The Weird Week in Review

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Pilot Writes School Excuses for 31 Students and a Teacher

Field trips are better than they used to be: a class in England took a trip to Cyprus! However, their return was knocked off schedule when an Easy Jet flight was delayed 20 hours due to foggy conditions. The students were supposed to return to school in November 2, but didn’t make it until the third. While they waited for the fog to clear, Easy Jet pilot  Wayne Mott jokingly offered to write school excuses for anyone who wanted. The entire class took him up on the offer!

His note to one student read as follows: "I am very sorry that Joshua was not at school today. He has been involved in a secret mission in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea at very short notice. We hope that this mission will soon be complete and that he will see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday morning."

That’s one way to fill an entire day of waiting around. A good time was had by all.

Kitten Saved from Trash Compactor

Tony Miranda was sorting recyclables on a fast-moving conveyor belt at the recycling center in Galt, California. Among piles of debris, he spotted a kitten on the belt and grabbed it just before it would have been flung into the giant compactor! No one knows how the kitten got there, but it most likely came in a garbage truck, meaning it already experienced some trauma. Shift supervisor Heather Garcia came to investigate and went home with a new kitten. The kitten appears to be about two weeks old. Garcia named her Murphy, after the material recovery facility, which the employees call “The Murph.”

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

A man entered the Sterling State Bank in Rochester, Minnesota, Monday morning and demanded money. The teller handed over cash and the suspect fled. Tuesday morning, KIMT-TV sent a news crew to do a live report in front of the bank. While reporter Adam Sallet was broadcasting live, the suspect was spotted across the street! A bank employee ran out and identified him, and Sallet ended the segment, excusing himself to call 911. Police have arrested 36-year-old Ryan Liskow, of Rochester on suspicion of bank robbery

Bigamist Uncovered in Jail Visits

Frank E. Blake Jr. of Henrico, Virginia, was in jail on unspecified charges when his second wife came to visit. And his third wife. Jail officials determined that the two women were both his currents wives. Further investigation found that Blake had married his second wife before his divorce from his first wife was final. Blake was charged with bigamy. His only defense was that he didn’t know what he did was illegal. Blake received a 5-year sentence, then suspended part of it. He will have to serve 18 months in prison for bigamy.

Shoplifting While Shopping With a Cop

State police in Kentucky participate every year in the Shop with a Trooper program for underprivileged children. Master Trooper Joe Veeneman said it’s a good opportunity for police to show the kids that they are ordinary people. Wednesday, while the shopping event was going on at Walmart in Morehead, Kentucky, the father of one of the participating children was stopped by store employees as he was leaving with an electric drill.

"Honestly we were very appalled by what happened." This is something Trooper Veeneman hasn't seen before. The arrest report is written in all caps with 40 exclamation points saying the man did this in front of the children and multiple state police.

The father’s name was not released over privacy concerns for his children. The troopers were able to complete the day’s shopping event.

Victim Told to Pay Thieves for Damages

A farmer in Pau, France, caught a pair of thieves taking off with his irrigation equipment back in July. The farmer, who had been victimized by thieves several times before, jumped in his mechanical digger and used the heavy equipment to destroy the thieves getaway van. The thieves were arrested and sentenced to three months incarceration and were to perform 70 hours of community service and pay the farmer €450 in restitution. However, a judge ruled this week that the farmer is liable for his "disproportionate method of defence" and was ordered to pay the thieves €2,400 in damages for wrecking their van.