Thursday, January 19, 2012

One of Them Assault Microbes

In Sharon, Pennsylvania, a robbery suspect used the threat of disease to try to get a cashier to hand over money.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 41-year-old Fred Parker, of Coolspring Township.

Police say he walked into Lucky's Internet Cafe in Sharon on Monday night and began touching the walls and gambling machines, claiming he has MRSA - a serious staph infection that resists antibiotics.

Sharon police Chief Mike Menster says Parker then threatened to infect the cashier if he didn't give Parker money. The chief tells The Herald newspaper of Sharon, "It's our first case of robbery by threat of an infectious disease."

I have sad memories of MRSA, because it led to my mother's premature death last year of pneumonia.

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