hello-kitty

Cops arrest carnival worker for selling them ‘Hello Kitty’ doll

Posted by Austin Petersen • 30 Sep 2013

Police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma set up a sting to catch a carnival worker in the act of making people happy, and now local Republicans are petitioning to get him released. Carnival worker Frank Feikema of Houston was operating a darts game booth for prizes when an undercover officer approached him and asked what it would take to win the big prizes. You’ll never believe what happened next.

From Newson6:

“The rules state that the participant must win a certain number of each size prize to trade up for a larger prize,” the deputy said in his report. “You continue to trade up until the largest prize is won.”

Feikema reportedly told the deputy that for $40, he could pop one balloon and have whatever prize he desired.

“I took a dart, popped a balloon on the first try, handed him $40 and asked for one of the largest prizes,” the deputy said. “He handed me the Hello Kitty that I asked for and I walked away.”

Two deputies later arrested Feikema and took possession of his change belt and $175 on his person. Local Republicans issued a press release protesting his incarceration. They are setting up fundraising to help the carnival worker with bail. The release read:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tulsa County Citizens Raise Money for the Release of Tulsa County Fair Employee

Tulsa, OK – September 30 – Last night reports were released that Tulsa County Fair employee Frank Feikema was arrested late Saturday night.

The News on Six reports:

“Feikema, 65, was operating a booth where fairgoers pay to throw darts and pop balloons, according to an arrest report. A deputy approached the midway booth at 9:30 Saturday night, asking Feikema how much it would cost to win the largest prize.

“The rules state that the participant must win a certain number of each size prize to trade up for a larger prize,” the deputy said in his report. “You continue to trade up until the largest prize is won.”

Feikema reportedly told the deputy that for $40, he could pop one balloon and have whatever prize he desired.

“I took a dart, popped a balloon on the first try, handed him $40 and asked for one of the largest prizes,” the deputy said. “He handed me the Hello Kitty that I asked for and I walked away.”

When Lisa Bowman heard of the arrest, she was outraged. “If the money taken from me, involuntarily, in the form of taxes, is funding the institutions that are in place to fight crime, then I expect them to focus on true crime. What I see here is a voluntary exchange between two consenting adults, where one party is being set up, caged and exploited. The cost to tax payers (victims) for this act is not justified. The only justice in this case will come in the form of nullification or dismissal.”

Tulsa resident Joanna Francisco summed up the situation in this way, “The legitimate role of government is to protect the life, liberty, and property of the people that formed the government for this purpose. In this scenario, no one’s life, liberty, or property was aggressed upon. It was a voluntary exchange between two consenting adults. The only aggression in this situation was against the carnival worker and the taxpayers of the county. The government is not to be used as a weapon against peaceful people.”

A growing coalition of over 20 individuals has already donated towards the $500 bond goal. Today at 6pm a small group will take the donations to the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center 300 N. Denver Ave, downtown Tulsa and post the bail for Frank Feikema’s release.