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(New York Daily News)   Building superintendent mistakes tomato plants for pot plants on rooftop, calls cops. Cops come and mistake tomato plants for pot plants. That's some fine police work there, Officer Lou   (nydailynews.com) divider line 63
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2013-05-09 12:54:35 PM  
Street value: $3.99million
 
2013-05-09 12:55:30 PM  
I used to grow false aralia on my balcony, never so much as a question.

Now I grow tomatoes in the back yard, I'll get busted.
 
2013-05-09 12:55:42 PM  
Was the cop stoned?
 
2013-05-09 12:56:12 PM  
New fashion drug, Marinato, hits the streeets! More at 11!
 
2013-05-09 12:56:19 PM  
Ass clowns, the whole lot.
 
2013-05-09 12:57:17 PM  
"Someone deliberately planted tomato plants in Solo cups to make me, and a few cops, look like morons - well, I'll show them. I'll destroy their plants and lock the door! It's Brooklyn - nothing should grow here, not even trees, damn it!"
 
2013-05-09 12:57:55 PM  

Bugerz: New fashion drug, Marinato, hits the streeets! More at 11!


Is that anything like "tomacco"?
 
2013-05-09 12:58:16 PM  
Bake him away, toys.
 
2013-05-09 12:58:22 PM  
Fark needs a new reference. Lou is getting old.
 
2013-05-09 12:58:30 PM  

Bugerz: New fashion drug, Marinato, hits the streeets! More at 11!


It goes by several names - "the sauce" and "Ragu" being the two most common slang names for what is clearly a dangerous drug derived from a plant in the nightshade family.
 
2013-05-09 12:58:37 PM  
"It's very hard for me to see that somebody could (confuse the two). If you put the leaves side by side, you wouldn't be able to mistake them."


Cops are kind of dumb, and even if they knew damn well it was tomatoes as soon as they got there, they'd piss away the day "investigating" because it's better than actual work.
 
2013-05-09 12:59:01 PM  

JohnnyCanuck: Bugerz: New fashion drug, Marinato, hits the streeets! More at 11!

Is that anything like "tomacco"?


You see, my other option was actually toweedo but I considered too similar to tomacco...
 
2013-05-09 01:01:10 PM  

Bugerz: JohnnyCanuck: Bugerz: New fashion drug, Marinato, hits the streeets! More at 11!

Is that anything like "tomacco"?

You see, my other option was actually toweedo but I considered too similar to tomacco...


Tweed?
 
2013-05-09 01:03:34 PM  
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

Hard to light but once you have one you are hooked for life.
 
2013-05-09 01:04:01 PM  
Remember folks, a federal court has ruled that it is perfectly alright to discriminate against police applicants for being too intelligent.  What we see here is the result, I'm just surprised that no family pets were shot.
 
2013-05-09 01:09:07 PM  
assets.nydailynews.com
wtf are these green things?  You guys think if we fry them and put some frosting on them we could eat them?
 
2013-05-09 01:09:21 PM  
Guys. These cops and superintendent are double stupid.

Those ARE marijuana plants.

Tomatoes don't have leaves with sharp serrated edges. If there is serration of sorts, it very slight and very round.

Also, the shape of the leaves is all wrong and they're missing the obvious trichome fuzz that tomato seedlings have.

/professional cannabis grower
//can't stop laughing. Those are CLEARLY pot plants, seedling stage indica dominant.
 
2013-05-09 01:09:41 PM  
Anyone else suspect a few of those cops went home with a tomato plant?
 
2013-05-09 01:22:13 PM  

khyberkitsune: Guys. These cops and superintendent are double stupid.

Those ARE marijuana plants.

Tomatoes don't have leaves with sharp serrated edges. If there is serration of sorts, it very slight and very round.

Also, the shape of the leaves is all wrong and they're missing the obvious trichome fuzz that tomato seedlings have.

/professional cannabis grower
//can't stop laughing. Those are CLEARLY pot plants, seedling stage indica dominant.


Read the captions. The close up photo of pot plants is there for comparison, the rest of the photos are clearly tomatoes.
 
2013-05-09 01:22:15 PM  

khyberkitsune: Guys. These cops and superintendent are double stupid.

Those ARE marijuana plants.

Tomatoes don't have leaves with sharp serrated edges. If there is serration of sorts, it very slight and very round.

Also, the shape of the leaves is all wrong and they're missing the obvious trichome fuzz that tomato seedlings have.

/professional cannabis grower
//can't stop laughing. Those are CLEARLY pot plants, seedling stage indica dominant.


The photo is a bit fuzzy, but they look like pepper plants to me.
 
2013-05-09 01:22:54 PM  
I'd be upset if the cops raided my garden for my tomato plants. It's not like you can just pop them back in the ground if someone rips them out for 'evidence'.

