Monday, October 15, 2012

What was he thinking?

Some classic pranks are the "kick me" sign placed on the back of an unsuspecting victim, or the tying of one's shoelaces together. Putting a sleeping camper's hand in warm water to make them urinate, another great prank. There comes a slight grey area, however, whenever there is potential for FBI involvement. For example, sending large banks envelopes laced with white powder, might not elicit the same type of humorous response as mooning someone out of a moving car...

Back in November of last year, Cory Kent, while working as a security guard at Daemen College, returned two pre-paid envelopes sent to him from credit card lenders.

He also added a little twist of his own – white baby powder he hoped would be mistaken as anthrax.

By all accounts, the envelopes mailed by Kent never made it back to the lenders who sent them. It seems the postal carrier who picked up the mail noticed a puff of powder coming from one of the envelopes and promptly alerted authorities.

“The poor postal service employee who went for the mail was certainly scared out of his wits," Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito said Monday.

Some people just can't take a joke anymore. A little anthrax never hurt anybody. The prankster will have some time to think about changing his style of humor. He was sentenced to five months in a Federal Halfway house.
Anthrax prankster gets five months in custody*

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