New Hampshire, for all our laissez-faire attitudes and having (shudder) voted for John Kerry in the last election, is still in many ways a prudish state. We have a single strip club in the state, and even there the dancers have to wear pasties and g-strings. But it’s the only game in town (well, state), so it draws plenty of business.
Including some it could probably do without.
It seems this one guy went there on his 24th birthday with his father, but didn’t want to see the almost-nekkid ladies. So he decided to take the car across the street to an empty field and do some drugs. With the engine running.
Somehow, despite all the rain we’ve been getting, the exhaust started the grass on fire. Mr. Reynolds, too intent on the needle full of cocaine in his arm, either didn’t notice or didn’t care. Police and fire soon arrived, but he refused to get out of the car. They eventually had to smash in the window and taser him three times before they could haul him to safety — the needle still lodged in his arm.
Mr. Reynolds Senior was one of several patrons of Mark’s Showplace that came rushing out ot see what the fuss was. He objected to the police arresting his son — so strenuously that he joined him in jail, under charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
Maybe I’m a bit too cynical, but it seems to me that if someone is so hell-bent on self-destruction that they will fight to stay in a burning car, with a needle of cocaine lodged in their arm, then the best thing the authorities could do is simply make sure the fire doesn’t spread.