When fear and paranoia override common sense

Beer runners’ flour trail a recipe for trouble

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge.

The sprinkled powder forced hundreds to evacuate an IKEA furniture store Thursday.

New Haven ophthalmologist Daniel Salchow, 36, and his sister, Dorothee, 31, who is visiting from Hamburg, Germany, were both charged with first-degree breach of peace, a felony.

They were FORCED to evacuate an entire store because hashers marked the parking lot with flour?

So the pansies at IKEA have never heard of a hash run? Not terribly surprising… but why didn’t the cops laugh it off and apologize when they realized their mistake? Didn’t the words “ON ON” writ in flour catch their eye? This is law enforcement at an all-time low.

What happened to all that Homeland Defense money that was supposed to buy chemical and biological testing equipment? Couldn’t this have been resolved with a single sniff of a portable detector?

This would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

Addendum: I see someone wasted no time editing Wikipedia to note this story; and depending on how old the information is, it may also be that the hares were partially at fault for failing to mention to the New Haven cops that they were planning this run. Still not a felony offense.