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Weekly Roundup of Oddities #1

Sep. 18, 2016
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America has some pretty weird stuff happening all day everyday. We decided to take it upon ourselves to collect a few of the most ridiculous headlines featured nationwide over the past week.

Toddler gets ticket for littering

2-year-old Harper Westover received a "Notice of Violation" from the  Washington Department of Public Works with a fine of $75. Her mother, attorney Theresa Westover, says the inspector refused to rescind the toddler's ticket. Harper's father, Chuck, posted about the situation online, gaining the case even more attention. Just as Theresa was about to do a TV interview on the case, a Public Works official stopped by their home to say he would drop the ticket.

Bears go for a dip in local pool

Three black bears went for a vacation in Pasadena, California, treating a suburban neighborhood like a resort. The two cubs and their mother ventured through several backyards, took a dip into at least two pools, and treated themselves to a dumpster buffet. They were eventually chased out of the neighborhood by one of the neighborhood dogs. Bad dog, they were just trying to have a good time.

Hooligan Notorious For Tossing Apples With Notes on Neighborhood Roofs

Known locally as the "bad apple culprit", a Vancouver, Washington local has been periodically tossing apples on rooftops.  The culprit occasionally attaches notes to the apples, one of which he claims to have targeted five homes, with three apples per house. He also describes his experience of tossing apples at homes in Portland, Oregon, stating, "Portland might be the best place on Earth for a hooligan riding a bicycle with a backpack full of apples." I don't think I've ever heard of a more baffling and entertaining use of one's time.

Impatient Patient Steals Ambulance to go home

56-year-old David Karosus was sentenced to 15 to 30 months in prison for stealing an ambulance. Karosus was being treated in a Pennsylvania hospital for his leg, but became impatient and decided to steal an ambulance to leave. Police tracked him down to Interstate 84 using a GPS device in the ambulance, where Karosus was arrested for theft, as well as driving with a suspended license. Who needs Uber when you have an ambulance at your disposal?

Woman Drives Car Through Store After Her Check Bounces

In a reasonable reaction to having a check bounce, a 43-year-old Oregon woman drove her car through a Safeway supermarket. The day previous, the woman tried to purchase $2,200 worth of gift cards, and was upset when her check bounced and Safeway employees would not complete the transaction. She left angrily that afternoon, and returned just after midnight, yelling about wanting her gift cards. She then drove her SUV through the store entrance, up and down an aisle, and out the other side of the Safeway. Luckily no one was injured, and the police arrested her at her home. I think she might be a bit more worried about paying her bail now instead of a Safeway gift card. Fingers crossed that check doesn't bounce, too.

50 Year Old Man Shoots Corncobs at Neighbor's Home

This is hands down the best story headline I have ever read. Rhode Island man Jeffrey Osella was arrested for shooting corncobs at his neighbor's home with a potato gun. Police say he answered his door shirtless with corn kernels stuck to his chest. He was charged with disorderly conduct and was imprisoned for three days. I would add some ridiculous byline about this but I feel like this just speaks for itself.


Stories via AP Exchange
Images by Jodeci Zimmerman

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