|Frank Hannibal was arrested at LaGuardia Airport for |
joking his peanut may be explosive.
Thou shalt not talk back to your Government Masters
- An American citizen is arrested and jailed for the "crime" of transporting peanut butter and making jokes.
The American Police State - A former New Yorker is suing a TSA worker at LaGuardia Airport and a Port Authority cop for $5 million after they busted him for trying to bring a jar of Crazy Richard’s peanut butter on the plane.
Frank Hannibal claims in a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court that he wound up in the sticky situation when the screener noticed the layer of oil atop his gourmet peanut butter — and ordered him out of the line.
“They’re looking to confiscate my explosives,” Hannibal sarcastically told his wife and twin 6-year-old daughters, the court papers state reports the New York Daily News.
|The "Evil" Terrorist Peanut Butter.|
The TSA worker, identified in the papers as Edwin Sanchez, overheard Hannibal, apparently didn’t get the joke — and called the cops.
Minutes later, Officer Spencer Newman slapped the cuffs on Hannibal and charged him with falsely reporting an incident, a felony.
Hannibal said he spent the next 25 hours in a lockup.
Adding insult to injury, Hannibal — an admitted peanut butter snob who said the 16-ounce jar that retails for about $6.99 — said the prison chow consisted of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
“The jelly looked like pus, the peanut butter like God knows what and the bread was hard as a rock," Hannibal, 50, told the Daily News.
Hannibal, who lived in Harlem at the time and now lives in Arizona, said he was eventually allowed to leave and the Queens district attorney declined to prosecute him.
“The liquid oil that separated from the peanut butter had them baffled,” Hannibal said.
His lawyer, Alan D. Levine of Queens, said all this could have been avoided if airport authorities exercised some common sense.
“It’s a sorry state of affairs in this country when sarcasm is considered a felony,” Levine said.