Police in Canada have come up with an innovative way to punish people who are accused of driving while drunk: Make them listen to Nickelback, a Canadian rock band that has been widely panned by music critics and has been the object of scorn and mockery online.
The police in the Town of Kensington posted a Facebook post warning against drunken driving during the holiday season, which included the following:
“When we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office’s copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail.
“Now, now, no need to thank us, we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you.”
The post, which appears to have since been deleted, added: “Please, let’s not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickelback. You don’t drink and drive and we won’t make you listen to it.”
The post also reportedly included a photo of a sealed copy of the 2001 Nickelback album “Silver Side Up.”
Mediaite notes that the post received comments expressing approval, although some commenters noted that the practice could be a “due process violation” and would amount to “cruel and unusual punishment.”