/yes they are tomato plants
//have 10
///I like tomatoes
 
2013-05-09 01:23:41 PM  

cmb53208: Remember folks, a federal court has ruled that it is perfectly alright to discriminate against police applicants for being too intelligent.  What we see here is the result, I'm just surprised that no family pets were shot.


That's only because they went to the roof and not the back yard.
 
2013-05-09 01:31:31 PM  
NYC cops.
So farking smart, they actually know what a plant looks like.
Real heros.
 
2013-05-09 01:33:40 PM  
So it's news that people who grew up in NYC don't know what a tomato plant looks like? Hell, I grew up in small town Alabama and I wouldn't know a tomato plant if it didn't have a tomato hanging from it.

And I love the quote from the chairman of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside about how he couldn't see how anyone could confuse the two. Might seem a stupid mistake to anyone in your field, but that would be like me making fun of a botanist who confuses a Swan-Ganz catheter with a temporary dialysis line. I mean, seriously, how can you confuse the two?
 
2013-05-09 01:37:41 PM  
Look, I'd rather the cops bust and destroy 1000 tomato plants than live with the fear that even one pot plant may go undetected and grow into a life destroying society plundering gauntlet of green death.   We have to be vigilant.  This is a plant we are talking about here, not some harmless moth posing as a butterfly.
 
2013-05-09 01:44:46 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Read the captions. The close up photo of pot plants is there for comparison, the rest of the photos are clearly tomatoes.


I'm talking about the actual pictures with the people in them, not the OBVIOUS pot pant comparison pic.

Those are cannabis plants. Period. Tomatoes don't have a leaf or stem structure like that.

/PROFESSIONAL HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH DIRECTOR.
 
2013-05-09 01:46:57 PM  
Absolutely NOT tomatoes. I have some in front of me now. Tomatoes to NOT have toothed leaves, they have lobes but not sharp teeth. They're usually somewhat irregular, not perfectly lance/spade shaped like in the picture. Tomato leaves are also pinnately compound (like a feather), or possibly potato leafed, neither of  which is shown there. Tomatoes are also quite fuzzy. They are longer-stemmed and have more stem length between leaf nodes. The leaves stand out from the stem on a long stalk. I've been growing tomatoes from seed for 12 years.

They are not peppers because peppers have smooth, non-compound leaves.

Experts??? The police?
 
2013-05-09 01:47:28 PM  
marinarajuana?
 
2013-05-09 01:47:30 PM  

big pig peaches: The photo is a bit fuzzy, but they look like pepper plants to me.


Pepper plant leaves are totally oval/oblong, with no serration.

i.imgur.com

Have a picture for reference. Bell Peppers, habaneros, chile pequins, jalapenos, serranos, all have this leaf shape, no serrated edges.
 
2013-05-09 01:53:04 PM  

suzy_qu3: Absolutely NOT tomatoes. I have some in front of me now. Tomatoes to NOT have toothed leaves, they have lobes but not sharp teeth. They're usually somewhat irregular, not perfectly lance/spade shaped like in the picture. Tomato leaves are also pinnately compound (like a feather), or possibly potato leafed, neither of  which is shown there. Tomatoes are also quite fuzzy. They are longer-stemmed and have more stem length between leaf nodes. The leaves stand out from the stem on a long stalk. I've been growing tomatoes from seed for 12 years.

They are not peppers because peppers have smooth, non-compound leaves.

Experts??? The police?


I actually just got off the phone just now with the article authors.Before I had even posted my jalapeno picture above, I had already explained pretty much exactly what you've said.

Thank goodness someone else has some horticultural knowledge! More power to ya!
 
2013-05-09 02:02:11 PM  
Back in the 60s, I sold ground nightcrawlers to preppy classmates who raved about "great hash" and came back for more.
 
2013-05-09 02:03:33 PM  
Funny, the experts on Fark disagree with experts elsewhere? Say it ain't so...

FTA "They're not the same species; they're not the same genus. I don't even think they're part of the same family," said Mikeal Roose, chairman of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. "It's very hard for me to see that somebody could (confuse the two). If you put the leaves side by side, you wouldn't be able to mistake them."

So there's a chairman at a University disagreeing with our self proclaimed experts who grow pot. Who to believe...
 
2013-05-09 02:04:53 PM  

The_Fuzz: Look, I'd rather the cops bust and destroy 1000 tomato plants than live with the fear that even one pot plant may go undetected and grow into a life destroying society plundering gauntlet of green death.   We have to be vigilant.  This is a plant we are talking about here, not some harmless moth posing as a butterfly.

 
2013-05-09 02:12:07 PM  

smittyrn: So it's news that people who grew up in NYC don't know what a tomato plant looks like? Hell, I grew up in small town Alabama and I wouldn't know a tomato plant if it didn't have a tomato hanging from it.

