ICE agent allegedly poses as Amazon employee to enter UC Berkeley co-op

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The Undocumented Student Program, or USP, the Berkeley Police Department and UCPD have been unable to verify an alleged event in which an Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, agent allegedly tried to enter the Casa Zimbabwe co-op while pretending to be an Amazon delivery employee.

BPD said it received no notification that ICE was in Berkeley.

An email sent to residents from Berkeley Student Cooperative, or BSC, President Zach Gamlieli titled “Immigration Enforcement Activity Affecting the BSC” alleged that an individual in a nondescript brown shirt attempted to enter Casa Zimbabwe while carrying a package.

The member of the co-op who answered the door allegedly denied the individual entry and followed the individual to the front of the property, where the co-op member “saw the individual in plainclothes speaking with the driver of a plain blue Chevy van,” according to the email. “The driver got out of the car and approached carrying a white binder, wearing just a beige leather jacket — no identification. They quickly flashed open the binder and said ‘you have to let us in.’ ”

The member said they noticed a U.S. government insignia and “Federal Immigration Enforcement” written in bold text on paper in the binder.

According to an email from Casa Zimbabwe House President Rizza Estacio titled “Trigger Warning: Immigration Officers at CZ,” the co-op was unsure whether this event was an attempted robbery or an ICE raid.

Both UCPD and USP claimed to have no information regarding this event.

Estacio’s email referred to a BSC tenant protection policy that was instituted in fall 2017. The policy prohibits BSC members or staff from giving voluntary consent to an immigration enforcement agent to enter “non public areas of a place of labor or any unit of the BSC, including common areas.”

The policy also prohibits BSC staff or members from using BSC funds or resources to aid in “the enforcement of Federal immigration law or to gather or disseminate information about our members or staff or any other such personnel.” These two conditions can be applied to cases in which ICE agents do not have a warrant to search the premises.

According to the UC’s “Know Your Rights” fact sheet, ICE agents are not allowed to enter a residence without a search warrant with the correct address of the residence. ICE agents can also be denied entry if the warrant is not signed by a judge. The fact sheet also says those interacting with ICE can exercise their right to remain silent and that they do not have to discuss their citizenship status.

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  • BerkPed

    Knowing what to do when ICE, or the police, come to your house is complex.

    Step 1 is to not open the door. Make them slip a valid warrant in for you to inspect first.

    Best to read up in advance:
    https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/community-education-resources/know-your-rights/imm_enfrcmt_homework_rts_2008-05-2/

    ICE sometimes presents invalid warrants, that are not signed by a judge.

    You only have to let them in if they have a warrant signed by a judge.

    If they have a warrant for the removal of 1 person, and that person is at home, then it may be best to send that person out, so that ICE doesn’t come in and bother everyone else.

    • C Bierbauer78

      Thank You for the reminder NEVER NEVER speak to the Police beyond the minimum required. When in doubt tell them you need to consult a lawyer before asking the question in doubt!

      PS Remember, cops WILL LIE to you. They can do that without any repercussions. If you area sucker or are intimidating and respond, you just screwed yourself.

      • SMH

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        YOU’RE NOT LEGALLY, ACTUALLY *REQUIRED* TO TELL THE *PIGS* ANYTHING (unless it’s a condition of your parole) — WITHOUT THE ADVICE/PRESENCE OF AN ATTORNEY.

        Sometimes it might be advisable to merely tell them your –*real*– name, but only *IF* you are being officially detained outside your home or otherwise if you are the driver of a vehicle, and if the *PIG* asks. You don’t have to voluntarily give the *PIGS* any other information without first the advise/presence of an attorney. But, if stopped on foot by a *PIG*, first ask the *PIG* if you are being officially detained. If not, then you are free to go: you can say, “Well then I’m on my way”, or “Then I’ve got nothing to say to you.”

        If you are being officially detained, then at most the *PIG* can lightly pat you down over your clothes/outerwear without going inside them or your pockets, or manipulating your clothing, or pulling them open. If the *PIGS* do anything beyond that, then loudly say (so anyone around you can hear), “I do not consent to this search” — although if the *PIGS* use force then you obviously can not and should not try to use force to stop them: just repeatedly and loudly, but calmly, note that you do not consent to the search.

