Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb has been quite the media darling this week, as the plan for police to hand out 1,000 bags of Doritos at Hempfest became national news. Whitcomb has been fielding scores of media calls (while Jonah Spangenthal-Lee mans the witty Twitter repartee).
But I salute him for not ducking the hard questions. Like, "why are you only handing out nacho cheese-flavored Doritos and not cool Ranch?" This was the query, born of Twitter, that I left on his voice mail. And on Friday evening he called me back with an answer.
"Why nacho cheese and not cool Ranch? It's the obvious answer--gotta go with the classic. 'Cause cool Ranch is just kind of gross. But that's just us."
With all due respect, sir, that's crazy talk. We didn't ask how Whitcomb's withering scorn for cool Ranch stacks up against the department's apparent distaste for Bugles.
The Doritos, as you've probably heard by now, will bear stickers with educational information about Washington's new marijuana laws, much of it culled from the practically viral Mariwhatnow, Spangenthal-Lee's cheeky guide to marijuana use the department put out late last year. All this handy info comes under the opening line of "We thought you might be hungry." The handout will happen shortly after 10 this morning at Hempfest's main gate. One thing I learned, per Erica C. Barnett, is that the officers are volunteering their time for this. And I'm betting those bags will go fast.