If you're looking for a healthy dose of rage to end your work week, read on! The government is so broke that we have to talk about it all the time, and yet we spend more than $50 billion dollars a year on the War on Drugs. As a result of which, there are half a million people already in prison for non-violent drug-related offenses. But apparently, it's not enough!
This week's This American Life told the story of a female cop in Florida who posed as a high-school student, tricked sweet little teenagers into falling in love with her, asked them to buy her pot, and then arrested them. It's the worst thing in the world!
Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other. One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot.
Even though he didn't smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn't want the money — he got it for her as a present.
A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students — including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.
Obviously, this is what we need to get our country back on track: more teenagers with felony convictions. Because if they don't spend time in our over-crowded prisons, it will at least give them a major setback in the job market, a scar on their permanent record, and a deep-seated cynicism and mistrust of the system!
Yes, that's right. Everything is terrible. But the good news is it's five-thirty on a Friday. You can start drinking any time now.