In the why-corporate-PR-folks-don’t-return-some-phone-calls-to-reporters department: Grumpy Editor noted that comment was sought from Mars Inc. by a national newspaper staffer because a suspect was nabbed trying to smuggle methamphetamine “disguised as Snickers bars.”
McLean, Va.-based Mars, with annual net sales of more than $30 billion and producer of the candy, had nothing to do with the case.
Yet, some quotes were sought from the company with 70,000 worldwide employees and six business segments including chocolate, pet care and Wrigley.
A Los Angeles International Airport inspection of a “sealed cardboard box with a design printed on the outside suggesting that it contained Snickers candy bars” turned up several pounds of meth disguised as a tasty confection.
Officials noted 45 individually-wrapped “candy bars” in luggage contained a white substance.
A 34-year-old was taken into custody as he prepared to board a Tokyo-bound aircraft.
The writer worked in the line: “A spokesman for Mars Inc., the maker of Snickers, couldn’t be reached for comment.”
Maybe the luggage maker should have been contacted.