Store owner: Ashland patchouli oil vandal meant it as a joke

The woman who sprinkled patchouli oil on the carpet of an Ashland music store has called the store's owner to say it was an April Fools' Day joke, he says.

"I said, 'It's not very funny,' and she told me I didn't have a sense of humor," said Lenny Goldberg, owner of the East Main Street store CD or not CD.

Goldberg has video footage of a woman sprinkling the oil, which has a distinctive, musky odor, on the carpeting of his store April 1. Upset at the smell it left, Goldberg gave the video to police, who said the woman could face a third-degree criminal mischief charge if carpet cleaning costs exceeded $100.

In calls this week, the woman, who he did not want to identify, admitted to the damage, said she was sorry and sought to work something out, Goldberg said.

"All I really wanted was a promise she wouldn't do it again," he said. "The police contacted me, and what I told them was I'd be happy just if she promised not to do it again, and she says of course she wouldn't.

"She didn't think it was going to become such a big deal," said Goldberg.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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