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From the Stranger:

Eleven gay bars in Seattle received letters today addressed to the "Owner/Manager" from someone claiming to be in the possession of ricin, a deadly poison. "Your establishment has been targeted," the letter begins. "I have in my possession approximately 67 grams of ricin with which I will indiscriminately target at least five of your clients.

"I felt sick when I read it," said Carla, the owner/manager of Re-bar. "It's so vile. It's just hatred. It made me worry for all the other bars, and for my bartenders, and our clientele.

According to the CDC's website, someone who has ingested "a significant amount" will develop vomiting and diarrhea within the first 6-12 hours; other symptoms of ricin poisoning include hallucinations, seizures, and blood in the urine. There is no antidote for ricin but ricin exposure is not invariably fatal.

"I just had the police come pick [the letter] up," said Keith Christensen, the manager of the Eagle, when reached by phone. Christensen had already heard about the letter from other bar owners and managers, and so he didn't open it. "It's probably nothing," Christensen added, "but the economy is really screwing all the bars right now, and the last thing we need is something ramping up the not-go-out mode people seem to be in right now. It's really freaky that someone would do something like this at a time like this.

Christensen says he's posted signs at the Eagle advising patrons not to leave their drinks unattended.

"The police have already come and gone," said Roland, the manager at Madison Pub. "They collected the letter and that's about it. I don't think it's anything to worry about it." Roland admitted to being unnerved by the letter at first.

"But after the initial 'what?', it's like whatever.

A letter also arrived in The Stranger's offices, addressed to the attention of "Obituaries." The letter's author said the paper should "be prepared to announce the deaths of approximately 55 individuals all of whom were patrons of the following establishments on a Saturday in January." The listed bars are: the Elite, Neighbours, Wild Rose, the Cuff, Purr, the Eagle, R Place, Re-bar, CC's, Madison Pub, and the Crescent. "I could take this moment to launch into a diatribe about my indignation towards the gay community," the letter concludes, "however, I think the deaths will speak for themselves.

Alison, Luying, and Tippett, local promoters and DJs who do nights at various bars around town, came up with the idea of organizing a pub crawl for this Friday night to show support for the bars that were threatened.

Carla at Re-bar added that, as distressing as the letter was, she was pleased with the response from the community.

"Everyone is calling each other, everyone's got each other's backs.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 8th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)

I hope the joker gets caught, because homeland security will put him someplace he will never be heard from again.

It will be interesting to see if a lot of black sedans and guys in suits will be club crawling the next few saturdays.

With this and the amount of GHB attacks I have been hearing about, I wonder when people will start carrying personal canteens/camel packs to put their drinky goodness in, so they can keep them on their persons...
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Jesus christ!
Jan. 8th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Good fucking gawd. Even here people are absolutely retarded.
I do hope this is a joke.
Jan. 8th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Mayor Nickles will do anything to kill the nightlife in this city.
Jan. 8th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
(I followed a thread from Jhayne's LJ to get here.) "A significant amount" of ricin is 350 micrograms. Sixty-seven grams of it is enough to kill 134,000 people. So, besides being ugly and nasty, the letter is also somewhat underreasearched and overwritten. In case that makes any of us feel better.
Jan. 9th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
All these gay bars, what would jesus do? I know, he would poison them with Ricin. >_<
Jan. 9th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Man some people have no life at all. I agree this is totally lame. If something does come of this I'll be amazed. However it overall is very bad form to be kind and to say the least.

Karma will get the individual in the end, and boy it will be a bitch if they keep this sort of shite up.
Jan. 9th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
If they hadn't forced everyone who smokes to abandon their drinks and go outside instead of smoking in designated areas that were meant for bar patrons who choose to smoke, then drinks being un-attended wouldn't be such a problem. (people wandering into the smoking areas bitched and complained and now they have to walk through and/or wait in line with high numbers of smokers all around them anytime they try to get into a bar now. It's ridiculous, but then so are the people (the fucking health dept targeting all the gay bars on capitol hill, and the fuckers who bitched and moaned about their wandering into OUR smoking areas) who forced us (smokers) to clog the streets in front of the clubs now giving anyone trying to get in a healthy dose of second hand smoke. I hope people look out for each other in the face of something like this, but so many fags are notorious for being self-involved and arrogant, it wouldn't suprise me to see someone get sick should the threat actually be carried through. Sad, really.
Jan. 9th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Good thing idiots like this generally fail to have the balls to do it. It's pretty fucking obvious given the fact that he writes a fucking letter about it. Come on, if you want to do it, just fucking do it.

I hate people who can't accept others for who they are. Fuck him. He'll die a miserable and pissed off man, I feel sorry for him.
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