        Do not voluntarily let the *PIGS* search your home, property, person (unless you are arrested, in which case you have no choice), or car without a clear warrant (about even the scope of the search: read the warrant). Make sure your cell phone is password protected. You do not have to answer your door if the *PIGS* calmly come knocking without a search/arrest warrant — unless perhaps they see something obviously illegal or imminently dangerous, or otherwise someone in immediate bodily danger, or under-aged kids drinking or smoking pot, through an open/uncovered window, in which case they don’t (necessarily) need a warrant.

        If the *PIGS* come knocking without announcing who they are and that they have a search warrant, and it’s quiet inside your home, you can just be quiet and not say anything, not be visible through and open/uncovered window, and not make any noise until they are certainly gone. If you open the door, don’t open it any more than necessary to talk to them — and don’t let them just walk/barge into your home without a warrant (of course you can’t physically stop them if they are determined to do so, but loudly and calmly say, “I do not consent to your entry or to a search of my home”, otherwise you’ve consented.

        (Once I was at a white female friend’s home, and a *PIG* soon came aknockin’, probably because one of them saw me go in, in a mostly white neighborhood, and wanted to be nosy and probably harass us, or maybe try to provoke me into being arrested, and when we saw it was a *PIG*, we just quietly didn’t answer the door, until the *PIG* went away! And he never came back, at least not when she/we were there.)

        Of course if you’re driving a vehicle, you are legally required to show the *PIGS* your driver’s license, your vehicle registration, and your proof of insurance. You might tell the *PIG* where it is and ask if you can get it (like if it’s in, of course, your pocket or glove compartment) so you don’t get shot & killed by the *PIG*. But — IF YOU’RE BLACK OR BROWN — you shouldn’t answer any questions (without the advise or presence of your attorney):

        A *PIG* MANIPULATIVELY *GOADING* SANDRA BLAND INTO ANSWERING A LEGALLY IRRELEVANT QUESTION — IS WHAT PRETEXTUALLY LED TO HER BEING LEGALLY *MURDERED* BY THE *PIGS* — IN THAT THE *PIGS* KNEW THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH IT.

        SANDRA BLAND WAS BLACK WOMAN IN TEXAS WHO GOT PRETEXTUALLY DRAGGED OUT OF HER CAR BY A *PIG* OVER A SIMPLE TRAFFIC CITATION (WRONGLY GIVEN, I WOULDN’T DOUBT, BUT SET UP BY THE *PIG*)…, BEATEN-UP BY THE *PIG* ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD…, BRUTALLY ARRESTED…, AND LATER **LYNCHED** BY THE *PIGS* IN JAIL, UNDER THE *PIG* GUISE THAT IT WAS A “SUICIDE”.

        AND YOU SEE THE *PIGS* USE ANY EXCUSE THEY CAN TO LEGALLY *MURDER* BLACK OR BROWN PEOPLE — MALE OR FEMALE OR EVEN LITTLE KIDS.

        DAVID COLE (Black, UC Berkeley employee, union activist, and protester) WAS LUCKY HE WASN’T CHOKED TO DEATH — OR CHEST-COMPRESSED TO DEATH BY THE PURPOSEFUL & MULTIPLE WEIGHT OF THE *PIGS* ON HIS BACK — AND THEN THE *PIGS* WOULD HAVE SAID, “OH HE HAD A HIDDEN HEART AILMENT…, OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE…, OR ASTHMA…, OR A BLOOD CLOT IN HIS BRAIN…, OR HE SMOKED A JOINT LAST WEEK…, AND THAT’S REALLY WHY HE DIED…, NOT BECAUSE OF US.”

        THE *PIGS* OFTEN HAVE WAYS — IF YOU ARE BLACK OR BROWN — TO VERBALLY, OR EVEN PHYSICALLY, ANTAGONIZE YOU, TO GIVE THEM A *PRETEXT* TO TAKE IT TO THEIR NEXT PHYSICAL LEVEL…: USUALLY THEN LEGALLY MURDERING YOU.

