We all know brands love using Christmas to shape their content on social media, but it feels a bit off when serious institutions get involved.
So you can imagine what happened when the Metropolitan Police bizarrely decided to take a festive approach to hunting suspected criminals, by posting an odd video advent calendar in which a new suspect is revealed daily for the public to watch out for, up until December 25 itself.
We are looking for 12 wanted suspects across London.
Can you help us find them?
Who is behind door number one? Well it is only “Andrew Claffey wanted for assault and carrying a knife”!
Yeah, we would have preferred a square of chocolate too.
This all seems pretty odd but the Met don’t appear to agree. In a press statement, superintendent Thomas Naughton said: “With Christmas around 12 days away, we are increasing our efforts to arrest these individuals and apprehend them for their crimes.
“These offenders have caused harm and distress to their victims and it is our priority to arrest them to prevent them from causing further offences.”
Fair enough. But reacting to it, people thought the calendar was in pretty bad taste and just utterly bizarre.
@metpoliceuk Huh, turning the celebration of advent into a mugshot parade - is it just me, or is this in really bad taste?
Oh dear. Given normal advent calendars usually have a bigger chocolate on the 25th to really give people a treat, we just wonder what heinous suspected criminal Scotland Yard will reveal on Christmas Day?