Yes, you read that correctly: the crack stadium security folks - that never miss the lone plastic water bottle some 65 year old alum is trying to bring in to avoid the concession lines - waved a dude with two - TWO! - M16s right on through.
So, to put it subtly, HOW IN THE &^%$ DID THAT HAPPEN?!
Apparently the man, who is a full-time National Guardsman, pulled the ol' "I'm with the band" trick in which he simply walked in claiming to be part of the on-the-field military personnel who raise the flag, etc. He was busted when - after making it in AND onto the field - an authorized member of the color guard recognized he wasn't part of their group and reported him to police.
When police arrested him, he said he just wanted to see the game but couldn't get a ticket so he figured (correctly) he'd use his uniform to get in.
Now, while some dude sneaking into a bar or a sold-out concert using the oldest sneak-in trick in the world is funny, a guy sporting a pair of high-caliber military weapons in the post-9/11-slash-post-Mumbai world to sneak into a stadium holding 113,000 people isn't quite as amusing.
But it gets even better. Police defended their actions claiming they didn't do anything wrong because they didn't find any ammunition on him or in his gun so they didn't consider him a threat.
Bravo, officers. Bravo.
Yeah, because if he really were a terrorist, he would have never dreamed to have somebody else with a ticket sneak the bullets in.
Surely U-M officials see that, right?
"There wasn't anything that we believe was done incorrectly or improperly by police in any of the checkpoints there," said Diane Brown with the university's Department of Public Safety.
Uh, yes there was...
YOU LET AN UNAUTHORIZED MAN TO BRING TWO M16s INTO MICHIGAN STADIUM!
On the plus side, they did make him leave his Thermos.
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