Party favour box cutter prompts investigation

Dollarama investigating utility knife found in party cracker

Most people expect a cheap plastic trinket and a paper crown when they break into a party cracker, not a rusty boxcutter.

In late January Sasha Sinkewicz was hosting a birthday party for her daughter at her home in Langford. For the party she purchased birthday crackers, which are like Christmas crackers.

When her daughter pulled open her cracker she found a utility knife inside. An adult immediately took the knife away from the young girl and nobody was hurt.

“It was really scary,” Sinkewicz said. “I’m just so happy that no one got hurt.”

West Shore RCMP looked into the incident but will not be investigating further. Cpl. Bryson Hill said police visited the house and saw the cracker and the knife, but can’t confirm one came from the other.

“(RCMP) observed the rusty boxcutter blade with tape around the handle,” Hill said. “We’re basically leaving it to be dealt with by the company that she bought it from. … There’s just nothing to suggest anything intentionally criminal.”

Dollarama, where Sinkewicz bought the crackers, is investigating the incident, said a spokesperson for the company. The company does not comment on ongoing investigations, but said that complaints are always looked in to.

“If an investigation is ongoing we don’t speculate on the outcome,” said Lyla Radmanovich.

Sinkewicz said a private investigator hired by Dollarama came and interviewed Sinkewicz and took photographs of the knife.

“It’s just scary, you know? Let people know, check your stuff,” said Sinkewicz. “It’s got me kind of paranoid about looking in things now though.”



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