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Pocket dialing someone can be awkward at worst (or so you thought), at least, that is, if the person on the other end listens. (Admit it – you listen.) What happened to this gent was much worse than awkward. As reported by wkrn.com (Nashville, Tennessee):

Mt. Pleasant police say they arrested a man for drugs after he pocket-dialed 911 and dispatchers heard him talking about getting high and going to a drug dealer’s house.

Oops.

Dispatchers were able to trace the location of the call to Don Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant on North Main Street in Mt. Pleasant.

Police say that’s where the caller, Grant O’Connor, 25, and a female friend were having dinner.

 

 

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If this case is at all typical, it’s very tough for a doctor in the UK to be permanently barred from practicing medicine. As reported by The Daily Express:

Dr Ellen MacInnes, who has also been banned from driving three times, had to provide a blood sample to prove she was fit to get back behind the wheel, a disciplinary hearing heard.

… However the doctor, of Chelmsford, Essex, abused her position of trust and lied to one of her patients by inventing an illness and claiming she needed to take a sample of their blood. She also forged the signature of a fellow ­doctor.

You probably already know what she did with the blood.

… testers became suspicious when two samples arrived at their laboratory – one clean and one with “abnormalities”.

Doh!

Dr MacInnes, formerly of the Baddow Village Surgery in Essex, admitted acting dishonestly when she appeared before a disciplinary panel.

The punishment?

The General Medical Council panel banned her from medicine for a year “for the protection of patients, the public interest and her own interest”.

You might be thinking: “that seems reasonable. Maybe she just needs another chance.” Well, it turns out she’s already had another chance, and another.

She was banned after being sacked from the Tennyson House Surgery in Chelmsford in 2006 after fitting a contraceptive coil “while smelling of alcohol”.

She was also suspended for six months in 2009 after receiving her third conviction for drink-driving.

So, after all that, she can reapply in a year. Here’s the source.

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peanut butter

This isn’t the movies, where the bad guy is escaping and the good guy picks up a rock and throws it 50 yards and nails the perp.  No, in real life, when you try something like that, something like this happens, as reported in the The Brooklyn Paper’s Police Blotter for the 88th Precinct – Fort Greene–Clinton Hill.

A DeKalb Avenue store clerk accidentally hit a customer in the face with a jar of peanut butter while trying to throw it at a man he was arguing with on Aug. 14, cops said.

Doh!

The worker was arguing with the guy inside the bodega between S. Portland Avenue and S. Oxford Street at 9:40 am, according to a police report. The ornery customer chucked something at the clerk and he returned fire with the peanut butter, but hit a 19-year-old woman standing nearby instead, the report says.

Sound like negligence to you? It does to The Juice, who happens to be a personal injury lawyer.  As for the victim …

The woman walked across the street to the Brooklyn Hospital Center for treatment, police said.

Here’s hoping she’s okay.

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Yeah, the beach may have a lot of sand, but it’s nothing like a sand trap. A Florida couple might argue otherwise. As reported by baynews9.com (St. Petersburg, Florida):

A couple was spotted hitting about a dozen golf balls into the Gulf of Mexico from the beach in Redington Shores on Sunday, according to witness Will Root.

The first thing The Juice thought was “they’re littering!”

“I don’t know what they were thinking, safety wise and environment wise,” [witness Will Root] said. “I hate to see that Seinfeld episode repeated.”

Root, 50, said the couple set up on the beach next to him and his wife, Beth LaBaren-Root, near 182nd Avenue W and Gulf Boulevard. They pulled out some clubs and drove a few golf balls into the Gulf before Root said he asked them what they were doing.

“They each hit two or three of them in and then I asked them if they had planned on retrieving the balls out of the water and they said, ‘no, they’d let the kids go out and find them and sell them on a street corner,'” said Root. “We’ve been here for a while and never seen somebody selling golf balls on the street corner.”

FWC spokesman Baryl Martin said it would be considered littering to hit golf balls into the Gulf, unless they’re the biodegradable kind that cruise ships use. Root said based on the man’s response, he doesn’t believe the balls were biodegradable.

“If the kids are going to go out and find them, that means they’re not biodegradable,” he said.

Redington Shores Mayor Bert Adams said this is the first time he’s ever heard of people teeing off on the beach and encourages witnesses to call the non-emergency police line next time.

“That’s definitely a littering violation. I don’t like to see our waters polluted by anything foreign,” said Adams. “Take your golf game to the golf course or to driving ranges, not the Gulf of Mexico.”

My, what a lovely couple! The perfect pair to round out your foursome!

Root said he’s glad he spoke up even though the couple continued hitting golf balls into the gulf.

“I would say they probably put 10 or 15 of them out there, at least,” he said. “I just hope other people would ask and step in … for our environment.”

Click here for the source.

