Two of Hope’s most wanted “scoundrels” were arrested and thrown in lock up this weekend, but are now out on bail thanks to generous donations for their release.
Pauline Newbigging, Buy-Low Foods store manager and ‘warden’ for the day Saturday, confirmed that Dave “The Butcher” and “Bad Boy” Carter have been let out of lock-up after spending Saturday in a makeshift jail outside the store.
They were treated well and had access to their phones, Newbigging said, on which Carter Perry played the Inner Circle classic ‘Bad Boys.’ Together with fellow captive Dave Flexhaug, meat manager at Buy-Low, Perry also held up signs that read ‘Call my Mom,’ ‘The food is terrible’ and ‘Please send money.’
“Carter tried to break out a couple of times, I think he’d kind of had enough after an hour,” Newbigging said, adding that he was ‘bribed’ into staying another 30 minutes with promises of playing hockey video games when he got home.
“Dave, he stuck it out the whole time and in the end he had to go pee, but he made it till 3 o’clock.”
“They were treated very well, I must say,” she added.
The jail or bail stunt was a fundraiser for Variety the Children’s Charity, the main charity Hope Buy-Low supports throughout the year and especially during Variety Month. Netting a total of $3,000 for the charity, the event wildly exceeded its initial goal of $1,000. In fact, the first $1,000 was raised in the first hour of the fundraiser Newbigging said.
“People just pulled up and handed money over, that was great,” Newbigging said. Some big donations even came in over the phone, with Flexhaug’s mother donating $100 to keep him in jail. Overall, the choice of whether to keep them in or bail them out was pretty even.
Newbigging also thanked Jackie Rempel, the officer who ‘arrested’ Perry and treated him to a ride in the back of a squad car with sirens blaring to the lock up Saturday.
The average the store donates to Variety per year is $1,500 to $2,000. Variety supports children with special needs in their care needs that are not covered by government programs. Perry is a kids champion for Variety, as well as having benefitted from their programs as he has cerebral palsy.
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