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Man walks into bar, orders a water, eats black pepper then heads to Wisconsin

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Man walks into bar, orders a water, eats black pepper then heads to Wisconsin
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

A suspicious male was reported at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in the 800 block of Bahls Drive. The man jumped out at a restaurant employee and startled her while she was on a break. The man introduced himself as "Viral."


He went into the restaurant, sat at the bar, poured pepper into his hand and ate it.

The male appeared to be homeless.

He asked for a glass of water. A bartender filled his water bottle and asked him to leave. Ninety minutes later the man returned and ordered a beer. The staff asked for his ID. The male said he had ID but didn't need it yet. He became offended and he was asked to leave.

The man was next seen near a salon a few blocks away. At 5:30 p.m., the man was located near the police department. Officers interviewed him and the man said he was headed to Wisconsin. Officers gave him directions on how to get there.

Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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