Comedian Randy Liedtke had a funny idea for a prank.
He would bake a bunch of cookies, frost them to look like iPhones, and drive around Los Angeles until the cops pulled him over.
He even had a response ready to go:
Made iPhone Cookies to trick cops into pulling me over, I'll just take a bite and ask if cookies are against the law. pic.twitter.com/MBGYAH1hiH— Randy Liedtke (@randyliedtke) December 9, 2013
Pretty great! And eventually he was pulled over by the cops — but the officer in question was having none of it.
OH MAN IM GETTING PULLED OVER STAY TUNED!— Randy Liedtke (@randyliedtke) December 11, 2013
OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN pic.twitter.com/S9agLdSJPS— Randy Liedtke (@randyliedtke) December 11, 2013
Apparently that's where his elaborate cookie scheme began to unravel.
Says I have a warrant for unpaid parking tickets? Making me go with him. Letting me text gf but Im tweeting this. pic.twitter.com/vv89MUqg0Q— Randy Liedtke (@randyliedtke) December 11, 2013
Liedtke's Twitter account then went quiet. About 10 hours later he re-emerged, posting this photo:
Wasn't worth it. I'm an idiot... No more iPhone Cookies pic.twitter.com/MbQZq0UA9O— Randy Liedtke (@randyliedtke) December 12, 2013
Lesson learned, right?
There are, however, a few suspicious plot holes. An NBC Los Angeles reporter, suspecting the whole thing might be a fabrication, said both the LAPD and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department refused to substantiate or refute Liedtke's claims. Liedtke himself did not respond to comment.
But let's examine the evidence against him:
- In the selfie with the cop car behind him taken at 1:36 p.m., there are no flashing police lights. Don't police usually leave their lights on after pulling you over?
- This tweet reads to me as suspicious. Ask yourself: If you were a cop having your authority challenged, would you walk away?
Took a bite out of the cookie. He was so confused and angry. Told me to hold tight, he is back in his car now.— Randy Liedtke (@randyliedtke) December 11, 2013
- All of the incriminating photos could have been staged, particularly the last of him holding a blurry ticket. (Which doesn't look like a ticket.)
- In the tweet where he says he has a warrant for unpaid parking tickets, he says the cop is letting him text his girlfriend. Normally, I'm told, you aren't allowed to touch your phone.
- Why would you drop the cookie on the ground and litter in front of a police officer?
- If it is indeed a well-executed hoax, it wouldn't be Liedtke's first. The comedian tricked the internet earlier this year with a fake twitter account. The charade landed him a guest appearance on NPR, according to his Facebook page.
So: Is Liedtke's cookie adventure nothing more than another tall tale spun for the Twitter generation? We'll likely find out soon enough.
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