Patchouli bandit: 'April Fool's!'

The Patchouli Bandit said she's sorry. Sort of.

The woman who intentionally sprinkled patchouli oil on the carpet of a downtown music store called the owner of the store "a few times" over the past week to explain the prank, CD or not CD owner Lenny Goldberg said.

The prank, which occurred April 1, was an April Fool's Day joke, according to the woman, Goldberg said.

"I said, 'It's not very funny,' and she told me I didn't have a sense of humor," he said.

Video from a security camera inside the store showed the woman sprinkling the oil from a vial onto the carpet, leaving a pungent, musky odor in the store.

The woman who admitted to the damage said she was sorry and was willing to work something out, Goldberg said.

"I guess what she said was she was hoping that she would try to pay for a carpet cleaning. I don't know if that's how it's going to end up," he said.

"All I really wanted was a promise she wouldn't do it again," he added. "I don't get the impression that she's got a lot of money. I'd like to leave that open, I certainly would welcome her assistance, but I'm not going to hound her about it. The police contacted me, and what I told them was I'd be happy just if she promised not to do it again, and she says of course she wouldn't."

The woman called after a front page article April 18 in the Daily Tidings and accompanying video clip on pictured her in the act, Goldberg said. The story later surfaced in the Medford-base Mail Tribune and The Oregonian.

"She didn't think it was going to become such a big deal," said Golberg, who declined to divulge the woman's identity, saying, "I think she's already embarrassed enough."

The publicity from the story had brought in a small amount of increased foot traffic to the store &

people curious to take a whiff of the patchouli &

but did not result in a significant sales increase, Goldberg said.

His wife, Diana Goldberg, said many people had called the store to offer suggestions on how to get rid of the odor.

"It's been very interesting," she said.

Lenny Goldberg said he considered the issue resolved, although he hadn't yet formulated a plan to clean to carpet.

"It's all over except the odor," he said. "It'll be over soon enough. It gets less every day."

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