Mr. CrackAllow me to introduce you to one of my friendly neighborhood characters: Mr. Crack. I haven't actually met Mr. Crack the person, just seen his van parked around my block. At first glance it's hard to tell if Mr. Crack is for or against drug use. After all Mr. Crack's white van could easily be mistaken for a kind of drug-dealing Good Humor truck. He proudly displays an American flag on the roof of the van complete with flashing lights. He also has what appears to be a PA system presumably to play enticing, tinkly Mr. Crack music alerting the children of the neighborhood to break open their piggy banks and scramble into the street. The boys pictured on the side of the van puffing their bongs blowing a big cloud spelling out Mr. Crack's name appear to be having a reasonably good time and depending on your point of view, the chains wrapped around them might indicate they're having a very good time.
On closer examination though, Mr. Crack is quite clearly against drug use. His van conveys a variety of anti-drug messages from the instructional "Kids tell your parents no drugs today" to the imploring "Save our babies." He draws a couple of worst-case-scenario conclusions such as "You smoke crack you will be homeless" and if you try drugs "you will be a slave." He throws in some good old fashioned American fear like "Drugs support terrorists" and for good measure "Support our troops." But above all, he appears to be selling a book and advises that every person read it.
You'll have to forgive me if it seems like I'm making fun. Mr. Crack's cause is noble, but his van cracks me up. (Click on the photo to enlarge for greater detail.)
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