Imagine planning to get yourself involved in another country's politics by committing a felony in two different countries and not taking the time to get even the most basic of details straight first.
It may seem negligent to the point of disbelief, but that is precisely what a 20-year-old right-winger in Ohio did when he tried to join in the anti-mask trucker protests that have taken over the Canadian capital of Ottawa by calling in a bomb threat to Ottawa.
Except he called it in to the wrong Ottawa--the village of Ottawa, Ohio.
The 20-year suspect called in a bomb threat so Canadian police would waste their time chasing it, but he called the wrong Ottawa \u2014 a village in Ohio.https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ohio-man-bomb-threat-ottawa-mask-mandate_n_62053ef6e4b083bd1cbba238\u00a0\u2026— HuffPost (@HuffPost) 1644534700
The man told authorities his plan was to call in the bomb threat in hopes of distracting Ottawa police from managing the ongoing protests in the city, which has been crippled by some 400 semi-trucks blocking roads in protest of Canada's new vaccine mandates for truckers.
But the man called the wrong Ottawa--not once, but twice according to Captain Brad Brubaker at the Sheriff's Office in Putnam County, Ohio, which is extremely not in Canada.
On the first call, Brubaker said, the man called in the bomb threat. On the second, he told authorities he had been shot, and that's when he found out he'd called the wrong Ottawa.
As Brubaker told The Lima News:
“He wasn’t paying attention and just called the first number he found. He said he was mad about mask mandates.”
Brubaker, who chalked the whole thing up to the man suffering from a "20-year-old dumb attack," was mystified as to how the man didn't realize where he was calling.
"You’d think with him being from Ohio the 419 area code might have rung a bell."
No offense to the right-wing, but it often seems like they're not sending their best people to the front of the culture wars.
And naturally, Twitter has had a field day roasting the guy.
We have some not so bright people here in Ohio\u2026 take this guy who called in a bomb threat to Ottawa Canada to support the truckers rejecting Covid restrictions\u2026 only problem he called police in Ottawa Ohio and now arrested for swatting \n\n#DemVoice1https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2022/2/10/2079687/-Ohio-man-tries-to-swat-Ottawa-police-with-bomb-threat-but-calls-Ottawa-OH-police-instead\u00a0\u2026— Prez \ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf39\ud83c\udf3b\ud83d\udc40\ud83d\udc40\ud83c\udf0e\u2744\ufe0f\ud83e\udd43\ud83e\udd42\ud83e\uddc9\ud83c\udf08 (@Prez \ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf39\ud83c\udf3b\ud83d\udc40\ud83d\udc40\ud83c\udf0e\u2744\ufe0f\ud83e\udd43\ud83e\udd42\ud83e\uddc9\ud83c\udf08) 1644558699
How did so many of these people survive to adulthood?!— Joimonki \ud83c\udf0a \ud83d\ude37 #Vaccinated #Grantifa (@Joimonki \ud83c\udf0a \ud83d\ude37 #Vaccinated #Grantifa) 1644570768
pic.twitter.com/yKHPD8LOO6— Meteor Campaign Volunteer \u2604\ud83c\udf0e\ud83d\udca5 (@Meteor Campaign Volunteer \u2604\ud83c\udf0e\ud83d\udca5) 1644590920
All the best peoplehttps://twitter.com/clevelandscene/status/1492147496109416452\u00a0\u2026— Kristal\u2728 (@Kristal\u2728) 1644590856
A man who wanted to join the 'Freedom Convoy' protests in Canada's capital over mask mandates called in a bomb threat to the wrong Ottawa on Monday. He has since been arrested. Thank God so many right wing loons are really stupid too.— Frank - 'Love, Children, Planet' - Schaeffer (@Frank - 'Love, Children, Planet' - Schaeffer) 1644571666
That MF was just stupid. He got Ottawa, Ohio confused with Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. This is what happens when you failed basic education.https://twitter.com/ctvottawa/status/1491358791249678338\u00a0\u2026— Mrs. Tee Wiz \ud83d\udc51 (@Mrs. Tee Wiz \ud83d\udc51) 1644439909
What do you know, a Confederate flag is flying in Ottawa what do you know, a "protester" called n a bomb threat to......Ottawa....OHIO , said he was shot, dispatch told him he was calling Ohio, he then said he's not shot. I always said racists r intentionally stupid.— Beth is \u27a1\ufe0f\ud83d\udc08PJs\ud83d\udc1dKneez\ud83d\udc95\ud83c\udfb6\ud83c\udf3c (@Beth is \u27a1\ufe0f\ud83d\udc08PJs\ud83d\udc1dKneez\ud83d\udc95\ud83c\udfb6\ud83c\udf3c) 1644523755
#Ottawa Looks like geography lessons have been discontinued stateside......https://nypost.com/2022/02/11/ohio-suspect-targets-the-wrong-ottawa-with-alleged-bomb-threat-over-canada-covid-19-mask-mandates/?utm_source=twitter_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons\u00a0\u2026— BobbyHuggs (@BobbyHuggs) 1644578376
This is hilariously horrifying. \n\n\u201cYou\u2019d think with him being from Ohio the '419' area code might have rung a bell."\n\n#Ohio #TruckersConvoyhttps://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2022/02/11/akron-man-wanting-to-support-canadian-mask-mandate-protestors-in-ottawa-calls-in-bomb-threat-ottawa-ohio\u00a0\u2026— Melissa (@Melissa) 1644594667
The Sheriff's Office said it will be requesting the Putnam County Prosecutor's office to press charges against the man. All this over a vaccine mandate in a country he doesn't even live in...You hate to see it!