Tasmania Police officers take selfie with drunk man, social media approves

The actions of two Tasmanian police officers who delivered a drunk man home and babysat him until a friend arrived have set social media alight.

On Saturday night, police officers were contacted by a taxi company for help in getting a man affected by alcohol home safely.

Senior Sergeant Craig Fox said when police arrived, “they found out the man’s address, took him home and waited for a friend to arrive to look after him”.

Officers then used the man’s mobile phone to take a selfie, with the inebriated man pictured giving the thumbs-up from his bed, “in the likely event he could not remember how he got home,” Sgt Fox said.

The man, Reece, woke the next day and discovered the image, with a friend later posting the photo to the popular social forum Reddit.

“So was just looking through my phone and turns out these good c**** took some banger selfies after they took my drunk ass home,” he wrote. “Bloody legends.”

The post caused bewilderment and debate among people who commented police where they lived were unlikely to be so generous.

“Let me get this straight. You black out, cops find you, and you wake up in your own bed and not a jail cell/drunk tank? What fairy-tale land do you dwell in?” asked one reader.

“Lol maybe in Australia. In the US, you can and most often are taken to something they call the drunk tank which is a jail cell for the night while you sober up,” wrote another.

Tasmania Police shared Reece’s post on their Facebook page, where it has accumulated over 8,000 ‘likes’ and almost 800 shares.

Senior Sergeant Fox said police did not normally drive people home who were suffering from the effects of alcohol and would prefer if party-goers pre-arranged a designated driver, used public transport or organised a taxi if they were intending to have a big night.

“Make a plan about how you will get home before you have a drink. Then there’s no risk to you, your family, friends or others on the road,” he said.

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Source: abc.net.au

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