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Weird National Briefs (12/05/2018)

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Shoe business

LOS ANGELES - Payless taught fashion influencers a lesson about shoes by opening a fake store that sold Main Street shoes at Madison Avenue prices.

Payless ShoeSource held a launch party in Los Angeles for the bogus label Palessi and invited the fashionistas to sample the merchandise. Payless posted a video of what happened on Facebook.

The VIP shoppers paid as much as $645 for shoes that sell from $19.99 to $39.99 at Payless. The store rang up $3,000 before Payless came clean with the reveal.

One shopper exclaimed, “Shut up! Are you serious?”

The pranked shoppers got their money back and were allowed to keep the shoes.

Their reactions will be featured in a series of commercials.

TME – From Payless to clueless.

Family fortune

PIERRE, S.D. - Luck seems to run in one South Dakota family.

Brothers Patrick and Bill Rose have both hit the lottery jackpot in the past year. The South Dakota Lottery says Patrick Rose, of Pierre, claimed a Dakota Cash jackpot of $86,450 last week. That comes 11 months after brother Bill Rose, from Fort Pierre, won a $390,000 Lucky for Life prize.

Patrick Rose says he buys lotto tickets every day, but was in disbelief when he saw that he won the Nov. 21 jackpot. He says he’ll pay off some bills and visit his daughters in Texas.

The Argus Leader says he has some advice for those playing the lottery. Do it wisely in moderation.

TME – A real pair of brother luckers.

Cut the gas line

DANIA BEACH, Fla. - A Florida woman faces an aggravated assault charge after authorities say she passed gas in line at a dollar store and pulled a knife on a man who complained about it.

Citing a Broward Sheriff’s Office report, the Miami Herald reports 37-year-old Shanetta Yvette Wilson passed gas while waiting in line at a Dollar General Sunday night and upset a nearby customer. The report says the offended customer and Wilson then got into an argument “in reference to the defendant farting loudly.”

It says Wilson then pulled a small folding knife out of her purse and told the victim she was going to “gut” him while moving as if to attack him. Wilson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

It’s unclear if she has a lawyer.

TME – Taking “cutting the cheese” to a whole new level.

Vault fault

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Officials say a teen has been freed after spending more than three hours in the vault of an abandoned Florida bank.

News outlets report that Hollywood firefighters tried to drill through a wall to break into the vault Wednesday afternoon after the 17-year-old’s friend called 911.

But they were stymied until a worker at the bank’s new branch across the street heard of the predicament. That worker remembered the code and was able to open the vault’s massive door.

Officials say the two teens were exploring the vacant Bank of America building when one of them got stuck. Luckily, the other was on the outside and able to call for help.

The teens’ parents were called and authorities released the boys to them. No charges were immediately reported.

TME – What’s the big deal? That kid was perfectly safe.

Fowl play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Police say exotic birds equaling a total of $15,000 were stolen from a Connecticut pet store this week.

New Haven police say the call came in early Tuesday when a newspaper delivery man noticed a pried-open door at a pet store. The Connecticut Post reports that responding officers found scattered pet food and colorful bird feathers strewn about the store.

The store owner was called to the scene and told them that several high-priced birds were gone - nearly $15,000 in rare parrots, conures and cockatoos. Police say the most valuable missing bird is a scarlet macaw valued at nearly $2,800.

New Haven police say the illegal trade of stolen exotic pets is a rare investigation for local law enforcement. Police are looking through surveillance videos for information.

TME – Come on – we all know it was the Penguin, right?

Cluck luck

OSSINING, N.Y. - A police officer who saved a chicken from becoming a roaster is taking a ribbing from his fellow officers.

Body cam video released by the Ossining, New York, police shows the officer responding to a shed fire on Saturday. He removed some propane tanks when he discovered the chicken. The bird clucks as the officer carries the bird to safety. He told the owner, “I got your chicken.”

The police department wrote on Facebook, “Somewhere around the first day of field training some salty cop usually hits you with, `Kid, you wouldn’t believe what goes on around here if I told you.”‘

The department says if you ever wanted to get a hard time from your co-workers, “be a hero...to a chicken.”

TME – Sounds kind of cocky.

Hash brown hijinks

WESTPORT, Conn. - A Connecticut man who says he was wrongly cited for distracted driving after police mistook a McDonald's hash brown for a cellphone is continuing his legal fight.

The Hour reports that Westport police gave Jason Stiber a $300 distracted driving ticket in April. The Westport man challenged the charge and lost in court.

He was granted a retrial that's scheduled to start Dec. 7.

Stiber says the officer thought a hash brown he was eating while driving was a cellphone. Stiber says phone records show he didn't make any calls around the time he was pulled over, plus he has Bluetooth so has no reason to hold a phone while driving.

Lt. Jillian Cabana says the department stands by its story but couldn't comment further due to pending litigation.

TME – This is clearly just a blatant attempt at hash-onalization.

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