A packaged turnip that generated a local law firm’s suspicion Thursday was sent to attorney Mark GiaQuinta in what might have been an attempt to express that “you can’t get blood from a turnip,” GiaQuinta said.
On Thursday, the turnip, which was inside a gift bag and a post office package, was delivered to the law offices of Haller & Colvin, 444 E. Main St. Employees there contacted police because the sender, who has been sued by one of GiaQuinta’s clients, is known to be “volatile,” GiaQuinta said.
GiaQuinta is also president of the Fort Wayne Community Schools board and a former Fort Wayne city councilman.
The city’s bomb squad used robot Bob, an acronym for Battery Operated Bot, to carry the package out of the building’s lobby and then eventually destroy the package.
While the contents of the package led to some laughter among the police officers at the scene, it cost the city a bit of money. Police said four officers received overtime pay for the incident.
“I’m now on constant alert against this and other rooted vegetables,” GiaQuinta said.