Canadian Police Pull Gun on Girl Dressed as Star Wars Stormtrooper
May the 4th is known as Star Wars Day. You know, May the Force Be with You? May the 4th? Don't look at me like that, I don't make the rules (see AN UNPOPULAR STAR WARS OPINION... and BILLY DEE WILLIAMS COMES OUT AS GENDER FLUID. ALSO, A NEW STAR WARS MOVIE...). It's a day for brands to show how hip and cool they are with lame Star Wars references to their products. Though it appears that no one told Canada's Finest about this. They saw a stormtrooper with a gun about to do Darth Vader's evil bidding, so they attacked.
Turned out it was just a girl in a costume. Also, the gun was plastic.
Stormtrooper arrest: Armed cops pin cosplayer to ground on Star Wars Day youtu.be
“We had music playing in the parking lot, we had one of our staff dress up as a stormtrooper kind of waving to people walking up and down the road, we had people stopping by and getting pictures with the stormtrooper, we put a couple of promotions on in the restaurant to entice people to come."
[Some] members of the public must have seen her brandishing a plastic toy blaster believing it was a real gun and phoned police. Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) Inspector Jason Walper says they got two 911 calls regarding a firearms complaint near the business on 13 Street North. “
Police officers had guns drawn, pointed at my employee. They were yelling at her to put the gun down so she threw the plastic gun on the ground. At that point in time when I came out, she was on her knees kneeling down on the ground. The police had already checked and seen that the gun was plastic so they already knew that there wasn't an issue or a risk there."
Obviously the cops were Star Trek fans. Or idiots. Or idiot Star Trek fans, Trekkies being the inferior fandom. Think DC Comics nerds versus the vastly superior Marvel Comics.
Back to the knuckleheads who need to have their badges taken away from them and put on permanent desk duty. "Officer, there's a space man standing outside of the pizza place with a laser gun. I think it's a terrorist attack." NO ONE had the common sense to say that was a little off? Or even if Karen and her neighbor Other Karen called and said there is someone across the street with a gun, surely the fact that it was someone dancing in a Halloween costume should have clued the county mounties in on it. Dudley Do-Right is a more competent lawman. Or even Steven Wright's character from Canadian Bacon.
It's shocking to believe that there could be something more embarrassing to the Star Wars Universe than the Han Solo origin story. Congratulations, Canada. You did it.
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