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The Juice does not have a problem with parents letting an older teenager have a drink in their own home. But this New Zealand law goes way, way beyond that, and extends outside of the home. In fact, it’s not clear what the outer limits are. As reported by The Otago Daily Times (New Zealand):

A Dunedin man was shocked when a health adviser confirmed young children could be supplied alcohol by a ”responsible” guardian. Steve Hayward contacted the Health Promotion Agency information line after finding their pamphlet on ”under-18” drinking in a Dunedin bar. ”I couldn’t believe what I was reading.”

The pamphlet in question detailed law changes concerning supplying alcohol for under-18s, which came into effect on December 18.  The brochure noted as long as the person supplying the alcohol was the parent or guardian, alcohol could be supplied in a responsible manner.  The brochure also noted that if consent was needed from a parent or guardian, then an email or text was sufficient.

Yikes.

Mr Hayward, the principal of Green Island School, was stunned when contacting the information line to ask a hypothetical question on how young a child could be supplied alcohol by a ”responsible” adult.  ”I asked if it could be a 12-year-old, a 14-year-old, or even a 5-year-old. And she said that is accurate. In theory, that is possible.”

Really? A 5-year-old? And …

Mr Hayward said while he could understand the intent of the Act, ”who is to say who is responsible and who is not”.

Right? So what did the authorities have to say about this?

[Justice Minister Judith Collins] confirmed ”there was no specific consideration given to the actual age of the child or for a differential penalty for provision of alcohol to a younger child”. ”This sends a clear message that supply to any person under the purchase age must only be by a parent, or with parental consent, and must be managed responsibly.”

What’s next, selling beer in baby bottles?  You’ll find the source here.

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If you don’t follow Legal Juice on Twitter (@LegalJuice), the bird gets it. And lest you feel complacent because of Mr. Wile E. Coyote’s track record, rumor has it that he is ending his longstanding relationship with Acme for “a more reliable supplier.” When asked if maybe he’s the problem, not the equipment, Mr. Coyote maintained his characteristic silence.

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Maybe she just had the wrong public building? Trust The Juice – you won’t guess what this woman did at the library. As reported by The Hunterdon County Democrat, via nj.com:

On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1617 hours, Patrol Officer Mazellan responded to the Readington Library for a woman who wanted to turn herself in for her outstanding warrants.

Mazellan spoke with Jamie Blevins, 34, of Somerset and was advised that she had two warrants. The warrants were out of Raritan Township for $750 and Trenton for $5,000, police said.

Blevins was arrested and held in the Hunterdon County Jail.

That’s a head-scratcher.

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Yes, of course you’ve heard of helicopter moms. But what about helicopter dads? They don’t get a lot of ink. This gent is the exception! As reported by The Guardian

An Italian father who forced his teenage daughters to ski competitively and eat a macrobiotic diet because he was concerned they were too fat has been found guilty of abuse and sentenced to nine months in prison.

The unusual case in Turin may set a precedent in how Italian courts define psychological abuse of children. There are no similar cases of abuse on record.

The case started in 2011 when the two teenage girls – one is now an adult – complained to their mother that “Daddy treats us badly” and said they no longer wanted to visit their father. The parents are separated.

The 53-year-old father, who has not been named in press reports but has been described as a wealthy individual, has said he became worried about his daughters’ health when he saw pictures of them on Facebook. He said he encouraged them to ski and to eat a macrobiotic diet, avoiding processed and otherwise refined foods, out of a normal level of parental concern.

But the mother of the teenagers and the prosecutor in the case painted a different picture, of constant pressure and taunting by the father of his daughters.

You’ll find the source here.

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“Um, excuse me. Could you please keep it down?” Fuhgeddaboutit. Ain’t nobody quieting this lady down. As reported by The Star-Ledger at nj.com:

A 47-year-old Hackettstown woman went on a rampage and was arrested when police arrived at her house to check into a noise complaint last week, authorities said.

Gail Tortorella was drunk when police showed up to her home on Ashley Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Hackettstown police said in a release. Instead of calming down, police said she became belligerent.

Rampage? Yeah, not the right move.

While being placed under arrest she allegedly kicked an officer in the groin and spit on him.

Kicking up a cop in the man zone? You just motivated at least one officer to push your case very, very hard. Plea bargain? Fuhgeddaboutit. Oh, and she wasn’t done yet.

Tortorella then threatened to kill the police and her neighbor, authorities say. She also kicked down the neighbor’s door.

So what’s she looking at?

She is charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault on police, threats, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. Tortorella was held on $7,500 bail at the Warren County jail, police said.

Here’s the source.

Update: She got probation! Click here to read more.

 

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Remember the story about the Swedish parents who wanted to name their daughter “Metallica?” Or the Swedish transvestite who wanted to change his name to Pia? Add to that list the Swedish couple who wanted to name their daughter “Elvis.” Fuhgeddaboutit, said the National Tax Board. Why? Because …

Elvis “is a first name of a masculine type.”

While the King might be pleased with that determination, no doubt Elvis’s parents are not. They should follow Metallica’s parents lead, who fought the law, and won.

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To call this pair “smugglers” would raise the ire of smugglers everywhere.  As reported by North Country Now (Potsdam, New York):

Two Canadians were charged with possession of 75 pounds of marijuana Thursday and jailed on $25,000 bail, according to state police.

Troopers charged Chantal L. Mondon, 35, and Dat-Shing Chao, 26, both of Laval Quebec, for drug possession.

