Racist card left on windshield has hidden side effect

Update: 4:45 pm, 12/8/17, Friday 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- More communities are being targeted by someone sharing racist propaganda.

A couple cards showed up in Vermilion County. Now, another one turned up in Fisher.

Thursday, someone walked into Casey's and gave the cashier a card. It read, "Beware, why white women should not date black men."

Surveillance video from the store shows the cashier checking out a customer. The man starts to move toward the door, then pulls out a card and hands it to the cashier. He leaves before she finishes reading it.

Managers say they're disappointed someone would try to spread this type of racist message.

A card found in a Tilton parking lot tested positive for meth and ecstasy. Two people who touched it say they felt disoriented shortly after picking it up. Another card was picked up by a cashier at Big R and another worker says she experienced the same feelings.

Fisher police say the card found at Casey's didn't test positive for anything and, since it's not a crime to pass out paper, there's nothing they can really do.

Police believe the man who dropped the cards off in Vermilion County may be using the drugs and transferring traces onto the card after touching it.

Authorities say field tests aren't 100% accurate which is why they sent the cards to the Illinois State Crime Lab for more testing. 

Original: 6:45 pm, 12/7/17, Thursday

TILTON, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police are searching for someone who left a racist card on a windshield with a hidden side effect -- it's making people sick.

Investigators are warning people in Vermilion County. One of those cards was left on a car in a Tilton parking lot on Georgetown Road.

Police say it tested positive for meth and ecstasy. That's what had people talking -- and those who are affected are stunned this happened and say they're confused as to why someone would do this.

"I was about halfway home I realized something stuck underneath my windshield wiper."

Hannah Darr was just returning from a quick trip to The Big R when she noticed it.

"And all I could see was beware in big black letters."

She thought it was just a harmless piece of paper.

"I tossed it on the kitchen counter not thinking anything of it."

But soon after Darr had made contact she knew something wasn't right.

"When I sat down for lunch I began to feel a little dizzy and disorienteda."

She thought it was just exhaustion from a long day, until her mom came home picked it up too.

"Not long after that she began to complain about being dizzy and had all the same symptoms I had, I never told her the way I had felt."

And the Darr's weren't the only ones -- one of the cashiers at The Big R was helping a customer in line when he handed her a similar card.

"I was appalled when I saw what the card said."

And it garnered quite a bit of attention at the store.

"I had shown it to several of the cashiers but one in particular held it and turned it over and looked at it."

They say that cashier later dealt with the same dizzy feeling that hit the Darr's, and Hannah Darr says -- she hopes nobody else becomes a victim.

"I was really upset and disturbed someone would do something like this."

Police said they were going to review the footage today.

If you see anything like this on your windshield -- police say you should take precautionary measures and wear rubber gloves or use a plastic bag to pick it up and throw away.


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