Small towns are full of secrets and scandal…
Or at least they seem to be. I always thought that maybe it was overexaggerated in books, movies, and TV shows, but based on these stories, I’d say it’s the truth…
AskReddit users talked about the biggest scandals that rocked their small town.
1. All about the cheese.
“I love in a Canadian border town.
This police officer, nice as hell, that my grandmother cleaned for would gift her things, and seemed to have alot more money than your average cop. She would get wine, cheese, and other things. The most gifted item however, was cheese.
Now, at the same time, there was a pizza place down the street from my house. The owners lived a couple doors down, and I was friends with their son, and the parents were pretty cool as far as neighbours go.
They also had alot of money, for owning a pizza place in decline. After a bit, things got serious. I would see undercover police sitting at the end of my street in my way home from school nearly every day. They weren’t very incognito, but neither were the pizza place owners.
Eventually though, things came crashing down. A whole bunch of cops and restaurant owners were taken to jail in the largest cheese bust the town has ever known.
That’s right. Cheese.
The price of cheese in Canada is ridiculous, so a few members of the police department decided to use their abilities to smuggle it across the border.
They would go across, buy all the cheap, good quality stuff they could get, then use their badge to get back across, as the border patrol and cops all know eachother, so the chance of them paying duty was 0%.
Anyways, that was the big scandal in the town. You can probably look it up if you search for cheese smugglers, or cheese scandal.”
2. True crime.
“Probably the Brown’s Chicken Massacre, where 7 people were m**dered at the restaurant over a robbery.
Case was cold for 9 years until the girlfriend on one of the m**derers went to the police that he had confessed to her.
He and his friend were eventually convicted through DNA and a confession.”
“In my small cow town, there was a missing little girl that was found in a suitcase that was floating in a water canal.
The culprit turned out to be her neighbor who also had a daughter the little girl would play with.
The entire city was shocked as it hit really really close to home.”
4. Got any grass?
“A guy brought a baggie of grass to the police department, saying he had bought it off of the teens hanging around at the downtown park.
He wanted them to shut down the drug dealing.
The police politely informed him that it was grass. As in lawn clippings.
Such was the big scandal in our small town.”
5. That’s a lot.
“Back in the 1980s, a guy in my high school class got four girls pregnant in a month long period.
None of the girls were his girlfriend.
The guy and his family left town during the middle of the night soon after that.”
“The disappearance of Joe Pichler
Joe was a child star when he was a kid. He did some of the Beethoven movies and most notably was James Vanderbeeks little brother in Varsity Blues among some other things.
Puberty wasn’t especially kind to him so when the offers dried up from Hollywood, he moved back home to where he and I are from.
We ended up becoming friends after a coworker of mine who was a good friend of Joe’s invited me to one of Joe’s parties that he was semi-famous for throwing. Really nice dude. Loaded as f**k especially for a teenager.
Anyway, one day he just disappeared off the face of the earth. I think they found his car somewhere, but no body or any indication of foul play. Just gone. There have been a lot of theories but its just people guessing. His parents put up fliers for 10 years around town. Pretty sad.
I hope he faked his d**th and is drinking Pina coladas somewhere in South America.”
7. In Belgium.
“A woman got r**ed and m**dered when she left a local party with him because he was dropping her off (he was in her friend group). When she didn’t show up the next morning, her family called the police. They only found her and the m**derer because the m**derer confessed.
His poor twin left to Poland because everyone thought he was like that too. They even said they were shocked that it was the other twin because he was the troublemaker.
Happened in Belgium around 10-15 years ago I think.”
“A teenage girl was m**dered and they never found the k**ler.
Tons of rumors.
She was missing for months and months and then finally found the body in a swamp.”
“Two guys drove home extremely dr**k from a bar in a pick-up truck. The driver woke up the next morning in blood spattered clothes.
He had driven off the road and hit a wire holding up a telephone pole de**pitating his friend who had his head out the window.
He didn’t realize he had done it until he saw his friend’s body (sans head) in the passenger seat the next morning.”
10. Mr. Mayor!
“Our mayor was arrested last week because he stole money for COVID treatment.
The money was sent from federal government to treat people with COVID.
The craziest part? He’s a doctor as well.”
11. An epidemic.
“I grew up in a town of about 1,000 people, and we had a string of teenage s**cides. Like 4 in a year.
One girl happened to be dating two of the boys who committed s**cide.”
12. Uh oh…
“A teacher at my high school divorced his first wife who he had two kids with so he could marry an 18 year old who had just graduated high school.
He had groomed her for her junior and senior year.
To make matters even worse, she had a s**ual relationship with his eldest son before the teacher started grooming her.”
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