Canadian Police Threaten Drunk Drivers With Nickelback as Punishment

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A Facebook post from police in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada warns holiday drivers that if they are caught drunk behind the wheel, they’ll be forced to listen to songs from the rock band Nickleback.

“Now, with that being said, know that the Kensington Police Service will be out for the remainder of year looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive. And when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the offices copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail,” the now-deleted Facebook message read.

The post offers would-be drunk drivers tips to avoid the unusual punishment, like planning to have a designated driver and writing down contact information for a cab company.

With a hint of levity on an otherwise serious topic, the post said there’s “no need to thank us, we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you.”

In 2013, Rolling Stone conducted a survey that named Nickleback the #2 worst band of the nineties.

The much-maligned Canadian band broke onto the rock scene in 1995 and released their first studio album “Curb” in May 1996. Nickelback’s third studio album “Silver Side Up” catapulted the band to mainstream success and translated into more than 5.5 million sales in the U.S.

The band’s 2005 album “All the Right Reasons” is the band’s biggest-selling effort, to date, with 15 million units worldwide. But Nickelback has seen its success wane in the intervening years. Their eighth studio album, “No Fixed Address,” released in November 2014, sold just 58,000 copies in Canada and failed to go gold in the U.S.


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