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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:01 AM

Elderly couple pulled over after their Buckeye car decal is mistaken for a marijuana leaf

Apparently Ohio State – and college football in general – isn’t very popular in the state of Tennessee.
At least not with the police.

Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni, 65, and her husband were driving home to Plano, Texas from Columbus after attending her mother-in-law’s funeral when a pair of black police SUV’s stopped the couple a few miles outside of Memphis.

“Knowing I wasn’t speeding, I couldn’t imagine why,” Jonas-Boggioni told the Columbus Dispatch. “They were very serious. They had the body armor and the guns.”

On the back of Jonas-Boggioni’s car was a Buckeye leaf decal, similar to the one players’ have on their helmets, and cops mistakenly thought it was marijuana leaf.

Yes, really.

“What are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your bumper?” one of the cops asked Jonas-Boggioni.
After trying to explain that the sticker was not a marijuana leaf and that she and her husband were not trafficking drugs cross-country, the police advised Jonas-Boggioni to remove the sticker as to not cause any more confusion.

More at: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/elderly-couple-pulled-over-buckeye-car-decal-mistaken-191317336--ncaaf.html?.tsrc=samsungwn



This is so stupid that it is almost unbelievable. I know some cops are idiots, but not sure how any cop could think they have a right to pull over someone because of a pot bumper sticker. And the cops are stupid enough to think a real drug runner would advertise it?

I hope they find the cops who did this. They will never get punished (except a paid vacation) but at least we could make fun of them.


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Reply Elderly couple pulled over after their Buckeye car decal is mistaken for a marijuana leaf (Original post)
Logical Feb 2013 OP
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #1
Jackpine Radical Feb 2013 #55
Xipe Totec Feb 2013 #2
Baclava Feb 2013 #3
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #10
Baclava Feb 2013 #21
elleng Feb 2013 #52
Moonwalk Feb 2013 #53
sendero Feb 2013 #4
Logical Feb 2013 #5
Wounded Bear Feb 2013 #33
a la izquierda Feb 2013 #35
FarPoint Feb 2013 #51
Kolesar Feb 2013 #6
Wounded Bear Feb 2013 #34
panzerfaust Feb 2013 #7
Logical Feb 2013 #12
woo me with science Feb 2013 #16
hunter Feb 2013 #45
MotherPetrie Feb 2013 #8
sorefeet Feb 2013 #9
Logical Feb 2013 #11
mainer Feb 2013 #36
Kber Feb 2013 #13
Arctic Dave Feb 2013 #14
niyad Feb 2013 #15
niyad Feb 2013 #17
otohara Feb 2013 #18
niyad Feb 2013 #20
Logical Feb 2013 #24
otohara Feb 2013 #30
Logical Feb 2013 #31
otohara Feb 2013 #43
Politicalboi Feb 2013 #54
niyad Feb 2013 #19
Logical Feb 2013 #23
Kolesar Feb 2013 #46
FarCenter Feb 2013 #22
HereSince1628 Feb 2013 #26
a la izquierda Feb 2013 #37
Bohunk68 Feb 2013 #57
HughBeaumont Feb 2013 #25
Nine Feb 2013 #27
Kber Feb 2013 #39
etherealtruth Feb 2013 #28
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #29
Logical Feb 2013 #32
MrScorpio Feb 2013 #41
NCTraveler Feb 2013 #38
Lochloosa Feb 2013 #40
Logical Feb 2013 #42
Lochloosa Feb 2013 #59
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #44
johnnyreb Feb 2013 #47
L0oniX Feb 2013 #48
marybourg Feb 2013 #49
maryland native Feb 2013 #50
mountain grammy Feb 2013 #56
Nine Feb 2013 #58

Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:04 AM

1. "Oh, horse chestnuts Bonnie! Not again!"

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:50 PM

55. Could have been a lot worse

if her husband had happened to be named Clyde.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:04 AM

2. Apparently, these cops can't count to seven. nt

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:04 AM

3. Go Buckeyes!

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Response to Baclava (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:32 AM

10. They have a VERY prominent fan...




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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:38 AM

21. Nice!

how bout this one

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Response to Baclava (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:37 PM

52. YMCA!!!

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Response to Baclava (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:39 PM

53. Hmmm. It does kinda look like a marijuana leaf....

...what have you buckeyes been smokin' ?

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:06 AM

4. As every cop knows...

.... smugglers always put a bumper sticker announcing their activity on their car.

These cops are so fucking stupid I'm surprised they can drive a car.

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Response to sendero (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:07 AM

5. LOL!!! n-t

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Response to sendero (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:35 AM

33. Remember....they carry guns too....

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Response to sendero (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:37 AM

35. Oh lord, I just spat coffee.

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Response to sendero (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:35 PM

51. They are some stupid cops!

Plus...no probable cause to stop them.....Hell, what if they would of also had an Obama-Biden bumper sticker?

