A Rose In A Glass By Any Other Name Is A Crack Pipe
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Getting gas at a local Chevron station, I popped inside to buy a bottle of water and a newspaper. Standing in front of me in line was an attractive woman, dressed in what might best be considered intentionally eye-catching cut off shorts and a tight-fitting blouse, accented with stiletto heels.
She brings to the counter something called a “Chore Boy”, which is a brand of wool mesh pipe cleaner. You’ve seen these before — little round scrub pads one might use to clean dirty dishes.
She then asks the clerk behind the counter for something I’d not heard of before: a “rose in a glass.” The clerk nods and asks, “which color?” The young lady smiles and says, “It doesn’t matter.”
The clerk pulls a small box from underneath the counter with an assortment of small glass tubes containing various colored silk roses. She randomly selects one and hands it to the young lady, who asks how much this odd item and her Chore Boy will cost. The total is around $5.75.
The young lady pulls a handful of wrinkled bills from her pocket, and mutters “expensive” as she counts out what turns out to be about a dollar less than the total bill. She tells the clerk, “Wait a minute,” and walks out of the store toward a black Ford Mustang with pitch black tinted windows. About a minute passes, and then a man exits the car and walks into the store holding a credit card.
“How much?” he asks the clerk, who motions to the cashier display. He slides his card through, crumples the receipt when handed to him by the clerk, and walks out with his Chore Boy and rose in a glass.
Having stood there watching all of this, I couldn’t help but think I’d just watched something a little odd transpire.
Later I got home and worked my Google , and quickly discovered that I’d learned a brand new lesson in drug paraphernalia. The term “rose in a glass” does in fact refer to just that, a silk rose in a glass tube, purchased in bulk from vendors in China. The rose, however, is incidental, because it’s the glass that serves the purpose the young lady at the store wanted to use it for — as a crack pipe.
The Chore Boy, I also learned, serves as a filter between the crack cocaine rocks in the glass and the user’s mouth. Just a little pinch of brillow stuffed down the glass tube and you’re ready for action.
And that, my friends, is my lesson of the day, which I pass along to you in case you happen to find yourself buying a bottle of water and a newspaper and a peculiar transaction involving a glass Chinese trinket and a dish scrubber goes down in front of you.
You never know what new knowledge a day may bring.
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Crack Pipes Often Disguised As Novelty Items At Stores
DETROIT (WWJ) – Be careful of what’s being sold under the counter.
Crack pipes are being sold at neighborhood stores from Detroit to the suburbs.
That’s according to former Detroit police officer David Mahalab, who says the pipes are disguised as novelties.
“To avoid police detection and to try to avoid the law, they put a pen insert – (in) a glass tube, and try to evade the law, which talks about paraphernalia and stuff that has a second use,” says Mahalab.
Mahalab says they’re also disguised as a ballpoint pen or small glass vases with a rose sticking out of them.
Mahalab says people may be surprised where the pipes are being sold.
“Dollar stores, gas stations, liquor stores, virtually every store in the 6th Precinct that I did enforcement with, were given a ticket and found guilty. I’ve seen them in Allen Park, Dearborn Heights and Garden City,” says Mahalab.
Mahalab says the pipe sales are lucrative, but bring crack addicts and crime to neighborhoods.
Rampant unemployment and abject poverty; bulldozing neighborhoods and deteriorating ghettos; half of the population can’t read; and now crack pipes in convenience stores.
Ah the fruits of liberalism, progressivism, socialism, and labor unions. Yes, a true socialist utopia is at hand. Soon to come to a city near you. All thanks to 100 years of progressivism and socialist-liberalism, and great political leaders like Wilson, FDR, Johnson, Carter, and yours truly Obama bin lyin’.
old news. they have been selling pipes, screens, butane lighters, etc for decades at every corner store in SF for decades. and now you can legally buy weed and needles at stores and pharmacies too. people are going to do what they want to do.
Detroit…sounds like a great place for a nuclear bomb test.
Sold by devout followers of the Prophet, no doubt.
nothing new ANYWHERE. grow up.
You can ask Charlie Sheen but from what I know about crack if a person earning 30 million dollars a year found themselves addicted to rock, they would be driving around town in a $500 dollar car they owed money on with .75 cents worth of gas in the tank.
This has been happening for at least 10 years. Way to be on the ball CBS. Next at 7, Newsflash: Convenience stores also sell ALCOHOL!Cracks pipes are being sold at neighborhood stores from Detroit to the suburbs. ]]>