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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise: Man, Bellowing Obscenities and 'Frothing at the Mouth' Purportedly on Drugs

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 12:01 AM

click to enlarge So, apparently it wasn't this bad
  • So, apparently it wasn't this bad
We wrote last month that George Carlin noted that if you repeatedly utter "who says so?" long enough, you will get arrested.

It makes sense, but in San Francisco who has time for that? There are quicker ways to get booked here. Take this gentleman who was arrested earlier this week in the city's Southwest quadrant.

According to the writeup by Captain Paul Chignell of the Taraval Station, a quartet of police "observed a man frothing at the mouth, drinking a beer and yelling obscenities at passersby."

Yes, drugs were involved.

"You're calling about the 'frothing'," guessed Chignell -- correctly -- as soon as he picked up his phone. "I don't want to overstate that. He had some white substance coming out of his mouth ... it was just some saliva coagulating."

Well, fair enough. The coagulation, 2 p.m. public beer and shouting obscenities at random folks was enough to catch the cops' attention. Chignell wouldn't disclose just what manner of drug the man was allegedly taking, only that drugs were involved.

"He's just a fellow who's down on his luck and under the influence of drugs," he says. "He needed medical attention, he was yelling obscenities -- obviously he had some issues. He's a poor soul who's being taken in for treatment."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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