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Police Publish 'An Introduction To PEDO BEAR'

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the please-stop-getting-older dept.

Crime 324

According to this article, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department knows that Pedobear is an Internet joke, but that hasn't stopped them from trying to warn the public about him. Their most recent tool in the fight against internet memes is this public safety information bulletin entitled: "An Introduction to PEDO BEAR." I look forward to the bulletin warning parents about the dangers of children playing in Chocolate Rain.

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Forget chocolate rain (5, Funny)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588006)

Check out the dangers of playing in sprinklers [youtube.com] .

Re:Forget chocolate rain (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588098)

Check out the dangers of playing in sprinklers.

How uneducated can you get?

Re:Forget chocolate rain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588146)

Check out the dangers of playing in sprinklers.

How uneducated can you get?

Bend over and I'll show you.

Re:Forget chocolate rain (1, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588348)

Given that no cop in the USA is non-corrupt any more? This is completely expected.

I'm actually surprised they didn't beat the poor guy in the costume up, just for the fun of it.

Re:Forget chocolate rain (4, Insightful)

Jawnn (445279) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589258)

Check out the dangers of playing in sprinklers.

How uneducated can you get?

Very, but they still get to vote. Three guesses as to which way "they" lean.
Seriously, I want to laugh (and I do) but this (TFA and the sprinkler idiot) is troubling. Not just because these cops are stupid, but because it reflects a general failure of critical thinking across our society. The intellectual capacity required for a reasonable skepticism seems to be escaping a larger and larger swath of the populace, a swath which apparently now takes in those in important public safety roles. We're doomed.

Re:Forget chocolate rain (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588266)

The dangers of not having a good science education program.

Re:Forget chocolate rain (1)

jythie (914043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588346)

Wow. I had not thought about that crazy lady in years......

Re:Forget chocolate rain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588652)

That's clearly a joke. It has to be. It's just a simple parody.

...right?

Doesn't use it often? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588768)

Maybe she's from Wasilla, AK, and it's only the tenth time she's used it.

It's been a whole year, and a whole bottle of Yukon Jack. Despite this, she remembers the visible spectrum, minus a few critical details.

What about Sexual Harassment Panda!?! (2, Funny)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588046)

Is he now out of a job? Awww, people don't like Sexual Harassment Panda. That makes Panda sad. :(

really? (5, Insightful)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588054)

"We know that this is a joke, but we're going to approach it as if it's a serious thing."

Your tax dollars at work, people.

Re:really? (1, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588244)

money well spent.

When parent run into PEDO BEAR for the first time, they should know 2 things.

1) It's pretty much a joke;
2) Pedophile are starting to use it as a tool to gain access and open discussions with minors.

Your arrogance from ignorance it beneath you.

Re:really? (5, Insightful)

bistromath007 (1253428) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588382)

Actually, they should only know that it is a joke, because that second part is a pile of crap that the police basically made up so they wouldn't look stupid for kicking PedoBear out of ComicCon.

Re:really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588398)

ZOMFG!!!!!
Won't someone think of the CHILDREN !!!!!!!!!!!1111111111oneoneeleveneleven.

Re:really? (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588672)

Won't someone think of the CHILDREN !

I'm pretty sure Pedobear has that covered.

Re:really? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588804)

Where are my mod points when I need them?

Re:really? (1)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588806)

Oh, I think it's useful... but in regards to 2) I've only seen pedobear pop up in forums posted by third parties to indicate that interactions between other people are getting that kind of creepy. So in that respect, if you see a lot of pedobears being posted, someone on the channel is acting creepy (not necessarily the guy who is posting the pedobear).

Also, more awareness of memes could at least help avoid situations like this: http://boingboing.net/2010/02/06/pedobear-official-ma.html [boingboing.net]

Re:really? (1, Interesting)

trentblase (717954) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589016)

That's all you've seen, but have you been hanging out in REAL pedophile forums? Obviously pedobear started as a joke, but I'll fully admit I have no knowledge of whether the real pedophile community has adopted the image to communicate with each other. If (and its a big if) the police have real (i.e. not hypothetical) knowledge that real pedophiles use the image to communicate with each other, then the warning is appropriate (maybe they have undercovers in pedophile forums?).

I looked at the actual bulletin and it seemed to be a downright reasonable explanation of pedobear, minus the reference to "pedophiles and sexual deviants," which again I can't really dispute because I have no idea what those guys are doing!

