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No Charges to be Sought in Turkey Prank

web posted April 2, 2014

EDGEFIELD Residents and workers arriving Tuesday morning in Edgefield were treated to find five of the painted fiberglass turkeys that adorn certain corners of the businesses on the town square lined up on the square in a nice neat row and plenty of corn for them to feed on. Many town officials when alerted to the caper thought the news was an April Fools joke, but the joke was on them.     

Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said that he has reviewed the footage recorded by the "town square cam" and that between five or six men pulled off the practical joke in about ten minutes. They began an obviously well planned and well executed ploy to place the turkeys on the square and making sure not to damage anything in the process.

The caper got underway just after midnight. At first shadows are caught on film, believed to be the men unbolting the turkeys. Then the group split up, first placing three of the turkeys on the square and then splitting up again to move the other two while another member began pouring out the corn to complete the prank.

Chief Carter said he believes there were at least five men involved, possible six. Because people enter and leave the frame of the camera during the event it is hard to know how many were involved.

Carter said no charges will be sought against those responsible and the practical joke was being treated as just that. Those responsible took extra measures to make sure nothing was damaged and the result was a rush of people coming to town to take pictures of, or posing with, the turkeys.

The sad part of the reality is that it took just five or six men to complete the removal and placement of the turkeys in 10 to 15 minutes. It will take the town workers two days to replace them. A true example of the difference between "private sector work" and government work.

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