Some people have nothing better to do than to be walking, breathing killjoys.
Police in Asheville, N.C. were called to a neighborhood holding an Independence Day party this past Sunday by someone who claimed the group's homemade slip n' slide was blocking the street. The party, attended largely by children, was going on while it was still daylight.
“The officers got there and people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, the cops are here. They’re going to shut us down,’ but they noticed the noise was fine,” Asheville police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse told ABC News. “It was literally the sound of kids playing.”
According to the Charlotte Observer:
Hallingse told the Observer that the slide was positioned in a way that cars and emergency vehicles could still pass through the street. So instead of shutting down the fun, the cops decided to join the kids.
To their credit, the police officers that arrived on the scene joined in on the fun with the kids instead of issuing a violation or shutting down the party altogether. The two officers even got into an inner tube with some of the kids and sailed down the Slip ’N Slide.
It could have been understandable for someone to call the police had this been going on late at night, but this was a party held during the day on the Fourth of July.
To the curmudgeon who called the cops on children playing on a national holiday, get over yourself. Maybe if they remembered what it was like to be a child, especially on a national holiday that includes fireworks, sun and sometimes water, they wouldn’t be such a Grinch.
Good for you, Asheville Police Department!