Maryland police department received national exposure and some backlash this week with a post warning residents to wear pants when checking the mailbox.
On Tuesday evening, Taneytown Police Department posted this message on its Facebook page: “Please remember to put pants on before leaving the house to check your mailbox. You know who you are. This is your final warning.”
When the post first went up, Taneytown Mayor Bradley Wantz said, it was received well by the community. But then the intended humor was misunderstood.
“When it spreads beyond that initial context you know people understand what the department does, that’s where people take it out of context, and they start making accusations of taking away freedoms, taking away rights,” Wantz said.
Wantz said the department received various comments, calls and emails of people claiming government overreach, even comparing the department to Russia or North Korea to signify some sort of dictatorship.
Even though Taneytown is home to about 7,000 people, the post has received 10,000 shares, 4,000 reactions and more than 10,000 comments.
The post also got national coverage including outlets like USA TODAY, Daily Mail, msnNow and various television stations.
“Our police department Facebook page is a mix of information and entertainment, our residents appreciate some of the light-hearted things that are put out on there and that was the inspiration of the post …,” Wantz said. “It was simply humor.”