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Old October 5, 2001, 03:23 PM   #1
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New Mexico Police Use Helicopter for Doughnut Run

New Mexico Police Use Helicopter for Doughnut Run
ALBUQUERQUE (Reuters) -

An Albuquerque policeman and his pilot face disciplinary measures after using a police helicopter this week to swoop in for a midnight snack of doughnuts, officials said on Friday. The officer and the civilian pilot were on night patrol over the city in a Kiowa OH-58 helicopter when they landed in a vacant lot next to a Krispy Kreme doughnut store around 1 a.m. (3 a.m. EDT) on Thursday morning.

"The contracted pilot and a police officer landed the copter early in the morning, ran in and grabbed a dozen, came back out and took off," Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Brian McCutcheon said.

"I don't know whose brain child it was, but it's quite an ugly child," he said.

McCutcheon said the event was being investigated as a possible misuse of city funds as well as for safety reasons, although he added there was no specific protocol for this case because it had ever happened before.

"We've been given no reasonable excuse as to why they would even think they could do this. But there could be some very serious ramifications," he said.

An eyewitness told the Albuquerque Journal that he saw the APD helicopter circle the Krispy Kreme and land in a nearby dirt field.

"I was angry, and I'm still kind of angry. That's my tax dollars, your tax dollars. You've got no business flying in to get doughnuts," said Keith Turner, who works nearby and was taking a smoke break when he saw the chopper swoop in, The cost to the department of running a Kiowa, including fuel and maintenance, is $80 an hour, McCutcheon said.

A Krispy Kreme employee who asked not to be identified said he didn't see why people were making a big deal of the unusual doughnut run.

"Cops got to eat, too," he said.






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Old October 5, 2001, 03:25 PM   #2
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So, other than a little waste for extra expenditure of fuel used in landing/taking off.....

who cares?
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Old October 5, 2001, 03:33 PM   #3
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Goet...

Personally I don't I don't care...

The guy was on patrol and he landed to get a doughnut. It's not like he hopped in the helicopter to specifically get one...

If there's no rule against a cop taking a bathroom break or getting a snack while on duty, then I don't see that there's a problem...

Considering that Obubba Been Laid took time to shut down entire city blocks just so he could ransack a McDonald's while he was in office...

At least he didn't take along 1250 hangers-on, in 90 Air Force planes,....Secret Service, media, staff, etc. with him, like Obubba Been Laid did on many an occasion, and for much less reason!

I just thought the article was funny...

Apparently you don't have much of a sense of humor, my apologies comrade…
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Old October 5, 2001, 03:35 PM   #4
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no ****.
cops go out to eat in their patrol cars todo el tiempo.
here in springdale the cops get to use their car for whatever they want. gas is paid for by tax dollars,as is insurance and maintanance.

i dont shive a git.
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Old October 5, 2001, 03:38 PM   #5
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Sounds cool to me.
$80 and hour is pretty darn cheap. LifeFlight charged my friend $100 a MINUTE to fly him to the hospital when he almost drown in a lake.
As long as the cops didn't use the chopper JUST for a food run it is no big deal. They were probably flying around doing their job, and landed for food. That is not a big waste of money, just a couple minutes to get food. (Let's do the math: $80 an hour and they probably spent 5 minutes getting food, that is about $6 of taxpayer's money. Big friggin deal, they gotta land for lunch sometime anyway don't they?)
It was probably a bit dangerous though to just land wherever they wanted.
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Old October 5, 2001, 03:44 PM   #6
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Only a dozen? Now THAT'S outrageous.
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Old October 5, 2001, 03:46 PM   #7
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BFD.
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Old October 5, 2001, 03:46 PM   #8
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I hear those Krispy Kreme's are pretty good!

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Old October 5, 2001, 03:54 PM   #9
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"Apparently you don't have much of a sense of humor, my apologies comrade…"

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Old October 5, 2001, 04:01 PM   #10
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Krispy Kreme is the GOD of donuts.

I agree. So what if they landed the chopper and ran in for donuts and a whiz break?

That's their patrol vehicle, correct?

As long as they operated and landed the copper safely, what's the big deal?
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Old October 5, 2001, 04:02 PM   #11
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It's funny, but it's no hanging crime, either.

The story reminds me of a night years back. Having left an awards ceremony around midnight, I was westbound on a deserted one-way city street. Ahead of me I could see a squad approaching, party lights flashing. I stopped, and the driver whipped by me and into a gas station parking lot. Thinking it was a robbery going down, I sat and watched as the officer lept from the squad and ran to the mens' room.
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Old October 5, 2001, 04:05 PM   #12
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Oh and another thing...

At least they didn't use the drive-thru!
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Old October 5, 2001, 04:17 PM   #13
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Where I worked you better be bringing coffee and for the boss on the desk.

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Old October 5, 2001, 04:44 PM   #14
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You guys are missing something.


Choppers are extremely dangerous on the ground. If you don't have either a cleared landing place (they didn't) or a very good reason (they didn't) they should not have put that bird on the ground.

Not to mention the noise factor at 1 AM.


I don't think it's worth firing anyone over, though.


$100 bucks a minute? He got off easy. My daughter had to be airlifted. A 12 minute flight was $4200. That's $350 per minute.


BTW, on the Krispy Kremes. I heard all the hype. I heard of people driving 500 miles and standing in line to get one. I couldn't believe anyone would be that stupid. And I could NOT believe that any donut could be that much better than other donuts.


Then I had one.
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Old October 5, 2001, 05:42 PM   #15
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They are GOOD.. I get them for freeeeeeeee some Sundays!!!
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Old October 5, 2001, 05:48 PM   #16
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Well, if they do get fired, maybe Krispy Kreme will hire them as spokesmen to do advertising.
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Old October 5, 2001, 06:14 PM   #17
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When considering the cost-per-minute of a medical flight, bear in mind they could have made it "cheaper" by taking longer.

Personally, if it's a member of MY family on the med evac flight, I want them to make the trip as quickly as they safely can.

Also, the two hungry cops may have been working through their lunch break - therefore we would owe THEM money (or at least our thanks).
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Old October 5, 2001, 06:29 PM   #18
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Krispy Kreme? Is that an oxymoron?
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Old October 5, 2001, 06:31 PM   #19
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Only yesterday I drove a county paramedic rescue unit to Krispy Kreme and bought a dozen. An hour later, I was half sick.
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Many years ago a Calif. Highway Patrol pilot set his single engine speed enforcement aircraft down on a rural road near Interstate 5 to get an ice cream cone from Foster's Freeze. He miscalculated where his wing tip was and tore it off on a power pole.

The officer ended up back in a patrol car in some isolated area.
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Old October 5, 2001, 09:02 PM   #21
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Look, they got a report that the box of donuts was holding the bran muffins hostage and they had to land to arrest the suspects. Only doing their jobs.
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Old October 6, 2001, 12:37 AM   #22
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I hope that they got coffee with that order and timed their landing with the batch of sliders just coming out of the oven.
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Old October 6, 2001, 01:24 AM   #23
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Anyone here remember the stories about the Pizza Delivery Huey in NAM


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Old October 6, 2001, 01:56 AM   #24
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I dont see the problem.

Just cause you pull sky watch duty means you cant stop for a break?
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Old October 6, 2001, 02:34 AM   #25
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It isn't the money, it's the lack of professionalism. One officer suffering from cranial-anal-inversion makes the whole department look bad.
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