Man rejected for government assistance releases bedbugs in city center


MAINE — Augusta City Center staff workers were caught by surprise when their facility was shut down on Friday afternoon after an angry man slammed a cup full of 100 bed bugs on the counter, according to a report from Central Maine.

City Manager William Bridgeo explained to reporters that the man filled out a form to request for government assistance but did not qualify for what he needed. Upon hearing this news from the city staff, the man “whipped out a cup (full of live bedbugs) and slammed it on the counter, and bam, off they flew, maybe 100 of them,” Bridgeo said.

The bugs instantly spread out on the counter, and despite the efforts of Bridgeo and his staff who sprayed windex on the creatures, the building was closed down.

On Monday, a bedbug detector dog service is expected to clear the building before daily operations commence.

According to Sgt. Christopher Shaw, police were still determining Friday what, if any charges would be pressed against the unnamed man.


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