Gum desking “out of control” say police

Police are seeing a disturbing rise in “gum desking” – the illegal placement of used chewing gum under desks and tables in public places.

“We had two cases reported in 2007,” said RCMP Sergeant Pete McMillan. ” Last year it was four. And this year, there have been five cases of this disgusting crime in the first six months alone. It’s becoming an epidemic.”

So far, police have made no arrests, but McMillan sends out a warning to anyone who may be thinking about taking a shortcut in disposing of their chewing gum: “If I catch you at it, I will be cross.”

The public are asked to report any sightings of gum desking to Sgt McMillan. The telephone number is 922.

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