Re:really? (4, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589218)

I would argue that it's a useless warning, in that 99.99% of the time people see Pedobear, it's as a joke. It would be like saying that many domestic abusers wear baseball caps, therefor you should be on the lookout for baseball caps because any time you see one someone will beat your spouse when you're not looking.

Re:really? (1)

mpeskett (1221084) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589336)

Given the frequency with which it's used by non-pedophiles, that would be a pretty crappy means of communication.

If the bear was supposed to be a secret "I'm a pedo too" signal, it'd just end up with perverts trying to contact random /b/tards, presumably with hilarious consequences.

Re:really? (5, Insightful)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588836)

Their next pamphlets will be titled "Warning Parents! Ceiling Kitty [ebaumsworld.com] Is Watching Your Family Masturbate!" and "Are Your Kids Getting Rickrolled [youtube.com] ?"

Re:really? (2, Insightful)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588260)

"We know that this is a joke, but we're going to approach it as if it's a serious thing."

Your tax dollars at work, people.

Yeah, well if you did a survey, I bet most of the people in the area would approve that their Sheriff's department is "doing something" about online child predators. And if the Sheriff in the county is elected, you just know in the next election he's going to have something that states he fought child internet predators.

The electorate is a bunch of morons - I mean morans.

Re:really? (2, Insightful)

jythie (914043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588402)

And we have a winner. I am guessing this is exactly what is going on.. .getting a talking point for reelection since any retraction will probably be forgotten.. so instead of looking like an idiot who does not understand a very serious problem, he will get hailed as a diligent working trying to protect children.

Re:really? (4, Insightful)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588614)

I don't get why people try to protect children. Lock the god damn things in a cage or throw them all in the deepest hole you can find, just get them the fuck away from me.

Re:really? (1)

evanism (600676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588822)

Did you escape yours recently?

Re:really? (-1, Troll)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588944)

I've never had kids. I won't have kids. If I had a child it would be destroyed, violently, in tiny tiny tiny pieces. Think "Red Mist." That could be the title of a book I think.

Re:really? (2, Insightful)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589104)

I've never had kids. I won't have kids

And we all thank you for voluntarily removing yourself from the gene pool.

Re:really? (3, Interesting)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588578)

Add to that... a police department of a sizeable city usually has a few cops that temporarily aren't put on active duty (whether it's some kind of formal or informal suspension) because they've had recent problems abusing their authority or other violations that were egregious enough that the chief/sheriff had to do something.

In the case of my local P.D., these cops generally get D.A.R.E. duty or are sent places dressed up as McGruff the crime dog. That's right -- if you're the cop that can't be trusted with the authority of your office, you get to be the one they send to deal with children. That's a great idea.

In the context of that, getting the cops you can't put on duty to warn of the dangers of pedobear doesn't seem that ridiculous, and, as you said, probably is helpful at election time.

Re:really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588300)

"We know that this is a joke, but we're going to approach it as if it's a serious thing."

Jenkem [wikipedia.org] . It's the real shit!

Re:really? (2, Interesting)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588498)

I was at a Costco and the police (i think) had a bear mascot encouraging kids to get fingerprinted in case they get kidnapped.
I told the mascot: "You haven't heard about Pedobear, have you?"
The mascot shook its head no.
I snickered into Costco...

Re:really? (1)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588604)

Actually, the Pedobear character had pretty innocuous roots.
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pedobear [knowyourmeme.com]

It wasn't until later that he got perverted into a frequent fark.com meme.

Also, awesome irony if he was originally created as the Safety Bear.

Re:really? (3, Insightful)

evanism (600676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588800)

I've had a few friends who have been cops, and while being nice guys and girls they can be universally described as totally ignorant to the point of actual stupidity. It always stunned me at how profoundly they misunderstood the simplest things. They could not and would not contextualise anything.

Eveything was either breaking the law (however they chose to define it) or potentially breaking the law.

Needless to say, I have dumped all 5 of them knowing they would end up in trouble, psychotic or corrupt. I was 100% right on every one of them.

Tax dollars (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588938)

Your tax dollars at work

Indeed they are at work, if you're the one on the receiving end. From the top of the power pyramid all the way down to the local sheriff, as long as the money is passing through your hands, you are in a position to exploit that cash flow for personal gain. THAT is why government loves to spend money on failure and pointlessness -- they still win.

