Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni is a 65-year-old Ohio State Buckeyes fan who resides in Texas and happened to be driving through the state of Tennessee when she and her husband, Guido, were pulled over by the police.
Because, according to The Columbus Dispatch, their car was placed under suspicion for drug possession.
Then again, it looks like Tennessee cops could really use a lesson on the difference between being a football fan and being a drug trafficker.
Jonas-Boggioni, who has served as the president of the Ohio State Alumni Club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has a Buckeye sticker on the bumper of her car. You guessed it — Tennessee state police mistook the leafy symbol for that of a marijuana plant.
“It’s just amazing they would be that dumb,” Jonas-Boggioni said.
But wait, it gets even better: The couple was driving back to Plano, Texas following a trip to Columbus, Ohio in order to attend the funeral of Guido’s 92-year old mother, Eleanor.
Further, there are no records of the traffic stop at all with the Tennessee Highway Patrol nor the Shelby County sheriff’s office in Memphis. Does that mean these officers were too embarrassed over their mistake to register their actions with their superiors?
Probably, especially with all the pomp and circumstance they brought to this traffic stop.
"They were very serious,” Jonas-Boggioni said. “They had the body armor and the guns.”
Body armor? Guns?
“What are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your bumper?” the officer asked Jonas-Boggioni.
At that point, Jonas-Boggioni explained, using small words for these two to understand, that it was a Buckeye leaf, not a pot leaf.
“He looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language,” she said.
Obviously, she wasn’t. Since words were not getting through, however, she literally stood up, got out of her car and showed the officers the 2002 Ohio State National Championship shirt she was wearing because it had a Buckeye on it.
Her die-hard fan-ship got her into hot water in the first place, but it also worked in her favor to show these Tennessee cops what was up.
At that point, the officers, sufficiently embarrassed for one day we presume, told her she should remove the Buckeye sticker from her car.
“I said, ‘You mean in Tennessee?’ and he said, ‘No, permanently.’
“I didn’t take it off. . . . This little old lady is no drug dealer.”
Nope, she’s just awesome, and you don’t have to be an Ohio State fan to appreciate that.
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