I'm sure readers are aware of memes that take on a life of their own, becoming folklore and accepted truth even when they're not. Such a meme is the story that cops like donuts, and can usually be found in or near a donut store.
The New York Post reported today:
The NYPD's entire fleet of Highway Patrol officers was pulled from their posts and rushed to a Bronx firing range yesterday because of a malfunction discovered with their shotguns, sources said.
The snafu was discovered during a training session at the Rodman's Neck range when NYPD weapon experts found "intermittent" problems with the firing pin that prevented the gun from discharging.
All 75 Mossberg 590A1 shotguns had to be turned in for the older Ithaca 37s.
Officers then had to be recertified to use those guns before they could return to their posts.
Precinct squad cars were sent in shifts to make up for their absence, though the NYPD insisted there was no lapse in patrols.
(Thanks to George M. for e-mailing the link to the story.)
It didn't take very long for a reader to comment:
"They found jelly donut pieces in all the actions."
Ouch! One can't help but laugh, though . . .