Editorial Note: It can easily argued that there is more cruelty in a glass of milk than in a steak. Therefore, vegetarians are encouraged to adopt veganism as it is the only ethical choice. However, vegans are also encouraged to adopt direct action tactics such as the one modeled by this vegetarian…
Posted by Herald Citizen
COOKEVILLE — A vegetarian ruined about $900 worth of meat products at a Cookeville store on Thanksgiving Day, police said.
The meat was rendered unusable after the vegetarian stapled notes to the products advising “Save Lives — Go Vegetarian!”
It happened at the T-Mart store on N. Willow Avenue sometime between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. on November 24, says a report by Cookeville Police Officer Aaron Cox.
A former employee is a suspect in the case, but no charges have been filed.
Officer Cox said he was sent to the store on Friday morning after the manager arrived there and found that customers were asking “why she had put protest tags on all of the meat products in her store.”
As customers asked her that, the manager walked around the store and found small pieces of paper (one inch by one inch) with the “Save Lives — Go Vegetarian!” message stapled to almost every meat product in the store.
The messages had even been placed inside the glass panes of the hotdog warmers, the report says.
“The manager did an inventory of the items and she estimated the damage to be between $800 and $900,” the report says.
“I asked her if she could just remove the stapled papers, but she stated that since the staples had penetrated the plastic wrapping, the products were ruined.” The manager suspects a former employee, and she told the officer “she wanted him to pay her back for all the money she was out,” the report says. Officer Cox advised her she would have to take the suspect to court to accomplish that.
No other products in the store were damaged.