The Weird Week in Review
Facebook Photo Leads to Arrest
Michael Baker of Jenkins, Kentucky, siphoned gas from a police cruiser. The evidence was a picture of Baker doing the deed, while giving a one-finger salute. The 20-year-old posted the photo on his Facebook page and word spread locally until the Jenkins Police Department saw the picture. Baker was arrested and charged with unlawful taking. The police now plan to install locking gas caps.
Naked at the Airport
John Brennan decided to save TSA workers at Portland International Airport some time by taking all his clothing off. The 50-year-old businessman was told that he tested positive for explosives after going through a metal detector and a pat down. He felt humiliated, and said he stripped down as a protest. Brennan had previously taken part in Portland's nude bike ride, and so was no stranger to exposure. Two screening lanes were shut down during the incident. TSA officers called police, who took Brennan to jail. The linked story contains a censored video.
Lottery Winner Charged with Welfare Fraud
Amanda Clayton of Lincoln Park, Michigan, won a million-dollar lottery last year and collected a $735,000 lump sum. However, the 25-year-old mother continued to draw food stamps and public medical benefits for eight months, until a Detroit TV station investigated. On camera, Clayton said she was entitled to the benefits because she didn't have a job. However, recipients of public aid are supposed to inform the state of any change in income. Clayton was arrested on fraud charges Monday, and pleaded not guilty. Last week, Michigan enacted a new law requiring the lottery to inform the Human Services Department when anyone wins more than a thousand dollars, as this is the second time a winner has continued to collect benefits in the state. That they know of.
Wanted Man Turns Himself In for Reward
Taliban commander Mohammad Ashan saw his face on a wanted poster and noted the reward was $100. So he grabbed one and went to a police checkpoint in the district of Sar Howza, Afghanistan, where he demanded the reward. Afghan officials arrested him instead. He was wanted for plotting attacks on Afghan security forces.
When U.S. troops went to confirm that Ashan had in fact come forward to claim the finder’s fee, they were initially incredulous.
“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’ Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker.
A biometric scan confirmed that the man in Afghan custody was the insurgent they had been looking for.
“This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the ‘Home Alone” burglars,” one U.S. official said.
$10,000 Lemonade Stand
When life hands you lemons, you're supposed to make lemonade. Six-year-old Drew Cox did just that. Drew's father, Randy Cox of Gladewater, Texas, underwent chemotherapy to treat cancer. Drew wanted to help with the thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses, so he set up a lemonade stand in front of his home last Saturday. He charged 25 cents a cup, but then word spread about Drew's project. People started coming in from all over, paying more than the asking price. One person paid with a $5,000 check! By the end of the day, Drew's lemonade had brought in over $10,000.
Tomato on Hamburger Leads to Knuckle Sandwich
Michael Ogborn ordered a hamburger without tomato at a Sonic outlet in Vero Beach, Florida. When his burger arrived with a tomato slice on it, he complained to the manager, who refunded his money. But then Ogborn punched the manager in the face. When police arrived, Ogborn said the manager had spit on his shoes before the punch. Nevertheless, the tomato-hater was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery.
Man Holds Up Store with Hot Dog Tongs
Police in Fort Smith, Arkansas, were called to a convenience store when a man started threatening employees and customers with a pair of hot dog tongs. Renee Jackson was reportedly intoxicated when he grabbed the tongs from a food counter and demanded money. No one took the threat seriously, though, and Jackson got nothing. After police arrived, Jackson said he wanted to be jailed to see how his family did without him. He said they don't appreciate him. Jackson had been fighting with his wife before the incident. He now faces two counts of attempted robbery.