A retired Massachusetts chemist had his home raided (without a warrant of course) and his property stolen by authorities. Why?
Experiments. That’s right. He was doing experiments.
Deeb is not accused of making methamphetamine or other illegal drugs. He’s not accused of aiding terrorists, synthesizing explosives, nor even of making illegal fireworks.
Pamela Wilderman, the code enforcement officer for Marlboro, stated, “I think Mr. Deeb has crossed a line somewhere. This is not what we would consider to be a customary home occupation.”
Wilderman thinks he has crossed a line…somewhere. Sounds like reason enough to me. I’m really scared by precedents like this when they go unchecked. It’s a threat not only to people who like to tinker with science as a hobby, but also to people who homeschool and people who may be developing new products or processes in their spare time.
One day it may be illegal to develop WordPress themes, and there won’t be any chemists to stand up for us.
At least Massachusetts residents don’t have to worry about getting their doors kicked in during charades night.