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Seriously: Longmont mattress store site of shootout

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(Graphic illustration by Colin Crawford | The Collegian)

Editor’s Note: This is a satire piece from The Collegian’s opinion section. Real names and the events surrounding them may be used in fictitious/semi-fictitious ways. Those who do not read the editor’s notes are subject to being offended.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Fort Collins community and surrounding Northern Colorado area may have one similarity to Boulder: a cocaine problem. Another mattress store north of Denver turned up a massive drug bust — this time with a bang.


In a shocking twist of events, an all-out war occurred at Mattress “R” Us number 57, located on the intersection between Platt Street and Second Avenue in Longmont, Colorado, on the evening of Saturday, March 6.

Guns were blazing. Bullets literally “popped off.” The shootout reportedly followed a local tip about a fleet of unlicensed white vans parked in the store’s parking lot. After “skrrting” to the scene, the Longmont Police Department quickly escalated the situation.

“Sweet niblets,” Mary Jane, Longmont local and owner of Totally Tubular Tube Tops, the business next door to Mattress “R” Us number 57, exclaimed. “I’ve seen some funky hoedown throw-downs around these parts, but this certainly takes the cake.”

According to on-sight reports, the shootout started in the store before expanding to the parking lot. Crossfire obliterated several cars. The shootout concluded when the Longmont police called the town of Gunbarrel’s SWAT team for backup. Surviving vagabonds surrendered when a tank rolled up to store number 57. 

I know my Cassandra rights!” – Sus Shady, Longmont police

“I am not trying to be shot by a tank,” Caillou James, a member of the apparent drug-smuggling group explained. “I’m anti-war, I’ll have you know. I happen to have a coexist sticker on my van … right where my license plate should be.”  

The Collegian managed to get a comment from the only employee not implicated.

“It’s a bloody mess, innit?” Mary Crumpet said. “I should’ve quit when there was a raid at 75 in Fort Collins, but those blokes kept me hooked with their unbeatable dental benefits.”

Crumpet explained she only survived because she hid underneath a specialty mattress, known as the SpineDestroyer5000, advertised as the world’s only bulletproof mattress. The mattress reportedly shielded Crumpet from the crossfire.

The operation may be larger than a few rogue drug smugglers, though. Locals are casting some suspicion on the case.


“No cap, dude, I saw a couple cops hanging out in the parking lot before all this sh*t went down,” stated LilFloMaster, who expained he would only be referred to strictly by his SoundCloud rapper name. “It’s just questionable.”

Remember: Cocaine isn’t worth the hype, no matter what Dylan from the Boulder chapter of Sigma Tigma Ligma says.” 

The Collegian is dedicated to following all leads to get to the bottom of this developing story. We reached out to one police officer suspected to be on the scene before the shootout took place.

“No paparazzi!” Officer Sus Shady yelled as he ground his teeth and wiped his nose. “I know my Cassandra rights!” 

The story has even garnered state attention — the morning following the attack, Gov. Jared Polis tweeted, “(Rest in peace) to all the people who died because of the mattress thing, you’re in our thoughts.”

We will continue to update the public as the story develops. For now, trust nobody, not even your pets. Remember: Cocaine isn’t worth the hype, no matter what Dylan from the University of Colorado Boulder chapter of Sigma Tigma Ligma says. 

Read part one of the investigation here

Cat Blouch can be reached at or on Twitter @BlouchCat.

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Cat Blouch, Social Media Editor
Cat Blouch is the social media editor at The Collegian. They are a fourth-year student at Colorado State University studying business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in statistics from Delta, Colorado. They have been on The Collegian's team since the summer of 2020, starting on the opinion desk and later joining the photo team. Blouch began their social media interest by working on the @colostatememes page on Instagram and looked at the social media editor position as a way to further engage with the CSU community. They are excited to find new ways to hear the voice of the student body and engage more with readers through their positions at The Collegian. Blouch enjoys the flexibility of being able to pursue creativity in multiple mediums at The Collegian. When Blouch is off the clock, you can find them engaging in other creative areas such as creating music, writing poetry or filming a video. They hope to continue their creative pursuits after college through work in marketing analytics and content creation.

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