A Minnesota family with elementary school-aged children received an anonymous threat last month that read, “The children look delicious. May I have a taste?” They were justifiably creeped out, so they called police and took to a neighborhood Facebook group to tell others in the neighborhood about it.
Here’s an image of the note:
A few weeks after the family received the note, they began receiving magazine subscriptions, except instead of the family’s name on the address label, the label was sent to “your tasty children.”
What. The. Hell.
The family took to the neighborhood Facebook group with this message:
To the individual who sent this letter…The answer is NO! NO you may not have my children in any way, shape, or form. And beyond anything physical you may NOT rob them of the security and comfort they feel. The trust they have in other people, or the joy they experience on a daily basis because of who they are. You DO NOT have the right to try to steal this from them by sending an anonymous letter trying to rip their world apart. I will NOT let that happen. What you MAY do, since you were so formal in your letter to ask, is you MAY turn yourself into the police, or you MAY seek help for your sexual and/or homicidal urges. Either way, the children of this community are off limits.
The magazines were traced to a 38-year-old neighbor who was apparently sick of the laughter of small children and decided to terrorize her neighbors and community with these notes. I mean, why approach the family or make a noise complaint when you can be a creepy weirdo instead? CBS reports that Carrie Pernula was arrested Friday and faces possible charges of gross misdemeanor terroristic threats and stalking. She says she was motivated by the noisy children who occasionally left things in her yard.
After the initial note went up on the neighborhood Facebook page, it drummed up some justifiable fear. The community is filled with families with small children, and word spread about the troubling note very quickly. Pernula has been released and charges have yet to be filed.
Good luck getting an invite to the neighborhood potluck.