20 year old chemistry and art major and comic book nerd Christian Tyler Hardee was stopped by police at 12:30 a.m. last Wednesday outside a bicycle shop in Columbia, Tennessee. The police found him suspicious for some strange reason, maybe because he was wearing a green and black superhero costume, calling himself The Viper, and carrying “two plastic sticks and ninja throwing stars” as the news video below states (the throwing stars were actually in his car). Oh, who hasn’t done that?
He told officers he was on the prowl in search of crime to report. [...] During his patrol of Columbia, he donned under armor, carried two plastic sticks and wore a utility belt. On the belt, he stowed a screw driver, wrenches and a cell phone to quickly call police if he stumbled across crime. Officers also found ninja throwing stars inside his car parked near the Bicycle Shop, according to a police report. [Columbia Daily Herald]
It’s illegal to wear a mask in Columbia, Tennessee. *makes a mental note of that* The police told him about the city ordinance and let him off with a warning. In addition to having their own costumed vigilante as well as city ordinances that totally c-block their costumed vigilantes, Columbia is also the “Mule Capital of the World” (population: 34,402 people and, like, a brazillion mules, dude). So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
When interviewed later, Hardee The Viper told the Columbia Daily Herald, “I’m just a guy trying to do what’s right in tights.” I say the exact same thing before I get tarted up for a night on the town. So right.
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