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I honestly cannot believe the story below.  Talk about a HUGE waste of taxpayer money.  Another example of how messed up our justice system is.

KOAT TV out of Albuquerque has all the details:

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to court employees, a woman accused of stealing a $2 pumpkin will face a jury trial Tuesday.

Annette Atencio said she can’t believe her 23-year-old sister, Lauren Medina, will actually have to go to trial over a pumpkin.”I’m in disbelief — the more I talk about it, the angrier I get,” Atencio said.

Atencio said the charges stem from October 2011, when her sister went to McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty and forgot to pay for a small pumpkin.

Medina spent $75 that day on funnel cakes and other food, and then, Atencio said; her sister went on some hay rides in the back.

But, when Medina was leaving the property, Atencio said her sister picked up a small pumpkin and police approached her.”

(Medina) said, ‘Oh my god, I’m so sorry. Can I pay for them?’ (They said), ‘Nope,’ and she was handcuffed immediately — end of story, no ifs or buts,” Atencio said.

Atencio said that Medina was given the option to plead guilty and do probation, and when she refused, the case will now head to a jury trial.”

(Medina) is a college student, and she’s never been in trouble and never been arrested,” Atencio said.

Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones is hearing the case, and a court employee said that just like every other case, the pumpkin theft case has to go through the court process.

 

 

Seriously?  She spent 75 bucks at the placed, admitted it was a big mistake and tried to make it right.  Still, they are trying to make an example out of her.  Meanwhile, drug dealers, burglars, and murders are still on the loose.  I guess it’s all about priorities.

WOW!  Talk about a strong woman.  Ladies do you think you could have done this??

You’ve heard of the saying “Good Cop, Bad Cop” right?  Well this story is in the “Bad Cop” genre.

 

From ABC News:

A Chicago police officer allegedly turned a $132 speeding ticket into a pick-up opportunity when he later tracked down the female driver and asked her out, saying the least he could do for the money he cost her was to treat her to dinner, according to a lawsuit  the woman filed in federal court.

Evagelina Paredes  filed a lawsuit  in U.S. District Court in Chicago, accusing police officer Chris Collins  of violating her privacy, according to the Associated Press. She alleges that after she was ticketed on Oct. 22, Collins searched for her address in the motor-vehicle database and left a handwritten note on  the windshield of her car,  which was parked outside her apartment in the Chicago suburb of Stickney, asking her out on a date.

In the note, a copy of which appeared was included in  the court documents and was obtained by the Associated Press, the 27-year-old police officer tried to woo the female driver with humor and a seemingly heartfelt plea.

“It’s Chris … that ugly bald Stickney cop who gave you that ticket. … I know this may seem crazy and you’re probably right, but truth is I have not stopped thinking about you since. I don’t expect a girl as attractive as you to … even go for a guy like me, but I’m taking a shot anyways.”

“I did cost you $132 – least I can do is buy you dinner,” the note reportedly read.

The scenario is not that far off from the “meet-cutes”  of  Hollywood romantic comedies. In the 2011 hit “Bridesmaids,” Kirsten Wiig’s character starts a relationship with the traffic cop who let her out of a ticket for a broken taillight.

Paredes claims that the note caused her to “suffer great fear and anxiety.” In the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified payments in damages, saccording to the Associated Press, she alleges that Collins used his position as a police officer to “manipulate” her into going out with him. Collins declined to comment to the Associated Press.

 

 

Have you ever been hit on by a cop?  If it happened, would you sue??

-PS Maybe if you just gave her a warning she wouldn’t of sued.  Just sayin’.

 

 

I admit it, I’m guilty of it this year.  What about you?  Sounds like it is the new, cool thing to do:

Don’t want to make excuses as to why you’re not wearing that sweater your Aunt Dolores gave you for Christmas? Avoid that whole mess with one simple idea — skip gift exchanges and just give yourself what you want for the holidays.

Time.com says surveys of holiday shoppers indicate self-gifting is the new cool thing to do, partly to sidestep the awkward moments involved in receiving presents you don’t want. Last year, 57% of consumers said they were probably going to give themselves something awesome, up from 52% in 2009.

And according to a National Retail Federation poll, 6 in 10 holiday shoppers are going in for the “self-gift” idea. Things like TVs, nice clothing, home goods — basically anything.

