Is there a problem, officer? Yes, these people needed ice cream.
The sheriff's office in Quincy, Calif., has been making headlines recently for a video of officers pulling over motorists, who all respond with confusion and apprehension about why they were stopped. The police then ask them to stay put while they go back to their car, presumably for a ticket … or worse.
But what happens next is what's turning this video viral. The cops return to the cars with, of all things, ice cream, which puts a smile on just about everybody's face.
"I grew up in this town and I've worked for the sheriff's department for about 26 years, so just about everybody here knows me, and they initially were a bit surprised that the sheriff was pulling them over," Quincy Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. "Then when we handed them the ice cream they were overwhelmingly relieved and recognized the humor in it. And we got a lot of good laughs."
One woman in the community of 5,000 was even brought to tears by her relief.
The video was produced by the advertising agency for Wall's Ice Cream, which is an international dessert brand similar to Good Humor. After Quincy was voted one of America's coolest towns by BudgetTravel.com, Hagwood said he was approached for a part in the video.
"It sounded like a wonderful opportunity to promote my community," he said. "I think it provides a little bit of comic relief to what is typically the seriousness associated with law enforcement. I think it was a lot of fun to do."