Thursday, December 1, 2011


The following article appeared in the local media a couple of days ago.  Did not look like good news:

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police responded to reports of a suspicious package in a mail collection box near a U.S. Postal Service mail processing facility in San Jose Tuesday afternoon. A customer leaving the post office at 1750 Lundy Ave. saw a man wearing a gas mask and what looked like a bulletproof vest, said Gus Ruiz, a spokesman for the postal service. San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said that a passerby reported seeing a suspicious person run up to the box wearing a mask, drop something inside it and run away at 12:16 p.m.Customers and workers were evacuated from that part of the building, Ruiz said.A robot and an officer wearing a protective blast suit checked the mail collection boxes and it was determined that the package was harmless, Dwyer said. Police were able to single out the suspicious package and the rest of the mail was unharmed.
Gus Ruiz said he has been with the U.S. Postal Service’s San Jose branch since 1984, and said that no other bomb scares have occurred under his watch.

Then the following turned up in the media the following day:

Masked Man Explains Attire That Caused San Jose Bomb Scare
December 1, 2011 12:02 AM

29-year-old Long Hoang said he wore this mask and vest to a post office in San Jose on November 29, 2011. The bomb squad showed up soon after and detonated a package he stuffed into a mailbox, which turned out to be harmless. (CBS)

SAN JOSE (CBS 5) – A masked man’s recent visit to a San Jose post office led to a response by the bomb squad. But the student at the center of Tuesday’s bomb scare has an explanation for his attire.
The first reports were unnerving: a man wearing a mask stuffed a package into a mailbox at the busiest post office in San Jose Tuesday afternoon.
The bomb squad, firefighters, and the postal inspector closed down nearby streets. After four hours, a robot blew up the package, which turned out not to be dangerous.

What the paper explained, but was not in the online article, was that  Long Hoang was wearing special exercise gear to lose weight, including what looks like a gas mask.  See for yourself.

Lesson to be learned?  Don't exercise near the post office.

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