A Michigan police station threatens potential criminals with a jail cell covered in Stranger Things season 2 spoilers. The second season of Netflix's smash-hit premiered just over a week ago, but many fans have already devoured the entire season in a single binge-watch. The Netflix formula of releasing an entire season on one day is ideal for binge-watchers, but it does create problems for those viewers who would rather take Stranger Things one episode at a time.
Stranger Things is also the kind of show that is chock-full of spoilers, as it is a mystery series at heart, so for those fans who are watching at a slower pace, spoiler-dodging can feel like a full-time job. This provides the usual opportunities for mean-spirited trolls to take great joy in posting spoilers wherever they can but has also given one police station an unusual idea; to use the threat of spoilers as a deterrent for potential criminals.
On Sunday, the East Lansing police station in Michigan posted on Twitter claiming that any criminal they arrest will be put in a cell covered in Stranger Things spoilers, with a gif of Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) eating a waffle. The tweet reads "We've taped Stranger Things spoilers all over the walls of our jail this week. Some extra motivation for you to not end up there".
We've taped Stranger Things spoilers all over the walls of our jail this week. Some extra motivation for you to not end up there. pic.twitter.com/SEbRlXx4BJ
— East Lansing Police (@EastLansingPD) November 5, 2017
It's clear from previous tweets that the East Lansing PD has a sense of humor, so this shouldn't be too surprising for locals who follow the station. Their Twitter feed includes jokes about getting "confused" by snow around Halloween, quite a few jocular tweets on other topics, and even promotion for the department's YouTube channel. Clearly, East Lansing PD has fully embraced social media.
It's fantastic to see a police department having a little fun and taking advantage of trending topics in order to get more people subscribing to their feed. This kind of tweet is interspersed with useful information about events, traffic accidents, and even attempts to return stolen goods to their rightful owners, so it's not just for the fun of it. Of course, it's not too likely that potential criminals would be following the police department, or that they would change their behavior just to avoid spoilers, but it's still a lot of fun. If nothing else, perhaps one or two East Lansing hooligans will put off their criminal activity until after they finished watching Stranger Things season 2.
Stranger Things 2 is available to stream on Netflix.