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TSA agent confiscates sock monkey's toy pistol
KING 5 News ^ | December 8, 2013 | SUSAN WYATT

Posted on 12/09/2013 9:21:24 AM PST by moonshinner_09

"Rooster Monkburn" the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis.

Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash. says she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened on Wednesday.

May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag.

“His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off on John Wayne character “Rooster Cogburn” from the film “True Grit.”

May and her husband were going through the screening process when she noticed that one of her bags was missing.

“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”

May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol.“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”

“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’” said May.

The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police. “I said well go ahead,” said May. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.” “She took my monkey’s gun,” said May, who has retained her sense of humor.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: 2dumb4words; banglist; buttmonkeys; mo; tsa; tsacheckpoint; tubstackers
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Good grief, America is now safer than ever !!These guys need some serious training..
1 posted on 12/09/2013 9:21:24 AM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

Oh, good grief...................

2 posted on 12/09/2013 9:22:37 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: moonshinner_09

Good think they didn’t take/find my pen gun. (humor, sarc)


3 posted on 12/09/2013 9:23:28 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Remember what Tom Dashole once said:

You can’t professionalize unless you federalize................


4 posted on 12/09/2013 9:24:28 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: moonshinner_09

Never argue with a Marxist just take action against them.


5 posted on 12/09/2013 9:25:14 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: moonshinner_09

Good thing we have these “professionals” in charge of our security.

Where would we be without them?


6 posted on 12/09/2013 9:26:04 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: moonshinner_09

Reminds me of the book by Lewis Grizzard, “Shoot Low Sheriff, They’re Riding Shetlands”.


7 posted on 12/09/2013 9:26:09 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: moonshinner_09
These guys need some serious training

You can't train stupid.

8 posted on 12/09/2013 9:26:20 AM PST by grobdriver
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To: moonshinner_09

And the media finds it virtually incomprehensible that a TSA agent was shot by a malcontent at LAX.


9 posted on 12/09/2013 9:27:49 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger

Zero tolerance relieves people from the burden of thought.


10 posted on 12/09/2013 9:28:59 AM PST by lurk
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To: Red Badger

Is this a picture of the sock monkey or the TSA agent?


11 posted on 12/09/2013 9:29:07 AM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: moonshinner_09

That monkey needs a good spanking.


12 posted on 12/09/2013 9:29:29 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: moonshinner_09
You'd never see the light of day again if you packed a G.I. Joe for your nephew's Christmas.
13 posted on 12/09/2013 9:31:02 AM PST by bgill
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To: Red Badger

I have a grandaughter over and she was watching Tom & Jerry which would be banned by the PC crowd today . I’d bet there were at least 20 “episodes of violence” in that 7 min cartoon. My our society has become oversensitive wienies nowadays.


14 posted on 12/09/2013 9:32:21 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: dblshot

Please don’t insult the sock monkey.............


15 posted on 12/09/2013 9:33:47 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Although I am not the Sockmonkey whose revolver was confiscated, I find this deeply disturbing. Obviously the TSA has as a job requirement low IQ’s.


16 posted on 12/09/2013 9:34:00 AM PST by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: bgill

17 posted on 12/09/2013 9:34:38 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: moonshinner_09

At some point, the job requirements changed from, remove genuine threats to people who are taking the flight to, “Kids! Let’s play a real life 3-D game of find anything that looks like a gn in this picture!”


18 posted on 12/09/2013 9:35:03 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: sockmonkey

From your cold fuzzy hands?..............................


19 posted on 12/09/2013 9:35:41 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: jsanders2001

Our ‘society’ has become Idiocracy.............Life imitates art...............


20 posted on 12/09/2013 9:36:46 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

An obviously racist sock monkey . . .


21 posted on 12/09/2013 9:37:35 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Portcall24

Oh the Sheriff had a fit,
Trying figure out where Megee was hit,
When he died at the age of 23.
Because he’d been shot clean through,
Bending over and tying his shoe.

LOL-LOL


22 posted on 12/09/2013 9:37:44 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: moonshinner_09

Training?

I think the word you are looking for is “hanging”.


