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“Down on the floor!” – or something like that – said the knife-wielding, would-be robber of the Cigarette Outlet in Des Moines, Iowa. Although employee #1 complied, #2 (Ruth Wright) didn’t, and grabbed a couple cans of chewing tobacco. Per the Des Moines Register:

Wright threw two cans of chewing tobacco at the man, one of which bounced off his face. A customer tackled the robber, but the robber broke off and ran out the door. Wright then called the store’s manager, who contacted police.

The almost robber? Old Mr. Wrong, “still wearing his black mask and a jacket, fled west on foot.”

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This story reminds The Juice of the time he was in a bank years ago and he happened to overhear a conversation between a disgruntled account holder and the manager. “They cleaned out my account” she said. “They said I won the lottery, and they needed my account number to wire the proceeds. How could you let them do this?” Yes, she was trying to blame the bank. The manager asked her if she had played the lottery. When she replied that she hadn’t, the manager asked “Then how did you think you could have won it?” Bam! Manager of the Year! Here’s a somewhat similar, though much less egregious, story as reported by brooklynpaper.com:

68th Precinct – Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

A scammer bilked an 80th Street woman out of $1,500 over the phone between Oct. 21 and Oct. 30, police state. The victim said she got the first call at 10:45 am at her home between 11th and 12th avenues, informing her that she had won the lottery and needed to send a $1,500 deposit to receive the prize. After getting several more calls during the next week, the woman decided to send the dough in the form of three $500 gift cards. She got a check for $3,950, but when she went to cash it at 11:20 am, it bounced.

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Is it just me, or does it seem like there are a lot of strange ice cream truck driver stories? Here’s another one, as reported by wivb.com:

Last Friday night may have seemed like the prime time for dessert, but those who frequented an ice cream truck in Clarence [New York] met a rude surprise.

Officials say the driver of the truck acted belligerently by yelling at kids, but that wasn’t all parents had to complain about. Police say the driver drove while wearing nothing but his underwear.

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bronze statue
The “live and let live” readers will like this post. Some other folks, not so much. As reported by cbc.ca:

Three Kitchener, Ont., sisters are planning to file a formal complaint after they say they were stopped by a police officer for cycling topless.

Tameera, Nadia and Alysha Mohamed took off their shirts while riding their bikes in downtown Kitchener on Friday evening because of the heat. They say they received mostly positive reaction, until a police officer stopped them on Shanley Street.

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While everyone knows 911 is only for emergencies, not everyone respects this fact.  As reported by The Indiana Gazette:

State police said Travis J. Turner, 26, will be charged with obstructing emergency services in connection with an incident Sunday that occupied EMS responders while there was a real medical call elsewhere.

Turner was charged with similar crimes in December 2014 when first responders told state police that Turner had fled the scene after placing an emergency call, causing the Citizens’ Ambulance crew to spend time looking for him. The charges were later withdrawn.

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This guy must have played Grand Theft Auto, because what he did could have come straight out of the game. As reported by kaj18.c0m (Montana):

The day-long crime spree happened on May 23, 2013.

And what a day it was.

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frog jump jumping
Plenty of people eat frogs legs. Be forewarned, though, if you live in California, there are some frogs legs you can’t legally eat? Huh?, you must be wondering. Well, as set forth in The California Fish and Game Code:

6883.  Any person may possess any number of live frogs to use in

frog-jumping contests, but if such a frog dies or is killed, it must

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When you read this story, you might find yourself wondering how this gent got into medical school. Although justice is not often meted out for offenses like this, it was here.  As reported by kelownanow.com:

A doctor in Victoria has been disciplined after he texted a photo of an unconscious patient without the patient’s consent.

Dr. John Francis Joseph David Kinahan, who is a specialist in urology, admitted to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia that he engaged in unprofessional conduct. According to the College, Dr. Kinahan took a photo on his personal cell phone of an unconscious patient’s catheter site. This photo was taken without the consent of the patient.

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People say the darnedest things! Take this New Jersey gent. (Too late – the cops already did.) As reported by NJ Advance Media for nj.com:

A township man caught with cocaine and a loaded handgun tried to explain away the powder on his face by telling police that he had just eaten a doughnut, authorities said Wednesday.

Police pulled over the Jeep Grand Cherokee that 30-year-old Octavio Delasuaree was driving after it cut off their patrol car Sunday night on Route 23, according to Capt. Laurence Martin.

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The fact that someone stole this car kind of makes you wonder what the other choices were. As reported by The Indepedent Record (Helena, Montana):

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a 2003 Red Dodge Neon, which was reported stolen Thursday at 4:07 p.m.

“The car was taken between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. yesterday,” said Sgt. Brian Robinson. The four-door passenger car, with license plate 5-08162A, has tinted windows, damage to the rear bumper and custom black and chrome wheels.