Irvine Police To "Ticket" Well-Behaved Kids with Slurpee Coupons

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Piss a cop off and they'll give you a ticket, but please 'em, and they'll give you a Slurpee.

Together with 7-Eleven, the Irvine Police Department has reinstated "Operation Chill." Under the program, which began nationally in 1996 and is funded entirely by 7-Eleven, officers "ticket" kids who they catch behaving well with Slurpee coupons.

Lieutenant Julia Engen, a spokeswoman for the Irvine Police Department, says the department has participated in the program for the past few years, adding that traffic officers hand out a majority of the coupons.

Kids can get coupons for wearing a helmet, stopping at a crosswalk and even for being active and playing in the park, Engen says. "Basically, doing good, normal kid stuff." 

The program is also intended to give kids a bit of face time with the cops and the cops a chance to save face with the kids. It's a bit of a reputation booster, if you will.

"Sometimes the first time their mom or dad is pulled over is the first time they see us. The idea is to let them know that that's not the only thing we're there for," Engen says. 

Although many of the one million Slurpees that will be awarded nationwide this year will acknowledge small feats, some might go to kiddie heros like Max de la Rosa. The Orange County Register reported that the local boy, who was nine at the time, was awarded a year's supply of Slurpees in 2009 for saving a drowning infant. 
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11 comments
MoGrill
MoGrill

I was pulled over one time and the officer said it was because I was a courteous driver and had let several car out of grid-lock in front of me at a road construction site. He was going to reward me with a $20 certificate to a local eatery until he smelled the demon alcohol on my breath. Instead I got a dui....and no certificate. At least I was a polite drunk....

Tom Waller
Tom Waller

One problem, finding your friendly neighborhood 7-11 in Irvine.  I thought they didn't allow such things in Irvine.

concerned
concerned

hmmmm.....seems to me like they are buttering these kids up to be rats in the future...... "always keep your mouth shut and never rat on your friends"

Bill T.
Bill T.

THere was a program like this in san Diego a few yers ago. People who were observed to deserve a pat on the back were getting pulled over and being given a coupon for turkeys. The people were so irate about getting pulled over rather than just being a little patient to see what the cop wanted that the program was discontinued.

brendamyler
brendamyler

Most of the coupon mom see coupons in our newspapers but it can be difficult to find coupons for exact product, for instance I always use printable coupons or "Printapon" search online to find your coupons

Tom_m
Tom_m

I once got pulled over for good driving and the cop gave me a $25 grocery gift card. I was flat broke at the time so I thought that was the coolest thing.

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

Tiger Mom's don't allow Slurpees, so the kids wont even get to redeem their coupons.

juan
juan

As negative as my personal experience has been with offices I have to say I like this program!! Way to go IPD and 7Eleven!! 

Kelly
Kelly

As a parent who is concerned about healthy eating, I couldn't agree more. It's a really great idea, but I wish we would stop "rewarding" kids with processed sugary junk foods.

Minoguecasa5
Minoguecasa5

OMG! It's ONE Slurpee, NOT a life-time supply....look beyond YOURSELF and see the longer lasting effects this program and reward for good behavior will offer our children...and if  a police office chooses to reward YOUR child, please feel free to say "no thank you."

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