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Canadian Cops Apologizes To Nickelback For Drunk Driving Warning Prank

The Canadian police officer who penned the Facebook post threatened to punish drunk drivers by making them listen to Nickelback music has apologized to the band.

Constable Robb Hartlen of the Kensington Police Service on Prince Edward Island tells TMZ representatives for Nickelback made contact with the department after the message was posted, expressing the band's displeasure and asking that the post be removed. Hartlen posted his apology online, saying that, "At the time I thought this was a great idea, all pure intentions. As we have seen, our little post became an international story. Somewhere in the noise the message 'Don't drink and drive' was overshadowed by negativity towards the band. The more successful the post became, the less the message was mentioned and the fat that we love or love to hate Nickelback took centre stage. That prompted me to think less about Nickelback the entity, and more about the four guys from Alberta who were dragged into this story. The most I thought about that, the less funny the humour seemed...How could I walk into an elementary school and teach kids that bullying is wrong when I was guilty of the exact same thing?"

Hartlen added that he found Nickelback was as concerned about combating drunk driving as the police force.

The initial Facebook message was posted last week, threatening to play Nickelback's Silver Side Up album for offenders in the squad car as they were driven to the police station: "Let's not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickelback. You don't drink and drive and we won't make you listen to it."

Nickelback has made no public comment on the matter, however.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.