Canadian police warned drivers that they would be subjected to listening to Nickelback in police squad cars if they were arrested for being drunk behind the wheel over the holidays. According to CBC News, Kensington Police Service shared a photo of Nickelback’s Silver Side Up album with a message encouraging people to use a designated driver or cabs when going out, adding that police will be out “looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive.”
The post continued, “When we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year’s driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office’s copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail. So please, let’s not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickelback. You don’t drink and drive and we won’t make you listen to it.”
- The officer who wrote the post, Constable Robb Hartlen, said, “What we were trying to do is put a little humor into a very serious matter of drinking and driving. What it does is it sparks that conversation, it pushes that idea that everybody knows with a little bit of humor.”
- Hartlen, who admitted to liking a few of the band’s songs, added, “Poor Nickelback. They take the brunt of a nation’s joke, and I’m sure they’re crying all the way to the bank.”
- Hartlen also confessed that the police didn’t actually own the album and that he had found a photo of it via Google. But he warned, “I would have no problems at all getting hold of a copy of Nickelback and making that the musical play-along on the way in to chat with someone who’s been caught for drinking and driving.”
- Nickelback is currently at work on its ninth studio album, tentatively due in early 2017 via Republic Records.