        Often the *PIGS* will verbally and loudly pretend that you are or might be carrying a gun or knife or some other kind of weapon when, if you are being detained, they pat you down — when you know you are *not* carrying one, and they know they did not feel one. This is to make any eye-/ear-witnesses think that you are, or might be, carrying a weapon, just because they hear the *PIGS* loudly ask; so if the *PIGS* shoot you, tase you, or beat you, the eye-/ear-witnesses will tell any reporters, or some judge in court, “The cops said/thought the person had a gun/knife/etc.”

        The *PIGS* have a right to search, say, the inside of your car/home if they see something obviously illegal in plain sight (like a bag of coke or something on the seat or dashboard), or if someone inside your car looks like they’ve been kidnapped, beaten up, shot, etc., or if they see blood coming from the trunk and/or hear moaning or screaming from the trunk. But, just because they can search the inside cabin of your car, doesn’t necessarily mean they can search a locked glove/console compartment, or trunk, or luggage without a warrant: it depends on different factors, situations, and laws (and it’s best to consult the appropriate kind of criminal law attorney beforehand about this).

        ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE BLACK OR BROWN — you should *NOT* answer *ANY* questions without the advise or presence of an attorney — and you should firmly say to the *PIG* every time the *PIG* asks you a question, “If you have any questions, you can ask my attorney”, or, “I want the presence of my attorney before I answer any questions” (in principle the police must stop asking you any further questions when you say this, but since when do the *PIGS* have any principles).

        ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE BLACK OR BROWN — THE *PIGS* ARE *NOT* YOUR FRIENDS (unless maybe he’s some old buddy of yours from high school) — EVEN IF THEY PRETEND THAT THEY ARE…:

        THE *PIGS* DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE ACTUALLY A NICE & RESPECTABLE PERSON …, THE *PIGS* DON’T CARE IF YOU HAVE NO CRIMINAL RECORD OR “GANG AFFILIATION” (in fact the *PIGS* would be disappointed if you didn’t) …, THE *PIGS* DON’T CARE IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN INVOLVED IN ANY ILLICIT ACTIVITIES …, THE *PIGS* DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE EDUCATED & EVEN HAVE ACADEMICALLY PROMINENT FRIENDS (the *PIGS* would just probably say/think, “Oh one of those smart ni**ers: so we’ll show him“) …, THE *PIGS* & THE COURTS ONLY CARE ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN USE *AGAINST* YOU — (UNLESS YOU’RE SOME PROFESSIONAL SPORTS CELEBRITY WHOSE AUTOGRAPH & SELFIE THE *PIG* WANTS TO GET).

        And EVEN MORESO IF YOU ARE BROWN (Latino or Middle Eastern), and especially, coupled with that, if you are an immigrant, you now have a legally adversarial relationship — now often mandated by law — with the *PIGS*. Unless, perhaps, the particular city has designated itself as a sanctuary city.

        As C Bierbauer78 says above: “Remember, cops WILL LIE to you. They can do that without any repercussions.” And THE *PIGS* ARE _VERY WELL-PRACTICED_ *LIARS* & *MANIPULATORS* & *INTIMIDATORS* & *TRICKSTERS* — to you, or about you, or about your friends or family members. The *PIGS* might, in order to try to trick you into giving some information you shouldn’t give, even say that some friend, or relative, or family member said something that your friend, or relative, or family member did *not* say!

        SLIMEY CASE IN POINT FROM THE ARTICLE ABOVE: “ICE agent allegedly tried to enter the Casa Zimbabwe co-op while pretending to be an Amazon delivery employee.” SMH, indeed.

        IT IS *NOT* ILLEGAL FOR THE *PIGS* TO *LIE* TO YOU — BUT IN SOME JURISDICTIONS IT’S ILLEGAL FOR *YOU* TO LIE TO THE *PIGS*, & ESPECIALLY TO A FEDERAL AGENT, AND THEN YOU’RE IN TROUBLE (that’s how they can get you even if you’re innocent of anything else).

