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Texas Man on Moped with Weed and Knife Breaches White House Perimeter

This really felt more like a “Florida Man” sort of thing, right?

2020 truly has been one for the record books, and you would be hard pressed to find a living, breathing person who’s not ready for the whole thing to be over.

This is a year that almost began with World War III, after Iran and the US traded ballistic blows just weeks after we were all singing Auld Lang Syne, merry, drunk and hopeful.  Just weeks later, a global pandemic erupted, sending first Europe and then the US into a humanitarian disaster the likes of which we haven’t seen in nearly a century.

And then there were the murder hornets, the race riots, this nightmare of a presidential election, and a strange monolith discovered out in the Utah desert that led many to believe that the end times were were.

Now, with only a few scant weeks left to antagonize and amuse us, 2020 has delivered again.

A Texas man is facing federal charges for allegedly breaching the White House grounds on Sunday — by zipping through an exit gate on a moped while carrying a knife and bag of weed in his pocket.

The Secret Service says Eric Paul Mangold was spotted on a moped around 6:30 p.m. speeding through the exit gate at Alexander Hamilton and 15th Street NW just as someone was leaving, according to court papers unsealed Monday.

Mangold then allegedly zoomed south along East Executive Avenue, which runs adjacent to the White House, before stopping at another vehicle gate at East Executive and E Street NW.

That’s where Secret Service officers surrounded Mangold with their guns drawn and detained him.

A small bag was discovered on Mangold’s person, along with a knife.  The suspect, when asked what was in the bag, told officers that it was “weed”.

At least he’s honest.

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