York, PA. Not safe.

The York County sheriff has apologized for what he called an “embarrassing and egregious” security breakdown after court security workers missed a knife that was thrown at a judge in a courtroom.

You’d think that’s the end of the story huh? A 13-inch butcher knife that got by security?

No chance.

Not only did this dude get by security with that 13-inch butcher knife, he also had on his person a 4-inch knife, a 3-pound hand-held sledgehammer and a utility knife with a blade.

And that’s not all. When he went through security, those awesome security guards did actually confiscate a weapon from him … a barbeque fork.

Let’s take a look at everything this nut job had on his person as he entered that courthouse.

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York Sheriff Bill Hose said Saturday that his deputies should have taken further steps after the man handed them a barbecue fork at the county courthouse Thursday rather than letting him pass inside.

I’m laughing so hard at that statement that I almost don’t have the ability to give a big fat, “YA THINK?!?!?!”

Seems to me that a man walks through a security checkpoint and hands you a big barbeque fork … MIGHT be deserving of a patdown. Just saying. But hey, I’m no security expert. I’m just a hot girl with some freaking common sense.

It gets better:

“Simply put, we screwed up,” Sheriff Hose said in a statement. “The deputy became transfixed or mesmerized on the one item as if he had tunnel vision. There is absolutely no excuse other than human failure.”

I’ve heard the words transfixed and mesmerized used for lots of things:  Sonni Abatta, a four game winning streak by the Pirates, Pamela Anderson’s ginormous breasts, a meteor shower, PittGirl, Bobby O’s shiny hair… lots of things.  A barbeque fork?  Not so much.


  1. The Hon. Rufus Peckham
    July 11, 2006 10:51 pm

    HA HA HA! Are you sure I didn’t write this? Very good!!

  2. Awesome Comet
    July 12, 2006 9:10 am

    Well, sure, there’s some danger of the guy stabbing someone … but without that barbecue fork, there’s no WAY he could have taken the judge’s temperature.

  3. pittgirl
    July 12, 2006 10:24 am

    My hangup is the sledgehammer. How the hell do you hide that thing and wouldn’t the hiding of that thing make you walk kind of funny?

  4. Julie_Gong
    July 12, 2006 11:12 am

    How do you hide a sledgehammer? And if I ever commit a crime its going to be in York…

  5. pittgirl
    July 12, 2006 11:21 am

    Word to that! “What Officer? Oh this? No this isn’t a shoulder fired missle. It’s my boom box. Thanks, Officer!”

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