A photoshopped image of a police cruiser in Michigan has drawn some controversy, getting mixed reactions from what was supposed to be a joke.
The Bath Township Police Department recently joked that they would be getting new graphics on their vehicles, posting a photoshopped picture of a “POPO”-emblazoned police SUV on Facebook.
“So as some of you may have noticed, our page has been pretty helpful in connecting us with our community,” the Bath Township Police Department said in the Saturday Facebook post. “We’ve found though, that we are still struggling to really reach the younger folk out there…In an effort to bridge that gap, we’ve decided to update our patrol car graphics in an attempt to be more relatable to the local youths.”
Quickly getting over 2,500 shares, the post was generally well-received by individuals who saw the image for what it was, satirical.
“OMG you guys are too funny! That’s a classic! Be safe brothers n sisters out there,” a commenter responded.
“It needs a “da” before popo. Hilarious though,” another said.
Naturally, some people were upset by the image, with some -quite possibly- thinking it was real.
“What the hell is the world coming to? So now the disrespect is on the side of the cars rolling up and down the street. You treat disrespect with this. Smh [shaking my head],” one unamused individual wrote.
According to Fox News, others claimed that taxpayer money was wasted on the image.
“How hard is it to see people just don’t like you. Using taxpayer money to decorate your pig mobile makes me like you even less,” the dissenter wrote.
“Considering we actually did this in MS Paint, and no tax dollars were used, I guess that means you like us again,” the agency responded with a hint of snark.
BTPD was quick to realize that not everyone can tell real from fake and put out a follow-on comment to dispel any false assumptions.
“For those of you upset about us putting ‘slang’ on the car or for ‘wasting taxpayers money,’ we wanted to let you know that the photo was made as a joke. Our cars still, and always will, say ‘Police,'” the department stated.
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