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The assistant director [of the TSA] told [Carole Smith, a Wiccan] he was investigating a threat of workplace violence. He said that her former mentor in on-the-job training, officer Mary Bagnoli, reported that she was afraid of Smith because she was a witch who practiced witchcraft. She accused Smith of following her on the highway one snowy evening after work and casting a spell on the heater of her car, causing it not to work.

TSA & Mary Bagnoli, msnbc.com 52 Comments [4/2/2011 2:05:31 PM]
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This is pretty much the same story as "ZOMG some Linux guy hacked my mouse and made it unplug itself" but with a religious twist.

4/2/2011 2:23:31 PM


I'm really starting to lose patience with people like this. They were the reason those witch trials happened, and provided a nice cover for greedy assbites who just wanted to get ahold of what the victims owned, their land in particular. Nowadays, they're a symptom of just how far the IQ of humanity has fallen.

4/2/2011 2:33:28 PM

Yeah but now stupidity has become a badge of honour with the more idiotic/outrageous your statement the more you love Jesus/God.

4/2/2011 2:51:18 PM


Mary Bagnoli believes in spells?

If there is any danger of anyone being violent, then it is surely a matter for the police, and a warning that a job is on the line.

4/2/2011 2:52:48 PM


> She accused Smith of following her on the highway one snowy evening after work and casting a spell on the heater of her car, causing it not to work.

Heck no! If it's a good proper Christian car, then Wiccans can't do darn about it. You need to ask that demon exorcist guy to help to drive BOYCE and BOICE out of the heater.

4/2/2011 3:10:01 PM


What are you, five?

4/2/2011 3:11:02 PM


I've worked with enough cars to tell you that heaters don't fail out of nowhere.

4/2/2011 3:31:39 PM


Oh my god, I was tinkering around with some spare parts and must have accidentally created a time machine and sent myself back to 1711. Somehow my internet connection still works (my wifi is probably being transmitted through the rift in time) so if anyone in 2011 is reading this please help me find my way back.

4/2/2011 3:51:40 PM

Slave to Uni

Hey Mary, you know when your toaster doesn't work correctly and you need to press the bread down a second time? Yeah, that's a witch doing that...

4/2/2011 3:57:55 PM


First of all, Wiccans don't actually cast spells, despite what even Wiccans want to believe. Second of all, using magic to harm others is explicitly forbidden in Wiccan, mostly for reasons such as this.

4/2/2011 4:25:50 PM


Officer Mary Bagnoli is a religious diptard who should not be trusted with the security of the lunchroom fridge, never mind an airport.
And shame on her boss for even considering the complaint to have any validity. What the fuck century is this?! The 13th?

4/2/2011 4:30:14 PM

mad the swine

Carole Smith ended up being fired over this, FYI.

4/2/2011 4:41:08 PM

Mary Bagnoli: "None of my problems are my own fault, and have nothing to do with my own stupidity. I have problems because of a WITCH!"
That's what I assume she and others like her are thinking.

4/2/2011 4:55:41 PM


Ms. Smith got fired?!! LAWSUIT TIME!!!!

Mary Holeycannoli is a nasty slimeball with a greed/hate-fueled resentment towards the nicer, nobler, much better woman, Caroline Smith...so she came up with a way to snooker her for no good reason. Moldy Ravioli & her boss Jim-Bob Stupid are gonna GET it!!!

Sounds like a movie: "MS. SMITH GOES TO COURT"!

4/2/2011 5:14:55 PM

Philbert McAdamia

Curses! So that's why the heater in my old truck, The AntiChrysler punks out on me all the time.

4/2/2011 5:15:17 PM


It's Boyce's brother, the gremlin, Bubba Pepboyz.

Really! I'M WICCAN & WE ARE NOT GONNA SIC BUBBA ON YOU, Ms. MOLDY BAGUETTE, YOU SCUMMY MEATBALL-HEAD!!! *slaping Mary silly ensues* dummydummystupiddummydummydummydummystupidstupiddummyidiotloserdummydummystupidstupidSTOOOPID!

4/2/2011 5:27:05 PM


Philbert McAdamia


Wins the Internets!

4/2/2011 5:43:49 PM



Smith lost her job over this? Okay, I just read the article, and it's not definite--this is about equal parts bullying and religious discrimination, it looks like--but damn it! This happened in my city!

4/2/2011 5:44:39 PM


This started in 2009, and she did get fired. She's been fighting it since then.

The TSA argued it had good reason to fire Smith. In a statement to AOL Travel News, the agency said an Administrative Law Judge ruled in Nov. 2010 in TSA's favor, "noting that her termination from TSA was non-discriminatory."


4/2/2011 6:28:37 PM


Fuck you, Mary, my mother was a witch. She was burned alive.

4/2/2011 7:27:49 PM


Holy fuck people are stupid...

4/2/2011 7:42:03 PM

What is this, The Dresden Files? You can't hex machines in real life.

4/2/2011 7:56:32 PM

Shadow Phoenix

And this is different from when you wish bad things about others how?

4/2/2011 8:12:24 PM

Huckster Sam


What's really sad is that these kind of reactions is more ignorant than the actual witch trials since witch trials throughout the ages tended to serve sociopolitical/economic purposes more than baldly ignorant or religious ones.

4/2/2011 8:22:53 PM


This is pretty astounding. Especially since the event on which the trumped up charges were based happened outside the workplace; if the threat was genuine the first thing the employer should have done was contact the police. Who probably would have laughed their asses off and ended it there. I'm fairly sure there would be grounds for a tribunal here.

4/3/2011 12:32:31 AM

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