A glitter bomb showed up at the office of pro-life Congressman Jeff Fortenberry with an ominous note — “Mind your own uterus.”
The letter showed up Wednesday at Fortenberry’s office in Lincoln, Nebraska, in a normal looking envelope. The mailing address had the name of a legitimate company, but Fortenberry now thinks that was just a trick to get him to open it.
When he did open it, Fortenberry found a bag of glitter and bright pink paper with the words “Glitter Bombs For Choice” on the letterhead.
Inside the glitter bomb was a note that read: “Congrats! You’ve earned this for trying to deny women their right to choice. Mind your own uterus.” Jeff Fortenberry wasn’t very happy about receiving the glitter bomb. His office blasted the tactic, saying it’s an unnecessary threat. In past years, members of Congress have received real threats in the mail, including letters containing anthrax.
“You can certainly disagree with your member of Congress or any member of Congress, but this is pretty reckless and irresponsible,” Fortenberry’s spokesperson said, adding that anyone who disagrees with Fortenberry is welcome to speak to him in person. “It’s just a huge waste of everybody’s time and resources.”
Glitter bombing seems to have become a popular tactic to harass and annoy people anonymously. Earlier this year, a website called Ship Your Enemies Glitter made headlines when it attracted more than one million viewers in just its first day of operation.
The site’s creator, Mat Carpenter, said he made $20,000 in just a few days operating the website, but quickly changed his mind and put it up for sale. In a message to potential buyers, he asked if they might reconsider what they were doing.
“Hi guys, I’m the founder of this website,” he wrote. “Please stop buying this horrible glitter product — I’m sick of dealing with it. Sincerely, Mat.”
It is unclear if Carpenter was able to fulfill all the orders for glitter bombs. He noted that the huge influx of visitors in the first day brought more sales than he could handle.
But Mat Carpenter still made a lot of money on the concept of shipping glitter as a punishment. The site ended up selling for $85,000 just two weeks after he founded it, and there are now copycat companies offering the same glitter-by-mail service.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is taking his glitter bomb very seriously. The letter was reported to the police, FBI, and U.S. Postal Inspector. It is unclear if any of the agencies are conducting an investigation.