If you've ever felt like tasing a city official, well, Van Meter, Iowa, is the place for you. The town is giving one member of the public the chance to do just that by way of a $5 raffle. The winner will get to use a Taser on City Administrator Jake Anderson or Councilman Bob Lacy (the lucky guy being the one with the most votes, per a poster about the raffle) at a July 18 event in the town of roughly 1,100. Police will be on hand to help and will reap the financial benefits, with funds raised going to beef up its force, which relies on a single squad car.
It apparently started as a bit of a joke, along the lines of "Yeah, let's tase the administrators. They make all the friends," Anderson tells the Des Moines Register. "I was like, 'Yeah, that's funny. Do you think you could raise some money?' " He volunteered, and Lacy joined in. The Register notes that the poster reads, "Don't tase me bro!!!!!" The police chief, however, says that part isn't really a joke. "It has no meaning to it. It was just a saying that's out there." (Meanwhile, an Arizona hockey fan got to take out her frustration with a mayor via Taser.)