FL Deputies Raid House, Play Wii For 9 Hours

Ever wonder what really goes on during the execution of a search warrant for drugs? Hopefully, this is an anomaly. Watch as Lakeland, FL Sheriff's deputies play a Wii bowling game on the suspects' TV for 9 straight hours. They were caught by his home security camera. The funniest part is the cop who jumps up and down for joy when getting a strike. The somber tone of the newscaster in describing the suspect (as if he's Jack the Ripper) is a bit odd. At first I wondered if he was trying out for a remake of Dick Tracy but then he gets really into describing the game action.

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    It sounds like (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by Steve M on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 10:45:26 AM EST
    they started off searching for addictive materials, and found some.

    As my raised in Florida father says (none / 0) (#1)
    by lilburro on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 10:32:17 AM EST
    "There are a lot of weirdos in Florida."  (No offense to Floridians).

    I'm surprised... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 10:44:15 AM EST
    they didn't seize the Wii and hook it up back at the station.

    I am still (none / 0) (#4)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 10:59:47 AM EST
    amazed they bowled for 9 hours.
    didnt they have another game?

    Maybe the deputies (none / 0) (#13)
    by Fabian on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:01:34 PM EST
    can't afford their own Wii?  Not every household has a Wii.

    Gvt employees. (none / 0) (#5)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:13:37 AM EST

    Who, sadly. cannot afford to buy their (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:29:21 AM EST
    own video games.

    Why buy one? (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:35:54 AM EST
    Search warrants are free.

    As a government employee (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Cream City on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:42:48 AM EST
    I can attest that I don't have even an hour to learn how to play Wii, much less play it for nine hours.

    Of course, I would have time for fun if my furlough really was a furlough and reduced my work hours, instead of it just being a pay cut -- for even more work this year.


    Nice defense of government employees. (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:47:12 AM EST
    Much better than my snarky attempt.

    Hope those deputies don't discover TL (none / 0) (#14)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:12:00 PM EST
    on the perp's computer. Think about the hours (our tax payer dollars) those gvt emplyees could waste there!

    Both getting ready to retire in a few years. I'm very jealous.

    They get decent health care (none / 0) (#16)
    by Fabian on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:18:37 PM EST
    bennies in retirement, don't they?

    Fed employees do, many of them (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Cream City on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:44:45 PM EST
    as I have a relative who is one, too.

    Not necessarily for other sorts of government employees -- since there are all sorts of governments in this country.  I.e., state, county, municipal, etc.  

    Municipal employees in my city just got a deal to get no layoffs or furloughs if they get no raises for the next two years -- but they get retroactive raises for the last three.  Yikes!  State employees here got told by the gov, no negotiation on it, that we get no raises for the next two years, some of us don't get the raise for last year that was "deferred" (the non-union employees; unionized ones got it -- not a good idea now that the rest of us finally have the right to unionize and see the incentive, hmmm?), plus we got "furloughed" aka a pay cut plus higher health insurance costs, totaling a pay cut of as much as 10 percent (for the non-unionized).  

    So a lot of us have had to defer our retirements, sadly for the younger generation who could use those jobs.  And many of us have enjoyed serving them to help them get those jobs.  So it is not a good time to make jokes about government employees.  Most of us, unlike the few featured here, really do like to serve the public, but we also have our families to consider.

    So you can expect to see even more of some of the best government employees I know jump to the private sector -- where our comparates are getting raises to get to retire soon. . . .


    The grass is not always greener (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:53:19 PM EST
    in the private sector.

    Unemployment is, what, 9%? That means zero salary.

    Plenty of small business owners unable to take their own salaries at all these days. Zero salary.

    Plenty of worse-off people than gvt employees these days.

    No joking.


    I thought these games were supposed to (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:28:17 AM EST
    be physical exercise!

    Typical (none / 0) (#9)
    by roger on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:35:42 AM EST
    In Florida, the police bill the defendant for the time that they spend on a case. They also generally disable all security cameras

    ok, but the most important (none / 0) (#19)
    by cpinva on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 04:08:29 PM EST
    question has yet to be answered:

    who won?

    The Sheriff says (none / 0) (#20)
    by Peter G on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 08:50:11 PM EST
    "Nobody's perfect.  Not one.  We all make mistakes."  Does he apply that indulgent philosophy to the criminally accused as well?