A 65-year-old woman and her husband reportedly were pulled over in Tennessee when police mistook a Buckeye bumper sticker for a pot leaf.
It’s tough being an Ohio State football fan these days. Despite the team going undefeated this past season, the Buckeyes were not eligible for a bowl game.
But what can only be like throwing salt in a wound, being a die-hard fan could apparently get you pulled over by police.
According to a report in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, an Ohio State fan and her husband were driving through Tennessee when they were pulled over because an Ohio State Buckeye sticker on her car looked too much like a marijuana leaf.
“It’s just amazing they would be that dumb,” Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni told the Dispatch.
The 65-year-old Jonas-Boggioni lives in Plano, Texas, grew up in Columbus and has served as an officer on the Dallas-Fort Worth Ohio State Alumni Club board of directors.
Jonas-Boggioni and her husband, Guido, 66, had been in Columbus to attend the funeral of Guido’s mother, Eleanor, 92. They were driving through Tennessee on their way back to Texas.
According to the Dispatch, the pair were east of Memphis when the police pulled them over.
When one officer asked Jonas-Boggioni why she had a marijuana sticker on her bumper, she reportedly told them it was a Buckeye sticker, similar to one that Ohio State football players put on their helmets. Her husband then showed the police an Ohio State sweatshirt he was wearing that had the same logo on it.
The image on the sticker is actually a buckeye leaf. The buckeye is the state tree of Ohio.
The officers advised Jonas-Boggioni to remove the sticker from her car, which she has said she will not do.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County Sheriff’s office in Memphis told the Dispatch that they had no information about the stop, and a spokeswoman for the West Tennessee Drug Task Force said the sticker would not be a sufficient reason to stop the car.
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