From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27, shoppers at the Real Canadian Superstore in Lloydminster will have some extra company: alleged criminals - kind of.
The Lloydminster Kiwanis Club’s annual Arrest by Request event gives Border City residents an opportunity to get a head start on their April Fool’s Day pranks by sending someone they know to “jail” for 20 minutes at a cost of $20.
“Some are shocked, shocked that anybody would think of having them arrested,” said Kiwanis Club member and past president Vera Gallant. “Some are real good sports and go along with the idea of being arrested, they joke and laugh about it. There’s a very, very, very odd person that will get rather annoyed, but usually the response is awesome.”
The Kiwanis Club’s Lloydminster chapter is a charitable organization that focuses on helping youth in the community. The club will use the proceeds from this event to help fund projects throughout the year, like its popular Santa Project, in which they gift Christmas presents to young children and several others.
“Any money we raise goes back to the community to help kids,” Gallant said. “We buy bikes for children that don’t have bikes, and helmets. We donate Beanie Babies to sick children in the hospital. So right back to the community.”
In years past, the Kiwanis Club has held the Arrest by Request program at the Lloyd Mall, but due to renovations, they’re heading to the Superstore for the second consecutive year.
While awaiting “trial,” prisoners will be permitted to use their cellphones and offered coffee. Gallant says that rehabilitating prisoners often request the arrests of others, thereby raising more money, before trading in their handcuffs for freedom.
The club hopes to raise at least $4,000 through the Arrest by Request event. Residents could begin requesting arrests as early as March 23. The Kiwanis Club provides the arrested with transportation to and from jail.