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The Philadelphia Police Know Memes

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.

 

According to multiple weather reports, another snow storm is coming this Sunday. The Kingdom of Philadelphia and it's…

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Friday, February 28, 2014

 

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.”

 

Well Philly, we're probably getting some snow tomorrow afternoon. Please remember: shoveling out a parking spot on a…

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

 

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

 

We get it — really, we do! It's snowing, and all you wanted to do was build a snowman or maybe go and play. Instead,…

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Friday, January 23, 2015

 

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.

 

That's a nice cone, and Imma let you keep it, but everyone knows you cant use one to save a parking spot!Saving a…

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

 

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.”

 

HotlineSavesies

A snow storm is coming..and you know what that means. Soon, people everywhere will be using cones, lawn chairs, trashcans, uh, toilets, and any other household item that they can think of to save their shoveled-out parking spot. Folks – the spot isn't yours, and saving it is against the law. Don't fight and argue with your neighbors – if you see an offending spot saver, call 911 and the PPD will swing by and check it out.Oh! Since we are a totally hip police department, and as such, we know that the kids like the Drake, we made this neat video that you can share with them! Now, it's easy for young kids everywhere to get the message that when it comes to holding parking spots on public streets, Philadelphia is a #NoSavesies city!

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 

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.

 

A small snow storm has appeared! And if we're lucky, tomorrow's storm will be the last one of the season. But please,…

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Thursday, March 3, 2016

 

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.

 

Jon Snow may know nothing – but even he knows that the Game of Cones is about to begin anew. With snow expected tonight…

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Thursday, January 5, 2017

 

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 we'll takedah. With snow coming tomorrow, battles over parking spots are sure to ignite as people dig out…

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

 

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

 

Game of Cones

Winter is coming. Again.House Savesies is amassing an army. With tomorrow's snow, a force of cones, lawn chairs, toilets, and recycling bins will begin to fill shoveled-out parking spots all over the kingdom of Philadelphia.Folks, it is illegal to "save" a parking spot. Playing the Game of Cones can lead to a fine. If you see someone saving a parking spot (or see a saved spot on your block), call 911, and let us handle it. It is not worth getting into an argument on the street over a parking spot. Shovel and share; leave the parking battles to us!#NoSavesies #GameOfCones

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Monday, March 13, 2017

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Matt Schickling

Editor/writer/musician who is living/working/breathing in Fishtown. Past bylines at Northeast Times, Philly Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, Lower Bucks Times and others. I can be reached at matt@phillyviews.com