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Pollen on Two Cars Sparks Hate Crime Allegations

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Pollen on two cars

Hello, my name is Pollen. I was wondering if my friends and I could spend the night on your parked cars.
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The mayor of Lamar, SC, conveyed an incident to the local police department last month in which she claimed that someone had vandalized her vehicles with spray-paint. However, the Darlington County Sheriff’s office identified the reported substance as pollen on two cars.

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Darnell Byrd-McPherson initially believed that this strange discovery was pollen and drove her car to work the next morning. However, after reviewing the situation with her husband and neighbors, she concluded that it was spray-paint and a hate crime.

Like the county’s sheriff’s office, the Lamar Police Department did not bother taking a sample.

“We found it to be pollen,” Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Robby Kilgo told Newsweek in an interview. “There was no reason for us to collect a sample.”

The State Law Enforcement Division also did not conduct a formal investigation of the pollen paint job, as they had no reason to believe anyone committed a crime with the vehicles in question.

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Byrd-McPherson has a history with past injustices against her family. In a statement back in February, she recalled a time in the 1970s when people burned crosses in her family’s yard when her mother participated in the civil rights movement.

“Again, we are grateful the person or persons did not try to take out lives,” Byrd-McPherson wrote, acknowledging an inevitable prosecution of the culprits involved.

The only likely perpetrator here is the wind, a confused bee, or other force of nature. I will be parking my car in my garage tonight — just to be safe.