It has always been an unspoken understanding between neighbors that certain culinary essentials are mutual property. Sugar, flour, and the occasional stick of butter fall into this category of communal ingredients—but cold cuts? As a local woman found out last Sunday, when a slice of salami is requested in the early morning hours, it can only mean trouble.
According to a Knoxville Police Department report, when the woman informed officers that her neighbor had stolen her collectible coins, she claimed that it all began with her charitable distribution of turkey.
The debacle began around 1 a.m., when the woman’s next-door neighbor knocked on her door to ask if she had any spare deli meat. In a true neighborly fashion, she immediately invited him inside. But, as she sifted through the fridge looking for her cold cuts, things quickly took a turn for the worse. After noticing odd noises coming from her bedroom, she abandoned the kitchen only to find the man snatching her rare buffalo nickels. After realizing he was caught, the man pulled out a knife and quickly fled the woman’s home with the coins—even as her jewelry sat within plain view on her dresser.
So, the lesson here: A cup of flour around dinner time? That makes sense. An after-midnight salami? Keep your doors locked.