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I Can't Believe' -- And You Won't Either -- What Police Say a Wheelchair-Bound Man Was Beaten With


It's likely among the last things you would ever imagine someone using as a weapon: A tub of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter."

i can't believe it's not butter A 1-pound tub of this imitation butter was allegedly used to hit a man in a wheelchair. (Photo: Unilever via Wikimedia)

Believe it.

Police say a man in a wheelchair was hit repeatedly with a tub of the butter substitute, KIRO-TV reported.

It happened last week at a Seattle apartment building when 58-year-old Joseph Floyd Jr. reportedly became upset over the volume of the television set by the victim who was watching it. Floyd allegedly beat the victim with a 16-ounce tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, according to the police report.

Floyd pleaded not guilty after his arrest, claiming he only poured the butter on the victim's head.

The incident happened at a permanent, taxpayer-funded home for the homeless where they are allowed to drink alcohol. The idea for the controversial housing complex, which was opened in 2005, was that it could ultimately save taxpayers money by reducing trips to jail or the emergency room if residents weren't chronically homeless.

In 2012, NPR reported about on several studies that found the idea seemed to be working. Studies showed that not only had it saved taxpayers $4 million in public services that would have otherwise been used, alcohol consumption among residents had dropped 25 percent, even though they're not required to receive any sort of treatment or counseling.

Featured image via Shutterstock.com.




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