Utility company workers made a clatter of noise waking up property owner Michael Smith of Norridgewock, Maine. Smith works nights and went to tell the utility workers to leave his property, and they told him no problem.
During the conversation one worker said he thought he noticed a pistol in Smith’s waist. After leaving the property the utility workers went on to inform local authorities who responded with a large force. Local police arrived at Smiths home with assault rifles and quickly surrounded his home.
The workers mistook a tattoo for an actual weapon, see something say something right?
Needless to say, swat showed up.
Smith, who’d gone back to bed, was awakened again minutes later by Maine State Police at his front door, backed up by a group of troopers with assault rifles in his driveway. They were asking him via a megaphone to come out of his house.
Fox reports: Duff said he didn’t think Smith went outside with his shirt off deliberately to make it appear he was carrying a gun. ‘I got plans today. I didn’t want to get shot,’ Smith told reporters.
The pistol tattoo on his waist only caused confusion before when he was busted for an unpaid parking ticket.
Could this be part of a government program called “Operation Brighteyes” which uses utility workers to spy on local citizens for the government?
According to an article removed from FOX 35 website:
“Operation Bright Eyes is designed to maximize the eyes and ears of Bright House Networks field service representatives and other employees to easily identify suspicious behavior and to quickly report criminal activities to police”