Canadian Police Threaten to Make Drunk Drivers Listen to Nickelback

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Police in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada have come up with a new way to deter people from driving drunk this holiday season: by threatening to make them listen to Nickelback.

In a November 26 post to its Facebook page, the Kensington Police Service warned revelers that anyone caught driving drunk will be fined, have their license suspended, and—worst of all—be forced to listen to the department’s copy of the Canadian rock group’s 2001 album, Silver Side Up.

“Know that the Kensington Police Service will be out for the remainder of year looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive,” the Facebook post noted.

“And when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the offices copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail.”

“Now, now, no need to thank us, we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you.”

The warning was accompanied by a photo of a cassette of Nickelback’s 2001 album, Silver Side Up. Apparently, technology has not caught up with the Kensington police.

The post has since been deleted, but you can read it below.

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The jab was another reminder of how Nickelback have become everyone’s favorite band to hate. Back in the early 2000s, the Canadian rockers were one of North America’s top-selling acts. Silver Side Up, which featured the hits “How You Remind Me” and “Never Again,” went Platinum six times in the United States and eight times in Canada. The group was ranked by Billboard as the most successful rock act of the decade, with “How You Remind Me” becoming the decade’s best-selling rock song.

But these days, the Chad Kroeger–fronted act can’t get any respect, apparently not even from the cops in their own country. In May 2013, Rolling Stone readers named Nickelback the second worst band of the Nineties, behind Creed.

Nickelback should be having the last laugh, though. Their most recent album, 2014’s No Fixed Address, hit the top spot on Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative Albums charts.