Woman Puts Baking Soda In Newspaper Box To Scare Vandals, Ends Up Shutting Down Entire Government Office

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One Canton woman was plain sick and tired of miscreants effing with her newspaper box. They had torn it from its stand, packed it with snow, ripped off the numbers, and just about everything short of dropping a deuce in it.

Enough was enough. A victim no more, she took the fight to the streets. Her brilliant plan: drop a package of white powder — baking soda — into the box to scare the ne'er-do-wells. Pull some half-ass childish prank on her, and she's coming back ten-fold with a plan to make you think you have anthrax. Tit-for-tat is not in this woman's vocabulary. These roving bands of vandals, presumably led by Dick Goddard, would pay.

Of course, when white powder is floating around, people tend to react strongly.

So when her newspaper guy, who had gotten some of the powder on his uniform after depositing her paper in the morning, strolled into the Stark County Job & Family Services, people were a tad unnerved to see a guy covered in white powder and complaining about not feeling well. It seems that in today's environment, that raises some red flags.

The Canton Repository reports authorities were called, his car sealed off with crime-scene tape, and the building shut down. Firefighters, police, and HazMat teams were called in. Some were taken to the hospital to be sure they didn't come skin-to-skin with a chemical agent.

It was not until later that everyone determined it was simply baking soda and not a plot by Iran to bring Stark County to its knees or a case of Charlie Sheen's mail being delivered to the wrong address.

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