Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A WULF in Sheep's Clothing

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I was furious on Sunday when the Arizona Daily Star reported that the Pima County Sheriff's Department was getting ready to station deputies at drive-through restaurants in an attempt to sniff out late-night drunk drivers. Check out the article for yourself.

The operation—named Operation Would U Like Fries, or Operation WULF for short—seemed ridiculous, and the name of it was so childish and goofy that it sort of insulted me. I mean, go ahead and bust me in a Los Betos drive through at 3 a.m., but please don't make me live in a world where cops are allowed to use smart-ass acronyms for programs that are about as close as I'm willing to get to the big brother brand of police action.

I thought about heading down to the next Board of Supervisors meeting to voice my concerns over all this, but the Star is reporting today that the article was in error, which is unfortunate, because the story was picked up by The Associated Press wire and distributed nationally before anyone was the wiser.

Apparently the idea was never more than just that, an idea, and the Star has done a good job of retelling the tale of this odd enforcement action here.

And to all you late-night drive through workers: Keep up the good work. I'll see you around 3 a.m. sometime this weekend.

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