Here’s a photo of a police officer pulling over a tank

"Sir, do you know why I pulled you over?"

Oh, the day after Veterans Day, when your news feed is spilling over with thoughtful op-eds and reflective essays on the costs of war, life after service, and ruminations on whether or not it was worth it.

It's important stuff, absolutely, but I'll admit that I caught myself thinking: You know, today I could really use some silly news. And behold, the internet giveth:

At first glance it appears that yesterday in the small town of Webster Groves, Mo., a local cop pulled over an M5 Stuart Light tank and gave the driver a ticket.

However, as much as I wish that had happened, it didn't.

While Task & Purpose was unable to get a full explanation from the Webster Groves Missouri Police Department when we called on Tuesday, an operator did tell us that the tank driver was a city resident who was receiving a police escort to a Veterans Day event in town.

Even so, we can dream about how that encounter might have gone down:

Cop: “Sir, do you know why I pulled you over?”

Tanker: “Because I'm driving several tons of American kickass on a city street?”

Cop: “No. You failed to use a turn signal, in fact, you have none. You also have no headlights; this thing is spewing out fumes and hasn't passed an inspection since Ike was alive; your registration is dated 1945; and you have six decades of unpaid parking tickets.”

Tanker: “Oh, I'm sorry, I thought this was America.”

Cop: “…”

James Clark
James Clark

is the Deputy Editor of Task & Purpose and a Marine veteran. He oversees daily editorial operations, edits articles, and supports reporters so they can continue to write the impactful stories that matter to our audience. In terms of writing, James provides a mix of pop culture commentary and in-depth analysis of issues facing the military and veterans community. Contact the author here.

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