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RCMP warns public after multiple 'cheesing' incidents in Kamloops

It appears a group of Kamloops teenagers won't let a viral internet challenge die.

Kamloops RCMP is warning the public to remain vigilant after multiple residents posted to social media claiming their vehicles had been "cheesed." For those wondering what "cheesing" is, it's when someone throws a slice of cheese at a person or object, resulting in the cheese sticking to the surface.

An example of cheesing:

Though RCMP hasn't actually received any calls about cheesing, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie explained that throwing anything at a moving vehicle can be dangerous.

"First of all, to the people that are considering doing this, it is very dangerous," said Shelkie. "It is alarming when somebody's driving and something hits their windshield. For example, think about when a rock hits our windshield, it's very startling."

Shelkie adds that tossing items out vehicles can result in charges for those who do it.

"If the person is found to be throwing something at a windshield, it would be a charge of mischief against them."

"There have been times where people have thrown rocks off of overpasses onto vehicles, this would be the same charge as that."

Shelkie went on to say that reporting these kinds of incidents to police is at the victim's discretion, noting that if it causes a dangerous situation, it is definitely a police matter.

"As in every incident, it is up to the person's judgment on if this should be reported to the police or not. For instance, it would depend on the speed of the vehicle travelling. If it's just doing 10 km/h in the Walmart parking lot, then perhaps there is not a safety issue where the person might drive off the road or hit another vehicle or pedestrian."

"If you've got a license plate number then yes, definitely call the police with that. If you can identify the vehicle and the driver then that would be something the police could follow up on."



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