In the name of competition, I have seen some pretty ridiculous things lawyers have done to gain a slight edge over competitors. I know attorneys who have purchased billboard advertising in view of their "rivals". I have heard rumors of lawyers leaking unflattering stories to the press. I even read a story of one shameful lawyer who dressed up a staffer as a priest. His intent was to have the guy mingle among the grieving families of air crash victims.
Recently, I ran across some goofy behavior from a local law practice. My firm had installed a brochure holder outside of our main entrance. It was an old fashioned way for after-hours visitors to get some basic contact and practice area information about our law office. I started noticing we were going through an inordinate amount of brochures. I thought it might be some punk teenagers. With their iPhones, Justin Beiber haircuts and sugary cereals, you can't trust them. I was wrong. Checking our security tape, I recognized an overzealous paralegal from another firm. He was the culprit. He was taking all of our brochures and throwing them into a public trash bin. Had it really come to this? If stealing brochures is your way of dealing with the competition, you are doing something wrong. At least this guy did not resort to putting mice in our vents. A Pennsylvania pizza restaurant wasn't so lucky.
Apparently, the residents in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania love their pizza. One section of town even has three pizzeria shops. Culinary connoisseurs have their choice of Bella Pizzeria, Verona Pizza, or Uncle Nick's Pizza. The glut of choices was just too much for Nicholas Galiatsatos. He owned Bella Pizzeria and wanted to be the only game in town. As such, he decided to pay his competitors a visit.
The first stop for Nicholas was Verona Pizza. With bag in tow, he came in and asked to use the bathroom. He was empty handed when he came out. Curious, Verona's owner inspected the bathroom. He found footprints on the toilet and noticed the drop ceiling tiles were moved. He discovered a bag stashed inside the ceiling. The owner handed it over to a couple of cops who happened to be eating lunch at the restaurant. They discovered three mice inside. Curmudgeonly chef Nicholas was also accused of walking across the street to Uncle Nick's pizza where he dropped another bag of mice into a trash bin inside the restaurant.
Now, I know what you're thinking. What's the big deal? Pizza places and mice have a long history with each other. Look at Chuck E. Cheese. Maybe this guy was trying to be nice. Maybe he was hoping one of the rodents would turn into a chef like in Patton Oswalt's Ratatouille. Nevertheless, Nicholas was charged with a variety of counts including disorderly conduct, harassment and animal cruelty. At least one local business did well. The mice were purchased at a local pet store.