"Marijuana gives [off] a distinct odor," Lt. Chris Cook told WFAA Thursday, presumably eliciting a chorus of "duh" from whoever was listening at the time. "He knew what the teen was up to." The officer, Eric Ball, was doing some off-duty work at an Arlington movie theater Monday night when he was informed that a teen was having a good time outside.
When the officer approached the teen, he noticed him "finishing a cigarette and discarding it" before catching a whiff of weed. Instead of threatening potentially life-ruining consequences, Ball offered an alternative. "He said, 'You give me 200 push-ups, I won't put you in jail,'" Lt. Cook said. "He could have very well arrested this teen, but instead he tried to do something better." The unnamed teen, who was "about 17 or 18 years old," was then reunited with his mother inside the theater.
The officer's tradeoff has been widely praised across social media, a fitting response given that the most common arguments against legalizing weed are confirmed bullshit:
Just make sure you're physically capable of doing 200 push-ups when toking in weed-unfriendly states.