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Ohio State fan pulled over when police mistake Buckeye sticker for drug symbol

Feb 15, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT


Now we know how far the borders of Buckeye Nation extend. They end just before you get to Tennessee. A 65-year-old woman and her husband were pulled over a few miles east of Memphis because of the Ohio State Buckeye sticker they had displayed on their car — of the same type you see in the photo there.

Police explained that they thought the sticker was a marijuana symbol, and therefore the couple might be transporting drugs. (Jaw drops).

“It’s just amazing they would be that dumb,” said Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni, which pretty much sums up this entire story.

Jonas-Boggioni and her husband, Giorgio Boggioni, 66, of Plano, Tex., were driving home through Tennessee from Columbus, Oh., where they had attended a funeral for Jonas-Boggioni’s mother.

The two were pulled over a few miles east of Memphis, along I-40, and were greeted by a pair of black SUVs containing officers wearing “body armor and guns,” Jonas-Boggioni told Joe Blundo of The Columbus Dispatch.

“What are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your bumper?” one of the officers asked.

The couple explained what the stickers actually were, which led the officer to apologize.

Chagrined, the officers excused the unwarranted stop by explaining that an officer in another jurisdiction had called in a report of the Boggioni’s sticker – believing the older couple to be at the forefront of some sort of massive marijuana ring, it seems.

But it seems that the officers upped the ante on ridiculous when, before leaving, they advised the couple that they should remove the Ohio State sticker from their car. Being true fans, the couple refused.

First of all, what drug dealers are advertising by displaying stickers? And who pulls you over for that with no other probable cause? Even Raylan Givens doesn’t encounter that kind of dumb.

  1. Glenn - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    This is America. So what if they did have a marijuana sticker on their car. Innocent citizens should not be harassed by jack-booted thugs, who are being paid by us to protect us.

    • brewskie - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      The saying they have on their cars say “To Protect And Serve”.

      It’s not you they are serving and protecting but it’s the State.

      • kellystruphar - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        it’s more like to patronize and annoy the general public.

  2. manchestermiracle - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Wow, what a waste of tax-payer resources. I guess pulling over old folks for a sticker beats actually having to enforce laws and protect the public.

  3. critter69 - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    You’ve got to remember that the ‘police’ stop was in Tennessee. They’re not used to ‘uppity seniors’, you know.