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Monday, April 4, 2016

Bay Bridge Chihuahua Brings Out Worst In People — Except If You’re Erik Estrada

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 3:42 PM

The dog in question. - CHP
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These days, it's increasingly difficult for people to just get out of their own way. A good story is never just a good story; there must be something evil at work. Is everything a conspiracy theory now, or are we all just jackasses?

With social media, it’s entirely possible to be a jerk 24/7. Case in point: the latest animal video to go viral.

By now we’ve all seen footage of the runaway chihuahua that caused a traffic backup on the Bay Bridge on Sunday morning. The California Highway Patrol “rescued” the pup after a brief chase, and it’s now in the custody of Animal Care and Control in San Francisco until its owner comes forward or, if that doesn’t happen, someone else adopts the little guy.
In case you did miss it, it’s a cute story and the video is pretty great— that is, unless you are one of the many Twitter users who couldn’t hold it in and peed on the kitchen floor in the form of asinine comments. Hashtag #chihuahua was a top trender on Twitter in San Francisco on Sunday, and the story still has, um, legs today. Not surprisingly, comments on the tweet from Fox News were the most egregious, but not the only lowlights.

Of the racial profiling variety:

A sea of embarrassingly bad/racist jokes:

Government haters:
Resident lunatic:

The world isn’t entirely full of awful people. Take Erik Estrada, the actor most famous for his role as Ponch in the 1970s TV show “CHiPS” about the lives of two CHP officers. When the famous bridge chihuahua was named Ponch in honor of Estrada’s character, the actor took it in stride, retweeting links from the CHP and Animal Care and Control:

We never thought we’d be saying this, but thank you, Erik Estrada.
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