Cop Asks Driver: 'Why Is It That Everyone Who Plays Frisbee Golf Smokes Weed?'

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After a routine traffic stop involving a busted headlight, an Ankeny, Iowa, police officer asked the car's driver if he liked to play frisbee golf. The driver responded in the affirmative.

Then the cop asked, "Answer me this question, why is it that everyone who plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?"

Things quickly went downhill from there. The officer followed up his question with a number of confusing statements and half-hearted attempts to trick the driver into consenting to a search of the vehicle ("You can't tell me you've never smoked weed before," "How much weed do you have in the car tonight?"). The stunned but savvy driver, keenly aware of what the cop was doing, maintained that he had no drugs on him but would not be consenting to any searches based on the habits of other frisbee golf players.

"Just because I have a disc golf bag does not mean that every disc golfer does have weed," said the driver.

After a two-minute interrogation, the officer left without performing a search.

"Oh my fucking gosh," said the driver's passenger after the encounter had ended.

Oh my fucking gosh, indeed.

A video of the incident was posted to Youtube. Local news channel KCCI.com followed up with the Ankeny police department; Chief Gary Mikulec apologized for the officer's line of questioning and said the matter would be investigated.

Watch out, frisbee golfers. Video below.

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  1. After a routine traffic stop involving a busted headlight, an Ankeny, Iowa, police officer asked the car’s driver if he liked to play frisbee golf. The driver responded in the affirmative by asking if he was being detained.

  2. “I dont know, officer, why do all police like to shoot dogs?”

    1. That would have been a legitimate question.

      1. And terminally risky.

  3. “Hippies, hippies…they want to save the world, but all they do is smoke pot and play frisbee!”

  4. There’s got to be a certain quantity of Taco Bell that counts as probable cause though.

    1. I’ve always been tempted to order 1 of everything at Taco Bell. What would it cost? 50 bucks.

      1. Wasn’t that from a Seth Rogan movie?

        1. Really? Which one?

        2. I just googled it. 218 bucks to get one of everything. More than I would have guessed

          1. TB prices have spiked over the last half-decade. My go-to meal used to run about $4.50, I’m close to $7 today.

            Not exactly apples to apples since they keep getting rid of my favorite things [pours out a 40 for lava sauce], but disturbing nonetheless.

            1. I remember getting bean burritos for like 39 cent or something ridiculous. Still my go to fast food cuz Krystal’s is never on my way home.

            2. I can vouch that the price of a 7 layer burrito has been going up much faster than inflation.

            3. If you live in Seattle, those prices may triple.

            4. I’m glad Del Taco finally made it to Texas (again). I like their bargain stuff better than Bell.

      2. I ordered one of every non-drink item at White Castle once. Including one gift certificate. The menu was a lot smaller then.

  5. This is the foreseeable result of giving Andy Rooney a badge.

    “Why is it that every time I tase a suspect they shit their pants, and my squad car backseat smells like shit for two weeks?”

    1. o my fucking gosh

  6. I’m at the point now that any interaction you have with the police where you don’t end up physically harmed, dead, or deprived of your property can be considered a positive one.

  7. Uh oh, NutraSweet is going to be in big trouble.

  8. Chief Gary Mikulec apologized for the officer’s line of questioning and said the matter would be investigated.

    Translation: Get off my phone so I can go back to playing Candy Crush.

  9. 1. I cannot believe the cop didn’t just call in a dog and then make an excuse to impound the car.

    2. The second he said “you are free to go” the guy should have said “thank you”, rolled up his window, and drove off.

    1. C’mon Juice. You know if he had tried to drive away after the first time the officer said he was free to go, the cop would have blasted him and then claimed that the hop head tried to drag him along the road.

      For me the most infuriating thing is that the cop thinks he is so clever. “I am sure my Perry Mason like interviewing skillz will soon have this druggie confessing”

      1. Wasn’t there a case a while ago where a cop told someone they were free to go, and then pulled him over AGAIN for driving away while he was still “detained”?

  10. Well, he did ask politely.

  11. I am very fucking relieved that nobody blasphemed in this story.

  12. In a too-bizarre-to-be-true fight beginning to broil in Seattle, the Council trying to out-politically-correct every other city in the country, has angered Italian Americans by dissing one of their boys.

    “We empathize with the death and destruction of the Native Americans,” activist Ralph Fascitelli said Thursday during a news conference at Il Terrazzo Carmine, an Italian restaurant in Pioneer Square. “But we think right now this is almost going too far in terms of political correctness.”

    What’s interesting, is this “activist” Ralph Fascitelli guy has been caught lying about gun control statistics as he was heading up Washington CeaseFire, a gun control group.

    I love it when politically correct douchebags go at each other.

    1. “Politically correct” logically equals “factually incorrect”.

  13. Oh, and by the way, it’s not frisbee golf the weed smokers play, it’s Ultimate.

    1. By gosh, it’s true!

      (hides 175g Ultimate disc in closet along with bong)

      1. Here’s a friendly article helping young ultimate players deal with the association of weed to the sport. You can thank me later.

        1. I was also in a very competitive* Ultimate league for a few years

          “NYC Flatball” circa mid 90s. SUNY Purchase was the main locus.

          (*our ‘coach’ was a world cup champion and US National Team coach, UPA board member, etc; i say coach in quotes because he’d often cheat and sub himself in if we needed to score. Victory or Death)

          The ‘stoner’ label was common. No one who played cared. But it was irritating.

          That said: people always had great weed.

        2. “Paul.|10.10.14 @ 1:55PM|#

          Here’s a friendly article helping young ultimate players deal with the association of weed to the sport.”

