Police in Wyoming, Minnesota found themselves in a bizarre situation after they received a call from a man claiming that he had found drugs in his wife’s purse.
According to BuzzFeed, the drugs that the man had supposedly discovered actually turned out to be a broken drink umbrella. Chief Paul Hoppe said that the call was part of a “virtual ride-along” that the department performs each week.
“When the officer who went out to take a look at it told the husband what it was, I think he was a little shocked,” said Hoppe.
“Has he never seen a cocktail umbrella? What rock does he live under?” a Twitter user asked the department.
“No,” the department responded in a tweet, “we had to Google a picture of what a cocktail umbrella looks like not broken into pieces.”
“What kind of drugs did he think it was? Red umbrella?” wondered another user.
“Was the man ON drugs when he found that and thought it was drugs?” commented another.
Others criticized the man for calling the police on his wife. “Dawg, on your wife?” asked one user. “that’s an instant L.”
The Wyoming Police Department had a sense of humor about the strange call.
“We wish him the best of luck in telling this story to his wife,” tweeted the department. “Bring roses and a card to make things easier, my friend.”
In another story of household objects mistaken for drugs, a Texas man has been working to clear his name after police reportedly mistook kitty litter in his car for methamphetamine, NY Daily News reports.
“People have been calling me a kingpin or a drug lord,” said 24-year-old Ross Lebeau. “They thought they had the biggest bust in Harris County. This was the bust of the year for them.”
Lebeau was arrested and booked into jail after officers alleged that he had nearly a half pound of meth in his car. The man’s name and mug shot were displayed in a news release from the sheriff’s office that said that Lebeau’s arrest “may have kept our children and loved ones free from being introduced to drugs.”
When deputies performed two field tests, the substance reportedly tested positive for being meth.
The case was thrown out, however, after a forensic lab test revealed that the “meth” in Lebeau’s car was actually cat litter.
“I would like an apology,” Lebeau said. “I was wrongly accused and I’m going to do everything in my power, with my family’s backing, to clear my name.”