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Doing good could bring Slurpee rewards in Spotsylvania

Doing good deeds in Spotsylvania this summer could earn county youth a “ticket” this summer – a ticket for an ice, cold Slurpee.

The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office is participating in 7-Eleven’s Operation Chill program this summer and will be on the lookout for county youngsters performing positive deeds. Check out the details below from Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Harvey.



Local Police To Issue ‘Slurpee® Tickets’ For Good Deeds

School’s out for the summer, and kids in Spotsylvania County may actually look forward to their next encounter with the “heat” this summer, thanks to 7-Eleven® stores’ popular Operation Chill program that rewards positive behavior with a very cool treat.

Through Operation Chill®, law enforcement officers from participating local police and sheriff’s departments can “ticket” youngsters caught in the act of doing good with Slurpee® beverage coupons.  Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community.  Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.

Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than 12 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in areas where7-Elevenoperates stores.  During 2012, approximately 1 million coupons will be issued nationally; 500 of those will be distributed inSpotsylvaniaCountymost during the summer months and back-to-school season.

“The coupons are great for officers who are on patrol in the community”, says Sheriff Roger Harris.  “It’s an icebreaker, a way to encourage dialogue in a non-threatening, non law-enforcement situation.”

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven, Inc. to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months, when communities may experience increases in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies’ community relations projects.  Police use the Operation Chill program to reward youth for their good deeds as well as enhance their relations with the young people of their city.

This program is a big hit with both law enforcement agencies and kids, according to 7-Eleven Asset Protection.  “Police officers have told us they love having a positive reason to approach kids and thank them for being good citizens.”

“With nearly 500 Slurpee coupons available to distribute across in Spotsylvania County through Operation Chill, we hope to see a great deal of good behavior from kids in our community,”

7-Eleven’s proprietary Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated beverage has generational appeal with slurpers both young and old.  More than a half-million Slurpee drinks are purchased each day during the summer at 7-Eleven stores across the country.