Revenge is a dish best served cold but, for one, motorist it is best served hairy.
About a year ago, a New Jersey police arrested a man for failing to stop following a moving violation. That man, Ryan Burke, patiently waited for an opportunity to get even. The opportunity came a year later when the same police officer ordered a bagel sandwich at Good Foods To Go, the restaurant where Burke worked as a chef. Burke allegedly prepared the sandwich with hair in it and served it to the traffic cop.
Burke was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and his been fired from his job. While Burke denies the charges, a judge will have to decide this hairy case.
The burden of proof is on the cop who claimed that it was Ryan Burke who placed the hair in his bagel, but in all probability, Burke most likely did. We will have to wait for the trial to see the outcome of this funny case, but some traffic cops are indeed major arseholes and deserve such actions against them.
Roger Z, you are right about who has the burden of proof. The People must prove the harassment beyond a reasonable doubt. It seems, however, like the People will have difficulty proving that the hair was intentionally placed in the officer’s sandwich even if the chef had a motive. However, we don’t have all of the facts so we’ll have to see what happens.