Cop Gives Teen Caught With Marijuana Bizarre Choice: Do 200 Push-Ups or Go to Jail
Arlington police officer officer Eric Ball was working off-duty when he received a tip about a teenager smoking weed, and proceeded to follow the scent.
"Marijuana gives [off] a distinct odor. He knew what the teen was up to," said Arlington police lieutenant Chris Cook of Ball.
After realizing he'd made a mistake, the 17-year-old was surprised to hear Ball's punishment of choice.
"[Ball] said, 'You give me 200 push-ups, I won't put you in jail," said Lt. Cook. "He could have very well arrested this teen, but instead he tried to do something better."
"I would have made him do more push-ups," the boy's mother, approving the officer's actions.
While Ball was inspired by the discipline on his high school football team, exercising while on marijuana may actually be good for you. One California gym even allows its members to smoke weed while they work out.
Raiza Paredez posted video documentation of the alternative punishment, which has since received over 200,000 views.
"Big UP's to the Arlington Police Officer that made the young black guy that decided to smoke weed on the movie theater parking lot to do push-ups then take him to jail or shoot him just Cuz. We need more cops like this. #Policeeverywhereneedtotakenotes #ArlingtonPoliceDept," Paredez wrote.