You may recall the Hershey's commercials from the 1990s for its Reese's Peanut Butter Cups with the iconic slogan: "There's No Wrong Way To Eat A Reese's."
In these classic ads, we saw a barber that liked to shave the top of his Reese's before eating it. Then there was the Aussie who after taking a bite threw the peanut butter cup like a boomerang only to finish it off once it had returned.
Unfortunately, one Florida woman found out the hard way that there is indeed a wrong way to eat a Reese's. Forty-six-year-old, Michele Underwood was arrested last week after she was clocked speeding at 127 miles per hour along a stretch of Interstate-95.
The arresting officer, Bud Davis, said Underwood was cooperative and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance. Instead, he says, she kept insisting that she was "simply trying to enjoy the snack at a higher rate of speed than anyone else had previously done." Suspicious of the sweet tooth speeder, Officer Davis asked to search her vehicle at which point he found nine kilos of cocaine packed in her trunk.
Underwood acknowledged the illegality of possessing the hard drug but says she had no intention of using or selling it. According to Officer Davis' police report, Underwood said "the presence of the nine kilos of coke combined with my high rate of speed added a level of danger that enhanced my Reese's Cup tasting experience."
This isn't the first time Underwood has tried to use the "no wrong way to eat a Reese's" defense. Court records show that in 2003, Underwood was charged on multiple counts of insurance fraud along with third-degree arson in a Florida suburb. Her candy slogan based defense rested on the claim that she was "just trying to enjoy fire roasted peanut butter cups." Underwood was convicted and served four years in federal prison.
Officer Davis says he hopes Underwood's story can be "a wake-up call" to those out there thinking they can deliberately misinterpret old-timey candy slogans as a green light to commit crime. "We're just lucky no one got hurt today," said Officer Davis just before tossing another Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the air and blasting it out of the sky with his police department issued firearm in a controlled demonstration during snack time at a children's summer camp.
As for Underwood, she is currently awaiting trial and being held on bond for 100 Grand.