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:07 AM

6. This is Sheriff Buford T. Justice, from TEX-iss!

And I am handling this

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:36 AM

34. I believe that is Tex-Ass"

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:16 AM

7. Even if it were a Cannabis sativa leaf - the Cracker Cops

 

have no right to stop someone for such an image.

I do not support the growth of the police state - but I do recognize that it is coming for such is being embraced by our current presidential administration even more warmly than by the previous.

Lord, Imagine if it had been a Darwinfish ...

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Response to panzerfaust (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:35 AM

12. I think a Darwinfish is a capital offense in Tennessee. Same as the hell hole I live in, Kansas. n-t

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Response to panzerfaust (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:13 AM

16. "Even if it were..."

Thank you. That is the important point here.

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Response to panzerfaust (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:41 PM

45. Your post is a Jesus fish eating a Darwin fish.

Don't know if you posted that by accident.

I'll try this:



and the Flying Spaghetti Monster:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_fish

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:30 AM

8. UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE

 

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:31 AM

9. If I lived a little closer

I would paint pot leafs all over my car and drive thru Tennessee and when I got pulled over I would ask how he could pull me over for my First amendment rights. Ya got to shame these people with the media. Get it on the news how down right stupid they are.

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Response to sorefeet (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:33 AM

11. Great idea! Maybe they would learn something. n-t

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Response to sorefeet (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:38 AM

36. OMG, it would make a great short feature film.

Videotape stupid cops across the country.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:01 AM

14. This is more about the police racket of confiscation then drug running.

 

They were hoping to find ANYTHING, so they could steal their belongings, oops I mean "fight the war on drugs".

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:11 AM

15. a little more about this couple (who will, I hope, not let this go quietly away)

. . . . .

The cops mistook it for a marijuana symbol.

“It’s just amazing they would be that dumb,” Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni said.

She lives in Plano, Texas, but she grew up in Columbus and is known as a lifelong Buckeyes fan.

She has served as president of the Ohio State Alumni Club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

On Feb. 4, Jonas-Boggioni and husband Guido Boggioni, 66, were driving home to Plano after a trip to Columbus to attend the funeral of his mother, Eleanor, 92.

. . .

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:14 AM

17. when even I know what a marijuana leaf looks like, surely one would expect the cops on the DRUG

TASK FORCE to know. oh, sorry, guess that would be too much common sense.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:16 AM

18. Yesterday This Creepy Guy is Walks to My Car

I'm walking to my car after a Dr. appt and this man 50 feet ahead of me starts walking towards my car and he gets real close to see
my LGBT Obama sticker. I can hear him grumbling and I said, do you like my sticker? He turns around and flashed me a dirty look and storms off.

For all I know he's got a gun.

It's very stressful out here - the whole gun thing has me on edge, I took one of my Obama stickers off - for fear I'd get my window broken or shot by someone who hates the president. CO is voting on gun legislation right now and there's a lot of haters & gun nuts being real icky and vocal. They scare me. I'm taking off the LGBT sticker today.

At least here, a marijuana leaf is no big deal.

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Response to otohara (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:24 AM

20. things are really crazy here in CO--and how disgusting that we have to be afraid to even have

bumper stickers, or yard signs of which some knuckle-dragging cretin disapproves. but do whatever you need to do to be safe.

a friend here was harassed by the police for her activist bumper stickers. and, we do not forget the st. paddy's day seven.

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Response to niyad (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:47 AM

24. How is the pot deal going in Colorado? Cops following the laws? n-t

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Response to Logical (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:07 AM

30. There's Still A Lot To Be Done

the dispensaries can't sell to non-medical folks yet.
The panel in charge is laying out a plan for selling/growing.
I don't think it will be ready for a while, but there is a deadline I think.

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Response to otohara (Reply #30)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:31 AM

31. Are they bothering people growing their own for personal use? n-t

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Response to Logical (Reply #31)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:56 AM

43. Well The THC University Started Classes

last week - so that's a good sign.

There's a smoking club called Club 64 who jumped the gun on opening too soon, but last I heard
he has hosted nights where like minded smokers can come and enjoy.

I think they are more concerned about big grow places. Some dispensaries have been robbed, the one
down my street was broken into. The large growers would definitely be a target.

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Response to otohara (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:48 PM

54. I would be more afraid

Of cops who don't like Obama pulling me over just for nothing, and then still getting a bogus ticket. I never put my Obama/Biden sticker on my car.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:20 AM

19. and another "buckeye leaf mistaken for marijuana leaf" story

. . . .


My column yesterday on the woman who said her Buckeye leaf decal got her pulled over by Tennessee cops prompted reader Keith Crabtree of Reynoldsburg to write with a similar story.

