Ejected Wisconsin fan sends 240 coconut donuts to cops
In case you couldn’t tell by the headline, this is one of those good news/bad news stories.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department was surprised to find 240 coconut donuts delivered to its office on Monday. Even more surprising was the fact that the sender was a Wisconsin fan who was ejected from Saturday’s game against Northwestern.
Why would an ejected fan send 240 donuts to the same police that escorted him out of Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday?
Well, there’s a multi-layered answer to that question.
The first being that while 240 donuts might seem like a kind gesture, they were coconut, which is obviously not a fan favorite. According to the Wisconsin fan, the large amount of coconut donuts were sent tongue-in-cheek as a sign of gratitude for what the campus police does (which he said was awesome), but also for his “disdain” for the way he was treated (which was not so awesome).
Apparently he was in town for Saturday’s game against Northwestern to meet several friends from around the world. Unfortunately, he didn’t have tickets in the same section as they did. When he tried to sit in an empty seat in the section to be with his out-of-town friends, he was taken out of the stadium by campus police.
The frustration came from the fact that despite being respectful to the cops (or so he said in an email exchange) he was still dismissed from Camp Randall Stadium, and not escorted to his ticketed seat. He didn’t appreciate the “little respect” he felt he was shown by the cops.
He sent the donuts as a way to address the situation while letting them know of their wrongdoing. In an email exchange with the police department, he explained his reasoning. The police department understood his gripe, and defended itself by saying they deal with intoxicated students trying to do the same thing all the time.
In the end, they came to an agreement that it was a misunderstanding, and that it could’ve been handled better. And because 240 coconut donuts likely would’ve gone mostly uneaten in a 130-person office, the police department donated them to the Salvation Army Women’s Shelter.
It was an odd, but effective gesture that ended up getting the point across.