By: Jordan Ruby
I, personally, have never needed a reason to go play miniature golf other than my affinity for the tiny version of the game that I love. I held my Birthday party at my home course every year until my last child tooth fell out, and I loved every minute of it. But if you could tell me that by playing miniature golf I would not only enjoy the normal benefits, but also help the town that I live in fight crime? I think that’s just about as close to a no-brainer as anything I can think of.
The geniuses at the Berks County Police Department in Pennsylvania helped make that a reality. They just opened up a new miniature golf course that will help fund the town’s anonymous tip-line. The department offers cash rewards for those who call in to offer some information on crimes, but that is a lot of money to use up and the only other option was to potentially raise taxes to help offset the cost. Instead, and in what will likely be remembered as the greatest idea anyone has had since they decided to put a phone on the ninth tee box to order hot dogs at the turn, the department built a brand new golf course that sends 20% of its proceeds to the tip-line, which will ultimately help fund the service that can help bring more criminals to justice. The patrons win because they get to play a great round of putt-putt, the department wins because they can fund their struggling program, those who call in anonymous tips win because they will be able to get the cash rewards that were likely their incentive, the criminals lose; but we weren’t rooting for them anyway.
Golf, and its miniature incarnation, is very popular in this Country right now and this is a great way to use their popularity in a way that can benefit the entire community. Opening up a miniature golf course for profit is a smart business idea. Opening up a course like this that will benefit the Community in a number of different ways is not only a good business idea, but a compassionate one was well.
The target of the anonymous tip line program is local students, who might be friends with someone who has committed a crime. Professional criminals might not be wary to share the details of their heist with others, but students are prone to brag, and if there is money on the line, it wouldn’t be uncalled for someone to betray a classmate for a cash reward. And if someone plays miniature golf, and then is made privy to a crime that they could then call into the police then Hey! That’s 20% off your round of golf plus interest, basically.
Nobody wants to see taxes raised on their income. But to see money that someone would already be spending anyway, then that is just about the best outcome anyone could possibly hope for. Except, of course, the criminals.
Thanks to Jordan Ruby for this guest post. Jordan is Director of Content at Price Benowitz LLP. You may visit the firm’s Maryland criminal attorney and Virginia criminal lawyer sites for more information. You can also visit the link here for more info on the program about which he writes.