Here's what he said.

I have MS and navigate with a motorized scooter. When I got my first scooter in 2004, the only models on the showroom floor were blue or yellow. I politely asked if they had any red and gray models. They brought out a red one, and the "Brute Scoot" was born. I adorn it with a Buckeye leaf every time OSU wins a ballgame and have the OSU logo proudly displayed on
the front. I'm on my second Brute Scoot now. I tell everyone I ran out of room for Buckeye leaves on the first one, but I really just wore it out.

Several years ago, I was coming through the Denver airport when security pulled me out of the line. Several agents gathered around the scooter and proceeded to start dismantling it.
I had no idea what was going on and no one said anything to me other than ordering me to get off the scooter and sit on a chair.

After several minutes, another agent came by and noticed what was happening. He asked what they were doing and one of the agents responded, "Those are marijuana leaves. We think he's smuggling dope."

At which point, the new agent responded, "No, they're not, you idiots. Those are Buckeye leaves. He's from Ohio!" At this point, they quietly put the Brute Scoot back together and let me proceed, but without an apology. I laughed most of the way back to Columbus.

. . . .

http://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/regular-joe/2013/02/another-buckeye-leaf-story.html

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Response to niyad (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:45 AM

23. Wow! amazing. n-t

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Response to niyad (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:08 PM

46. What's round on the ends and high in the middle? ... eom

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:39 AM

22. Aesculus glabra

The tree species Aesculus glabra is commonly known as Ohio buckeye, American buckeye, or fetid buckeye.

The fruits contain tannic acid, and are poisonous for cattle, and possibly humans.


Weird, quasi-Druidic tree worship in Ohio.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:49 AM

26. "Fetid Buckeyes"...somehow that has a ring to it...

But I am guessing you'd have to say that as "THE" Fetid Buckeyes to mean anything in the sports world.

or not.


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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:40 AM

37. Fetid Buckeye.

Bwahaha. I live near Cbus, but I hate the Buckeyes...well, except the ones made of chocolate and peanut butter.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:42 PM

57. the fruit of the Buckeye was widely

used by early settlers the same as acorns, which are also high in tannins, were. They would use the wood ashes from the trees that had been cleared and make lye which they would use to soak the shell less nuts in. It would then be dried and ground into a flour. Hominy grits are made much the same way from corn.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:47 AM

25. Uh, I could have a bumper sticker that says "All Cops are Pigs" and I'm breaking NO LAW.

You've got to be kidding me. It's called The First Amendment.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:02 AM

27. The cops are probably transplants from Michigan. :)

Go Bucks!

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Response to Nine (Reply #27)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:43 AM

39. Lol!

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:02 AM

28. Idiotic on so many levels

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:05 AM

29. I was a police officer from 1999 to 2006

It never ceased to amaze me how stupid some of my "co-workers" were. To be fair most I knew are great people who just want to go home when their shift is over and not needlessly harass people.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #29)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:32 AM

32. It is nice to hear most of them were good people. But I bet the idiots frustrated you. n-t

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #29)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:49 AM

41. It's always the bad ones who make it tough for everyone else nt

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:41 AM

38. 41 - 14

Repeat:

41 - 14

Come to Florida Buckeyes. We love ya.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:46 AM

40. Want to get pulled over for no reason ....put a couple of Dead stickers on your car

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #40)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:53 AM

42. Dead? Deadhead? n-t

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Response to Logical (Reply #42)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:01 PM

59. Ok..sometimes I forget how old I am

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:06 PM

44. Any excuse to pull over any driver with out-of-state tags. nt.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:37 PM

47. 6,017 yahoo comments and growing

"They had the body armor and the guns."

Gyaaghh, this boils my blood. Keep it up assholes, we can use more disgruntled citizens.


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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:45 PM

48. Stupid cops ...with guns. What couild go wrong?

I suppose we should be thankful they didn't fire 46 bullets into the back of their vehicle.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 06:56 PM

49. Elderly? The 92 year old mother

whose funeral they were going to was elderly. These folks are just mature, imo.

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:32 PM

50. Probable Cause

Probable Cause is a little thing required for law enforcement to start the ball rolling.

The LEO needs to be able to explain what happened/what was seen/what drew attention to the activities of the person he/she interacts with.

That action or observation needs to explain a violation of the law.

I find a sticker is a poor excuse for PC to stop ANYONE!

I am not a lawyer, but I respect the law and hate to see it violated...... even by the police!

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:22 PM

56. Elderly? Really? This is a weird story.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #56)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:52 PM

58. Yeah, I had the same thought as you and marybourg.

I wouldn't call 65 elderly. But I think the headline writer was trying to get across that these people don't look like stereotypical pot users or smugglers.

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