The average person will spend approximately $130.43 during the holiday season to take advantage of sales and discounts on apparel, electronics, home goods and other items for themselves or a family member, up from $112.20 last year.

Consumers are apparently ready to let loose after months and years of reining in spending. So go on, treat yourself. ‘Tis the season, after all.

What a great story from The Billings Gazette.  Whenever you think the world is filled with only bad people, you see stories like this.

 

BILLINGS (AP) — Carrie McNeese figured most of her Christmas shopping money was long gone, probably picked up and pocketed by a stranger at Rimrock Mall.

Inside the envelope was $300, a few receipts and a list of her grandchildren’s clothing sizes, but no contact information or even McNeese’s name.

So when Reggie Anderson, loss prevention supervisor at the mall’s JC Penney department store, called nearly two weeks later saying he had the envelope, contents intact, she was dumbfounded.

“I was just speechless, I didn’t know what to say,” McNeese said. “That’s something you don’t ever expect to happen. It’s like a Christmas story.”

McNeese, a Billings real estate broker and owner of McNeese McNeese Real Estate Brokers, had spent the morning hours of Nov. 25 — Black Friday — shopping for her four children, their spouses and 11 grandchildren.

She had an envelope, containing the $500 she had to shop for nearly 20 people, tucked into her back pocket because she doesn’t carry a purse. Later in the morning, McNeese left JC Penney, arms loaded with bags of gifts and the envelope $200 lighter, and drove off.

A few blocks away, McNeese noticed the envelope was missing and returned to the store. She searched the store, asked employees and spent two hours scouring the mall’s parking lot, but with no luck.

“You lose your Christmas money, no matter how much it is, and you’re just sick to your stomach,” she said. “I was just so down about it.”

Not long after McNeese left the store, an employee there found the envelope and turned it over to Anderson. But with no name or other identifying information inside, he wasn’t sure how to get it back to her.

“I felt bad because I knew this was somebody’s Christmas money,” he said. “I know I’d be pretty bummed if I were in that situation.”

So Anderson took a look at the store’s surveillance footage and was able to pick out McNeese as the woman who had asked about the lost envelope.

Inside, he found the money and receipts, as well as the small sticky note with the kids’ sizes and first names. At the top of the note was a logo for Stewart Title Co. in Billings.

“We thought, ‘Maybe she does business there, let’s give them a call,’ ” Anderson said.

He called Stewart Title and read the kids’ names off to the woman at the other end of the line. She didn’t recognize them, so Anderson emailed her a still photo of the woman from the security cameras.

The woman immediately recognized McNeese — who works with the company regularly through her brokerage business — and gave her number to Anderson.

“We usually do security and catch shoplifters,” Anderson said. “But this was a little detective work to help somebody out. We have the tools and the technology, and it just seemed like the right thing to do.”

McNeese said that when Anderson called her Dec. 7 to let her know he had the envelope, she didn’t believe it at first. But after he described its contents, she was elated.

She said she can’t thank Anderson and JC Penney enough for their efforts to track her down. Both of them credited the incident to staff training at JC Penney and policies that put an emphasis on customer service.

“It just touches me, that they would pick one thing out of everything like that, a lost envelope, and take the time to track me down,” McNeese said. “It’s not even about the money. It’s the fact that it happened the way it happened.

“Sometimes you just run into people that still have a heart and still have compassion. Call it the Christmas spirit or call it karma.”

Safe to say this guy isn’t getting anything from mom this Christmas!!!

(CBS/AP) BROOKVILLE, Pennsylvania – Authorities say a Pennsylvania man apparently desperate for some time off from work concocted the following plan: Write up an obituary for his mother (who was still alive), get it published in the local paper, and get paid time off for bereavement due to his mother’s death.

Did we mention she is actually still alive?

Police on Tuesday charged 45-year-old Scott Bennett with disorderly conduct. Randy Bartley, editor of The Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper, says he accepted the obituary from Bennett in good faith after being unable to confirm the funeral arrangements at press time.

But then relatives called paper after the obit appeared to say Bennett’s mother was actually alive and well. Then – in case that wasn’t good enough – mom herself visited the paper’s offices.

Brookville Police Chief Ken Dworek says Bennett wrote up the memorial notice because he didn’t want to get fired for taking time off.

Considering the country’s unemployment situation, faking your mother’s death might not be the absolute best way to hold onto your job.

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