Story Archive


What would you do if your coworkers decorated the office with fake spiders for Halloween? What if you were afraid of spiders? Chris White had a solution, Logan County, W.V., prosecutor John Bennett said: he drew his gun and threatened to shoot the fake spiders. Bennett issued a memo saying employees would no longer be allowed to carry guns in the office. He also consulted the Bar authorities. That’s right: White is one of Bennett’s assistant prosecutors — and he has “a bit of a temper every now and then,” Bennett was told after the incident. Weeks later, secretaries were still upset even though White assured Bennett the gun had not been loaded; Bennett suspended White with pay. “We’re just seeing if we can’t work our way through it as an office.” The Bar authorities saw no need to get involved, but the local sheriff’s office did, at least to the extent of launching an investigation. (AC/Charleston Gazette) ...Which is scariest: spider decorations, threats to shoot spider decorations, or the thought of how you’d be treated if you did this?
Original Publication Date: 01 November 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

Is There a Problem on This Page? Let Me Know using the Help button lower right, and thanks.

I believe humanity is held back by the lack of thinking. I provoke thought with examples of what happens when we don’t think, and when we do. This is True is my primary method: stories like this come out every week by email, and basic subscriptions are free. Click here for a subscribe form.

Search for: