Over the 4th of July holiday, two North Carolina cops responded to a complaint about a Slip-n-Slide blocking neighborhood traffic. But instead of issuing a citation, they decided to join in on the fun.
Though it didn’t come from Wham-o, a neighborhood dad put together a homemade giant Slip-n-Slide out of a water hose, some hand tools and some plastic sheeting for the area kids. The slide was long, ending in a kiddie pool, almost like a waterpark in your front yard.
One neighbor called to report the water slide was blocking the road. According to CBS News, officers Joe Jones and Carrie Lee were sent to investigate.
Imagine you’re throwing a block party on a hot summer day and the cops show up. No doubt, the residents assumed they’d have to tear down their water slide.
However, the police realized the slip-n-slide wasn’t blocking traffic after all.
“Don’t worry, we’re not here to break up your fun,” Lee reportedly told a group of about 50 residents involved in some wholesome outdoor play. “We received a call about the road being blocked — so here we are.”
Since the two officers determined that safety vehicles were still able to pass, they let the Slip-n-Slide stay. Even better, they decided to give the water slide a whirl.
Officer Lee went first, sliding down on a trash bag. She didn’t even need any dish soap to go fast! Jones went next, but he had to go on a raft the size of an inflatable pool because he was too big for a trash bag. He landed in the splash pool at the end and quipped, “My butt is wet!”
This is definitely the side of law enforcement we need to see more of. You have to be a little bit of a jerk to call the cops on a bunch of 8-year-olds enjoying some outdoor recreation anyway. The officers made sure the block party was safe, per their job; then, they went above and beyond to be active, positive members of their community. The kids relished the experience.
Resident Katlen Joyce Smith posted the incident to Facebook where it went viral.
“The kids were squealing. Everyone was screaming,” Smith said to CBS News. “We just couldn’t believe it. We were all laughing hysterically.”