CBC News’ Shane Ross reports on the ending of an unfunny joke.
A Kensington, P.E.I., police officer has apologized for “bullying” Nickelback and removed a Facebook post he says drew a reaction far beyond his expectations.
Last week, Const. Robb Hartlen posted on the police Facebook site that he would force arrested drivers to listen to Nickelback’s 2001 album Silver Side Up as a punishment for drinking and driving. It was just his way of using humour to spread an important message, he said.
CBC P.E.I. published a story about the tongue-in-cheek post, as did other media around the world, including Time magazine and CNN.
“At no time did I think it would go as far as it did,” Hartlen said.
On Friday, Hartlen removed the post and in a new Facebook post wrote a public apology to Nickelback.
Hartlen said the message of “Don’t drink and drive” began to take a backseat to the “bashing of the band.”