Man With Duck Busted at Courthouse


HONOLULU (CN) - An alert security officer on Monday confiscated two bottles of beer and a live duck from the bag of a probationer entering the Oahu courthouse.
     The officer found the contraband as a 50-foot line of probationers wended their way through security Monday morning on the way to their probation officers.
     In an exclusive interview with Courthouse News, the security guard said the man toting the concealed duck appeared to be a bit smashed at 8:30 a.m.
     She could not identify the concealed duck on the X-ray; she could, however, spot the two 40-oz. bottles of beer.
     The guard asked the man to open his bag, and he refused.
     She grabbed it and he pulled back, causing a ruckus that alerted other sheriff's deputies, who hustled over and demanded the bag.
     The man refused, saying, "I have a live animal in there!"
     That didn't help him, though. He was immobilized and handcuffed. The officers opened his bag and found two bottles of beer and a live duck.
     The security officer who made the bust was laughing so hard it was difficult to ascertain what became of the probationer, the beer and the duck.
     A single frozen duck sells for $27 in Honolulu supermarkets.
     (No ducks were injured in the composition and publication of this story.)