"If I was a black kid ... my ass would've been in the back of a squad car"

Hayes attended the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia with his wife and father-in-law all the way back in 2000, and he realized a little too late that he had a bag of weed inside his glasses case. After going through a few security checkpoints, one of the security officers went through the bag and found the pot.

Hayes was panicked at the time and expected to be arrested, but not only did he not get in trouble, but the officer handed him his weed bag and sent him on his merry way. In retrospect, Hayes said the officer probably thought he was related to a politician and didn’t want to piss off any powerful people, and Hayes found that to speak volumes about the true crime of the War on Drugs.