This Tuesday, a York, Ontario man came to a distressing realization: He needed weed, and he needed it stat. And so like any good citizen of 2013, he took to Twitter to find a willing drug dealer. A dealer who could show up at the Mr. Lube with at least enough ganja for a spliff.
A certain local social media team was watching:
Awesome! Can we come too? MT @Sunith_DB8R Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff.— York Regional Police (@YRP) August 13, 2013
Just like that, amid the routine tweets about traffic stops and robbery suspects and escaped moose in the street, the York PD had a viral hit on their hands. Thousands of people RT'd the tweet. It attracted international attention. The cops took the rest of the day off and celebrated with maple syrup chugs.
As for the guy who sent out the original pot call, an employee of Mr. Lube named Sunith Baheerathan? He no longer has a job. And he's taking it about how you would expect. “People really think I’m serious with my tweets? MANNNNNNNN," he tweeted. “Never knew weed smokers are more wanted in society than shooters & rapists. Big smh to all of y’all.”