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Man tried to bring pet duck to Honolulu courthouse

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:57 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2013

Security screeners at a Honolulu courthouse noticed something moving inside a defendant's bag as it passed through an X-ray machine earlier this week.

After initially refusing to open it, the bag's owner reluctantly revealed that his pet was inside. When he opened the bag, screeners found a live duck and a bottle of beer, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz said.

Screeners told Michael Hubbard that his pet and beverage wouldn't be allowed inside Circuit Court, so he left. He returned a short while later and asked that screeners look after his belongings while he went inside for an appointment, Schwartz said, adding that visitors are allowed to leave their things outside at their own risk.

Hubbard went to his appointment, while the duck waited outside. Hawaii News Now reports Hubbard has two felony assault cases pending. He couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

Schwartz said Hubbard didn't appear intoxicated. "Everything was peaceful," she said.

"We recommend people not bring their pets to court," she said. "Believe it or not this is not an unusual occurrence. A lot of people try to bring their pets to court."

But those pets are usually dogs.

"A duck is unusual," she said. "I don't think we've come across that one before."

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loquaciousone wrote:
Hey the Duck was a "Service" duck and the beer was for the duck. It's all perfectly legal.
on April 11,2013 | 03:35PM
kauai wrote:
Quack! *hic*
on April 11,2013 | 03:55PM
mikethenovice wrote:
How about the 'quacks' we voted for? How did they enter the building?
on April 11,2013 | 08:17PM
RichardCory wrote:
Sure, let's bring politics into a completely non-political story. What is the matter with people?
on April 12,2013 | 12:43PM
Sunny wrote:
If he had a leash on the duck it would have been okay!
on April 12,2013 | 07:50AM
Shawn211 wrote:
By any chance, this guy doesn't go by the name of "Eric Poohina" of the windward side...... does he????
on April 11,2013 | 04:20PM
IAmSane wrote:
That was funny.
on April 11,2013 | 04:36PM
Honto5 wrote:
on April 11,2013 | 04:43PM
kauai wrote:
Major medical....
on April 12,2013 | 02:47PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Daffy Duck??....
on April 11,2013 | 05:14PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Was it the Aflac duck?
on April 11,2013 | 05:51PM
mikethenovice wrote:
If he would certify the pet as a service animal, he could bring it everywhere.
on April 11,2013 | 05:53PM
scooters wrote:
I'm betting that "Donald" was very happy in the bag with his bottle of beer!!
on April 11,2013 | 08:21PM
soundofreason wrote:
But badgers are still okay, right?
on April 12,2013 | 07:02AM
soundofreason wrote:
"I wasn't GOING to drink the beer. It's for the duck"
on April 12,2013 | 07:04AM
soundofreason wrote:
Ok, here it goes. So a man and a duck walk into a courthouse.................
on April 12,2013 | 07:31AM
markat wrote:
...and the duck says to the sherriff "Got any grapes?" The sherrif says "No, I don't have any grapes." The man and the duck walk out, sorely disappointed. So the next day, the man and the duck return to the courthouse and the duck asks the same question, gets the same answer. The day after, the man and the duck walk back into the courthouse, and again, the duck asks the sherriff, "Do you have any grapes?" The sherriff, having still not figured out why this duck seems to think he may have some grapes, says to the duck, "No, and if you come back in here tomorrow and ask me if I have any grapes, I will nail your bill to the floor!" The duck frowns, and they walk out of the courthouse. So the next day, the man and the duck walk back into the courthouse, and asks the sherriff "Got any nails?" The sherriff says "No." So the duck says "Got any grapes?" (an adapted oldie but goodie)
on April 12,2013 | 08:10AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Now, that's funny!
on April 12,2013 | 12:09PM
serious wrote:
I wonder if the duck had an insurance claim??
on April 12,2013 | 02:55PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Funny story. I wonder why he would bring his duck with him unless he is homeless.
on April 12,2013 | 12:08PM
kauai wrote:
Err, the man or the duck? (being homeless, that is)
on April 12,2013 | 02:47PM
lowtone123 wrote:
He was hoping to get a de-duck-tion in his sentence
on April 12,2013 | 01:16PM
soundofreason wrote:
Ba dum bump.
on April 12,2013 | 07:46PM
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