Man Loses Facebook Challenge to Police, Turns Himself In, Brings Donuts
A Michigan man made good on his promise and turned himself in to the Redford Township Police Department, bringing with him a dozen donuts and a bagel, after losing a public challenge he made to them.
Michael Zaydel, using the name Champagne Torino on Facebook, had repeatedly taunted the police department on its Facebook page.
“You guys suck!” read his Oct. 6 comment. The department threatened to ban him from the page, referring to his previous comments as “veiled threats to residents and officers,” but Zaydel continued his jabs at the police, ultimately challenging the department to make their next post viral.
“If you’re [sic] next post gets a thousand shares I’ll turn myself in along with a dozen doughnuts. And that’s a promise,” he wrote to the department in a Facebook message, adding he would also “pick up every piece of litter around all your public schools,” according to the department’s Facebook post.
“CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!” the department wrote in its next Facebook post, asking its followers (now closing on 10,000) to share it. “Donuts!!!! He promised us donuts! You know how much we love Donuts!” the post read.
The post was shared 1,000 times in just over an hour, the department stated. By the evening on Oct. 17, it had over 4,400 shares.
“It is amazing the support we get from the community. Mr. ‘Torino’ gave us a challenge. That challenge was accepted. He may or may not be a man of his word. It is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality,” wrote Sgt. Duane Gregg and Officer Jennifer Mansfield of the RTPD in an Oct. 6 Facebook post.
On Oct. 11, the department had posted Zaydel’s photo on Facebook asking the public for help with finding him.
“Mr. Zaydel has multiple outstanding misdemeanor warrants out of the 17th District Court, and several other jurisdictions in this area. Mr. Zaydel is known to be in the Redford/Livonia, area, or possibly local donut shops,” the post stated.
He was wanted on probation violations for assault and leaving the scene of a DUI accident, the department stated in Facebook comment, adding: “[W]e were attempting to allow Mr. Zaydel the opportunity to follow through on his promise without causing him unnecessary further embarrassment. He has failed to live up to his promise. We will find and arrest him.”
It’s possible somebody also posted Zaydel’s address on Facebook. “The address comment has been hidden from the general public,” the police wrote.
On Monday, Oct. 16, at about 6:30 p.m., Zaydel turned himself in, bringing a dozen donuts and a bagel.
“Mr. Zaydel was lodged and will have a hearing tomorrow morning at the 17th District Court,” the department announced.
It is not clear if Zaydel plans to follow through on clearing the public schools’ surroundings of litter too.