Updated: Friday, 12 Dec 2008, 6:35 PM EST
Published : Friday, 12 Dec 2008, 6:28 PM EST
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A new local paper that's filled with nothing but mug shots is flying off store shelves, generating both revenue and controversy.
The paper, Look Who's Busted, is a bi-weekly publication that sells for $1. Michael Kreiger, who manages a 7-11, said, "They're going like fire. The first day or two we got them in we couldn't keep them in the store."
But some people, like Glenda Holloway, aren't happy at all. She learned about the paper after a close family friend made the second issue. Holloway said the charges printed were dropped against that friend, and is now afraid the publication will cost the woman her job.
"I don't think it's right for everyone to be plastered here like this," she said. "The charges were dropped, and now you got someone plastered in there, and what are they going to do?"
The Kent County prosecutor's office said the publication is legal and carries a disclaimer.
24 Hour News 8 spoke with the man in Florida who runs the paper and started the publications in four cities. For security purposes, he declined to give his name, though he said he chose Grand Rapids because he has family here and because Kent County has a very good website.
He said this is a resource for the community, and said they've workked with attorneys to make sure they're protected. The publisher also said not everyone who is arrested in Kent County makes the paper, since hundreds of people are arrested between publications.