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The Light Side: Inmate goes whole hog

Inmate adds pig image to Vermont police cruiser decals

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Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 6:00 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A prison inmate who makes stationery and license plates pulled a fast one on state police by adding the image of a pig to the state decal on their cruisers.

On the 16-inch car door decals, made by prisoners in Windsor, one of the spots on a cow in a scene with mountains and a pine tree has been changed to the shape of a pig, a derogatory term for police.

A Vermont state trooper discovered the pig while inspecting his vehicle on Wednesday. State police say they believe the decals have been added to about 30 cruisers in the past year.

About 60 altered decals were made over the last couple of years, said Andy Pallito, commissioner of the Department of Corrections, which is looking into who made the modification and when.

New decals will be made by Monday at a cost of $780. The expense will be covered by a surplus in the revolving fund that supports the offender work program, Pallito said.

State police Maj. Bill Sheets wasn't amused by the prank.

"While some may find humor in the decal modifications, the joke unfortunately comes at the expense of the taxpayers," he said Thursday.

The Burlington Free Press newspaper first reported the pig decals.

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  • REDLINE posted at 9:17 am on Sat, Feb 4, 2012.

    REDLINE Posts: 101

    ISP's new decal could use this artist to paint a gun on the ground with the trooper car driving away!

  • HB posted at 8:58 am on Sat, Feb 4, 2012.

    HB Posts: 1

    Pride Integrity Guts

  • mister d posted at 7:16 pm on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531


  • Flash Gordon posted at 2:10 pm on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1678

    The ultimate "RF".....

  • coronado41 posted at 9:16 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    coronado41 Posts: 13

    What is wrong with a pig? I see a cow. Sure, it is not a Picaso?

  • Rogue Cop posted at 9:00 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    Now that's funny right there. I don't care who you are!

  • My2sence posted at 8:40 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    The "alien"...thing is probably a destraction for the pig on the cow, even the cow's expression looks like "WTH ARE YOU?"

  • DeNiles posted at 8:06 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    What is that thing in the lower left of the foreground? It looks like a yellow snowman with a lumpy head.

  • My2sence posted at 8:05 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    I love it, but what the heck is that yellow terd lookin creature thing in the lower left of the picture?
    Ya the police are not amused, and their gonna show us taxpayers just how much. And has anyone ever heard of "the offender work program"? They are prepared for things like this!? with a "surplus" of taxpayer money? sorry if I sound a little bitter, on my way into work this morning I had the pleasure of watching not 1, not 2, BUT 3 ISP units "investigating" an abandoned/broke down truck on the side of the freeway, all I could think was "there's are taxpayer dollars hard at work there"
    Happy Friday

  • JonUSMC posted at 7:53 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    JonUSMC Posts: 98

    As a retired cop, I do have to find this really funny!

  • Randy Myers posted at 7:34 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Hilarious! I hope they catch whoever did it and commend him. This was harmless and creative.

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:33 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1287

    Sorry, some will be annoyed but I had to laugh. Someone got away with this prank for over a year.

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