        SO, IF YOU’RE *BLACK* OR *BROWN* IT’S BEST NOT TO SAY *ANYTHING*, aside from possibly giving them your real name, only if the *PIGS* officially detain you and you are asked.

        THE *PIGS* CAN MANIPULATE YOU IN WAYS THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE NOT EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.

        AND IF THE *PIGS* HAVE EVEN *TRICKED* OR VERBALLY *INTIMIDATED* YOU INTO AN OTHERWISE ILLEGAL SEARCH OF YOUR PERSON, CAR, HOME, OR CHILD — THEN THE JUDGE/COURTS WILL HOLD THAT YOU *CONSENTED*!

        YES, THE JUDGES/COURTS _WILL LET_ THE PIGS *TRICK*, *INTIMIDATE*, *CAJOLE* (PLAY “OFFICER FRIENDLY”), & OUTRIGHT *LIE* TO YOU.

        THEREFORE, EVERY VULNERABLE PERSON — AND YOUR CHILDREN AND CHILD RELATIVES — ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE BLACK…, IF YOU ARE BROWN…, IF YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT…, IF YOU ARE A PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL ACTIVIST:

        YOU SHOULD TAKE A “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” WORKSHOP — AND SOMETIMES NOT EVEN ALL OF THOSE ARE SUFFICIENTLY COMPREHENSIVE (certainly I can’t be at all comprehensive, or even sufficiently basic, here, and anyway I’m not an expert in all the details) — TAKE MORE THAN ONE WORKSHOP (to compare what different people say) — OR EVEN TAKE A REFRESHER WORKSHOP. ….AND ROLE PLAY USING *PIG* TRICKS.

        OR, AT AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM GET & CAREFULLY READ ONE OF THOSE “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” PAMPHLETS OR CARDS. (These days, immigration attorney offices, and often churches, schools, & community centers, often have these and can advise about community workshops or criminal-law attorneys.)

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        • Art Coses

          This extremism is counter productive. It’s important for individuals to know their rights, but using dehumanizing pejoratives makes you guilty of precisely what many accuse law enforcement of doing, viz., dehumanizing individuals. Please don’t take my comment as an ad hominem, but as a request to stand down with some respect–a character quality that has inherent value on both sides.

          Informing is invaluable; inflaming is irresponsible.

          • SMH

            Art Coses: Hmmm…, uh-huh…, I see you’re white

            –and you don’t have to worry about your survival

            –and you (& your family & other loved ones) don’t have to worry about whether you will make it home that day or night

            –after even the simplest encounter with the *PIGS*.

          • SMH

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            to Art Coses…: Hmmm…, uh-huh…, I see you’re white

            –and you don’t have to worry about your daily survival

            –and you (& your family & other loved ones) don’t have to worry about whether you will make it home that day or night

            –after even the simplest encounter with the *PIGS*.

            SO SHUT THA FFUKK UP…

            But the *PIGS* are so out of control that now they, upon occasion, just shoot & legally murder or summarily brutalize even innocent white people.

          • SMH

            to Art Coses…: Hmmm…, uh-huh…, I see you’re white

            –and you don’t have to worry about your daily survival –and you (& your family & other loved ones) don’t have to worry about whether you will make it home that day or night

            –after even the simplest encounter with the *PIGS*.

            SO SHUT THA *F* UP…


            (But the *PIGS* are so out of control that now they, upon occasion, just shoot & legally murder or summarily brutalize even innocent white people.)
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          • California Defender

            Hopefully you didn’t have the chance to read it, but SMH wrote a very racist and hateful reply to your post (and many others today).

            Fortunately the moderators deleted most and for that we should thank them.

          • SMH

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            to Art Coses…: Hmmm…, uh-huh…, I see you’re white

            –and you don’t have to worry about your daily survival

            –and you (& your family & other loved ones) don’t have to worry about whether you will make it home that day or night

            –after even the simplest encounter with the *PIGS*.

