The NYPD began investigating a suspected hate crime early Sunday morning after an incident involving pieces of bacon scattered over a field in Staten Island, where members of the local Muslim community later gathered to celebrate the last day of Ramadan. But the NYPD has got it all wrong, according to some dude who called a Staten Island Advance reporter to tell her that he did not intend to perpetrate any hate crime. Rather, he said he was trying to (1) feed some some animals and (2) clean his car.
The man left the following voice mail Tuesday morning for reporter Deborah Young:
"Hi, Deborah. This is — I was reading the article about the horrible incident of bacon and Muslims in the park and I wanted to let you know that is not my intention."
"I had put the bacon there. It was going bad in my trunk and I put it out for the scavengers like the opossums and the raccoons and seagulls, and I did not intend for that to cause anybody any problems.
"It was not any (inaudible) anti-Muslim act, and I did not want to offend anybody in any way. Thank you and have a good day."
Unless this guy concocted the story to keep the peace, or was pulling the paper's chain, it turns out he was just horribly misunderstood and learned a lesson about clearing rotting bacon from his vehicle.