Think things are bad in New Jersey, where TheBlaze reported a desperate road salt shortage that's actually hampered by a law preventing its delivery?
In neighboring Philadelphia, one guy carried out dangerous pranks centered around a bizarre need for rock salt — and he managed to laugh himself all the way into the slammer on a litany of serious charges.
Police said Daron Stinson, 21, held up at gunpoint a 52-year-old man around 3 p.m. last Thursday, noted Philly.com.
The valuables Stinson was allegedly after? The poor guy's rock salt.
Not only that, Stinson allegedly posted video of the crime to Instagram, Philly.com reported. Here's the clip (content warning: strong language ahead...):
Stinson told police he was just kidding around when he pulled the pellet gun on the man, according to KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia police Lt. John Stanford said Stinson, who turned himself in to police Tuesday. pulled a similar prank six blocks away, firing a pellet gun two times as a victim ran for cover.
“Hopefully he gets the maximum sentence, whatever that sentence is,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told KYW Wednesday. “It just makes no sense, none at all. He’s got to pay for it. It’s not a prank. It’s not funny.”
Stinson has been charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, terroristic threats, possession of an instrument of a crime, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, KYW reported, adding that he was arraigned overnight Wednesday with bail set at $250,000. His next court hearing is scheduled for March 6.
“I can’t understand why anyone in their right mind would think something like this is a joke,” Stanford told KYW. “They could cause someone to have a heart attack. They could cause someone to be harmed in so many different ways. Again, this is just something that’s senseless and stupid, for lack of a better term.”