Re:really? (1)

Sinistar2k (225578) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589008)

Also applies to:

Heavy metal
Professional wrestling
Reality TV
Cosplay

Re:really? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589160)

"We know that this is a joke, but we're going to approach it as if it's a serious thing." Your tax dollars at work, people.

If the money isn't being spent on enforcing drug laws they -don't- realize are jokes, that's probably a slight improvement.

Kicked Out? (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588106)

Seriously? They kicked PedoBear out of ComicCon?

Re:Kicked Out? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588160)

CENSORSHIP. It's a joke. Perhaps distasteful but no worse than Conan O'Brien's masturbating bear.

It's humor Mr. Comicon security guard with a dildo shoved up his ass. What an anal-retentive bastard.

Re:Kicked Out? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588210)

You had a point til you got all trollish about it.

Re:Kicked Out? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588310)

Um, a great many people don't want pedophile ideas, humor, around kids. SO allowing it would be about for business.. and comic con fans in general.

It's worse the COBs master bating bear in that the masterbating bear is on a late night channel.

Re:Kicked Out? (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588512)

I thought that was really about a guy going into a non-costume area with a consume on, not the costume itself?

Re:Kicked Out? (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589022)

The problem is, "family friendly" events - or those that wish to describe themselves as such - don't usually include "Teach your kids what a pedophile is!" on their roster of activities.

"Perhaps distasteful" == "why he was removed from ComicCon."

Re:Kicked Out? (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588320)

That's counterproductive. He'll just hang out in his windowless van and cruise the neighborhood.

Re:Kicked Out? (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588600)

That's counterproductive. He'll just hang out in his windowless van and cruise the neighborhood.

Wait, it's Wil Wheaton [typepad.com] in the PedoBear outfit?

[Gag Reel @ 2:00, but -1 to your Nerd Cred if you needed to be told that]

Be Careful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588116)

Like Pedobear says, "Old enough to walk, old enough for [Pedobear]."
All precautions must be taken to prevent this monster from ravaging our children.

If your children see Double Rainbows... (2, Funny)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588120)

...ask them "What does it mean?"

Re:If your children see Double Rainbows... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588164)

They probably need corrective eye glasses

Proves Anything Can Be Misinterpreted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588198)

Placed in the RIGHT hands, anything can be looped back on itself and aggressively misinterpreted. Lets go burn a Koran Today...

sadly (-1, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588204)

PEDO BEAR is becoming a tool for pedophile to use.

Re:sadly (0, Troll)

uncanny (954868) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588454)

but not suprisingly

Re:sadly (3, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588484)

PEDO BEAR is becoming a tool for pedophile to use.

I have doubts about the certainty of your fears. Do you have proof? You wouldn't just be saying that based on absolutely nothing, would you?

Re:sadly (2, Funny)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588920)

I heard that at some point you could post pictures to 4chan concatenated with a rar file (the extra data would just be ignored and a picture displayed) and a pedobear picture was used sometimes to exchange pictures of dubious morality. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, this is just something I heard in a 4chan thread so it could be bullshit but it certainly sounds plausible enough.

Next Publication (1)

MrTripps (1306469) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588216)

Next on the reading list is Goat.se 101 and The Beginner's Guide to Rick Rolling.

They say it STARTED as a joke (-1, Troll)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588218)

This summary is blatantly false after even only thirty seconds of looking at its links - for example:

The Pedo Bear began as an online Japanese cartoon character, and is known for his "lecherous nature" towards prepubescent children.
Recently, pedophiles have adopted the bear as a mascot.

The summary omits that transition part, wherein the only valid application of Pedobear is that of a joke, and pedophiles haven't picked it up and ran with it. Now, should samzenpus somehow know that the police are wrong about this, then I'd expect to see some kind of supporting link in the same summary. Barring that, the 'golly-gee those are dumb cops' angle is intellectually insulting, isn't it?

I know we don't read TFA around here, I really do, but I just had to say something this time. Topic and content aren't even on the same logical planet...

Re:They say it STARTED as a joke (2, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588432)

This summary is blatantly false after even only thirty seconds of looking at its links - for example:

The Pedo Bear began as an online Japanese cartoon character, and is known for his "lecherous nature" towards prepubescent children.
Recently, pedophiles have adopted the bear as a mascot.

