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Ever wonder what would happen if you tried to test soil in Jersey?
JIM ANNESS / THE RECORD A Paramus police officer handcuffing reporter Michael Gartland on Saturday
Well, now you don't have to. Over the weekend a reporter from the Bergen Record and a professional lab technician hired by the paper were both arrested for attempting to test the soil at a local middle school in Paramus, New Jersey. Last week the school was shut down due to the discovery of a dangerous pesticide on the grounds.
So lesson learned: If you find yourself in The Garden State, which is home to the most Superfund sites in the country, and you happen to be in the Paramus area looking for something to do, head to the mall. Because testing for contaminated soil may land you in the big house. Don't know about you, but I'd rather not have to give that as the reason when they ask me: "So what are you in for?"