Following a vehicle stop made by United States Border Patrol in the town of Massena on a 2014 Ford Focus, Mondon and Chao were found in possession of approximately 75 pounds of marijuana.

Both Mondon and Chao were arrested and charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Who would notice 75 pounds [!] of pot? Certainly not someone trained to look for contraband. Or someone with a nose! Here’s the source, which includes mug shots.

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Hey, just like homeowners associations, all clubs have rules. The Mile High Club is no exception, and this mischievousness doesn’t cut the mustard. As reported by The Prince George Citizen (Halifax, Nova Scotia):

A flight attendant told the trial of a woman accused of committing an indecent act on a Toronto-to-Halifax flight that she and a man used a coat to cover their laps to fondle each other.

That’s a different club, right? Anyway …

The trial for 25-year-old Alicia Elizabeth Lander got underway Wednesday at Dartmouth provincial court.

Lander has pleaded not guilty to committing indecent acts, assaulting a police officer, committing an act of mischief and causing a disturbance at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport last Jan. 24.

John Dunn, who was service director for Air Canada Flight 610, testified for the Crown that Lander had asked if she could change seats to sit with her friend after boarding the plane in Toronto.

Dunn said about an hour into the flight, a passenger had told him the people sitting in 14A and 14B were about to join the “Mile High Club.”

He testified that he approached Lander and the man and found them with a jacket over their laps but said he could tell what was happening underneath.

He said he could see Lander’s thighs and pink thong.

“Her pants were down around her ankles,” said Dunn. “I said, ‘I want you to stop this now. It’s inappropriate.'”

Dunn said Lander’s hand was in the area of the man’s crotch making an up-and-down motion.

He said he asked Lander to get dressed and she eventually pulled up her pants, although she initially denied not being clothed.

Dunn said Lander was then asked to go back to the seat she was originally assigned in row 26, where she slept for the remainder of the flight.

He said he notified the captain of the incident, who arranged to have RCMP officers meet them at the gate.

Jason George Chase, 39, was also charged with committing an indecent act in connection with the same incident and had originally pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday.

You’ll find the source here.

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Yes, some people want rules in their neighborhood.  And that’s why some people move into condos or neighborhoods governed by homeowners associations. But there are some really stupid rules – like this one! And some of you will say that these folks could have read the rules in advance, but nobody reads the rules! Do you read everything you sign (or click!)?  This is just an overreach by a group of folks who clearly have nothing better to do. As reported at Syracuse.com

The Kimry Moor Homeowners Association has filed a lawsuit against residents David and Arna Orlando in Onondaga County Supreme Court because they are parking their 2014 black Ford 150 pickup in their driveway at 511 Kimry Moor, just outside the village of Fayetteville.

The association wants an injunction to stop the couple from parking their pickup in the driveway of their home.

Yes, you read that right. And what’s the legal basis for this claim?

The association cites its regulations, which limits parking in driveways only to “private, passenger-type, pleasure automobiles,” according to the lawsuit. The association owns all the driveways in the development, according to court filings. The Orlandos could park their pickup in their garage, but not in their driveway.

Hmm. Sounds pretty vague to The Juice, and the association wrote it, so they lose! Not so fast. But what do the Orlandos have to say for themselves?

David Orlando said the pickup is his own personal. passenger vehicle and not a commercial vehicle of any sort.

“This is absolutely absurd,” he said.

David Orlando also said other people are parking pickups in their driveway. This past week a Syracuse.com/Post-Standard reporter saw a full size pickup with cap, a large van and a sports utility vehicle parked other driveways in Kimry Moor.

Orlandos’ lawyers said in court papers that the Orlandos’ pickup is a “private, passenger-type, pleasure automobile” and therefore is in compliance with the rules. Orlando and his lawyer, Tom Cerio, said the pickup is registered with the state as a “passenger vehicle” and not as a commercial vehicle. And the Orlandos do not have commercial drivers’ licenses.

“This is a silly rule,” said Tom Cerio, who is representing the Orlandos. “It’s fair to say the association is definitely overreaching. And they are enforcing this rule for a personal use vehicle, not a commercial vehicle.”

So what’s the status of the case now?

The lawsuit was filed in August 2013 and is still in discovery with depositions to come next, Cerio said. He declined further comment because this is a pending court case.

The Juice really hopes the Orlandos win on everything, including their claim against the association …

Court papers also said the association has “impeded and interfered with the Orlandos’ “quiet use and enjoyment” of their property. The Orlandos are seeking an unspecified amount of damages, which would help them pay for having to hire a lawyer to represent them in this legal proceeding.

The Juice will leave you with one more stupid association rule:

… holiday decorations must be displayed “in a subdued and proper manner.”

Sounds like a war on … celebrating! Not cool at all. Here’s the source, which includes a photo of the “offending” vehicle!

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Are you really going to stand there and claim that you booted that vehicle? Uh-huh. Well, then where’s the boot? And the vehicle? As reported by the Brooklyn Paper Police Blotter:

84th Precinct – Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

A scofflaw managed to remove his car from Dean Street on Dec. 26, despite the city’s boot, according to cops.

A traffic officer reported that he placed a boot on a Chevy Trailblazer at 3:52 pm, while it was parked between Court Street and Boerum Place. He returned at 6:30 pm to remove the boot so a tow truck could take the vehicle, but the car and boot were already gone, cops said. The police report is for the stolen boot, which cops value at $1,200.

Someone’s going back to booting school!