The summary omits that transition part, wherein the only valid application of Pedobear is that of a joke, and pedophiles haven't picked it up and ran with it.

[CITATION NEEDED]

Which pedophiles, when, and where? Be precise, name names.
Once you're done with that, look up what "FUD" means, you'll obviously learn new things.

Re:They say it STARTED as a joke (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588774)

The pamphlet makes an unsubstantiated claim.

The doesn't mean the response shouldn't have some substantiation. I admit it is hard to prove a negative, but i personally will not do the research to see if he is used as an icon for pedos to identify each-other (sounds unlikely, as it would lead to too many mis identifications).

the guy handing out candy at comic con was a joke obviously though. There is an actual claim being made in the article that they are finding him in investigations, but how much is not known.

Re:They say it STARTED as a joke (1)

bistromath007 (1253428) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588442)

Pedobear has always been their mascot. That's what he's for. It is also a wholly vacuous truth, they can't "use him" to gain access or anything else any more than a baseball team can use a giant chicken steal second.

Re:They say it STARTED as a joke (2, Informative)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589014)

...any more than a baseball team can use a giant chicken steal second.

Well, they could, but the game would be delayed until the chicken returned it.

Re:They say it STARTED as a joke (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588684)

samzenpus

Oh that's a great idea. We should have Samus Aran running the anti-molestation guard!

Re:They say it STARTED as a joke (1)

trentblase (717954) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589036)

I assume that samzenpus is a pedophile and can attest that neither he or his sexually deviant buddies use pedobear except as an internet joke.

Re:They say it STARTED as a joke (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589158)

I assume that samzenpus is a pedophile and can attest that neither he or his sexually deviant buddies use pedobear except as an internet joke.

I almost, almost, almost went there. Glad to see someone else drew that conclusion, because that really is just about the only position one could take to refute this claim. Hilarity ensues...

pedo means fart in Spanish (4, Funny)

alonsoac (180192) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588264)

It should be noted that "pedo" means fart in Spanish.

Re:pedo means fart in Spanish (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589226)

Now -THAT- is a scary bear.

Again paranoia rules the roost (5, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588284)

This constant paranoia over pedophilia has gotten insane. While it is a terrible crime, the odds of your kid getting killed by an SUV dwarf the odds that they will get molested by a stranger(some studies suggest that the child knows the perpetrator about 90% of the time). Meanwhile fearful parents park their kids in front of some sort of glowing rectangle and let them eat themselves to an early grave because a guaranteed life of obesity seems somehow better than a slim(really slim if your properly educate and observe the children) chance that they will be molested.

Furthermore the whole police state mentality is driving people who have these urges further and further underground. Dan Savage had a really interesting call on his podcast a few months back about someone who said he couldn't control his attraction to children. He hadn't molested anyone yet but he was scared he might, but thanks to the way the law is written now, if he seeks help the psychiatrist MUST report him to the cops where he will be thrown in prison and then booted out into a world where he is a pariah just for THOUGHTS he may have had. So instead of this man being able to seek professional help(which could include chemical castration), he is now forced to battle his demons on his own and is probably MORE likely to molest a kid than if he had been able to get help. But somehow Americans think that if they can use the police to arrest someone, they should no matter what the actual or perceived crime is.

Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not trying to minimize molestation, it's a real and terrible thing. But being irrationally afraid of the problem isn't going to make it go away and really isn't going to leave your children in a very healthy state when they grow up.

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (5, Insightful)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588418)

Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not trying to minimize molestation, it's a real and terrible thing.

I find rather annoying that you had to be that explicit and make that statement even here on Slashdot.

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (0, Troll)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588422)

>et molested by a stranger(some studies suggest that the child knows the perpetrator about 90% of the time).

Typically, they call him "Father" at Church.

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (-1, Troll)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589332)

Actually, more often they call him "teacher" at school.

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (3, Funny)

ronocdh (906309) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588540)

I'm certainly not trying to minimize molestation

Burn him, burn him!

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (4, Insightful)

the_womble (580291) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588640)

Not only to kids usually know the abuser, the abuser is usually a member of their family.

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (1)

Spectre (1685) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588736)

Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not trying to minimize molestation,

*grin* Are you trying to maximize molestation? more, More, MORE!

