The guy pictured above is Jeff Snow. He's a reserve cop / deputy of something like that for some police department in Anywhere, Oklahoma.
A few weeks ago, he took his six-year-old son to a Tulsa-area McDonald's. Like any good dad who feeds his kid an unhealthy mix of sugar-loaded, fat-filled processed food as a meal substitute, he gave his son a toy six-shooter to play with on the playground, because you know, nothing's more fun than pretending to shoot other kids while hiding in the ball pit.
I guess a six-year-old boy playing with a toy version of a device used to kill people didn't sit too well with another family at the playground. They complained to Mayor McCheese and McDonald's management. I'll let KJRH take it from here:
"This lady comes in and I think she's with what looks like her daughter and two granddaughters," he said. "She says, 'You need to take that gun out of here. This is a safe zone for children.' I said, 'That is a toy gun. It's not hurting anybody.' She said, 'You need to leave with it and I said 'You need to mind your business.''"Snow says the lady complained to management and they were asked to leave. When they refused, Snow says McDonald's management called 911."I said, 'No, I'm not taking the gun out, it's a toy gun and we're in a playground,'" he said. "It's an obvious toy gun, it's got the big red cap on the end. I mean it's about three inches long."Snow says his son felt uncomfortable, so they left before authorities arrived.
Yep, his son "felt uncomfortable" so they left before the cops arrived. That's awesome! What a great dad. I hope he gave his son a candy cigarette to suck-on afterwards to help relieve some stress.
Before leaving McDonald's, Jeff made sure to take a couple of photos of the evil grandmother who complained about the toy gun. Being the fine, upstanding, respectable, law enforcement official that he, Jeff then posted pics of grandma on Facebook and encouraged all his friends to share and shame the woman.
Here's a screenshot of Jeff's original post that's since been removed and edited. I don't want to add extra shame to the grandmother, so I covered her face:
Apparently Jeff's effort to make the woman famous worked out a little bit too well. Four days, 30,000 Facebook shares, and mean comment after mean comment later, he removed the pics from Facebook and edited his post.
This is what it looks like now:
Yep, calm down everyone. It's time to move on. Although Jeff was upset by the ordeal, we all have feelings and emotions, especially when it comes to sticking up for a kid's right to play with toy guns while sliding down a red and yellow plastic slide. As we know all too well, the only way to stop a bad kid with a toy gun is a good kid with a toy gun.
Anyway, I wonder why Jeff removed the pics and edited the post? Did he realize how ridiculous and stupid he looked, or did his superior officers remind him that it's probably not a good idea for a man who works in law enforcement to shame old ladies on Facebook. That could be it, but according to Jeff, his boss was fine with the post:
Oh, so Jeff's shaming of a grandmother is fine as long as people don't know about his "job affiliation." Out of curiosity, do any Moles know which police department Jeff works for and who his boss is? If you ask me, I think Jeff owes a grandmother a very public apology.
Seriously, what an asshat. I don't necessarily have problem with toy guns. I had them as a kid, and as far as a I know, I turned out okay. That being said, I don't think it's unreasonable for parents to not want their kids exposed to toys that mimic deadly weapons that kill thousands upon thousands of people a year. I know it's asking a lot for law enforcement officials in the Tulsa-area to be respectful and do the right thing, but maybe instead of making a scene at McDonald's, scaring his son, and then publicly shaming a woman on social media for the pleasure of his gun nuts friends, Jeff should have taken the high road and simply put the toy gun away. Then everyone would have been happy, and we wouldn't look like hypocrites for shaming a douche bag police officer for shaming a grandma.