Well, this was an interesting mistake.
John Garrison and his girlfriend, Hope Deery, found a whole bunch of morel mushrooms earlier this month.
Like many other morel hunters, they posted their finds on Facebook. But they were likely left regretting the decision when police showed up, mistakenly thinking the couple was eating psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms.
It happened in Darlington, Maryland, shortly after the couple posted photos of their morel finds on Facebook. In fact, they had just finished eating them when they were surprised by a police officer at their door. Garrison described what happened next in a since-deleted Facebook post.
“We let them in and as soon as the police officer walked in he asked us why we were eating mushrooms and posting about it online. He thought he was on the biggest bust of his career thinking we were having a magic mushroom party before I explained to him that morels are a native choice mushroom similar to truffles.”
But amazingly, the officer didn’t buy the explanation. Garrison even showed the officer a piece of morel from the trash to prove they were telling the truth. The police officer still didn’t buy the story.
Thankfully, the innocent couple was finally given a reprieve when a second officer arrived and confirmed the morels for what they were. The officers then checked the couple’s ID and left, leaving the couple with a bizarre tale to tell and some confusion about the officer not recognizing morels.
“I figured a police officer would know what illegal drugs looked like,” Garrison wrote.
We guess the moral of the story is to use caution when posting photos of your morel finds online. There was no word on if the couple filed a complaint with the department about the incident afterwards.