North Miami Beach Employees in Hot Water over Alleged Santeria Birdseed Plot

Patricia Mazzei, The Miami Herald, December 1, 2011

A note to prospective municipal employees: If you’re looking for a way to help out beleaguered colleagues, casting a spell on your boss is probably not the way to go.

Two North Miami Beach employees–one a police officer, the other a department office manager–are in hot water after trying to enlist some supernatural aid in the form of what they believed to be a Santeria practice.

Their alleged target: City Manager Lyndon Bonner, whose plan to slash the police budget prompted protests and union outrage this fall.

Their mystical material: handfuls of birdseed which, according to an internal affairs report, they hoped to scatter in and around Bonner’s fourth-floor office at City Hall.

But when they tried to recruit a janitor to sprinkle the seeds, she balked–and turned them in.

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  • Wotan

    Did this actually happen in Florida or some backwater suburb of Port-au-Prince coincidentally named North Miami Beach?

    I realize that municipal hiring standards have relaxed in the interest of diversifying the workforce, but have we come to the point of hiring santeria shamans and witches to protect and serve the public?

    I’ll add North Miami Beach to my already long list of cities to never visit.

  • Sonya

    I ain’t no expert but I always thought when practicing magic the ritual was about emotion. In other words you do not try to hire a janitor to do the work that these employees should have been doing.

    Like they really couldn’t gain access to the 4th floor? Then scatter the seeds around the building.

  • Question Diversity

    Well, that’s one way to fight city hall.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to life in the Mayatería!

  • aj

    But when they tried to recruit a janitor to sprinkle the seeds, she balked—and turned them in.

    ————

    She got upset when she was asked to sprinkle “magic seeds” Uh so who cares? How is putting a “hex” on someone a crime? Are we just going to turn into 17 century New England or modern day Uganda and start punishing “witchcraft”? Giving someone the “evil eye” will be a misdemeanor perhaps?

  • Sardonicus

    Do Americans really want to see their major cities become pathetic clones of Los Angeles or Miami; in other words, crime-ridden and corrupt Latin American cities? This is exactly the path we’ve taken because our privileged elites forced unrestricted immigration on a skeptical white public. Those who think our country won’t change when the “minority” becomes the majority are ideology-blinded fools.

  • Anonymous

    Two North Miami Beach employees—one a police officer, the other a department office manager—are in hot water after trying to enlist some supernatural aid in the form of what they believed to be a Santeria practice. […] But when they tried to recruit a janitor to sprinkle the seeds, she balked—and turned them in.

    The story would be (slightly) less appalling if the roles were reversed: that is, if the janitor had been the one who wanted to sprinkle the Holy Birdseed of the Gods, and the police officer and the department office manager were the ones who refused to go along with the stupid plot.

    It’s one thing to have your city’s immigrant floor-sweepers retaining the ignorant ooga-booga from the old country — but when your police and your white-collar civil servants are doing it, then you’ve really got a problem.

  • ATBOTL

    They have Cuban sounding names, not Hatian. It’s amazing how culturally Africanized white and near white Cubans are. You would think they would have more respect for themselves than to to adopt ridiculous superstitions from their former black slaves.

  • convairXF92

    Sonya writes:

    >Like they really couldn’t gain access to the 4th floor? Then scatter the seeds around the building.

    Or perhaps over Mr. Bonner’s car? Reminds me of an incident where a just-fired manager or engineer, convinced his firing was unfair, bought 6 loaves of white bread, broke them up, and placed the bread chunks on the roofs and hoods of the cars parked in the reserved executive slots, early one morning. The birds did the rest.