Cop mistakes moldy french fry for joint

Guess you could smoke that, if you felt like it.


Chase Hoffberger

Internet Culture

Published Jul 9, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 12:00 am CDT

Pulled over in Pensylvania the other night while out for a joyride with his friends, YouTuber Joe Mugga videotaped a policeman confusing a french fry on the floor of his backseat for a stick of marijuana. 

The cop, who goes unidentified, pulled over Mugga, who was out cruising with three friends, over because his rear license plate light wasn’t operating. Mugga takes a long minute looking for his license upon prompting, and the cop takes the time to shine a flashlight on the backseat. 

We learn later—after the cop has asked Mugga and his friends to get out of the car to search it—that what he’d seen in the back wasn’t a joint but rather a “moldy old french fry,” one Mugga knew had been sitting out for some time. 

The cop explains himself and drives away. Mugga and his friends get back into the car. The camera dips, loses focus on any subject. 

Someone in the car says the scene should go on World Star. Another turns the music up. Then the whole group goes dead silent. The car fills up with haze. Mugga gets out of the car. 

The first one was a french fry. The second, not at all.

Photo by Keith McDuffey/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 9, 2014, 10:05 am CDT