Garbage Paranoia in Hoboken?

Good to be alert in Hoboken; but why are so many people “suspicious?”

I’ll say this – being alert and aware of your surroundings are key components to survival in the world.

Knowing where fire exits are, identifying who may be “unwelcome” guests, having an action plan, avoiding troubling situations and so on. These are good characteristics to have.

But ever since all these so-called “terror” stories that have peppered newscasts over the past decade and more, I believe it’s created a general populous who is “running scared.”

I’ve been in Hoboken the past decade and a half – and have been following the local police and fire action since moving here. And one trend that has increased exponentially is “suspicious packages.”

It’s just random spewed kitchen refuse!

Yesterday afternoon, I overheard a police call where a resident was concerned about a bag of what he thought was “white powder” underneath the bench at the bus stop at 11th & Washington Streets. Hoboken Police arrived and said it was just garbage. I shrugged it off as an insignificant incident.

I later received an email from Hoboken411 reader Ryan, who was the one that notified HPD about the “suspicious” bag (see photos).

He called the bag a “Ziploc bag filled with powder that looked like cocaine,” and added that he wasn’t any expert, and thought it could have easily been something harmless like a cooking ingredient.

He expressed disappointment that the HPD didn’t launch a full-scale investigation into this bag they determined was garbage sitting on the sidewalk.

People throw away many things all the time!

While out walking with the Hoboken411 Mascot Oscar early this morning (around 1am), I decided to check this area myself. When I arrived (and in a damn rain storm), I checked under the bench and discovered that the bag was still there. In fact, it had been busted open.

This wasn’t a Ziploc bag – but rather it was a white plastic shrink-sealed bag containing a white powder that appeared to be cake batter or Bisquik biscuit mix. Something you’d find in a Duncan Hines cake-mix box. There was a date printout on the bag itself from what I saw.

My guess is that someone was cleaning out their cupboard, and was discarding expired products. Definitely didn’t look nefarious, but rather a run-of-the-mill product you’d find in practically any kitchen. Keep in mind that random garbage appears everywhere in Hoboken!

Don’t be afraid to poke around a little

I certainly don’t admonish Ryan for being an outspoken citizen willing to at least reach out to authorities because of a concern he had.

However, my rule of thumb is as follows: There is no need for paranoia or fear.

99.99999% of what you’ll encounter in your travels is innocent and harmless. Much of what you fear isn’t even real – it’s manufactured paranoia that exists these days to excessive (and inaccurate) news reports, over-the-top television and movie dramas and the like. Even if this was a real “criminal” substance, odds are it wasn’t some kind of “terror dust.” The only thing it could possibly have been might be some blow, but what drug dealer leaves an item of such value behind so easily? And for so long?

Seriously – if you’re afraid to poke around and investigate on your own, just give Hoboken411 a shout… and myself and the Mascot might check it out for you. You need to supply photos – and I offer no guarantees that I’ll even be bothered to do it.

Bottom line: Chill out with the paranoia! Worry about more tangible aspects of our lives – like the economy!

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6 Comments on "Garbage Paranoia in Hoboken?"

proh57
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proh57

“The road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is much shorter than we think.” — Capt. Jean-Luc Picard

Friedupright
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Friedupright

So the police were called in the afternoon and determined the bag was just garbage. H411 sees the bag still there at 1:00AM. I read this story and was just left wondering why the bag wasn’t thrown in the trash when it was determined to be garbage.

Mama Luke
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He expressed disappointment that the HPD didn’t launch a full-scale investigation into this bag they determined was garbage sitting on the sidewalk. Well if they determined it was garbage what the hell did you want them to do? Call the Feds, CIA, DEA, NSA? Lets see… We determined this is garbage but let use all our resources of the entire police force, which is about 4 uniform cops per shift thanks to Zimmer. Then we can tie up the FBI so they can test the 40 oz’s of pancake flour so they can tell the police which is the best syrup to use with the flour. I mean don’t get me wrong he did the right thing by calling the police but what else did you expect if it was determined to be trash? 😯 😯 😯 😯

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1
mama luke..be advised we have lots of murmerks shims fair weather patroits with short memories..I agree with you..I recall a few years ago a bus on the west side of 14th and washington st was evacuated,untill jersey city hazmath arrived to check a pkg on the bus..they cleared the block square are with hfd..Turned out the pkg was some holloween toys….Any pkg anyone sees should be reported ..Its advertised on TV each day..Rememer the jerkwad radical born in the usa muslim left a bomb in a suv right near the broadway play Lion King..Kids go to that play..theater..From what media sources claim papers found in obamas villa state he was infacuated with the rail system in the usa..Btw it will never end.You kill the man but not the cause.. 😈 [quote comment=”207665″]He expressed disappointment that the HPD didn’t launch a full-scale investigation into this bag they determined was garbage sitting on the sidewalk. Well if they determined it was garbage what the hell did you want them to do? Call the Feds, CIA, DEA, NSA? Lets see… We determined this is garbage but let use all our resources of the entire police force, which is about 4 uniform cops per shift thanks to Zimmer. Then we can tie up the FBI so they can test the 40 oz’s of pancake flour so they can tell the police which is the best syrup to use with the flour. I mean don’t get me wrong he did the right thing by calling… Read more »
FMTVENG
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call me crazy but if somebody left a big ass ziplock bag full of coke in Hoboken, I’m pretty sure somebody walking thru would have been more then happy to take it home with them. On the other side of that equation if a drug dealer is losing POUNDS of product, he won’t be in business very long and his life expectancy might drop significantly as well if he doesn’t have the money to cover his losses.

Hobbes
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Hobbes

I’d call the cops! Haven’t you heard of the Broken Windows Theory? Once you let that stuff happen (and let it sit for a while) rapid urban decay happens.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory

I know Hoboken has it’s share of broken glass but it requires constant upkeep otherwise it will get worse than it already is.

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