Do you have a case of the Mondays? How about a little pick-me-up! Check out these stories from “The Worldwide Wacky News” files. They gave me a good chuckle.
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I heard this one from a reporter-friend in Ohio:
Apparently, a man tried to rob a local tire repair store. He showed up right at opening time and demanded the clerk let him into the safe. The clerk told the would-be robber that only the manager had the combination and he wouldn’t be in for several hours. So, the crafty-criminal, reportedly, left his cell phone number for the manager to call when he could come back to complete his robbery. (Yes, this is a true story).
Police were notified. A few hours later, an officer called the robber, claiming to be the manager. The real manager and other employees were taken elsewhere for their safety while officer dressed in mechanic garb waited for the man to come back to rob the store…which he did, and was promptly arrested.
Here’s another one, care of today’s Associated Press filings. “A toy-gun robber has been foiled by bat-wielding store worker in Bay Minette, Alabama.”
Reportedly, “a gas station employee used a cricket bat to chase away a would-be robber who brandished a toy gun. The Baldwin County Sheriff's office says the suspect entered Bee Gee's gas station near Bay Minette Saturday afternoon and tried to use the fake weapon to steal money. Sheriff's Cpl. Mike Gaull tells the Press-Register of Mobile that the employee noticed the gun had an orange tip on the barrel and grabbed the cricket bat. The suspect then ran out of the store without any money.”
Incidentally, the robber was a 22-year-old who is now in jail, facing first-degree robbery charges.
While I understand that crime is never funny, the sight of a toy-gun vs. cricket-bat lead me to ask, “Who keeps a cricket bat at their counter?” and if it’s because the station sells such small children’s play items, “Did the robber buy the toy-gun there?” In my book, toy-guns are all too realistic nowadays, but apparently, this aspiring criminal missed the barrel on this heist.
Also today, the state of Florida is banning honey. Yes, that’s right, honey. It may seem out-of-the-blue to you, but it’s actually been a sticky situation for health-conscious lawmakers.
The AP of Tallahassee sent us this story, saying, “Honey that is anything other than absolutely 100 percent pure honey isn't welcome in Florida. Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson announced Monday that his department is prohibiting additives and chemicals in honey produced, processed or sold in Florida.
Bronson says officials want to make sure consumers are buying a pure product. He says that in the past, honey has sometimes been cut with water or sugar, or been contaminated with insecticides and antibiotics.”
The new regulation takes effect tomorrow. So, grocery-shoppers beware, there could be fewer honey-bears to choose from, but at least you’ll be indulging in only the finest when you comb through the sweetness!
Those are my stories of the strange on this Monday. Hope you shared a chuckle with me. If you’ve heard any, share them with us, by posting below!