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Philly police use Twitter to order fast food and shout out alpacas

It's a small-town take on a big city.


Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 29, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 9:12 am CDT

Philadelphia is a big enough city that there’s always stuff going on, even if it doesn’t quite match the crazy chaos of a place like New York. And there’s nothing that better captures Philly’s quirks and happenings than its police department’s Twitter.

The Philadelphia Police Department’s account is a bit like a small-town law enforcement social media presence that posts about criminals apprehended for hiding weed in Wendy’s burgers. It’s dedicated to the funnier things happening in the Birthplace of America, tweeting in a sort of cheery dad-joke voice. They’re super into Nirvana, for one thing.

This police department is also apparently full of animal experts. They cracked the case on whether the hoofed animal hanging out at City Hall during the DNC was an alpaca or llama. 

For the record, it was an alpaca. 

But perhaps the best part about this Twitter account is its love of food. It’s not afraid to @ somebody with a fast food order.

And when it comes to the topic of Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, well, they know how to turn on the burn.

Oof, savage. 

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*First Published: Jul 29, 2016, 2:53 pm CDT