Uber Maneuver Part 1A: My Strange Twitter Interaction With The Tampa Police Department

by Law Smith

This article-rant Uber/Lyft series applies to my city of Tampa, but It is applicable to many, many other cities.  Please don't leave the page because I live in Florida.

Part 1A: My Strange Twitter Interaction With The Tampa Police Department


Did you know the Tampa Police Department has an active Twitter account? I may have incorrectly cited them as the public entity fining car-sharing drivers in my previous blog post. I still keep asking around town, and there's a missing part between how drivers are getting pulled over and then how some of them are getting arrested.

The fact that a TPD was civil and replying decently to my questions made me think:

  • Who runs their Twitter account? An intern? A salty old veteran thats forced to a desk? Ohhhh, maybe the renegade cop that plays by his own rules then is forced to a desk jockey position, and his only way to vent is to go back and forth with fledgling stand up comedians
  • If the TPD really cared about not being associated with the arrests, wouldn't they halt any press from pushing misinformation? I suppose their priorities may have shifted when most of the country started finding out that most policemen aren't very patient.
  • Will the TPD communicate by Instagram in the future? Will they use an insufferable #blessed hashtag?  Will the TPD add a Snapchat account to see how boring and unimaginative high schoolers are?