Residents of Kitsap County, Washington state were surprised to receive calls from the Public Works department informing them that their street name would be changed from Clear Creek Road to Cannabis Way.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on who you ask), the calls were a hoax.
Officials at Kitsap County Public Works were forced to issue a notice advising residents to “hang up” on any call they receive from anyone claiming to be a Public Works employee informing them of planned changes on residents’ property.
County public communications manager Doug Bear told the Seattle Times last week that the department started receiving reports from residents about the calls late last week.
“They mostly called because it’s out of character for the county,” said Bear. “So, they called to verify that it was someone from the county, and that’s how we discovered it was not.”
The caller identifies himself as Bob Doblina from Kitsap Public Works.
Hip-hop enthusiasts may recognize the name from the 1991 Del the Funky Homosapien (fka Del Tha Funkee Homosapien) track “Mistadobalina,” which includes the lyrics “Mista Bobalina, Mr. Bob Dobalina/ Mista Dobalina won’t you quit?/ You really make me sick with your fraudulent behaviour” and “Ooh, ooh, Mista Dobalina, you thought ya could manipulate/ You thought you could fool me, ooh, ooh, Mista Dobalina.”
Residents who called Public Works reported a wide variety of calls, including:
- The department will be digging a 6-foot hole in your lawn this Monday, as there was a budget surplus and someone needed to learn how to dig;
- We will be installing a cell tower at the foot of your driveway;
- The department will be parking a Public Works truck in front of your home or business for several weeks in order to fix a nearby pothole;
- Your address at Clear Creek Road is to be changed to Cannabis Way.
Despite the objective hilarity of the situation, Bear says the calls are a problem because they tie up public phone lines.
If residents wish to verify a call from Public Works, they may contact 360-337-5777 to verify the information.
If Mr. Doblina wishes to speak with the media, he is encouraged to contact us for an interview.
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