Friday, June 29, 2012

There Should Be a Law

This week, as I was looking around for some odd news articles, I noticed a lot of the stories were in some manner related to laws that weren't neccessarily judicial laws.

The first story covers a couple of laws.  The prone prowler is definitely breaking a judicial law but he didn't count on the law of gravity.

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Police in Brockton,  Massachusetts said an alleged burglar was foiled when his head became stuck under a garage door for nine hours.

According to the report, the owner of the local Rent-A-Center showed up for work around 9 a.m. Tuesday and discovered Manuel Hernandez, with his head stuck between the garage door and the ground, WHDH-TV, Boston, reported Thursday.

"Obviously the owner was surprised to find a person laying under the loading dock door and he immediately called police," Detective Lt. Paul Bonanca said. Investigators said Hernandez, who unsuccessfully tried to convince the police that he was there to repair the door.  The would-be burglar had used a bed post to pry the door up about 7 or 8 inches but when trying to shimmy under it, the door fell pinning him.  He remained there 9 hours until the owner showed up for work the next morning.

Hernandez, who was taken to a hospital to receive treatment for a bruise on his head, will face charges of breaking and entering and malicious damage to property, police said.

Nine hours is a long time to feel stupid.

Hot Damn, I Am In Trouble Now

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. -- Several dozen people have held a profanity laced rally to protest a Massachusetts town's bylaw allowing police to hand out $20 tickets for public swearing.

Some people shouted curse words while others carried profane posters supporting free speech at Monday's rally in the rain on the Middleborough Town Hall lawn. People who support the bylaw also showed up.

But police won't be issuing any tickets until the state attorney general determines if the bylaw making public cursing a civil offense is constitutional. The bylaw was passed overwhelmingly two weeks ago at a town meeting.

I see a huge problem heading Middleborough's way.  There are going to be some people that just won't be able to afford to live there. At 20 dollars a pop there could be some bank overdrafts to say the least.  Of course, it is possible that the Attorney General will just say..Hell no.

If You Repeat a Lie Often Enough...It Becomes a Great Marketing Campaign

In 1989, the State of Rhode Island passed a law that made lying online a crime. The intention was that this law would stop con artists and scammers from preying on people who wandered around the then-miniscule internet. The supposed sentencing guidelines were up to $500.00 and up to a year in jail.

However, the language was remarkably broad and outlawed any transmission of false data. It didn’t make the distinction that someone had to profit from their lies. In other words, if you lied about ANYTHING,  you could be charged.  If you weren't truthful about your weight on a dating site,  for example, you were a law breaker. 

There weren’t too many people that were charged with this crime. The last one was in 2010 and the person charged was a prison guard created a phony Facebook account under his boss’s name.

The charges were eventually dropped and the guard did lose his job, but lawmakers in Rhode Island decided it was time to change the obscure law.

This was the stupidest law EVER.  People are prone to exaggerate, embellish...OK..lie through their teeth.  Frankly, there just isn't that much jail space available in Rhode Island or anywhere else for that matter.  Also,  it could of really played havoc with campaign promises  in an election year.

To the Victor Goes the Spoils and the Bad Behavior

If there were laws against being a classless jerk, there is a coach in Vancouver that would be charged with it.   Luckily there are laws against purposefully hurting someone else, and he may be getting charged with assault. The matter is under investigation and charges may be filed. 

Martin Tremblay, the winning teams coach,  (allegedly) tripped a 13 year old player on the opposing team as the teams walked through the "after-game hand shake" line.  The boy tried to catch himself but came down on his arms. Initially, reports said he sustained minor bruising but now say that he has a broken wrist. 

The two  youth teams were playing at the University of British Columbia campus on Saturday.  After what appeared to be a intentional  move on the Coach Tremblay's part, the police were called. 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police took the  UBC Hornets coach into custody. He was later released pending further investigation.  For the coaches part he is saying he slipped on the ice.

 What the Puck???  I don't see what  they need to investigate. The coach acted like  a bully on the playground and he is SUPPOSED to be the adult.  I would hate to see how he would have acted if his team had lost. While good sportmanship isn't a mandated law, it should be an expectation... especially of the coach.


Linda Medrano said...

Cheryl, nothing makes me more upset than seeing an adult bully a kid, particularly in a sporting event. I hope they throw the book at this joker.

