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Couple shellshocked by condom in nut

Rifle police determined that the unused prophylactic-filled filbert bought at a Wal-Mart was a prank, not a crime.

By Nancy Lofholm

Denver Post Staff Writer

The case of the condom nut has been cracked.

Rifle police, investigating a condom-containing filbert nut that turned up in the New Year's snack of a Silt-area man, determined this week it was a prank but not a crime.

Condom nuts, available online, are not that uncommon as a novelty item, said Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner, after investigating the nut case through some Web browsing.

"This looks exactly like what I found on the Internet," Meisner said. "The condom was new and unused, so it probably wasn't anything malicious. I can't find where any law has been broken."

The bright-yellow, rolled condom popped out of a nut that Silt cabinetmaker Brian Geist cracked open Saturday as he sat in his La-Z-Boy snacking on nuts while reading the John Irving novel "Until I Find You."

Geist's wife, Dian, said she had bought a bag of unshelled nuts over the holidays from an open bin at the Rifle Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Dian Geist said she and her husband laughed a lot about the condom nut before she took the shell and condom back to Wal-Mart. She said she thought the store might want to know what was popping out of at least one of their nuts.

Wal-Mart corporate spokesperson Karen Burk was not laughing. "Whether someone thought it was a joke - we take it very seriously. This is a food-tampering issue," she said.

Dian Geist said a local Wal-Mart assistant manager photographed the condom nut, and then Geist took the evidence to police.

Meisner said he puzzled over the nut for a while before determining the novelty nut was probably tossed into a bin as a joke.

He said the nut had been drilled open and the hole closed with wood putty after the condom was inserted.

Some condom nuts sold online are made the same way. Many have the condoms inside walnut shells, which can easily be halved and glued back together.

"The surprise walnut condom is sure to be a hit at your next party," reads one online ad for a $2.25 condom-containing nut.

Dian Geist said she had never heard of a condom-nut novelty item before. "I really don't want it, but my husband wants it back for some reason," she said.

Burk said Wal-Mart also wants the nut. "There's no way we can investigate this without the nut," she said.

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