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Police quiz armed man dressed as a banana


Posted on Monday, 10 February, 2014 | Comment icon 32 comments

The man had been promoting a store behind him. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Officers in Beaumont, Texas arrived on the scene after receiving complaints from members of the public.
The man was found outside the Golden Triangle Tactical store dressed in a large yellow banana costume with an arrow pointing to the entrance behind him and an AK-47 assault rifle slung over his shoulder.

Store owner Derek Poe told officers that the 18-year-old was there to attract customers as part of the store's grand opening, but he was nonetheless temporarily detained for violating a city ordinance prohibiting solicitation along the side of a road.

Poe himself is no stranger to controversy having been stopped by police for carrying an assault rifle on his back through Parkdale Mall back in December.

Source: 12NewsNow.com | Comments (32)

Tags: Police, Texas, Beaumont

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #23 Posted by lightly on 11 February, 2014, 1:40
hm, maybe he was thinking it's NOT illegal to carry a 50 shot clip .. If your a banana?
Comment icon #24 Posted by highdesert50 on 11 February, 2014, 2:27
This is a rather interesting experiment in how we as humans perceive novelty to include cultural and learned memory. To see a human dressed as a banana in the described setting is somewhat novel for some of us, yet poses an unlikely threat based on prior memory. Indeed, this would be considered highly amusing to most of us and evoke that reaction. To see a non-uniformed human standing in the described setting with a gun is novel for most of us, and poses a potential threat based on prior memory. This would likely cause an avoidance reaction. To see an armed banana poses novelty with conflictin... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Ashyne on 11 February, 2014, 3:35
Were such whippings EVER public? I ask because I seem to remember (possibly I MIS-remember) that a US citizen was subjected to such punishment publicly for graffiti vandalism a few years back... If I am wrong about that then my apologies for spreading mis-information. All subjects are caned in a private area within the prison with only the caning officer, medical officer and prison wardens present as witnesses.
Comment icon #26 Posted by DigitalAcolyte on 11 February, 2014, 4:24
Comment icon #27 Posted by DigitalAcolyte on 11 February, 2014, 4:26
All subjects are caned in a private area within the prison with only the caning officer, medical officer and prison wardens present as witnesses.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Ashyne on 11 February, 2014, 5:21
Summarize the video above in a few sentences.
Comment icon #29 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 11 February, 2014, 15:19
Reminds of a Simpsons episode: [Homer is trying to think of a way to increase business at the bowling alley] Homer: Of course! [Cut to outside the bowling alley, Homer is firing a shotgun into the air while people around him run away, screaming] Homer: Bowling! Bowling here! Get your bowling! Who's ready? Bowling! Lisa Simpson: [in the present] Mom, make Dad tell the story right! Marge Simpson: That's what really happened. Lisa Simpson: Oh.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Mac E on 12 February, 2014, 13:17
I'm glad I'm not the only one not amused by a gun toting banana trying to get business by doing a controversial thing.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Capt Amerika on 12 February, 2014, 15:34
We are an oasis of peace, prosperity, progress and harmony in a region crippled by chaos, terrorism and infighting because of our extremely strict gun and drug trafficking laws. What are you people afraid of anyway that you need to carry guns in a modern city in a first-world country with the biggest and most powerful military in the world? Does a country need a militia that kills more of its own civilians in gun violence than any enemy nation has done in the past 50 years on its very own soil? You speak of freedom. We sacrifice the freedom to carry guns because we don't need them. A nation wh... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Sundew on 12 February, 2014, 15:37
I hear he tried to give the cops the slip......


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