Facebook Ad Uses Photo from Hoboken SWAT Team Hooters Scandal

FacebookAdHobokenSWAT.jpgAn ad on Facebook seeking to recruit DEA agents was accompanied by a not-so-law-abiding photograph of a Hooters waitress holding a weapon, accompanied by a law-enforcement officer. The photo likely puzzled anyone who saw it, regardless of where they live. But for residents of Hoboken, N.J. — home of the editor of WebNewser, as well as a friend who passed along a screen grab of the ad — the photo held special significance.

In November 2007, the SWAT team of the Hoboken Police Department was permanently disbanded in the wake of embarrassing photos taken in Louisiana in 2006, when the Hoboken SWAT team traveled there to aid in clean-up efforts after Hurricane Katrina. For detailed coverage of the scandal, see NJ.com and local site Hoboken411.com.

Several of the photos featured Hooters waitresses posing with members of the SWAT team, with the waitresses holding their weapons in many of them. The picture attempting to lure potential DEA recruits was one of them.

WebNewser has featured interesting photos from Facebook ads before, probably an indirect result of users changing their settings in the wake of the social-networking site’s tweaking of its privacy-policy rules in December. Check out the alien-looking creature promoting recession relief, and the mother who is actually a bearded man with long hair promoting financial aid for mothers who are seeking to return to college.