Someone is unhappy with the 19 members of the Hawaiian state House who voted against same-sex marriage. With Christmas just around the corner, those lawmakers were sent an early gift in the mail: A lump of coal.
Rep. Marcus Oshiro understood the message clearly:
“Yeah I think the message is that I have not been a good boy this year, I have been naughty, not nice. Well I’m afraid some people feel that way about me right now.”
The return address on the boxes belonged to the Hilo Medical Center, which said it had nothing to do with it.
“Hilo Medical Center categorically denies any involvement in this matter and does not condone this type of behavior,” said Howard Ainsley, East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “Over the years, we have enjoyed a positive relationship with members of the legislature. It is extremely unfortunate that our good hospital was brought into a such bad act. We want to assure our legislators that we will fully cooperate with the investigative process to bring the perpetrators of these acts to justice.”
What? They want to bring the perpetrators to justice? Giving someone a lump of coal or even mailing it is not an illegal act. It is not even an illegal act to put a fake return address on the mail, unless the intent was to defraud or engage in some other criminal activity. In now way is that the case here.
The only mistake the sender made was not putting his or her own address on the mailings and take credit for a creative political protest.