To help a small child cope with the stress of visiting the doctor, the doctor will give the child a lollipop. It works. The child settles down and forgets all about the stethoscope, the annoying knee-reflex hammer, and the whole awkward tongue-depressor thing.
Well, according to police in Victoria, the same thing works for late-night drunks along the bar-strip. The city was through dealing with the out-of-control and inebriated late-night downtown crowd, and decided to try a new tactic to deter drinkers from causing trouble. So, on Canada Day, they handed out lollipops outside the bars. After drunken patrons popped them in their mouths, the police noticed an immediate decrease in rowdy activity, and an increase in calming energy.
Here's why city councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe believes it works: altercations typically happen after verbal exchanges, but with a sucker in the mouth, there's a lot less talk. Also, sugar calms those who've had too much to drink.