Precinct 333

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Some Folks Are Just TOO Sensitive!

East Lyme, Connecticut farmer Joseph Smith has a goose problem. Most farmers solve that problem by firing off shotgun blasts to scare the birds away. Smith cannot do that because he is close to a state prison, and gunfire or other loud sounds create a security hazard. That led to the laborers on his farm making scarecrows out of one of the white hazard suits they wear while spraying chemicals on the fields.

Unfortunately, the result was a completely different problem.
The scarecrows so closely resembled Ku Klux Klan garb that they sparked complaints from minority guards and visitors at a nearby prison.

Workers on Smith's farm made the scarecrows last week out of the white, hooded environmental suits they wear to spray the crops. Soon after, administrators at the J.B. Gates Correctional Institution began receiving complaints.

Smith has had to remove his scarecrow, apparently because of pressure from prison officials.

Personally, I would have left the thing up. But then again, maybe it's better to give in than being annoyed to death by morons.


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