that's really something!

Mommy Lisa said...

And we wonder why kids have problems???

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Seriously? Do people just not THINK any more? How in his right mind could he possibly think this was remotely a good idea???

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Yeah, I'd have to say there were enough brain-farts to go around there...

Good call on YOUR observations.

soccermom said...

What is wrong with this world?

Stealing from the police.

I like to know her excuse as to why she felt she needed this.

Krista said...

*headdesk*

*repeat*

Good GRIEF Charlie Irresponsibility. Get ahold of yourself.

What was he thinking?

*headdesk*

It's the only answer. lol

Single Girl said...

Seriously? Words elude me on this one. -SG

Mental P Mama said...

I am speechless. And that doesn't happen very often.

carma said...

this post is filled with all sorts of goodness. For the first time experiencing a school sport, I'm already seeing how excited moms get about the Team Snack, etc. Stuff I'd rather not concern myself with, but will for VC's sake.

And you are sooo correct about the two jobs conflict.
Golly, like there was no one else who could help with the plants???

Stephanie Faris said...

Yeah, if I were a parent of one of the other football players, I'd definitely vote for NOT making this woman the snack mom. Especially if the snack she was bringing was brownies!!!

J. J. in Phila said...

This one takes the cannabis, er, cake.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Um...wow. What else can be said? Just, wow. :-)

tattytiara said...

Wonder what he'll do for an encore - raid an escort agency and leave the paddy wagon unlocked and unattended inside a prison yard?

Stephen Tremp said...

Um ... who are we talking about again? Is my pizza here yet? Dude, did you see that football to the groin? Hilarious.

Stephen Tremp

BobKat said...

Isn't it illegal to have "drugs" on school property? I suspect the mom knew that and was just trying to dispose of an "extremely dangerous substance..."

She should get a "Citizen Award" for her efforts!!!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

That kind of stuff happens all the time here in California. It's just standard operating procedure for the wackos that live around Los Angeles.

kcinnova said...

Oh, I don't know... can you think of a better place to park a truckload of pot than next to a high school? ;)

Maybe the scent from the leaves was already doing a job on the Chief.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Aaaaand how big a town is Palmyra? I am guessing under 10,000.

Vodka and Ground Beef said...

On the other hand, more parents might just chill out at little league if they did enjoy a baked good from this mother's kitchen.

Just saying.

Anonymous said...

Soo jorrendous :P
imagine a qualified snack mom to be.... stealing weeds fromma cop!? Wth!
Ohmahgosh how dang a cop would park a truckload there.
This is a combination of dumb and crazies. Ugh

Anonymous said...

This one is a no-brainer. You don't take a truck load of pot to school … no matter what.

G'day - Maxi

Momma Fargo said...

I don't know why I am laughing so much. Oh, well, it was funny. LOL

Candice said...

Everything you sais was right on. Seriously, what was he thinking??!

kathryn said...

Um. Gee. Maybe that woman thought they were free marigold plants for her garden. Or herbs! That's it! Nice-smelling herbs....