Dominick Breedlove of Spring Hill, Fla., doomed his chances of landing a job at Kohl’s by getting arrested for shoplifting after his interview. Breedlove arrived for his appointment with human resources and afterward stopped to browse in the shoe department. A loss prevention officer told police the suspect went outside to his car, retrieved a Kohl’s shopping bag and returned to the store, where he stashed two pairs of Nike athletic shoes worth $150 in the bag. Breedlove was charged with shoplifting and was not hired.
Giving Up the Ghost
Amanda Sparrow Large of Belfast, Ireland, made the decision to wed the 300-year-old ghost of a Haitian pirate. “I wanted the big traditional wedding with the white dress. It was very important to me,” she said. Large said that “Jack,” who was executed for thieving on the high seas, became known to her one night in 2014, when she felt the energy of a spirit next to her while lying in bed. Large has worked as a Jack Sparrow (of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies) impersonator. She believes her job opened the door for her spirit-husband to reach out to her. Alas, things didn’t work out for the odd couple: “I will explain all in due course,” Large wrote on social media, “but for now all I want to say is be very careful when dabbling in spirituality. It’s not something to mess with.”
Ghost of Lunches Past
The Cranston (Rhode Island) School District is taking its response to delinquent school lunch accounts up a notch. District COO Raymond Votto Jr. sent a letter to parents notifying them that a collection agency will be contacting those with lunch overdrafts and noted that the current deficit is almost $46,000. “The district lunch program cannot continue to lose revenue,” Votto wrote. The letter specified that students will continue to receive food regardless of whether their account is in arrears. Families with unpaid charges of more than $20 will be notified by mail.
Stop Signs Don’t Count
Indian River County (Florida) sheriff’s officers stopped Earle Stevens Jr., after a driver who complained that Stevens’ Mercury Grand Marquis kept tapping her bumper in a McDonald’s drive-thru lane called 911. The officers noted “a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath … Steven’s speech was slurred, and his eyes were red and glossy.” He also had an open bottle of Jim Beam bourbon in a brown paper bag on the passenger seat. Stevens struggled to produce his ID and said he’s never had a valid Florida driver’s license. Stevens argued that he hadn’t been drinking while driving. When the officers asked where he had been drinking, Stevens said, “Stop signs.” After failing several field sobriety tests and a breath test, Stevens was charged with driving under the influence and without a license.
Unclear on the Concept
A bank robber in Michigan failed to appear at his sentencing hearing in Macomb County Circuit Court because he was cooling his heels in Toledo, Ohio, after being arrested in connection with another bank robbery. Paul Carta pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Utica, Mich., and was due in court on Dec. 6. But on Dec. 5, Carta entered a Toledo bank and handed a clerk a note demanding money, warning that he was armed. The bank employee gave Carta an undisclosed amount of money, and he fled the bank. Toledo police took him into custody 11 minutes later at a Taco Bell nearby. He was held on $50,000 bond.
A man, identified as Leo, who was visiting Miami for Art Basel, got an unwelcome extra in his Uber Eats delivery. He had ordered some Japanese food using the app, but when the driver handed Leo his food bag, “she took off running.” What he found along with the food he had ordered was a pair of underwear, stained with what appeared to be human feces. Leo contacted Uber, the restaurant and the police, but all three said they couldn’t help him. “Disgusting, unhealthful, it’s potentially deadly,” Leo said. Uber later said the driver had been removed pending investigation, and Leo was provided a full refund.
Ted Pelkey of Westford, Vt., has been battling the Westford Development Review Board for months over his proposal to erect a building on his property for his truck repair and monofilament recycling business. But he says the city keeps putting up barriers to the development. So Pelkey has installed a message to the board and the people of Westford in the form of a giant sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised. “It’s very big. Everybody got the message,” said Fairfax resident Carol Jordan. Pelkey, who spent $4,000 on the public rebuke, said he hopes the citizens of Westford will take a “really long look at the people who are running their town.” In the meantime, the board said because the sculpture is considered public art, they can take no action against it.
Scientists are likening the occurrence of eels getting stuck in monk seals’ nostrils to “one of those teenage trends,” according to The Washington Post. Charles Littnan, lead scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, posited, “One juvenile seal did this very stupid thing, and now the others are trying to mimic it.” But he and other scientists are stumped about the phenomenon. Hypotheses suggest that the eels jet up the nostrils as seals poke their faces into eels’ hiding spots, or seals regurgitate the eels and they exit through the nose. Over the last two years, three or four incidences have been reported, all with good outcomes — for the seals. No eels have survived.
The Richland (Washington) Police Department posted a wanted photo of Anthony Akers on its Facebook page. Five hours after the posting, Akers responded with: “Calm down, I’m going to turn myself in.” When Akers was a no-show, the department messaged him the next day: “Hey Anthony! We haven’t seen you yet.” Officers even offered him a ride. But Akers couldn’t be bothered: “Thank you, tying up a couple loose ends since I will probably be in there for a month.” He promised to surrender within 48 hours. When the weekend passed without any sign of Akers, officers wrote: “Is it us? We waited but you didn’t show.” To which Akers replied: “Dear RPD, it’s not you, it’s me. I obviously have commitment issues. P.S. You’re beautiful.” Finally, Akers arrived at the Richland police station, posting a selfie with the caption: “Thank you RPD for letting me do this on my own.”
The Litigious Society
When Stephen Keys boarded a SkyWest flight in Reno, Nev., he settled into his first-class seat and reached to buckle his seat belt. But when he raised the right armrest for better access, his right pinky finger became lodged in a small hole under the armrest. Keys tried repeatedly to remove his finger but could not, and it remained stuck for nearly an hour until the flight landed and airline mechanics disassembled the armrest. “The spring mechanism … applied intense pressure to the plaintiff’s finger, immediately inflicting injury, swelling and pain,” the filed lawsuit read. “Dozens of passengers became aware of Mr. Keys’ perilous condition, causing his dire situation to become a humiliating public spectacle.” What’s more, the injury left Mr. Keys unable to drive and play with his children. SkyWest, citing ongoing litigation, would not comment on the suit.