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Congrats on scoring Iron Bowl tickets! Oh, and you’re under arrest…

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If you’re ever presented with an offer that looks too good to be true, more times than not it usually is.

Such was the case recently for about a dozen fans of the Alabama and Auburn football program.

By way of the Opelika-Auburn News, the sheriff’s department conducted a “sting” last Friday to catch child support scofflaws in the county.  The ruse — code name: Operation Iron Snare — involved sending a letter to those delinquent in child support, informing them that they had “won” tickets to this year’s Alabama-Auburn game.  All they had to do was show up in person with the letter and photo ID to “claim” their “prize.

Of course, uncomfortable hilarity ensued when the fans were informed that there was actually a warrant for their arrest awaiting them instead of a pair of tickets to the Iron Bowl.

Here’s the clip:

The best part?  The handcuffed man being led to jail asking at the end of the clip “well, do I still get my tickets?”

Yep, they love their Alabama-Auburn rivalry in that state.

UPDATED 12:07 p.m. ET: For those who have asked, we don’t know the “score” of this “game” and whether Alabama or Auburn “won”.

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23 Responses to “Congrats on scoring Iron Bowl tickets! Oh, and you’re under arrest…”
  1. me6661973 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:59 AM

    So was it more Bammer fan or Auburn dead beats got caught what the score on dead beat parent raid? That be funny see who wins be who has least fans caught.

  2. buryyourduke says: Aug 5, 2011 11:59 AM

    The obvious question is, how many were Auburn fans, and how many were Bama fans?

  3. galvestontexans says: Aug 5, 2011 12:09 PM

    That is Awesome

  4. lgm717 says: Aug 5, 2011 12:34 PM

    From the highest of highs….to the lowest of lows.

  5. patbocam says: Aug 5, 2011 12:42 PM


  6. sprizzle2182 says: Aug 5, 2011 1:27 PM

    haha..thats hillarious!!!

  7. notoriouspro says: Aug 5, 2011 1:54 PM

    is this legal?

  8. florida727 says: Aug 5, 2011 1:55 PM

    Deb, didn’t see you in the video! Must already have your tickets :)

    You got an extra one for me, right?

  9. blueinok says: Aug 5, 2011 2:03 PM

    This sting could work anywhere, not a reflection on any schools fans, just deadbeat parents.

  10. nathandef says: Aug 5, 2011 2:06 PM

    Thats just screwed up man

  11. bturner032002 says: Aug 5, 2011 2:11 PM

    I dont get it?

    If you have a warrant why not just send one or two police to the address the letter was sent to and make the arrest??

    Why waste taxpayers money setting up this whole thing with 20+ cops there?

  12. fatfreddystubbs says: Aug 5, 2011 2:46 PM

    Wasn’t there an Al Pacino movie about 20 years ago where they did the same thing with Yankees tickets?

  13. stairwayto7 says: Aug 5, 2011 4:33 PM

    That is your typical SEC fan! Dumb and ignorant! We know they were going to scalp them!

  14. pricecube says: Aug 5, 2011 4:46 PM

    They are just having a great time screwing with these people … using all this tax money to have a fun time playing candid camera… it’s a big party/joke. Don’t get me wrong… deadbeat parents should pay their child support but the glee these cops seem to take humiliating people… the way they relish announcing the arrest is disgusting to me.

  15. gatorcheme says: Aug 5, 2011 5:02 PM

    “If you have a warrant why not just send one or two police to the address the letter was sent to and make the arrest??”

    A dog fights hardest on his own turf. By doing it this way the police accompish the following:

    –Numbers: Go to the address, cops have to deal with the perp and all his friends/family.
    –Timing: Go to the address, no sure bet that you’ll find the perp. But now he knows you’re looking.
    –Control: By being in control of the entire situation. No one is harmed.
    –Message: By making it public, the police send the message that they are enforcing the law. Deadbeats–pay your support. Public at large–we are doing our job.

    Good job officers. Go SEC.

  16. thepar46 says: Aug 5, 2011 5:42 PM

    I didnt know that any one in BAMA knew who their father was!!

  17. mdnittlion says: Aug 5, 2011 5:57 PM

    Best sting Ever!!

  18. derpdederpdederp says: Aug 5, 2011 8:07 PM

    hahaha straight outta the Simpsons…”can I have my boat now?”

  19. dcroz says: Aug 5, 2011 11:06 PM


    It’s perfectly legal. They were arrested for outstanding warrants, not for coming to pick up the tickets. No entrapment, therefore, since they were not being enticed into performing an illegal act by the cops.

  20. dcroz says: Aug 5, 2011 11:11 PM

    What’s even funnier about this is that you hear of this same thing being done every few years. Some sheriff’s department in the state will use this ruse to get deadbeat parents or those wanted on outstanding warrants for other things to unwittingly turn themselves in, and even though it always gets reported for a laugh on the news, the criminals will still fall for it when someone else does it later. Then again, the ones who have any sense see right through it, while it’s the morons that will not see anything amiss about winning a contest they never entered or even knew anything about.

  21. waynefontes says: Aug 6, 2011 12:28 AM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Aug 5, 2011 4:33 PM
    That is your typical SEC fan! Dumb and ignorant! We know they were going to scalp them!


    Considering your numerous spelling/grammatical errors on many posts, you should quit while you’re behind. You are as dumb as a rock, and you embarass Pennsylvania’s public school system.

    That being said, they should’ve thrown in a free boat. It worked on the Simpsons, and nobody ever accused child support scofflaws of being intelligent.

  22. joerevs300 says: Aug 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    Reminds me of something I saw on World Wildest Police Videos back in the late 90’s when they offered free vacations to people and they got like 100-200 people wanted on various warrants.

    Then again, no one ever said criminals were smart.

  23. dkhhuey says: Aug 7, 2011 5:32 PM

    I have a friend who is a detective and said these are pretty inexpensive and afford them a chance to arrest felons in a very controlled, very safe, and very non violent situations. It is actually more dangerous and expensive to put together separate operations to get each person on their list. Not to mention open them up to potential explosive and dangerous situations.

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