Article by Gordon Paul, Waterloo Region Record
Jeffrey Shaver, suddenly famous, vows to continue his bong-smoking, underwear-clad protests, despite word from police that they will try to address his concerns.
“I will be periodically protesting at the Cambridge and Kitchener police stations and at the courthouse in Kitchener until the matter is resolved,” the Cambridge man said in an email on Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning, Shaver, 31, smoked a bong while wearing only skimpy neon green underwear during a protest beside the Kitchener courthouse.
Shaver says he has a medical marijuana card and claims Waterloo Regional Police wrongfully arrested him for pot possession last October. He says they seized his bong and a small amount of marijuana — and he wants them back.
Shaver’s story has been lighting up The Record’s website with a record number of hits.
The initial story on The Record’s Facebook page had dozens of comments and 215 shares by late Wednesday afternoon.
“That is hilarious!!” one reader posted. “All the trouble going on in the world that can’t be solved and then there is this guy who just wants his bong back and his world would be complete.”
Other media have picked up on the story.
Shaver’s story and photo got top spot on vice.com under the headline, “This Speedo-Wearing Dude Wants His Bong and Weed Back.” A secondary headline announces, “Jeffrey Shaver is Not Only the Hero We Need, He’s the Hero We Deserve.”
The story is even translated on an Indonesian website.