Recent deal struck between a US criminal & a police department has left netizens amused because of its unusual nature. An Connecticut police department shared a post stating that a suspect has promised to surrender if his wanted poster gets 15,000 “likes” on Facebook.
The department shared two wanted posters & one among them, named Jase Simms, has made the deal. He is being sought by the authorities for having multiple arrest warrants to his name, The Telegraph reports.
A member of the police department shared Simms’ wanted poster on May 22 with a caption that reads, “Here’s an interesting one…[J]ose Simms … negotiated with me earlier this week… & has agreed to turn himself into Torrington Police if we can get 15,000 “likes” on this post (I said 10,000 he wanted 20,000, we split). It will be difficult but is doable. So please, “like” this post, & while you’re at it share it, Tweet it, Instagram it, Snapchat it…”
The post received more than 26,000 “likes” in just two days. So, netizens started asking if the suspect has turned himself in. To quench the curiosity of netizens, the department later added an update on their [F]acebook post stating that the escapee is yet to uphold his side of the bargain. They further added that regardless of the “likes” received on the post, the department will continue to search for the fugitives.
Regardless of the number of "Likes" this post receives, we will continue to utilize the resources we have available to…
While some Facebook users commented that they would share and like the post, others appreciated the police department’s sense of humour.
However, not everyone was on board with the police department’s humourous approach. One Facebook user commented, “I cannot believe we are helping a criminal get attention, fame, and notoriety for bad behavior. This is nuts”. A few more portrayed similar notions while commenting.