Friday, October 7, 2011

Around the Water Cooler 10/7/2011

The major news this week is the passing of Apple founder, Steve Jobs.  Whether you like Apple products or not, this man played a major role in the way the world communicates. 

The are other stories out there that you might have missed.  We can't have here are a few lesser reported stories.

Advertising that Works

Last month the officials in Chicago, sent mailings to 10,000ish offenders to invited them to participate with a company called C.W. Marketing to try out  and rate appliances.  In exchange for their feedback, participants would receive $75.00 and keep the appliance that they tested according to the letter.

While many went unanswered and others came back as "undeliverable", more than 100 lucky participants...errr..stupid law breakers...made appointments to participate in a product survey.  In "Operation C.W. Marketing" 102 persons  wanted in traffic offenses, unpaid child support and contempt of court cases were lured to come participate in the supposed marketing campaign that would net them plasma TVs, video game systems and cash.

 As the offenders came to the designated sight of the marketing event, undercover officers welcomed them to the party.  The offenders were greeted with officers wearing bright colored T shirts and balloons.  Empty plasma TV boxes and game system boxes lent to the authenticity of the big event.  After the fake celebration was under way 102 fugitives were arrested, but not until after the participants had their pictures taken and their identity confirmed.

What a major disappointment.  No gaming systems...just handcuffs.

With Friends Like This

Denver - A man accused of driving around Denver with a dead friend in the back of a car and running up a bar tab with the dead man's credit card maintains he thought his friend was drunk and NOT dead.

Haven't we seen this story
At least that is what he was saying at his court hearing on Thursday where he was being charged with abusing a corpse.  (really?  that is the charge?)

Investigators say that Robert Young and Mark Rubinson drove around town with the body of their friend, Jeffrey Jarrett in August. According to them, Jeffrey had passed out.

According to the policed, the two men found their friend passed out when they went to pick him up for a night on the town.  Finding him passed out didn't deter the outing.  They loaded him into the back seat and went to a bar.  Jeffrey remained in the car, while his buds went in and drank for more than an hour. The two "conscious" partiers did have the presence of mind to grab Jeffrey's credit card to pay for the drinks.

It was noted in the police report that they didn't have Jeffrey's consent to use the card.

After coming out of the bar, Young and Rubinson discovered that their friend was actually dead and called the police.   After that was taken care of the two continued on to a strip club.

No need to waste a night of partying worrying about a drunk or dead (hard to tell which) friend.

Third Time's the Charm

Charles Burnett, 29 robbed the same Sovereign Bank of more than $26,000 before being apprehended this week.   This is not some run-of-the-mill bank heist though.  

The chauffeur that was hired to drive the
OCD robber to the bank
Charles started on Monday and 9:19 for the first installment of his crime spree.  He pushed a customer out of the way and shoved a bag towards the teller, saying he had a gun and would shoot her if she didn't hand over the money.  She gave in $2, 258.

The very next day he returned to the SAME bank demanding another teller to hand over the cash after telling her that he was going to "blow off her f***** face".  He left with $14,000.

AGAIN...the next day...third day in a row at the same bank, Charles goes back to demand for the 3rd time that the teller hand over her cash but not before an employee had shouted out "That is the same dumbass that robbed us yesterday!" 

After getting $10,002, Charles was tracked down after a short chase by police officers in the area that recognized him from pictures. Those would be pictures at the police station  that had been put up the previous day from security camera footage.

Upon apprehending him police found receipts for his room at the Hyatt and the chauffeured luxury SUV that he had hired for his get-away car. 

Is anything better than customer loyalty to your bank?

Before Stealing Know Who You Are in Line With

Williston, FL - A would-be bank robber picked the wrong time and LINE to steal a charity jar off of the counter at a Florida convenience store.

Falling through a plate glass door
doesn't aid in the ability of
sign holding.
Williston Police Chief, Dennis Strow says that Michael Wayne Aurilio went to steal a jar containing $35.78 but didn't realize the person behind him in line was an off-duty Marion County Sheriff Deputy. As Sgt. Willima Dietrich tried to take Aurilio into custody the two fell through a plate glad door. Meanwhile Williston police officers arrive to take Aurilio into custody.

