A North Carolina police department made an interesting proposition to a college student who posted a photo of himself making an inappropriate gesture next to a police car on Facebook.
Brandon Mateo is a student at Pitt County Community College, WNCT reported. He said he posted the photo in question “a while ago,” but the Greenville Police Department saw it for the first time on March 17.
The photo shows Mateo standing next to a patrol car making an inappropriate gesture. Mateo added the hashtag #MakeMeFamous.
The Greenville Police Department took to Facebook to respond to the photo on March 18. They wrote:
So you want to be famous, huh? Challenge accepted. Here at the Greenville Police Department we are all about public service…sooo…your wish is our command!
We chose to blur out your kind hand gesture as not to offend anyone who follows this page. You chose to blur out the license plate of this patrol car, but you probably didn’t realize the car number is still visible. It turns out, the officer who drives this car is trained to recognize a few hand gestures himself…after all he is in charge of our Gang Unit and has dedicated his life to protect and serve the citizens of Greenville for the last 12 years. He is someone who is there on a daily basis as a helping hand during some of the most terrible moments of someone’s life. That probably doesn’t matter to you, but we felt it was important to note. After all, he is a human being…just like you.
You see Brandon, we probably have a lot more in common with you than you might think. As police officers in today’s world, unfortunately, we get our fair share of criticism and ridicule…simply for doing our jobs. We hate that you chose to partake in that, but we’d also imagine you are probably on the receiving end of some of that right now, too. We feel you. Our advice: Keep your chin up. Some days you are the windshield and some days you are the bug.
Now, here comes OUR challenge to you.
Chief Holtzman would like to extend the offer to you to ride-along with one of our officers for the day. In the FRONT seat. Not the back. No questions. No charges. We hope it will open your eyes to what police officers actually go through on a routine basis.
As for the “famous” part…you are in luck. Our Public Information Officer just happens to be a former TV reporter and knows a lot of current members of the media who would LOVE to ride along with you and cover your experience.
What do you say? Do you have what it takes to be a true star?
If you choose to accept our challenge: give us a call. 252-329-4372. We hope to hear from you soon.
The Greenville Police Department
Mateo responded to the police department’s post.
“Look,” Mateo wrote. “This is an old picture. I’ve had it as my profile picture many of times and nobody has ever said anything out of the way. But alright I’ll consider it.”
The police department's post has since gone viral, garnering over 20,000 likes and 17,000 shares in just three days.