Thursday, June 05, 2008

Bottom of the News… Friday, June 6, 2008

Good morning my fellow Rotarians… Well, it seems that there is no shortage of people in this world who do dumb things, so let’s give a listen to a few off the wall news stories from this past week.

Man Injures Buttocks after Mooning Restaurant

Netherlands (CNN) -- Dutch police say a college student who pushed his exposed buttocks against a restaurant window as a joke was injured when the glass broke and lacerated his behind.

Authorities say a man, 21, and two others had run down a street Sunday morning with their pants pulled down. The student pushed his behind against the window of a restaurant with the intention of “mooning” the customers when the window broke and cut him.

According to the police, the student suffered "deep wounds to his derriere." The man was treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital. The cafe owner decided not to press charges after the students agreed to apologize to café employees and to pay for the broken window.

Store Qwner ordered to stop taking shoplifters' shoes

DURANGO, Colorado (AP) — Police are telling a liquor store owner to give shoplifters back their shoes.

Tired of losing a $1,000 a month in merchandise to thefts, Gabe Fidaque started telling shoplifters he caught that they had two choices: Give him a shoe or he would call the police.

Many shoplifters would give up a shoe. But Durango police told Fidaque this past week to stop the practice or risk facing charges of felony robbery. Shoplifting, in contrast, is a misdemeanor.

"I would suggest that he find a different option that doesn't involve giving up property," said police Capt. Micki Browning. "What's the difference between him saying, 'Give me $20 and I won't call the police' or 'Give me your shoe?"'

Fidaque was ordered to return the shoes to their owners — if he can find them. He reluctantly agreed. But he stands by his method because whenever he reported people to the police they would return hours after being arrested to steal again.

"The whole point,” Fidaque said, “is that people are too humiliated to come back and ask for their shoe, which means they won’t s steal from my store again."

Not Fool or Theft Proof!

In Berlin, Germany, police were testing a "theft-proof" patrol car. The special BMW was equipped with surveillance equipment, electronic locks, and several other systems to ensure that this car could not be stolen.

Well, guess what… you got it, the car was stolen. But how? Well, the two officers assigned to the test vehicle both jumped out of the car to chase a car thief on foot and eventually they finally admitted that they left the doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition.

Eventually they got the car back and now the department is looking for local citizens to test the effectiveness of this new fool and theft proof BMW. I figured we could just volunteer Bart for the job, he seems to have a knack for keeping track of BMW’s!

And that is the Bottom of the News for Friday, June 6, 2008.

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