Michele Eigler said...

I gather that there are no online dating services operating in Rhode Island.

Cheryl P. said...

Oh, I suspect there is but the group of legislators that passed that questionable piece of law, had their collective heads up their keisters. How could they have not written the bill in a more concise manner. Can you imagine, a husband getting arrested for answering an email that said "do these jeans make my butt look big?"

Cheryl P. said...

I gather from the articles, (and I read several) that the parents are outraged. The coach has been suspened but that won't be the end of it. You just don't do something like that and not stir up a serious sh** storm. I'm with you. He needs to get charged with something.

Chubby Chatterbox said...

To me that coach looks guilty as hell.

Chubby Chatterbox said...

That coach is guilty!

Cheryl P. said...

I absolutely agree. The fact that he turn and raised his arm in a gesture of anger, pretty much shows he wasn't sorry. No accident...just being a ass.

Rita McGregor said...

No lying online? What a refreshingly novel idea. I'd like to see a no lying for politicians law, too. Lock 'em up, I say!
He must have been denying before he knew somebody had recorded the whole incident. Idiot! People record everything these days. He should be removed and charged with something. What an example for those kids. Geez!
Cracked up with the dumb thief trying to say he was there to fix the door! It was--obviously--working very well--LOLOL!
Love these! You made my day!

Pipa said...

truth is stranger than fiction.

Cheryl P. said...

Lock politicians up... now that is a refreshingly novel idea...(I realize a few have had the privelage, surely there is room for some more)
I don't see how the coach can actually think anyone would believe the "it was an accident". What a moron.
The guy under the door....can you imagine thinking about your stupid predicament for 9 hours. Hope it didn't take that long to think of the flimsy excuse.

Cheryl P. said...

Crazy, huh??? And things just keep getting stranger all the time. Stupidity seems to be on the fast track.

L.C. Griffith said...

Hi Cheryl,
Thanks for keeping me company while I enjoyed my first cup of coffee. Okay, I'm's my second cup. You won't report me will you? LOL!! Seriously sistah, you never fail to provide entertaining reading material. If only I could figure out a way to drag this computer to the powder room;)

Cheryl P. said...

I have come to the realization (or mortification as the case may be) that the reason I need an IPad is that my computer wasn't mobile enough and my eyesight is getting so sucky that reading blogs on my Iphone is not doable.
As far as only being on your second cup of are an amateur. Technically, I don't drink coffee but I have already downed 1 diet coke and two iced teas...closing in on the third.

babs (beetle) said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)

I love that trapped burglar. As for that coach. He should definitely be answerable for that disgusting behaviour!

Cheryl P. said...

I am really enjoying your the pleasure is all mine.
I just have to think with the video getting so much attention and it being so obvious that the jerk tripped the kid on purpose...the local authorities will have to do something to show that they are taking it seriously.

babs (beetle) said...

Youtube, Twitter and Facebook have been the major factor in quite a few people being taken to court here lately, so he may well, get his due punishment.

Linda R. said...

Hi Cheryl, It was nice to "meet" you during the 30-day writing challenge, and now that's it's over, I finally had the chance to drop by and visit. I love your stories, and burglar who got stuck - well it serves him right. I've got to say I expect that was mighty uncomfortable for 9 hours.

Many folks would find that swearing law a financial hardship. I can see it now. Swearing insurance.

I also enjoyed how you participated in the challenge with your cute graphics, and even created an award button.

Cheryl P. said...

I am so glad you came by...whatever will we do now that we don't have a task everyday.
I think that is a great idea about offering swearing insurance. The premiums will have to be gi-normous because of the high risk factor.
Glad you enjoyed the graphics. They were actually fun to put together.

Nicky said...

I am so glad this challenge is over so I can finally come by and catch up! I am also really glad I don't live in Middleborough. Fines for public swearing? I'd be so, in so much trouble. And that coach!! Unbelievable. I hope they fire him, fine him and then throw his ass - I mean, his behind - in jail!

Cheryl P. said...

I, too, should never move to Middleborough...or visit...actually I shouldn't drive through it either as that would really be a challenge for me. I wonder if they would charge me $20.00 per word or incident???? What do you suppose the fine is for "F***you you rotten &*#$@!^*&.. when someone cuts me off.
I read that he got booted as a coach but I haven't heard anything about if he is going to get charged. Surely he will!