Some of you have already heard of this, but I was requested by the author to post a heads-up and received permission to paste the e-mail (with names removed).
Basically someone got royally fucked over because of fire safety inspections.
as some of you may know, fire safety has been doing fire re-inspections for the past week. last week sometime two womyn came to my door and asked me to take down the tapestry on my ceiling. i complied, and when they came back at around two p.m. today i felt pretty secure that i had nothing to worry about. my first fatal flaw came when the fire inspectors (a womyn with short dark hair and a taller womyn with blonde hair) asked if they could come in to make sure that the tapestry was really down, implying that if i did not visually prove to them that i took it down that i would get fined again. i let them in, and the second they entered my room they knocked several items off my desk and table in their haste to snatch every single candle, stick of incense, and any other thing they deemed to be a fire hazard. these things are banned on the fire code, fair enough, but i felt pretty violated. i politely asked them to leave, and on their way out they told me that the tapestry on my wall, which they had never complained about before, was too big and needed to be taken down.
i left for a 2:40 class, and unbeknownst to me the fire safety returned to my room to photograph the wall tapestry in question. in doing so, they moved a chair backed against the tapestry, revealing about an 8th of weed that a friend of mine had lost in my room last night. fire safety then called public safety AS WELL AS the middletown police and used this bag as probable cause to search the rest of my room (though fire safety is not allowed to open drawers or move coverings, apparently the police can). in said drawers the police found about half an ounce, a bong, and a pipe.
so there i was, walking back from my class at four. i walked into the lounge, and somebody said to me, “you know what’s happening, right? there’s about four police officers in your room right now.” horrified, i looked over his shoulder and saw all four officers walking towards me, bong and sacks in hand. (phallic imagery intended). they led me back to my room, shut the door, and said “you’re under arrest.” they handcuffed me to the bars of the window in the backseat of a cop car, drove me to the police station, totally booked me. i sported bared teeth in my mug shot. i got charged with posession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
Take-home lesson: HIDE YOUR SHIT, especially if you live in a dorm. If you haven’t noticed, fire safety is foaming at the mouth this year, and this was an example of what happens when things snowball out of hand.