So there you are. You receive a report that someone is spilling white powder on the ground near IKEA. What do you do? Well obviously this has to be a terrorist threat. Must be anthrax (or maybe cocaine). Evacuate. Evacuate. Panic. Panic. Then you find some guys in running gear following the marks. Got to be the terrorists! Arrest them. And then charge them with breaching the peace and then as if that were not enough city wants the criminals to pay for their police force's over-reaction. Wonderful.
So far the police in France have always failed to be worried when we do the same thing. I trust that this will continue to be the case this afternoon....
I love this quote from one Jessica Mayorga:
"You see powder connected by arrows and chalk, you never know," she said. "It could be a terrorist, it could be something more serious. We're thankful it wasn't, but there were a lot of resources that went into figuring that out."