Beware the candyman!

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Riga municipal police said Thursday they had arrested a candy floss seller.

The purveyor of cotton candy was found in an intoxicated state that was due to more than a mere sugar rush, in the vicinity of a haphazardly-parked candy floss trike from which he plied his illicit trade.

To the surprise of officers as they attempted to assist him back to full consciousness, a search revealed the kiddies' nightmare was packing heat in the form of a loaded pistol - presumably to ward off competition from rival candy floss sellers as part of a brutal turf war for the right to control the local trade in finespun sugary treats.

Police said they had received complaints from the public about an illicit trade in cotton candy in the Plavnieki nighborhood before but had never previously been able to track down their man thanks to his ability to make a swift getaway on his custom motorized tricycle.

Their swift action may have avoided a high-speed tricycle shootout between rival candy gangs, the consequences of which can only be imagined. 

The sugar-coated Scarface was escorted by officers to the state police station where he will face serious charges and the prospect of his teeth falling out unless he cleans them immediately.


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