SUNSET PARK — Cigarettes, porn — and eggs?
The shell-sheathed breakfast staple has joined smokes and booze as the hottest teenage contraband in Brooklyn, with police warning grocery store and bodega clerks not to sell eggs to teens this month to prevent miscreants from tossing them at windows, cars, pedestrians and each other on and around Halloween.
"It's been going on for decades. They want to have fun, and they run around, and they throw eggs," 72nd Precinct Community Affairs Officer Dean Hanan said.
"Sometimes they go a little overboard and it transitions from being a fun and harmless game to being a violent event."
Jonathan Santos, 18, a senior at Sunset Park High School, said he'd throw eggs at windows "when I was, like, 10."
As he described, "We'd freeze them so they would do more damage. We'd get them from the deli."
Store owners in Sunset Park said they're already keeping an eye out for any unfamiliar teens stopping by to purchase eggs.
"We use our discretion," said Kevin Persaud, 31, manager of Key Food on Fifth Avenue.
"If I see a high school kid with eggs and if it's Halloween, I won't sell them to him."
Nooh Elemari, 28, manager of Azzam Deli Grocery across the street, said he agreed.
"We tell them to tell their parents to come," he stated.
Nevertheless, Sunset Park teens said they'll still find stores willing to sell them eggs, or they'll simply raid the fridge at home.
As 17-year-old Sunset Park High School senior Tommy Bussey said, "Everybody got eggs at their crib."