Saturday, April 1

This Bike Is A Reminder of How Lame Ohio U's Security Squad Is

Remember the kid whose bike — adorned with a This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb sticker — was destroyed by a bomb squad at Ohio University? He's going to get a sweet new model.

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University will reimburse a student for a bicycle that was destroyed after officials mistakenly believed a sticker with the name of a Florida punk band was a bomb threat.

The band's name is This Bike is a Pipe Bomb.

A university attorney says the replacement cost of the seven-year-old touring bike is between $800 and $1,300.

The sticker on Patrick Hanlin's bike led authorities in early March to shut down four campus buildings.

The bomb experts destroyed the bike to find no bomb inside.

A charge of inducing panic had been filed against Hanlin, who is from Three Rivers, Michigan, but it was later dropped.

This story just reminds me of the time someone on an American Airlines flight found a crumpled napkin with "bomb bomb bomb ... meet the parents" written on it and the damn plane turned around and returned to the airport where it was searched by a bomb squad.

I'm thinking our bomb squads and security forces could use some basic pop-culture training.


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