07.15.09 10 years ago 51 Comments

A couple months ago, a bomb blew out the window of a Starbucks on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.  No one was injured, and it probably would’ve been pretty badass to watch.  Now they’re saying the culprit was some kind of Fight Club copycat.  A 10-years-too late copycat, apparently.

The explosion appears to have been modeled on a scene [a scene? did they blow up a Starbucks in Fight Club? I don’t remember that part] from the 1999 film “Fight Club,” the New York Police Department said. The predawn Memorial Day blast, from an explosive device, damaged a sidewalk bench and shattered windows at the shop, but no one was injured.

The teenager, Kyle Shaw, 17, of 250 West 27th Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, charged with arson, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.

Wait, you can print a 17-year-old’s name and address in the newspaper now?

Mr. Shaw was arrested near his home, and the authorities found on him a DVD of “Fight Club” and a box of sparklers as well as a newspaper clipping reporting on the Starbucks bombing. Mr. Shaw had bragged to friends that he was responsible for the bombing, police said, and had started an underground fight club modeled on the one in the 1999 film.  “His statements indicated he was launching his own Project Mayhem,” police said. [NY Times]

Yeah?  What tipped you off, the sparklers?  See, this is why I’m glad I didn’t grow up in New York.  I’m not saying planting bombs at Starbucks is okay, but what’s a kid supposed to do when he doesn’t have a bonfire to throw trashbags full of gasoline and aerosol cans into?  Seriously, tell me, I’m from the country, I don’t know these things.  (It also helps to keep a couple shotguns handy in case the aerosol cans don’t blow up right away.  So I hear).

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