To be sure, musicians have been busted for more, but maybe not
less. Non-conformist rockers Corrosion of Conformity were held up for five
hours at the Canadian border last Tuesday night (February 11) en route from
Fargo, North Dakota, to Winnipeg, Manitoba on account of some malted milk
balls. According to a source at their label, the band was held up at the border
while authorities performed a "rigorous background check," which revealed that
bassist Mike Dean had been arrested in 1983 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and
charged with larceny.
But it gets better. Apparently, back in his youthful,
punk rock days, Dean and the band used to frequent a quickie mart called the
Big Star supermarket and one night, Dean, no doubt standing out on account of
his mohawk, pinched a free sample, a solitary carob-coated malted milk ball.
Unfortunately for him, an observant off-duty cop was working the Big Star beat
that night and busted him. Dean landed in jail for a night and was bailed out
the next day. Which means that after the five hour delay on account of a malted
milk ball, Dean had to post $250 bond before he could enter the notoriously
malted milk ball-friendly nation to the north. Now you know, when that sign
says "no free samples," they're not kidding around.