Who would've thought that Stranger Things could be used in the fight against crime? Apparently, the East Lansing Police Department did.
To encourage citizens to live a crime-free life, the Michigan police department says on Twitter that it put up Stranger Things spoilers all over its jail cell, which clearly falls under the definition of a cruel and unusual punishment.
Of course, it didn't take long until fans picked up on it.
Stranger Things Spoilers Become Weapon Of Justice
On Sunday, Nov. 5, the East Lansing Police Department posted a tweet about its new deterrent.
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
While everyone was up and about describing it along the lines of the worst punishment ever, a Twitter user was so curious about whether or not it's the real deal that they were thinking about getting arrested to confirm the jail cell lined with Stranger Things spoilers, The Detroit News reports.
get arrested and verify this — rachael (@rachaelmcgoaway) November 6, 2017
That may have backfired on the police department, pushing citizens to a life of crime instead of scaring them from it.
However, putting a stop to whatever antics may come from the tweet, an East Lansing police officer told The Detroit News that it was just a joke.
Even though it wasn't real, the tweet was amusing enough to get Twitter users to get in on it:
Now THAT is cruel!!!! :)
— Alexandra Ilitch (@WLNSAlexandra) November 5, 2017
the real criminals are the ones who didnt binge watch it the first night — Vivian T (@whovivian112903) November 7, 2017
that’s harsh !!!the worst punishment ever I feel the pain already!
— Kaila Hernandez (@kKailaHernandez) November 7, 2017
Anyone who hasn’t watched Stranger things deserves to be imprisoned anyways. — Ginger Tweet God (@Skipaleeto0799) November 7, 2017
Now that's how you protect and serve. Well played, East Lansing PD.
— Skye D (@missskye) November 7, 2017
Meanwhile, some didn't quite understand the threat. By "some," we're referring to the fans who already binge-watched the minute Stranger Things season 2 became available on Netflix.
Jokes on you, I finished Stranger Things 9 hours after it came out — tay! (@missingboybyers) November 7, 2017
Wait, People didn't already binge it on the first night? Weird. — LurkingGrue (@LurkingGrue) November 6, 2017