There is a proverb that says "revenge is a dish best served cold" but for a Champlin, Minnesota resident, her revenge is a dish made of the terrified neighbor's annoying children. Carrie Pernula was arrested on Oct. 16 after police found that she was the person responsible for sending threatening letters that contain messages about eating the neighbor's elementary school-aged children.
It seems that the 38-year-old Pernula resorted to a passive-aggressive strategy because she was annoyed about the children making noise, leaving their things in her yard and, well, being children. She began her threat with a letter dated Sept. 22, which the aggrieved family received on Sept. 27. The first letter contained a note saying "The children look delicious. May I have a taste?"
Of course, out of fear, the family immediately reported the incident to the police and posted about it on their community's Facebook page and, like nearly everything in social media, word spread quickly and even the uninvolved neighbors became terrified. However, it didn't stop there. The family also received magazine subscriptions where, instead of a name, it is addressed to "Your Tasty Children."
After this, the Champlin Police Department investigated further and finally traced the magazine subscriptions to Pernula who was quickly arrested. "She was angry because the kids were leaving things in her yard, and I think being a little noisy, being kids, the way kids are," Champlin's Deputy Police Chief Ty Schmidt said.
Pernula came clean about her misdeeds during the questioning and admitted that she overreacted. Pernula has been released without being charged and is said to be back in her home while the Champlin City attorney reviews her case.
Even if Pernula had the right to be upset with the situation, the action she took is definitely something else. "In this case they went way beyond the bounds of what should be done," Schmidt concluded.