HR Strange But True!
February 04, 2005

The Sheriff's Department in Otsego County, New York, says it happened this way:

Two certified nursing assistants at a local nursing home decided they needed to "get even" with a male staff member over something, so they prepared some laxative-laden brownies and set them out for him to eat. He didn't eat them, but three female co-workers did and became ill as a result, suffering from tingly mouths and throats as well as gastrointestinal problems.

Nursing home Administrator Edmond Marchi told a local newspaper, The Daily Star of Oneonta, that when the three employees became ill, no one suspected their illnesses were related.

"Then, after a while, as people were talking more about it, we realized something had happened," Marchi said.

Marchi called in the Sheriff's Department, and its investigation resulted in the two assistants being charged with second-degree assault.

The three victims have recovered, but the two nursing assistants -- Pamela S. Schultz, 41, and Laura A. Montalbano, 34 -- face a maximum sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison if convicted of the assault charge.

Marchi said both women stopped working for the nursing home in the summer, though it couldn't be determined whether they were fired or resigned.

"I think it started as a practical joke, but we can't have that kind of behavior here," he said.

Source: The Daily Star of Oneonta, New York

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