23 posted on 12/09/2013 9:39:20 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: jsanders2001

> I have a grandaughter over and she was watching Tom & Jerry which would be banned by the PC crowd today . I’d bet there were at least 20 “episodes of violence” in that 7 min cartoon. My our society has become oversensitive wienies nowadays.

There’s a Mickey Mouse cartoon where Mickey grabs a shotgun from over the fireplace mantle. Disney’s people have re-worked the cartoon in order to replace the shotgun with a broom. The editing was very good and seamless, but anyone with half a brain instantly will recognize it for what it is and what it should be.


24 posted on 12/09/2013 9:40:37 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Democrats believe in a two-party system—the masters and the slaves.)
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To: moonshinner_09
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"Fill your hand, you sonofabitch!!"

25 posted on 12/09/2013 9:42:42 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: moonshinner_09

...TSA supervisor Ima Mallcop not only defended the screener’s decision, but praised it. “Recent intel has shown that sock monkeys are frequently lonely, left by themselves for long periods of time, and resent being controlled by someone else when they are around other, in other words, perfect candidates for recruitment by Al Quaeda,” said Ms. Mallcop. “This TSO is a credit to the uniform, and will be nominated for the monthly Smurftastic award. If this sock puppet would have been allowed on board, someone could have been seriously hurt or worse.”

TSA director Papa Smurf refused to respond to reporters’ questions, but did E-mail a pre-produced pamphlet entitled “When Good Puppets Go Bad” which cites studies by the University of Gobbledygook showing that completely inert toy props, even unloaded ones, can cause grave damage. In 2007, according to the study, a Teddy Ruxpin breached the flight deck on a Boeing 737-800 bound for Miami using a fake nose-and-glasses, and ordered the pilots to fly to Oxnard, California. 152 passengers were terrorized by their surroundings until they were bused to Fresno where they immediately felt better.

“Rubber chickens, dribble glasses and whoopee cushions are all prohibited items,” explained Mallcop. “Those attempting to bring them into the sterile area will be detained for questioning. It’s for your safety. Think of the children!”


26 posted on 12/09/2013 9:44:09 AM PST by VideoPaul
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To: Vigilanteman

Prolly a Tea Bagger...............


27 posted on 12/09/2013 9:45:13 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: moonshinner_09

I’m a retired flight attendant for a major airline. I remember when, a pilot in uniform, was going through security on his way to his flight. A female TSA agent confiscated his aviation headset. She felt the tip of the cable posed a threat. The pilot and we couldn’t believe the stupidity! Only after a supervisor was called, and he explained why it was vital he use it for flight communications, was he permitted to take his headset with him!


28 posted on 12/09/2013 9:46:01 AM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: Gaffer
Could be a deadly weapon:
29 posted on 12/09/2013 9:46:20 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: moonshinner_09

My Late B-I-L had a Cigar Punch made from a .44 Cartridge. He had it with him when we were flying to Vegas. It took 3 TSA Agents to make the decision that he couldn’t take it on the Plane, even when he showed them how it came apart to expose the small round Punch.

It went in the collection of dangerous items and was gone.

I think it cost him around $20 when he bought it.


30 posted on 12/09/2013 9:51:04 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (A Communist is nothing more than an honest Democrat...)
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To: moonshinner_09

Next time dress your sock monkey in a burka and he’ll go through TSA no problem.


31 posted on 12/09/2013 9:51:10 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: moonshinner_09

I just remembered, when I was a kid I owned a Monkey Gun. Cool toy.


32 posted on 12/09/2013 9:51:54 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (A Communist is nothing more than an honest Democrat...)
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To: moonshinner_09

Only your TSA can have guns, and they treat them like toys as the ‘play around’ with us sheeple.


33 posted on 12/09/2013 9:52:27 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: moonshinner_09

Schools expel kids for drawing a picture of a gun. TSA agents are forcing the same ideology on people. They have a common goal - criminalize the thought of a gun.


34 posted on 12/09/2013 9:52:30 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Cincinatus

LOL.

