Nam Tran, owner of the sushi restaurant Akebono in Des Moines, Iowa, was shocked to see police come to his establishment on reports of a bomb threat. The police were shocked to discover that 40-year-old Ivory Washington was in possession of a homemade hand grenade that he had constructed himself as he was sitting in a booth in the restaurant. But the most shocking aspect of the situation above all was that Washington was the one who called 911.
Why did he do this? To prove a point.
"He gave us a story where he is extremely frustrated with our world today and believes that people that don't take these types of threats seriously," Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines police department told WHO-TV. "So, he was going to make a point that he could sit somewhere and construct a device and hopefully somebody would call the police."
Parizek explained that Washington had attempted a similar experiment in a suburb, only to invoke zero reactions from citizens. When he attempted the experiment again by building a hand grenade in a public setting only to see the same results, out of frustration, he called the police to report his findings. The police were not as interested in the results of his experiment as they were by the explosive device he brought into the restaurant.
Washington claimed that his device was merely a fluke, a fake prop used for the purpose of his demonstration of our careless society. The bomb squad had something else to say.
"It was legit. When they tested it to see if it would explode, it did," Parizek said of the bomb squad's findings. "They said anybody basically within about 25 feet of this would have been injured. Somebody within a ten foot radius, had it gone off, might have been killed."
Now, Washington, who has been charged with possession of explosive or incendiary material with intent, can go to jail with a smile on his face knowing that his experiment was a success. He was able to successfully expose today's generation for not taking the dangers of bombings or other violent acts seriously by proving himself to be its poster boy. If endangering the lives of other people and lying about the lethal nature of your "prop" all just to prove a point are not the actions of a careless individual, we do not know what is.
But, what do you think? Should Washington be praised for shedding light on humanity's ignorance of the violent world we live in, or is he no better than the people he tried to warn us about? Let us know in the comments below!