            SO, Art Coses (since I see from your other comment posts, way above, what you’re really like), YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN GO *DO* TO YOURSELF, RIGHT?…


            (But the *PIGS* are so out of control that now they, upon occasion, just shoot & legally murder or summarily brutalize even innocent white people.)
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      • Art Coses

        “Remember, cops WILL LIE to you.”

        You’re painting with a rather broad brush–and the color is bigotry.

        • SMH


          *WARNING*…: CLUELESS WHITEY ABOVE…

          (But, not all white people are clueless.)

          [But, perhaps a slight correction is in order. C Bierbauer78: “Remember, cops WILL LIE to you” — ANYTIME THEY *WANT* TO.]

      • California Defender

        How exactly do cops lie?

        Of course you also ignore the fact that illegal aliens are lying every day to obtain employment, public benefits, healthcare, etc.

        But we are a forgiving people and illegal aliens should do the right thing:

        Admit they have broken the law, apologize to the American people, and immediately return to their home country. It’s the honorable thing to do.

        • SMH

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          yyyaaaAAAWWWNNNnnn…

          [ I don’t have to go look everytime I hear a dog (“California Defender”) bark in the street…

          And Trump reallly can’t ‘Make California White Again’ — no matter how hard he tries — ha-ha-ha…! English is not even the majority native language here any more in the major cities of California. There’s nothing left for “California Defender” to “defend” here anymore… Ha-ha-ha!!]
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          • California Defender

            I’m sure Native Americans are *thrilled* that yet another foreign group is taking their land and the same foreigners for the second time, no less!

            But I know you’re hellbent on ruling a heap of ashes which you hope someday I’ll consider “nothing” left to defend. You underestimate, but I’ll indulge your dreams for a moment: Do you think the new majority is going to happily share those ashes with you, SHM?

          • SMH

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            yyyaaaAAAWWWNNNnnn…
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          • California Defender

            I know, ashes are boring, aren’t they?

        • StevenAppelget

          “How exactly do cops lie”?

          Mostly with their mouths.

          • California Defender

            Thanks for the 5th grade debate contribution, Stevie! Someday, you’ll be great, I just know it!

    • Art Coses

      “Knowing what to do when ICE, or the police, come to your house is complex.”

      Step 1: Don’t violate federal law.
      Step 2: Go to Step 1.

      It’s not so complex after all…

      • BerkPed
        • Art Coses

          Consider this rather novel idea: know your responsibilities. Too much clamoring about ‘rights;’ little or no mention about responsibilities.

          • SMH

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            yyyaaaAAAWWWNNNnnn…
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          • Marc

            Art,
            Apparently that is too bright for a lot of today’s college campuses. Sad.

    • BretAlanCebulla

      Step 1. Abolish ICE.
      Step 2. Abolish poverty
      Step 3. Get ready for luxury space communism.

    • California Defender

      Don’t worry Berk, 50 new immigration judges were sworn in last year and the hiring process has been expedited with another 300 expected to take the bench this year alone. Not to mention another 10,000 ICE agents are being hired along with 7,000 support staff.

      Also, funny how you expect everyone else to obey the law, but not illegal aliens.

      A tsunami of justice is coming…

      • SMH


        WARNING…!: RACIST WHITEY (“California Defender”) ABOVE.

        • California Defender

          Well look at you! You’re learning self-control and deleting your own hateful and racist posts.

          I’m proud of you, SMH.

          • SMH

            Coming from the likes of you, CD, you have no idea how ‘much’ that means to me…

            Ha-ha-ha…

            (Look, I’m goin’ out to dinner, and I’ll be gone for the rest of the night. Think you can live here without me…? I know you ain’t got nothing else to do, so hold down the fort here, okay?)

      • SMH


        But check this out “California Defender”…: You and Trump and your alt-right racist chums are vowing to “Make America White Again”…?

        Too late…: that notion has passed beyond the point of no return. America is not ‘Kansas’ anymore — and never will be again.

