Ever since their relatively bland arena rock began infiltrating the nation in 2001, Nickelback have become a band that’s so easy to make fun of, it’s not even fair any more. From a petition to stop them from playing at a football game to lists of people to unfriend on Facebook, they’re pretty much a meme. At least they have a sense of humor about it. However, someone at a traffic stop was recently handcuffed and detained merely for saying the band’s name. Apparently, a truck at a gas station in Cour d’Alene, ID was blasting some Nickelback, and Dylan Swinford and Riker Morrow commented on it. That was enough for two policemen to think that they said “nickel sack,” and detain the two for a potential drug deal. Morrow began recording the interaction, which has since been put on YouTube.
One of the two officers sasy that the pair’s protestation that they were talking about Nickelback is a “bullshit story,” stating that they weren’t born yesterday. Swinford is taken out of the truck, with a gun pulled on him, and handcuffed. While the YouTube clip doesn’t show the whole interaction, the two were eventually let go without being arrested. The event has gotten enough publicity that the Sheriff’s office has responded to it. “It’s pretty negative for us here, but we’ll move on,” Lt. Stu Miller told the New York Daily News. What this really comes down to is that if you’re listening to Nickelback, you probably shouldn’t talk about it in Cour d’Alene, ID. Or anywhere else, for that matter.