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Don't buy this phone case, police warn

Social media warning about phone case resembling gun goes viral

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SAN MATEO, Calif. – In a social media post that has gone viral, a California police department is warning parents to not buy or let their children buy a phone case that looks like a gun.

The phone case looks very similar to a real gun in certain instances and could cause a lot of trouble.

While the case comes in different colors, the black one is the most realistic-looking. 

The post was first shared on a police officer’s personal Facebook page saying, “As a police officer......please, please do not buy this or allow your children to have this new phone case! Hell, tell everyone you know, not just your kids!!"

As a police officer......please, please do not buy this or allow your children to have this new phone case! Hell, tell everyone you know, not just your kids!!

Posted by Aaron P Sheehan on Monday, September 24, 2018

The post surfaced again Oct. 1 when the San Mateo Deputy Sheriff’s Association shared the post with its own warning. 

“Please do not purchase or let your children purchase this cell phone case,” the post reads. “Although a novelty, it will create unwanted scrutiny from law enforcement for whoever uses it.

“Regular citizens will see it and call 911 and then law enforcement will respond accordingly for a subject with a gun call. At minimum, someone will be proned out on the ground until the LEOs can secure the 'Phone case' or someone could potentially get shot depending on their actions when LEOs respond.”

Please do not purchase or let your children purchase this cell phone case. Although a novelty, it will create unwanted...

Posted by San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association on Monday, October 1, 2018

This warning applies to everyone, not just parents. 


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