S'okay, I know you meant "I'm certainly not trying to trivialize molestation,"

Yes, you are correct, in the vast majority of cases where children are molested by adults, it is by either a family member or friend of the family, not some stranger the parents/guardians don't even know about.

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (4, Interesting)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588858)

a guaranteed life of obesity seems somehow better than a slim [...] chance that they will be molested. [...]

it's a real and terrible thing.

... not really.

I know a LOT of people that did stuff when they were 8-14. This includes people that were 10-12 and getting/giving oral to other kids in their class, or (common) girls who were 12-13 the first time they screwed an 18 year old boy. Hell, I know a lot of girls that were 14-15 and actively seducing 22-25 year old guys; this had at one point been an annoyance for me because ... well, they're not unique, and I've been hit on by 14 year olds. Easy fix for that is hang out in bars where 14 year olds can't go, and work in a secure building you need a clearance to get into (cleared commercial contractor or federal building)... no more annoying teenagers trying to get me in trouble! (Yes I'm paranoid; teenage girls are evil and they MUST be fishing for blackmail material, I swear... don't fucking touch them)

Overall though, the people I know that went through that stuff... had fun, and are actually pretty happy about it. People I know that didn't seem more uptight and afraid of their own shadow, and also more prone to rely on the opinions of others even when their own feelings differ (group-think... you can tell, because they either get very uncomfortable or very aggressive while they try to blend in).

Of course, I know people who were raped and they're not happy about it, and have some lingering issues... after over a decade they understand their issues, but still have a little trouble. I don't know anyone whose been raped and murdered, though... for obvious reasons.

People make a lot of noise about nothing.

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588954)

People make a lot of noise about nothing.

Given the content of your post, it is obvious that you are a pedophile. Also, I see that you failed to post that anonymously. I will be reporting you to the authorities so that they can permanently ruin your life, which is far less punishment than you deserve.

I will also point out that every reader who has not responded exactly as I have is just as guilty, and just as deserving of punishment, as this filthy, filthy pedophile.

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33589268)

Well, since you have a few anecdotes to share, I guess that means the reams of studies and statistics demonstrating the very real, long term, and harmful consequences of sexual abuse of children is invalidated!

Thanks for letting us know.

For what it's worth: sexual contact with a child by an adult (which is what we're talking about when we talk about pedophilia) is rape. It is very different from a couple 12 year olds "playing doctor." I also find it curious that you seem to feel most 14 year old girls are trying to hit on you, to the point that you have to sequester yourselves from their attention - is it a function of their actual behavior, or a function of you misinterpreting innocuous behavior?

Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (1)

evanism (600676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588974)

Hey! What's wrong with SUV dwarves? They are great people, only their choice of vehicle is inappropriate.

While they're at it (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588288)

... they better put up a similar warning page about Chris Hansen, too. He tends to show up in all the same places as pedobear.

What a backstory (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588306)

They have taken a funny, harmless meme and created such a backstory that you just have to wonder if the people at the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's office aren't writers for Heroes.

"The Pedo Bear began as an online Japanese cartoon character, and is known for his "lecherous nature" towards prepubescent children."

From humble beginnings...

"One of the things that makes Pedobear popular is the controversy over his licentious love of little girls."

Who doesn't like a good controversy?

Not universal (1)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588326)

Hey, most people are not aware of the latest memes. Those who know about Pedobear may know (yes, tautology) but most people don't. Nice that the Sheriff does issue at least an explanation with appropriate warning. And yes, most people find jokes about pedophilia not funny, and don't want such material anywhere near their kids.

Re:Not universal (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588452)

Nice that the Sheriff does issue at least an explanation with appropriate warning.

You misspelled "hysterical".

Re:Not universal (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588636)

"latest memes" meaning things at least 3 or more years old... You have failed the internet.

What about Pedobears friends? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588336)

Scat Rat, Futa Cow, Shota Tiger, Yuri Bunny, Guro Dragon, S&M Horse, Furry Sheep, Yaoi Cock, Hetero Dog & Watersports Pig?

Do they not even warrant a warning?

Re:What about Pedobears friends? (5, Funny)

scourfish (573542) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588518)

This seriously sounds like it could be the boss lineup for a Megaman X game.

Re:What about Pedobears friends? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33589344)

Megaman xXx, obviously.

