Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wait! Is Vanilla Extract the New 'It' Drug?

Last week we told you about this bitch who was charged with a DUI after driving drunk on vanilla extract. Now, today, we read about another woman in Flemington, NJ who also ended up in jail for drinking imitation vanilla.
A 57-year-old New Jersey woman beat Wednesday's near triple-digit heat browsing the aisles at Ahart's Market, then she allegedly took vanilla extract into the bathroom, police said, drank it and tried to steal some more. According to police, Susan Finnigan, of Flemington, tried to bolt from the store without paying for 26 bottles of extract, worth $54, and she drank an unknown amount of the high-alcohol-content baking ingredient. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pure vanilla extract must contain at least 35 percent alcohol -- Jack Daniel's whiskey contains 40 percent alcohol -- so the concoction packs a punch. Finnigan isn't the first to try drinking alcohol in the store bathroom. Susan Montgomery, 54, allegedly quaffed two bottles of cooking wine while in the bathroom the morning of April 28. Like Montgomery, Finnigan was charged with retail theft.
Is drinking vanilla the new cheap and discreet way to get high?

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