O’Grady slowly crept up behind the Shamer, refusing to take his eyes off of it even for an instant as these creatures had the ability to vanish in a flash. He grabbed the creature with both hands, looked into his eyes and forcefully commanded, “tell me where your pot of contraband is!” The creature attempted to break free but SSG O’Grady’s knifehand grip was far too strong. Defeated, the shamer said, “Come with me” and led SSG O’Grady deep into the woods onto a cluster of trees. The leprechaun pointed at one tree in particular and said, “Underneath that tree is your pot of contraband”.
SSG O'Grady hadn’t expected that when he left the house that morning he would be digging for contraband. He realized he would need a shovel but how would he ever remember what tree the pot of contraband was buried under? Just then SSG O’Grady came up with a brilliant idea. He would use the red garter around his leg to identify the tree! After he wrapped it around the stem, he menacingly said to the SPC, “Now promise me that you will not remove the garter from the tree”. The SPC crossed his heart and swore that he would not. SSG O'Grady ran through the forest and back to his home to pick up a shovel. By the time he got back to the woods, however, all the trees had a red garter tied around the stem and he could not determine which one had the pot of contraband beneath it. The devious little creature had tricked the SSG.
And so the story of the Shamer goes. When you’re out and about this St. Patrick’s Day and you stumble upon one, do not trust this mischievous little creature for you might encounter a fate similar to that of Staff Sergeant O’Grady.
Beware the mark of the Shammer, they'll be wearing this shirt-