“Mr. Rat... I have a writ here says you’re to stop eating Chen Lee’s cornmeal forthwith. Now it’s a rat writ, writ for a rat, and this is lawful service of the same...”


35 posted on 12/09/2013 9:53:20 AM PST by Spruce
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To: toldyou

When my son was in the Marines, en route to deployment in Afghanistan, his unit had to board a charter through a civilian airport, with weapons and full battle gear. The TSA agent made them run their rifles through the Xray machine!


36 posted on 12/09/2013 9:55:48 AM PST by I-ambush (Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning.)
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To: moonshinner_09

meanwhile they have muslims cleaning the planes


37 posted on 12/09/2013 9:55:53 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Red Badger

The worst is: We are paying these stupid people to do these stupid things.


38 posted on 12/09/2013 9:56:56 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: moonshinner_09

when sock monkey guns are outlawed
only outlaw sock monkeys will have sock monkey guns.


39 posted on 12/09/2013 9:58:23 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: moonshinner_09

When my mother ( age 88) would fly to St Louis to visit relatives in recent years she got the search treatment every time on departure from there.

STL must have some extra super stupid TSA drones.


40 posted on 12/09/2013 9:59:09 AM PST by Rockpile
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To: jsanders2001
My our society has become oversensitive wienies nowadays.

Boy can you say that again! For example look how NFL games are officiated these days. Are those men playing or are some of them (qb's) women? It has crept into all aspects of our existence.

41 posted on 12/09/2013 10:01:00 AM PST by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: basil

The worst is: We are ALLOWING these stupid people to do these stupid things.


42 posted on 12/09/2013 10:01:14 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: I-ambush

Before the TSA existed, we would travel on civilian aircraft from Topeka, KS to Fort Irwin, CA.

Nobody was dumb enough to send us through the metal detector...but we were required to remove the bolts from our weapons, tag them with serial number, and hand them over to one SGT as we boarded the plane.

Before takeoff, the Captain said, “Please put your seats in the full upright position, and place your M-16 under the seat in front of you.”


43 posted on 12/09/2013 10:03:25 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: toldyou

Classic with the headset. I can remember not long after 9-11 some Eager Beaver type was all hot and heavy about relieving a 2 inch swiss army blade from the pilot as he boarded. He said “son, you don’t seem to understand I have a fireaxe under my seat, and if I’m having a bad day I can nose this plane right into the ground.”


44 posted on 12/09/2013 10:05:00 AM PST by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: gemoftheocean

LOL. I enjoyed reading that.


45 posted on 12/09/2013 10:10:17 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: bgill
That toy clearly has the ability to hijack a plane. I guess people are so
passive that a simple hand gesture on a note would make them comply
and must be protected from such aggressive violence.


46 posted on 12/09/2013 10:10:55 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: I want the USA back

47 posted on 12/09/2013 10:17:47 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad. :()
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To: SandRat

Nobody knew where he came from
They only knew he came in
Slowly he walked to the end of the bar
And he ordered up one slug of gin

Well, I could see that he wasn’t a large man
I could tell that he wasn’t too tall
I judged him to be ‘bout five foot three
And his voice was a soft Texas drawl

Snip

He cussed once or twice in a whisper
And he said with a snarl on his lips
Nobody’s Mister to me, little man
And he grabbed for the gun on his hips

But the little man’s hands was like lightning
The bass forty-four was the same
The forty-four spoke and it sent lead and smoke
And seventeen inches of flame

For the big one had never cleared leather
Beaten before he could start
A little round hole had appeared on his shirt
The bullet went clear through his heart
Snip

Here’s the lyrics to the whole song, “Mr. Shorty” by Marty Robins:

http://www.metrolyrics.com/mr-shorty-lyrics-marty-robbins.html


48 posted on 12/09/2013 10:24:36 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Red Badger
The TSA...America's "Welfare-to-Work" Program!!!
49 posted on 12/09/2013 10:30:57 AM PST by R AND R IN 2012
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To: I-ambush

“The TSA agent made them run their rifles through the Xray machine!”

LOL! How funny!


50 posted on 12/09/2013 10:39:58 AM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas.)
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