The Kitty Hawk (NC) Police Department posted an image of the front pocket of a pair of denim jeans on its Facebook page accompanied by some "advice" for citizens about their pants.
The post read, "We at the Kitty Hawk Police Department understand that some of North Carolina's laws may be confusing. We also understand that educating you about the laws when you are being placed into handcuffs may be a little untimely. We thought if we could avoid more paperwork, and you could avoid going to jail, we both win. So, we have decided to post periodic educational messages on how to avoid going to jail. Here is the first of many to come."
The post continued, "Prior to wearing someone else's pants, please remove all drugs, drug paraphernalia, stolen goods or any other illegal items the 'owner' of the pants may have left behind. 'These are not my pants' is not an affirmative defense. Glad we could help."
The post concluded, "Disclaimer: We are not attorneys nor non-attorney spokespersons and this message is not intended as legal advice. Please speak to an actual attorney prior to wearing someone else's pants with drug filled pockets."