Thursday, August 23, 2007

'Orange' you gonna invite me in?

OK . .the following story is true .. or at least my executive producer says it's true .. or at least he's basing his true story on the stranger at the door to the newsroom today who at least looked like he was telling a true story .. ok, got it?

So this stranger comes to our newsroom to complain about unfair treatment. He claims that he was told to leave -- make that he was forced out of -- the main library downtown because other patrons weren't happy with his attire.

He was wearing all orange. An orange top and bottoms. Nice, comfy, loose-fitting jammie types. Kind of like hospital scrubs. My producer called them "Dickies."

Can you guess why the other patrons were uncomfortable? They apparently felt he looked too much like an inmate from the county jail.

Mr. Carrot Clothes says that eventually two Akron Police officers approached him and told him he had to leave the library, which he did in protest.

The man says he's going to file a complaint with APD, so we'll have to see where that goes. We'll also have to see if there's more to his story than just "I was sitting there minding my own business when I got tossed out!" Was he causing problems? Were there other 'issues'?

Still, it's an odd picture to paint when someone who isn't doing anything wrong faces discrimination-- again, that's assuming that the guy at our office who talked to the guy on the street who got tossed by the guys at the library is telling the truth ... got it guys?

Maybe the guy just should have said he was going hunting ???


Anonymous said...

Interesting... I'd like to read a follow-up on Mr. Carrot Clothes if it's a true story!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm from Celveland and I'd like to hear more if this is a legit story.

Vincent said...

We have a guy where I work who wears orange every Thursday.(I may steal the name Mr. Carrot Clothes for him.)

After picking up on the pattern, I asked him why he does this, and his response was, "It makes me happy."

Perhaps I should warn him about going to the library.

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