          What a dumbass. He posts on his MJ activist blog under his own name telling us how smart he is by lieing to his co-workers so they won’t know he smokes.

          “Pssst, hey internet, I smoke weed but don’t tell anyone because if my co-workers find out I might lose my job. Keep it a secret just between us, OK ? “

        3. “Paul.|10.10.14 @ 1:55PM|#

          Here’s a friendly article helping young ultimate players deal with the association of weed to the sport.”

          What a dumbass. He posts on his MJ activist blog under his own name telling us how smart he is by lieing to his co-workers so they won’t know he smokes.

          “Pssst, hey internet, I smoke weed but don’t tell anyone because if my co-workers find out I might lose my job. Keep it a secret just between us, OK ? “

    2. Yeah, but they’re never any good. And they all bitch so hard when you play physical.

  14. Last time I was forced to interact with a cop he was blunt enough to ask me if there was anything illegal in the car.

    Uh, no.

  15. BRITISH LIBERTARIAN MOMENT!

    Warning: Autoplay.

    1. “I’m certainly not in favour of freedom if it doesn’t produce good outcomes.

      That’s… that’s very good to know, my young Millennial friend. We should approach any removal of totalitarianism with caution and skepticism. If you could be so kind as to identify for the panel… a society in which a total lack of freedom produced a totally awesome outcome?

      1. You have to remember, this is a country that doesn’t even have ‘real’ freedom of speech. I’m shocked the guy’s even considering alternatives.

        1. Baby steps. Freedom is not something to be embarked upon without careful consideration. You just can’t go and say *poof* no more slavery. There needs to be a process, a framework, and for the love of god, it needs to be properly regulated.

        2. Truely. One politician was recently arrested in Britan for quoting one of Churchill’s speeches on the basis of being racist, or anti immigration.

          How far England has fallen. Once the birther of great men who explored the unknown world in sail boats now arrests one of it’s citizen for quoting one of it’s great leaders.

  16. Why is it that virtually every cop is a piece of shit?

    1. Prerequisite

  17. Unfortunately, all local coverage of this story has missed the real story here – that Iowa law enforcement is dramatically stepping-up drug-related seizures.

    1. Any particular reason?

      1. election season?

        1. If a crackdown of the type this story tells is what gets you elected in Iowa, then I wouldn’t live there for love nor money.

      2. We Iowans have a special variety of naivety. That coupled with a mind-your-own-business/follow-the-rules attitude generally means we don’t see the bigger picture until it crashes down from the wall.

        No need for law enforcement to worry about any protests here…

  18. This can’t be right. All the potheads I know play hackey sack.

  19. Well here is my reply to that question. I am sorry to me that sounds like profiling and would be like me asking you if you worked a 24 hr shift?. (yes) oh well why do ‘all” 24 hr Shift workers Abuse adderall? Do you use adderall? May I detain you for a scrunch? You know Citizen rights and all We are able to Detain and report.

  20. We don’t have this problem in WA. It rains too much for Frisbee golf.

  21. Years before there was frisbee golf, there was frisbee. Having a Wammo under the front seat was there for cleaning your weed,place for pipe,papers. These days the pot you get, has no seeds….

    and 100% of Ultimate Frisbee players do acid and mushrooms……..at one time in their life..right copper?

  22. This is actually pretty low-key for Ankeny. Check out what they do if you actually are a suspect for a petty crime. http://whotv.com/2014/02/03/ra…..ze-family/

    1. That has to be the luckiest dog in America to have survived that encounter with a SWAT.

  23. For the record, the sport is known as Disc Golf. “Frisbee” is a trademark of the Wham-O corporation which isn’t a big player in the disc golf market.

  24. I’d like to see the same cop, with a black guy, and the same response.

  25. I play golf with clubs and smoking marijuana on the course is peacefull and relaxing….

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    Iowa Clemency Project Director Jamie Pottard Makes a Statement Following Iowa State’s Football Game vs. Oklahoma State about the failure of Iowa politicians denying a working medical marijuana program in the state of Iowa…. ____v”” ‘ ‘ ”

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  26. Ot.

    About five years ago, I got into an argument with an obnoxious guy at a Starbucks. During a dramatic hand movement, my lid popped off my coffee and some splashed on him.

    Fast forward to the night before last. I’m driving down a busy street when A small grey unmarked car flies up on my bumper. Then two tiny lights, one red and one blue start flashing as he tailgates me at around 40mph. A little startled, I check my side mirror, and the guy’s got his drivers door OPENED as we drive at 40.

    He pulls me over and says my tailight is out. He has his hand on gun the whole time. Takes my papers and runs it all. Then he comes back and orders me out of the car. He takes both my hands behind my back and searches, then handcuffs me.

    Turns out the guy from star bucks called the pigs, who filed charges in absentia and the judge issued a warrant. Zero notification to me. No attempt to get my side of the story, nothing.

    I had right around 500.00 on me, and my bail was….500.00. I know the bail was statutory, but I believe that the only reason they didn’t cite and release me was my pocket money so closely matched my bail.

    Anyway they kept my 500.00 and now I got a court date for simple battery from five years ago. I have almost no memory of who was there, or any details/witnesses. I’m pretty pissed.

  27. http://whotv.com/…/police-wo…..fficer…/
    The same officer

  28. I always carry a freedom card right behind my DL.
    It invokes all rights, refuses to consent to searches and asks to be allowed to leave.
    If I’m being detained, it invokes my right to silence and requests I be allowed to call attorney immediately.

    I never had to use it, but something like this seems the e perfect place. Any idea how well it would work?

    1. This came up on a google search. Is there some other card? http://norml.org/pdf_files/freedom_card.pdf

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