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For offenses involving socks, two British men were sentenced to 18 months in jail (for “conspiring to commit acts of gross indecency”), and put on the sex offenders’ registry for 10 years.  Per The Southport Visiter:

Two men swindled hundreds of people in Southport out of their socks back in the 1990s.

How do you “swindle” folks out of socks?

Claiming to be collecting the socks for good causes, the men approached unsuspecting victims in the resort’s bars and clubs and paid revellers up to £5 for their footwear.

Creepy.

They made sure to take pictures of the victims with their socks and then meticulously tagged each pair with the donor’s name before wrapping them in sandwich bags.

Creepier. Guess what the police found at one of the dude’s flat?

… 4,000 pairs in binbags in a cupboard. Officers described their astonishment when they found they had to wade through an 18 inch deep “carpet” of smelly socks. “They were everywhere and anywhere,” an officer said.

“They were all over the furniture, hanging from lampshades and even in the microwave, frying pan and cooker.”

“It was like there had been an explosion in a sock factory and socks had blown all over the place. In my 25 years with the police I have never seen anything like it.”

Yikes.

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Unless you have a gambling problem, you’ll usually play with what you are prepared to lose. No way were these gents prepared to lose what they did. As reported by The Arab Times:

The Ahmadi police have arrested 12 Asians [in Kuwait City] for gambling in an open area at an unidentified location, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. They have been referred to the concerned authorities to prepare their deportation.

Now that is some high stakes gambling.

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“Of all the car dealers in all the towns in all the world, he walks into this one.” (If you don’t recognize this paraphrased quote, see #67.) As reported by Will Greenlee at tcpalm.com

A man accused of running around a car dealership with balloons after downing a bottle of booze and possibly chasing people with a machete was arrested, according to statements in a recently released arrest affidavit.

Yikes. You can read more, and see the gent’s mug shot, here.

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To some folks birthdays are just another day. To others, they are a really big deal. This gent is definitely in the latter group.  As reported by The Gainesville Sun:

James E. Irving Jr., 44, got into a fight with his live-in girlfriend over his birthday present and preferred celebratory breakfast, according to a Gainesville Police Department booking report and information provided by GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias. Irving wanted pancakes and instead got waffles.

Oh no you didn’t just serve me waffles!

To express his disdain, Irving poked his girlfriend in the eye, which prompted a call to the Police Department, the report states. Irving was handcuffed and taken to the Alachua County jail on a misdemeanor battery charge.

In case you’re wondering …

On Monday morning, jail staff served inmates a breakfast of fruit, grits, sausage, bread and butter, according to Sgt. Becky Butscher, an Alachua County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

You’ll find the source, including a mug shot, here.

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We’ve all been there. You drink to much, and you do something stupid. Usually though, not this stupid.  As reported in the Colorado Springs Police Department’s blotter:

Incident Date: November 15, 2014

Colorado Springs police received a 911 call shortly before 9 p.m. reporting that gunshots could be heard coming from inside a home on the 1200 block of Royale Drive. As officers arrived at the home described by the reporting party, they saw its front door open. At that time they heard numerous gunshots being fired from inside the home. Reacting immediately, officers moved inside the home, toward the sound of the gunshots. The officers contacted three people inside the residence. Further investigation into the incident revealed that the homeowner, and a friend, decided to alternate using a handgun to shoot glass bottles in the basement of the residence, while the third person watched. Both the homeowner and the friend were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. 28 year-old Christian Clark and 23 year-old Codie Leslie were charged with Prohibited use of weapons and Reckless Endangerment.

Brilliant!

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People often don’t show up for their court appearances. But don’t go giving this woman (yes, that’s her above) any props just yet. Per The South Jersey Times via nj.com:

A Lindenwold woman who was in court for driving with a suspended license allegedly left after being heard for multiple traffic offenses, hopped in her car and drove off, borough police said.

So obviously the judge reinstated her license? Well, not exactly.

At the conclusion of her hearing in Berlin Municipal Court on Wednesday, Tammy M. Coppoletta allegedly got in the driver’s seat of her vehicle and drove away. She was soon pulled over for driving with a suspended license, police said.

Coppoletta reportedly had more than $4,000 in active warrants and was in possession of prescription drugs that were not prescribed to her, police said.

Double whammy. Back to court you go.

She was brought back in front of the judge, who sent her to Camden County Jail for 20 days. An additional charge for possession of a controlled dangerous substance was lodged against her, with an additional bail amount of $5,000 being set.

You know the old saying, at least as told by former President Bush, “… fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Any way, you get the idea. Here’s the source.

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If even some of these allegations prove to be true, run! As reported by pennlive.com:

Harrisburg District Judge Robert Jennings III squeezed financial kickbacks from constables for his election campaign, sat on citations filed against himself and associates and made inappropriate sexual comments to women, a state investigatory board said in charges filed Friday.

A conviction on the accusations lodged by the Judicial Conduct Board could cost Jennings the job he’s held since 2004.

You can read a whole lot more here.

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Say it ain’t so! Not at the home of the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders! Well, according to komonews.com (Seattle), it appears to be so.

The beer at the center of Seattle sports universe [CenturyLink Field] appears to be watered down.

In two different undercover trips, the Problem Solvers collected six samples of draft beer from concession stands for a Seahawks and Sounders game. We wanted to see if the beers had a higher or lower alcohol content.

We worked with IEH Labs in Seattle and followed their strict instructions, using small vials to hold a few ounces of beer and then keeping them cool, either in a refrigerator inside bags packed with ice.

We dropped off the samples and within a few days we had our answers with the six beers we tested.

The results? Not good. Click hear to see them, and the source.

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Like it’s not hard enough to make a living as a junk dealer.  In Wyoming, apparently you have to breathalyze the person before you can buy the junk!  And why just junk dealers?  Here’s the law:

33-18-105. Purchase from intoxicated persons.

No person, firm or corporation engaged in the buying or selling of junk metals, rubber, rags or paper, shall purchase any articles from any person appearing to be intoxicated, nor from any person known to have been convicted of larceny or theft, and when any person is found to be the owner of stolen property, which had been so sold, the property shall be returned to the owner thereof without the payment of any money on the part of the owner.

Truth. Click here for the source, although you’ll have to scroll through a lot of other junk to get to this.