A retired CNN executive has been fined $180 for putting dog faeces through his neighbour’s postbox.
Bob Furnad, former president of CNN Headline News, placed the offending offering outside the Atlanta home of Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller.
The two men have video of Furnad walking his black and white dog up to the box and putting the package inside.
Solid evidence: The neighbours unwittingly filmed CNN executive Furnad’s dirty prank on their security camera
‘We were working, getting ready for a wedding and we were out on the driveway,’ Mr Dameron told CBS Atlanta.
Furnad told Covington News that he pulled the smelly stunt due to a long-standing feud.
‘We thought, well, we’re this close, we’ll check the mail box to see if the mail’s come.’
‘This was an immature act in response to years of malicious rumour mongering that I consider defamation of character,’ he said.
However, the neighbours say they have ‘no clue’ why Furnad put the package in their post.
When questioned by police, the television executive confessed to the smelly stunt.
‘Mr Furnad stated that he did place a bag containing dog faeces in the victim’s mailbox,’ said Covington Police Captain Ken Malcom.
It’s hardly the type of behaviour you’d expect from one of television’s high-ranking executives.
Furnard started his career in the Sixties, working at Channel 7 in Washington D.C. on the evening news.
He quickly worked his way up to senior positions at ABC News and then at CNN, starting in 1984 as the political director.
Neighbours: The victims of the stunt, Benjamin Dameron [right] and Ralph Miller, have no idea about claims of a long-standing feud by Furnad
He retired from the network in 2001 after working as the president of headline news since 1997.
More recently, Furnad has been an associate professor at the University of Georgia and is chairman of the FaithWorks Christian Fellowship.
Not that his recent behaviour has honored the ‘love thy neighbour’ Christian mantra.
The network reports that it’s lucky for Furnad that an official U.S. postal worker didn’t find the delivery.
Mailbox vandalism can result in serious fines and even prison time.