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Before you go calling the police about that giant schlong on your driveway, perhaps it’s worth determining if it’s paint or … A homeowner in Millville, New Jersey skipped that step, and called Johnny Law, unnecessarily, as reported by The News of Cumberland County.

Someone graced an East Vine Street driveway with a drawing of a penis early Monday morning or before.

The person who called police reported that someone had spray painted the phalus, but police on scene discovered it was chalk. They advised the property owner to wash it off with water and reported no actual property damage.

Um. Er. Uh. Sorry officers.

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Doesn’t everyone like colorful birds? Well, if you’re in Center Line, Michigan, and want to make your drab bird a little more colorful – don’t. Why? In addition to the obvious reasons (so please, PETA, no more emails) because of this law:

Sec. 10-4. Artificially coloring birds.

It shall be unlawful for any person to artificially color, spray or paint any bird or fowl or to sell, offer for sale, or otherwise dispose of any such colored bird or fowl.

Must have been a craze back in the day. And yes, this law is still on the books, under Chapter 10 – Animals, Article I, Section 10-4.

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Dude. Of all people to stalk, the police? That’s what Thomas C. Massey of Traverse City, Michigan is accused of, per the Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Massey spent a good portion of Monday shouting at officers and making a profane gesture at them as he paced around the building, police said.

It wasn’t an isolated incident. Police contend Massey heckled and harassed local officers since at least March, and he’s often spotted around the law enforcement center.

Massey, of Traverse City, was arrested in March after he crept around the Grand Traverse County Jail property taking information from jail employees’ license plates and peeping in their cars, Emerson said. Charges weren’t approved in that incident.

On Monday afternoon, Massey — who police said was clad in a Hawaiian shirt and a Christmas tie — approached an officer who pulled into the lot behind the building. The officer asked Massey if he needed help, and he began to spew profanities.

Massey repeatedly refused to calm down, so officers arrested him. He allegedly struggled and “body checked” a patrol vehicle and broke a mirror during the arrest, Emerson said.

The charges? Two minutes in the box for body checking a police vehicle…

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Al Schneider charged Massey with attempted malicious destruction of police property and disturbing the peace. He remained in custody Tuesday afternoon and is expected to be arraigned today.

Why the animosity toward the police? Not a clue.

“Nobody seems to know why he has a beef with us or what his problem is … it’s just bizarre,” [Capt.] Emerson said.

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Ilinois high school senior David Clark will have to think twice, though he’s worn the shirt before, without incident. But not this time. So what did it say? “I [heart] My Wiener” with a picture of a dachsund under it. See, David’s dachsund was hit by a car and killed a few months back. The shirt is David’s way of honoring his dog.

Unfortunately, Principal Wes Choate didn’t see it that way. He gave David 3 choices: change shirts, turn it inside out, or leave. When faced with these stupid choices, David made the best one: he left – even though it meant getting a zero in each class. David Sr. makes a good point about the arbitrary dress code, which prohibits

students from wearing any clothing that is disrupting to the educational process, interferes with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate or compromises reasonable standards of health, safety and decency.

Here’s what David Sr. has to say about the enforcement of the dress code:

They make the rules up as they go. It depends on what mood they are in that day. If you can’t wear that [his son’s] shirt, you shouldn’t be able to wear one that says ‘Coke.'”

Right on, Clarks. Principal Choate, lighten up.

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The “Brown ‘N Serve” sausages were 98 cents in the aisle, but rang up at $1.00. When it happened the second time, consumer activist Mary Bach resorted to a familiar remedy – court. Wal-Mart said the overcharge was a mistake. What did the judge say? Per The Tribune-Review:

Murrysville District Judge Charles Conway sided with Bach in her civil lawsuit alleging unfair trade practices. He awarded Bach $100 in damages, plus about $80 in court costs.

Said a victorious Bach:

“Wal-Mart abandoned an earlier chainwide practice of offering scanner guarantees — for no explainable reason — and they also appear not to be following established store procedures for correcting scanner errors when customers report them. This also was occurring at two other stores, in Greensburg and North Versailles.” Wal-Mart has 30 days to appeal to Common Pleas Court.

You can read more (a lot) here.

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DUI checkpoints are unconstitutional because they violate the 4th Amendment, no matter what the Supreme Court said. (Where is the probable cause to stop someone when they are just driving down the road, minding their own business?) Still, it’s the law of the land. Anyway, in this particular case, they did catch an allegedly drunk driver, but in a most unusual way. As reported by The Belleville News-Democrat:

The village of Caseyville lost a police cruiser in the line of duty Monday when an alleged intoxicated driver crashed into it at a sobriety checkpoint.

Yeah, that’s not exactly the way the police would like the checkpoints to function.

They were operating the checkpoint along with Caseyville officers as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program.

Neither the officer nor the motorist was injured in the crash. But both cars suffered extensive damage, police said.

The motorist was charged with suspicion of driving under the influence by Illinois State Police.

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