And I love the quote from the chairman of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside about how he couldn't see how anyone could confuse the two. Might seem a stupid mistake to anyone in your field, but that would be like me making fun of a botanist who confuses a Swan-Ganz catheter with a temporary dialysis line. I mean, seriously, how can you confuse the two?


Yeah I mean... It's not like it's their job to be able to identify law breakers. I wonder why they waste time with things like mugshots and vehicle descriptions. What's it matter what it looks like? ARREST IT
 
2013-05-09 02:23:40 PM  
Who identified them?  I've got three varieties of tomatoes on my porch, and I can say without any hesitation, there's not a single tomato plant in the article.

Whoever "clued them in" is the one who "just scored some free pot seedlings" off that roof later.
 
2013-05-09 02:24:36 PM  

ReverendJynxed: FTA "They're not the same species; they're not the same genus. I don't even think they're part of the same family," said Mikeal Roose, chairman of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. "It's very hard for me to see that somebody could (confuse the two). If you put the leaves side by side, you wouldn't be able to mistake them."

So there's a chairman at a University disagreeing with our self proclaimed experts who grow pot. Who to believe...


Doesn't say they showed them to him, that's just the guy they pulled for a quote.  Notice how Brooklyn isn't in California?
 
2013-05-09 02:25:11 PM  

ReverendJynxed: Funny, the experts on Fark disagree with experts elsewhere? Say it ain't so...

FTA "They're not the same species; they're not the same genus. I don't even think they're part of the same family," said Mikeal Roose, chairman of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. "It's very hard for me to see that somebody could (confuse the two). If you put the leaves side by side, you wouldn't be able to mistake them."

So there's a chairman at a University disagreeing with our self proclaimed experts who grow pot. Who to believe...


His comment came without him seeing the pictures. I live in Riverside, I've already called him.

As soon as I explained the news pictures, his first words were "Yes, that's cannabis."
 
2013-05-09 02:29:26 PM  
So much fail here.
 
2013-05-09 02:32:19 PM  
Maybe the police are actually ultra clever, and hid surveillance to see who came for the plants?
 
2013-05-09 02:32:39 PM  

AbbeySomeone: So much fail here.


It's FARK.
 
2013-05-09 02:34:51 PM  
Yeah, those are really are pot plants not tomatoes.
 
2013-05-09 02:36:53 PM  
so atleast 3 police officers responded to this? a call about plants on a roof warrants 3 cops? I guess they don't have any real crime in...uh...nyc
 
2013-05-09 02:37:59 PM  
 
2013-05-09 02:43:35 PM  
Americans being unable to recognize vegetables; not surprised here.
 
2013-05-09 02:46:07 PM  
Weed laws don't make you look stupid at all. This totally normal and right.
 
2013-05-09 02:55:32 PM  
1) Stop snitchin'

2) How many pigs does it take to ID a farking tomato plant?

3) Obviously these blue-shirted fools deserve our praise for wasting god only knows how many "man hours" trying to stop the crime of horticulture.


Makes one wonder how many women were raped, homes burgled, cars stolen, businesses vandalized while these mental midgets stood around all day fiddling around with the janitor on the roof.
 
2013-05-09 02:58:00 PM  
So I tried calling the Brooklyn police, 71 and 67 precincts (nearest that location).

They were 100% unhappy with me asking "How the hell did you do this mistaken identity thing, twice?"

Several investigators hung up on me.

Anyone else want to put faith in the competency of the police in general? I'd think you'd be foolish to do so.
 
2013-05-09 03:25:07 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: [assets.nydailynews.com image 635x422]
wtf are these green things?  You guys think if we fry them and put some frosting on them we could eat them?


You know, I've never seen a skinny cop, and the only muscular cops I've seen are in gay pornos.

/would love to be pulled over by muscular gay cops
//"Can I ride your baton, officer?"
 
2013-05-09 03:37:03 PM  

khyberkitsune: Guys. These cops and superintendent are double stupid.

Those ARE marijuana plants.

Tomatoes don't have leaves with sharp serrated edges. If there is serration of sorts, it very slight and very round.

Also, the shape of the leaves is all wrong and they're missing the obvious trichome fuzz that tomato seedlings have.

/professional cannabis grower
//can't stop laughing. Those are CLEARLY pot plants, seedling stage indica dominant.


I was kinda wondering if this was some elaborate ruse on the part of the police department. Pretend they found tomato plants so the *real* grower goes up there to see what's going on now that they have left.
 
2013-05-09 03:54:04 PM  
what, nobody has a farking nose?

smell that shiat, usually fairly obvious odor to both pot and tomatoes, even in the vegetative stage..
 
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