The Philadelphia Police Know Memes | Philly Views
March 14, 2017

The Philadelphia Police Know Memes

Written by Matt Schickling

The Philadelphia Police Department is keenly aware of meme culture.

When it snows, they shine. Out of their frustration with people using orange traffic cones to save parking spots, the #NoSavesies moment was born.

Take this Game of Thrones-themed Facebook post from 2014, for example.



This post was particularly savvy. Game of Thrones was between seasons at that point. Fans were looking for something, anything in terms of teasers and hints for the then-upcoming fourth season. Philly PD delivered, and even came at one of the most despised characters in television history. “Remember to share the street. Don’t be a parking King Joffrey,” it said.

In its next snow-themed meme in January 2015, the department reached way back to 1989. This post referenced the poor translations in Zero Wing, which gave the internet the phrase, “All your base are belong to us.” But in true #NoSavies fashion, it read, “All your cones and lawn chairs are belong to us.”



After a brief foray back into the “Game of Cones” theme, Philly Police capitalized on pop culture again. This time with Disney’s Frozen.



No one can escape the watchful eye of the Philadelphia Police’s meme department, not even Kanye West. Here’s another post from 2015, referencing the classic “I’ma let you finish” moment.



This is probably the best of them all. It has everything: a video, original editing, even custom vocals singing to Drake’s “Hotline Bling” with a new spin on the lyrics.

“You need to call us from your cell phone, late night when you see that cone.”



This post from March 2016 got in on the Pokémon hype even before Pokémon Go took over the streets the following summer. It repurposed a visual most of us are familiar with, but armed Pikachu with a lawn chair and Squirtle with an orange cone.



This past January, the police brought back the beloved “Game of Cones” concept. This time it was updated for current Thrones events. “Snow is back” it read with a photo of the just-revived Jon Snow holding a traffic cone. Good stuff.



Philly Police are even on top of recent meme history. In February, the account came at the “Cash me outside” girl who dominated the internet for weeks after her appearance on  Dr. Phil. “Cash this outside, and we’ll takedah” it read, and photoshopped a hoop earring-wearing cone over Danielle Bregoli’s face.



And for this current snow storm, they returned to the bread and butter.


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