        A tsunami of people of color and non-Europeans have already come up in America — and is nothing but growing in all the major Western cities here and in the world…

        And as the ole saying goes in any demographic or social shift in the U.S….: So goes California, so goes the nation.

        [And thanks to people of color immigrants, there’s finally something decent to eat in this country in restaurant choices, besides the bland white food of the 1950’s.]

        And people of color and their white allies will make Trump _A ONE-TERM PRESIDENT_ — IF HE DOESN’T END UP GETTING IMPEACHED BEFOREHAND after the mid-term elections.
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        • California Defender

          You could make the same argument in support of the European colonists who arrived in the New World as a “tsunami”.

          It’s a good thing we learned better over the years. Well… some of us. The problem with your desire to repeat history is that you don’t understand it to begin with and thus have no ability to learn from it.

          And by the way, if anyone is going to make Trump a one-term president, it will be those who voted for him in 2016, not those who didn’t. In this battle to save America, you’re just a spectator, SMH. But feel free to yell and scream from the cheap seats. From way up there is sounds like you’re cheering me on! 👏👏👏

          • SMH

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            yyyaaaAAAWWWNNNnnn…
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          • California Defender

            Mr. Cheap Seat can’t muster a response after realizing the futility of his cause?

            I’m…. shocked. Well, grab a doobie and a bag of doritos, SMH. Maybe you’ll find life’s meaning in the delicate nacho dust upon your fingers.

          • SMH

            You should’ve seen where my & my lady friend’s seats were at the last Warrior’s game. Yyyeahhh…., that was nnniiiccce

            Buh-bye…

          • California Defender

            Ahh, a “professional” sports fan! I should have guessed you were into that corporate manufactured entertainment.

            You rail against the man while paying to eat stale bread at his cheap circus.

            Hypocrite.

          • SMH

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            Yyyyepp…: I just loves me some Warriors…! And helping to $$$$ support my favorite Black players, as a group!

            No “stale bread” in the section I was seated in — just a little behind and above Steve Kerr’s head. (Do you even know who he is, CD?) But I actually don’t like sitting too close to the court.. I like to have just a little altitude over the court, so I’m just a little above all those tall players, so I’m close, but not too close — so I can actually see all the players all at the same time, and all the action, at both ends of the court, just a little past the center on the Warriors 2nd-half side of the court, so I’m closer to them on their game-ending side of the court. Smart, huh!?…

            (Shi-, now I hope I haven’t given away my seating ‘secret’ preference to too many people, and then they’d all be thinking, ‘Hey, great idea…!!.’ I have a favorite inn and room in Big Sur, but I only tell my best friends — not just anybody, so that not everyone discovers it, and then I can’t reserve my favorite room at that inn as easily!)

            Maybe there were breadsticks at the full bar in the carpeted lobby of my & my lady friend’s section where we were having a couple drinks before the game, and couple more at halftime. But I wasn’t thinking about bread or breadsticks — I was thinking about getting back to seeing the ‘Warriorettes‘ before they came out!!:

            http://ultimatecheerleaders.com/tag/golden-state-warriors/

            Mmmm, mmmm, mmmmph…, I sho’ do loves me some Warriorettes too!!

            Gee, if you’ve, CD, ever even been to a ball game, it must have been in the cheap nosebleed section, back in the Midwest or someplace like that, wayyy back when you were a little fat doofy kid and that’s all your pop could afford! Way way back before there was upscale food in the pricey sections of the stadium. I’d imagine that things have changed a lllot since then. Way to date yourself, CD.

            But, you just stay in your dank little hovel, CD, and live your life behind your keyboard.
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      • SMH


        WARNING…!: RACIST WHITEY (“California Defender”) ABOVE.

        • California Defender

          I’ve noticed your posts are being removed by the moderators for harassment and hate speech quite frequently.

          Aren’t you ashamed and embarrassed that your conduct is seen as intolerant and offensive *here* of all places, a UCB student website?

          • SMH

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            yyyaaaAAAWWWNNNnnn…
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          • SMH

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            Like the ones to you?… Ha-ha-ha…
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