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Don't be stupid

Do you really need to take that marijuana grinder with you on the plane? Did it seem like a good idea at the time? Do you know what airport security screening is like?

AP

To the security screeners at the Yakima Air Terminal, the device in the belongings of a departing passenger looked like a grenade. That prompted the brief evacuation of about a dozen people from the terminal Tuesday evening.

Military bomb technicians from the Army’s Yakima Training Center were called.

Yakima police Sgt. Tim Bardwell says the item carried by a 23-year-old California man was actually a commercially purchased marijuana grinder.

The man was arrested for investigation of drug possession.

It’s a story that simply overflows with stupid, from all directions.

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9 comments to Don’t be stupid

  • Just me

    That aint nothing , I seen a guy trying to take a hooka throught security once. Needless to say, despite his protests that its never been used, they kept it. Dumbasses abound!

  • how about that hopey changey

    Stupid is the default setting here in the land of the fee and the home of the knave.

  • permanentilt

    Was there residue? If not, what could he possibly be cited for? If so, I’d have to assume it was an accident.

  • personally i think it’s stupid to be arresting people for possessing such devices. i have never heard of anyone taking down an aircraft with a bud grinder.

  • claygooding

    Did they arrest him for suspicion of rape also,since he had the equipment necessary for the crime? A stupid move it is true,but two stupids doesn’t make either one right.

  • Guy#1

    They just like sending bomb squads around to freak people out.

  • Couple of clarifications to earlier comments.

    1. They found “a substance that appeared to be marijuana” in the grinder.

    2. I didn’t mean to imply that the arrestee was the only stupid one. There was plenty of stupid to go around.

  • Maria

    Oh. That’s actually sad and I feel bad for the guy.

    I wonder though, if he maybe forgot or even didn’t think he had it in his bag.

    I’ve done that with a rather sturdy foldaway hunting knife. It had fallen out of it’s storage pouch (I’d removed the pouch itself before heading to the airport because knives are bad at airports.) But it was tucked at the bottom of the bag under some loose padding. OMG concealed weapon!! A least they didn’t arrest me for suspicion of throat slitting. Arr! I did get taken aside but it all ends well I got to use a mail pouch and mail it back to myself.

  • Ripmeupacuppa

    My wife once flew back home to pick us up some extra cash (we’ve always preferred cash over plastic) to allow us to extend our stay by another two months. It was an international return journey completed within 48 hours, so very suspicious indeed. She had also taken dozens of books with her which we had picked up cheep, so she was returning with an empty suitcase. Empty that is, except for a very heavy loaf of wholemeal, sour-dough bread and 10 loose tampons rattling around inside. She told me the customs agent was flummoxed for hours as he tried to fathom out what exactly she was up to.