Fake fliers claim city offers marijuana treats, circumcisions

Police send advisory telling residents that fake fliers carrying the official city logo are not, in fact, from the city.
MCT Regional News
Aug 6, 2013

Some Pickerington neighborhoods have been bombarded with offensive fliers left recently on porches and at mail boxes.

Even weirder is that the fliers are two different sets that apparently come from different sources.

Last week, Pickerington police sent an advisory to residents telling them that fake fliers carrying the official city logo at the top were not, in fact, from the city.

The fake fliers listed upcoming events in the suburb including the Farmers’ Market offering “ medicinal marijuana treats for the whole fam.” (The Farmers’ Market is real but, it must be said, does not offer marijuana).

Also scheduled, according to the flier, was an American Red Cross event offering on-site circumcisions, a citywide vote to build electrical fencing to keep poor people from Reynoldsburg out of Pickerington and the opening of the Picktown PussyCats Gentleman’s Club. Job applicants to Pickerington’s first strip club were directed to the city website.

The fliers were left at homes in the Cherry Hill and Colony Park neighborhoods, City Council President Gavin Blair said today.

“I got a call from Cherry Hill one day last week. ‘Is the city doing all this? Is this true?’ I said, ‘Obviously, no. There is no strip club, no medical marijuana being distributed.’” Blair said.

The timing of those fake fliers roughly coincided with the distribution of other fliers left on porches in the Melrose subdivision, east of Rt. 256 and south of Refugee Road, close to a medical clinic at 670 Hill Rd. N. that has drawn controversy, said Blair and Pickerington Police Cmdr. Matt Delp.

Those fliers carried images of aborted fetuses, similar to the graphic images displayed on a truck that drives around Columbus and also had been parked regularly across the street from the Pickerington clinic, Blair and Delp said.

The clinic is not licensed to perform abortions, but is owned and operated by a physician who does perform abortions at one of his other clinics in Franklin County. For that reason, abortion opponents with Pick Life, a coalition of churches, have picketed and prayed outside the Pickerington clinic regularly, Blair said.

A Pick Life leader was quick to email him and say that the group had nothing to do with the graphic fliers left on porches, he said.

For now, police have no leads on who printed and distributed either batch of fliers.

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By Mary Beth Lane - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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