Aurilio was charged with robbery and felony battery on a law enforcement officer.

I dare say, he might be thinking all of this wasn't worth $35.78.

What's Not To Like?

Carlsbad, N.M. - A Texas man is facing battery charges after police say he hit his estranged wife and pulled her hair because she didn't respond to his Facebook status update. 

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the Benito Apolinar of Pecos, was arrested on Monday following a fight at the home of his ex, Dolores Apolinar.   According to the complaint, Benito posted a comment about the anniversary of his mother's death and expected his ex-wife to acknowledge it by hitting the "like" button.

Benito pleaded guilty to one charge of battery.

That could of gone either way.  If she hit "like" does that mean she liked his comment or that his mother died.

The Good for the Day....The wait is over.  The men of First Parish in Framingham have done a calendar called "Celebration 2012".  Twelve elderly men have put together a nude calendar to raise some money.  You can order it on line.

The Bad for the Day....If you can't think of something bad, your aren't even trying.

The Weird for the Day.... Things to do to improve your mug shot or NOT.  A Missouri man that is a known sexual offender was arrested for being to close to a playground.  He has changed somewhat in appearance since an earlier arrest in 2003.




Kimberly Wyatt said...

When I read the story about the guy who beat his wife for not liking his FB status, I took it to mean that they were celebrating the fact that she'd died. If he is willing to beat his wife, he's probably a loser enough to be happy his mom died.

That tattooed guy is awesome. The article I saw didn't include the profile picture. That beard makes it even better.

Aleta said...

Definitely creepy, and ouch to all those tattoos!

That fist thing, about bringing in those who broke the law, etc, I heard about that on the news not long ago and thought it was great!

Ok, I have a better bank robbery story... the guy help up the bank, didn't show a gun, just said he hand one and his get away car? Was a bike! He made it around the block and then jumped into a garbage can in order to hide. Yep, someone give him the "stupid sign" please!

Cheryl P. said...

I was confused about that as well. Did wife-beater guy want the ex to like the senimental "oh I miss my mom" or was he looking for her to like the comment, "glad the ole witch is dead". I am not clear at all on this.

What kind of guy would endure that much tatooing...let alone on his face???

Cheryl P. said...

Ditto....definitely creepy.

That is funny about the biking bandit. I hadn't heard of that story. That's one that I would have put on my Friday post. What a friggin idiot.

Bodaciousboomer said...

Glad those old guys had on more than just a tie...

Leah Griffith said...

My Dear Cheryl, I must say that after reading today’s post I’m quite content to stay home and bake pies. The last straw was the weird for the day, Mr. Creepy! I did enjoy the marketing scam…wish they had video taped it.

Cheryl P. said...

Yes, there is something to be said for descretion.

Cheryl P. said...

The more I hear on the news the more I think of becoming a hermit.

I was hoping at least for some pics of the marketing scam but...nothing...not even mug shots. Such a disappointment.

Jayne said...

I love the story about the guys who drove around their dead buddy thinking he was just passed out. I'd bet money the dead buddy would have done the exact same thing had it been one of the others. Birds of a feather, you know...

meleahrebeccah said...

"Denver - A man accused of driving around Denver with a dead friend in the back of a car and running up a bar tab with the dead man's credit card maintains he thought his friend was drunk and NOT dead."

Holy crap. That whole story is crazy. Even if he was ONLY drunk and NOT dead, who steals a FRIEND'S credit card?

"A Texas man is facing battery charges after police say he hit his estranged wife and pulled her hair because she didn't respond to his Facebook status update. "

Now that has to be the craziest story - ever!

Cheryl P. said...

Lame excuse at best but I found it equally disturbing that as soon as they reported the death to the police they continued on to a strip club. No sense letting the death of a friend stand in the way of visiting the local strip joint.

I have yet to figure out why he thought she should LIKE his comment about his dead mother. Doesn't that imply that she is glad that his mom is dead.

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