Fed Up With Snow, Police Department Charges ‘Winter’ With Loitering
On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil climbed out of his burrow and saw his shadow, which meant six more weeks of winter.
That was more than nine weeks ago! Nine weeks!!!
Yes, he’s just a rodent — and not very good at his job, getting the prediction right just 36% of the time since 1969, Live Science reports — but still, winter should be over by mid-April, right?
Right! And now, a police department in upstate New York — which has seen a lot of snow — is fighting back. And they want a piece of Phil, too.
In a Facebook post, the DePaw Police Department wrote on Friday:
You are hereby placed under arrest. You have the right to remain silent and out of sight, but apparently not the ability. Any further snow you produce will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney, but only if you turn in the groundhog that predicted six more weeks of winter. If you are willing to work with us, we are willing to look past your most recent transgressions over the course of this past week. The choice is yours.
The Depew Police Department
“Parts of Upstate NY have continued to see bitter cold and even snow into the first week of April. Chilling high winds also lashed parts of the region, leaving tens of thousands without power last week,” Syracuse.com wrote on Sunday.
But apparently, “Winter” is running scared after the threat of legal action. “There’s good news on the horizon though. The latest forecasts show a slow, rainy step towards more normal, warmer spring weather starting this week.”