Re:What about Pedobears friends? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33589384)

Megaman XXX?

I shudder to think what weapons you would acquire.

Isin't it obvious? (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588340)

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's dept are in the for the lolz.

Damn you Mickey Mouse! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588466)

He used to hug me all the time at DisneyLand! Now I know what is hiding under his cute face and non-threatening appearance!

Forget the rain.. lookout for the showers! (1)

Striikerr (798526) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588474)

"I look forward to the bulletin warning parents about the dangers of children playing in Chocolate Rain."

I'd be more concerned with playing in golden showers than chocolate rain..

Oblig. Red vs. Blue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588524)

Doc: I'm a pacifist.
Caboose: Your a thing that babies suck on....
Tucker: No dude, you mean a pedophile.

Re:Oblig. Red vs. Blue (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588906)

And the medic is a pussyfest!

So I just have to put the decal on my car window (1)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588662)

and I can get out of all those volunteer jobs they make us parents do at our kids' school? Sweet!

Glad they're representing SLO (1)

drexlor (1314419) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588664)

Now I know what people will think of when they see where I went to college.

Re:Glad they're representing SLO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588798)

It's your own damn fault if you were dumb enough to go to COW POLY [calpoly.edu] . (Unless you are a Cuesta or Handcock student, in which case I offer my sincere apologies)

This makes perfect sense, knowing SLO Sheriff... (5, Funny)

Bjorn_Redtail (848817) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588692)

This is obviously an attempt to stereotype all bears as pedophiles. This might make it politically easier to allow the hunting of brown and black bears in the county [lpfw.org] . It would also humiliate and shame the Downtown Association's bear that appears at farmers' market, helping to reduce the amount of "organic produce" in the county. Plus, it would allow the SLO Sheriff to seize the bear fountain [missionscalifornia.com] in downtown SLO city, because it's "Just like the one that I [one of the deputies] wanted [calcoastnews.com] ". Plus, it helps distract from other pressing issues [calcoastnews.com] . In fact, it makes a whole lot of sense for the Sheriff to issue an APB on pedobear.

Coming soon (1)

rolando2424 (1096299) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588720)

"He knows the rules. Do you? An introduction to Rickroll"

Huh? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588728)

Personally I am waiting for the demonization of USB cables... That's what you REALLY have to look out for. I'll show you later.

They don't know it's a joke. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588730)

It's clear from the "bulletin" that these sheriffs don't understand that pedobear is a joke used by non-pedophiles. They think pedobear is some kind of signal that pedophiles use to communicate with each other. They even think that the existence of someone in a pedobear costume is an indication that pedophiles are around. I doubt most pedophiles are too eager to advertise their presence.

Think in the context of small children (1, Interesting)

DreamArcher (1690064) | more than 3 years ago | (#33588902)

Yes, we all get the joke and I agree it's funny/harmless in an all adult context. However children have not developed those skills. I'm sure Pedobear at Comiccon had no intention of molesting children but it exactly personifies the problem. No matter how funny/harmless it is, or how much we as adults get the joke, it's not appropriate to hand out candy to small children and reinforce the notion that it's ok for them to accept gifts from friendly looking people. Small children are not going to get the joke no matter how much we might.

i actually live in San Luis Obispo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33588948)

and plan on dressing as pedobear for halloween this year. it's funny because i produced a fairly successful meme mashup (Happiest Wedding Cry) > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwIl3D-tBHY and when I DJ downtown, I am friendly with the police officers who watch the streets outside the club. I play my meme mashup and nobody seems to mind... What's next? Warning against tit slapping DJ's?

- C.FLO

Pedobear in Atlanta (1)

shambalagoon (714768) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589072)

Pedobear appeared at Dragon Con in Atlanta a few weeks ago, too. It was a different costume than the one shown. He had a "free hugs" sign and when a grown-up would hug him, he'd flip the sign over to say "too old". Here's a picture, about 1/3 of the way down: http://www.epbot.com/2010/09/dragoncon-costume-gallery-3.html [epbot.com]

Troll (1)

JLDohm (741501) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589148)

Well done San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department, you have pulled off the best troll ever.

Evil Pedobear (1)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589298)

But hasn't he molested OVER 9000! children?

Obvious troll is obvious (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 3 years ago | (#33589324)

Or maybe they just did it for the lulz.
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