Georgia cops cuff terrorist elf
Threatened Santa with dynamite in shopping mall drama
Georgia cops earlier this week cuffed a man in an elf suit on the not unreasonable grounds that he told a shopping mall Santa he was packing dynamite.
William C Caldwell III, 45, reportedly "got in line Wednesday evening to get his picture taken with Santa Claus" at the Southlake Mall in suburban Atlanta. When he finally got to the front of the queue, he informed Saint Nick he was carrying explosives, prompting an evacuation of the area.
No explosives were found, and Caldwell finally got his picture taken (right) by Clayton County Sheriff's Office as they booked him on charges including "possessing hoax devices and making terrorist threats".
He's now languishing without bond or pointy felt hat in the Clayton County jail. ®
Thanks to Mike Richards for the seasonal tip-off.
...he's only got his elf to blame........
I'm sorry, even I groaned at that one. Yeah, yeah...I'll get it on my way out.
He's an Elf, not an Ent!
Did anyone else hear him apart from Santa?
Because I keep hearing of these cases where person X has been locked up as a "terrorist" because person Y claims that person X made a "threat", but person X claims they didn't make the threat and there are no other witnesses.
If person Y is a police officer then person X tends to be out of luck as its impossible to disprove the accusation.
If someone told me in private they had a bomb I'd tell them to go and tell security. I wouldn't repeat the claim to anyone else because I wouldn't want to share responsibility for yet another unnecessary evacuation or for getting someone else (or myself) into trouble because of a misunderstanding. If anyone blamed me afterwards for not passing on the message I'd claim I misheard it: I thought they said they'd found someone's wallet, or something.