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Vermont inmate adds pig to police cruiser decals

February 6, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
Did you hear about the inmate in Vermont who pulled a $780 practical joke on the state police?

It took the police a couple of years to notice that an inmate-made decal on the doors of state police cruisers contained a pig. One of the spots on a cow in a scene with mountains and a pine tree was changed to the shape of a pig. The other spots on the cow are supposed to be leaf sheaves. "Pig" is a derogatory term used for police.

Nearly 60 of the decals were made. New decals are supposed to be made this week at a cost of $780. The expense will be covered by a surplus in the revolving fund that supports the offender work program.

State police Maj. Bill Sheets wasn't amused by the prank. "While some may find humor in the decal modifications, the joke unfortunately comes at the expense of the taxpayers," he told the Associated Press. They're trying to find out who's responsible and will probably punish the joker, presuming he's still behind bars.

Personally, I don't see much point in spending the money on new decals when no one in the public has noticed or cared up to this point. I think the prank is funny and relatively harmless. Sheets might want to work on developing a better sense of humor.


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