“You call that a knife?” Lauren Cullen said, showing the officer his Japanese sword.

Detective Captain Steven Vicente shook his head from side-to-side. “You told him that?” he said.

Lauren gave the officer a smirk and shrugged his shoulders, saying, “Yeah, about a second before I pulled out my wakisashi.”


“Like in those samurai movies,” Lauren said, twisting the sword by its handle.

Detective Vicente gave it a second glance. He said, “And you keep it behind the counter?”

“Not usually,” Lauren said, “but I got this collector coming over wanting to take a look at it.”

By Vincent Holland

Inspired by the case of New Bedford grocery store clerk – http://boston.com