Man celebrates Hussein deaths with free coffee

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2003

To celebrate the death of Saddam Hussein's two sons, a Juneau resident treated patrons of Jordan Creek Coffee to drinks Wednesday.

"He just came in here with the sign and said 'I'd like to buy them an Americano or a cup of coffee,' " said Misti Hogberg, owner of the coffee shop in the Jordan Creek Center. The sign featured black-and-white photos of the sons and encouraged customers to ask about the "R.I.P. Special."

Odai and Qusai Hussein were killed in a gunfight with American military forces on Tuesday. U.S. officials said both were murderers, leaving behind a body count some claimed ran into the thousands.

Only a few customers had taken advantage of the special by Wednesday afternoon, Hogberg said.

"I think a lot of people are afraid to ask about it," she said.

Hogberg did not name the man who bought the coffee, saying he wanted to remain anonymous. She said the man has extended the R.I.P. special to today, and plans another free-drink special, probably espresso drinks, if Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden are captured.

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