When pizza chefs get weird

pizza king shop smallYou wouldn't be able to make this up: Djovalin Camaj -- AKA John Camaj, AKA The Pizza King of Schenectady -- was arrested last week by the Montgomery County Sheriff's department for allegedly blocking a roadway to a Buddhist shrine in Auriesville and then later allegedly posing as a member of the sheriff's department. [Daily Gazette] [YNN]

But, wait, it (allegedly) gets weirder. From the (Gloversville) Leader-Herald:

Undersheriff Jeffery Smith said today that Serpa charged Camaj with trespassing after the man admitted erecting the roadblock that consisted of a portable orange road construction sign, several yards of orange string, a smashed jar of peppers, a jar of Yoga brand peaches, two campaign signs and a small statue of a pizza chef.

You know, we thought Camaj's decision to enter his chicken marsala pizza in the final of the 2008 Tournament of Pizza was a bit odd. Obviously, this resets the bar.

A Buddhist org called the World Peace and Health Organization has been buying up properties around Amsterdam as part of a large scale development plan.

Update April 22, 2011: Camaj has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

But why all the hatred towards the Buddhists? The Daily Gazette alludes to something more sinister:

"Due to what appears to be Camaj’s ongoing issues with the Buddhists [...] a stay away order of protection was also issued that bars Camaj from going on the Buddhist property in Auriesville."

Ongoing issues? Like what?

What a fool, everyone knows you need to use Yoga brand pears (not peaches) to make-up a workable roadblock.

Wow. Just... wow.

Maybe this guy is hip to a Buddhist world domination conspiracy we're not aware of. Or a Buddhism as responsible for all the world's ills theory? What is it, Djovalin?

I kind of wish there were pictures of that.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + We gave away tickets for this year's Champagne on the Park by asking:... (more)

Today's moment of spring

Pretty sweet... for a crabapple.... (more)

Go see the tulips, don't wait

Important news: The Washington Park tulip beds are blooming. As of Friday afternoon we'd say about 65 percent of the tulips were in bloom, and... (more)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Troy Music Hall

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will be at the Troy Music Hall October 7 for a show. Tickets go on sale... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

On your marks. Get set. Weekend. Before you go out, be sure and have rain boots, sun screen, and a heavy sweater handy -- this... (more)

Recent Comments

I feel that when people don't confront inappropriate behavior it sends a signal that it is tolerated. I often speak up in situations like these, depending on my reading of the situation. If we consider ourselves part of a community we all have a role to play in signaling what is and isn't appropriate behavior.

Thinking about affordable housing in Albany

...has 6 comments, most recently from Jeff D

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from KGB

The Fort Orange General Store is re-opening

...has 5 comments, most recently from Rich

Today's moment of spring

...has 1 comment, most recently from jsc

Old trees out, new trees soon

...has 1 comment, most recently from jsc