The day after Halloween a reader named Brian wrote:
Dear Let Grow: Help!!
I've attached a link from our local "news" about a parent who brought her kids to trick-or-treat IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD finding a needle in a Kit Kat in their kid's candy from last night.
People, naturally, are going nuts. The sheriff's office was crawling all over our neighborhood earlier this morning. And my younger 2 kids' candy was confiscated at school today. But fortunately, a lot of people aren't buying it either.
I hope to be able to send you a link soon about how her story falls apart... Fingers crossed.
I have a feeling if it was in more than one piece in just her kids' candy, and not in anyone else's, it could be that her kids did it and now, of course, can't admit it. But once in a very long while, out of trillions of pieces of candy, someone can do something like that, since they hear about it so very much in the media. The bigger fear -- poison -- really has never happened from a stranger's candy. But there have, from time to time, been things like this. What we have to deal with is our culture which lately believes: if it happened once, to anyone, anywhere, we are all in danger, all the time, everywhere. We love a panic!
Anyway, keep us posted.
And here we go:
Looks like it wasn't the fault of the woman who posted it, it was her niece, who told her....Just like you thought!
Moral of story: Given the choice of guessing whether you are living near a fiendish child-murdering psychopath or a fairly normal person, it's usually the latter.
Guessing which one makes the news (later to be retracted) is, of course, another story. - L