The keeper of the playground peace has been charged for unlawfully carrying out her uncivil duties.
There is a child inside all of us. If we had the time, we would all probably love to spend our days climbing jungle gyms and trying to swing over the top of the swingsets. Unfortunately, as adults, we overload ourselves with responsibilities that restrain us from unleashing our unhinged wild side.
Teenagers, on the other hand, are a perfect storm of child and adult. Sure, they’re starting to get older and take on more responsibilities, but they’re also young enough to blow off a few hours of work to go gallivanting around the park.
This is exactly what a group of 16-year-old girls were doing one October afternoon, at Dream Park in Fort Worth, Texas. That is until ‘Swing Set Susan,’ formally known as Samantha Louise Eley, decides to execute her self-proclaimed authority by ordering the teens to cease and desist.
“Ok well, I’m a f@%king PD, so get the f@%k out of here now if you’re not here to play as a child,” Eley so eloquently instructs after commandeering the illicitly used swing set by the ‘adults.’
As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, the girls believed Eley was indeed an off-duty officer, and immediately left the park. What they did not know, however, was that Samantha also left the park soon after, upon learning that a bystander had just called the police.
Why leave the park if back-up was on the way? According to a Forth Worth PD statement made on Twitter, the woman in the video, who had yet to be identified as Samantha Eley, was not a police officer at all.
It did not take long for investigators to identify and track down Samantha, who was arrested and charged with Impersonating a Public Servant, a week later.
It was later learned that Eley was actually arrested on a different warrant, for an outstanding bond violation. Apparently, Swing Set Susan has a bit of a rap sheet.
Unfortunately, civil hero Samantha never got the memo that Dream Park is a public park that was designed to welcome everyone, and degrading adolescents is not part of their core policies. While there haven’t been any official reports, we’re almost certain she will lose her Playground PD badge for violating the rules and regulations that we try to withhold from our neighborhood parks.