People call 911 for all kinds of real or perceived problems. There are fires, car crashes, car thefts, burglaries, heists, heart attacks, poisonings, floods, mudslides, missing pets, drownings, shootings, stabbings, domestic disputes, cats in trees, rowdy kids, loud music and even shortages of ketchup in fast food restaurants.
A few days ago police in Hannibal, MO twice responded to peace disturbance
calls because someone in Hannibal's city hall smelled really bad.
“A Hannibal officer was called to 320 Broadway Tuesday morning in
reference to peace disturbance. The officer was contacted by several
employees who complained of a subject emitting an odor that was deemed
to be significantly noxious and offensive,” said Lt. John Zerbonia of
the Police Department, according to the Hannibal Courier-Post.
According to Hannibal Municipal ordinance 16-162, subjects can be cited for peace disturbance because
of a “noxious and offensive” odor.
The stinker, whose identity was not revealed by authorities, was no stranger to city hall. “He’s
been here on numerous occasions,” said the city staffer. “He did not
appear to be conducting any business at city hall. He was just sitting.”
According to Zerbonia, the “subject was asked (by the officer) to leave the premises and attend to the issue.”
While the individual left city hall, the story doesn’t end there. At 10:26
a.m., police received another peace disturbance call, this time from 113
N. Third St. “After leaving 320 Broadway the subject entered a neighboring business and was
asked to leave there as well, due to the offensive odor,” said Zerbonia.