A Maine man frustrated because he didn’t qualify for government assistance threw a cup of live bed bugs at a city employee.
The incident caused an Augusta, Maine, office building to abruptly close over the weekend so pest control professionals could rid the building of a possible infection.
Augusta, Maine, Code Enforcement Officer Rob Overton said the incident occurred after the man, who was never identified by the city, became angry after he was booted from his rental building and didn’t qualify for public assistance.
The building was treated and opened back up to employees on Monday. Another inspection is scheduled for next week. Overton said he was not aware of any issues with the employee.
The man has not been charged with a crime, Overton said. The Augusta Police Department did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the incident. “I’ve certainly seen bed bugs before,” Overton said, “but I’ve never seen them used in this manner.”