Thursday, June 21, 2012

You Might Want to Rethink That

There are a number of quotes that deal with the concept of  "thinking before doing".  You know...sayings like:

 Look before you leap for as you sow, ye are like to reap. Samuel Butler

 Good plans shape good decisions. Robert Bittel

 By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.  Benjamin Franklin

Perhaps a little more thought should have
gone into this sign.

Is a Murder charge better than a DUI?

Sweden, June 21 (UPI) -- Swedish authorities said a drunken woman falsely claimed to have committed a murder in an attempt to get a free ride home.

Police said the 50-year-old woman, whose name was not released, called police after a night of heavy drinking in Gothenburg and said she had committed a murder and wanted to turn herself in, Swedish news agency TT reported Thursday.

The woman admitted to her ruse when police arrived, telling them she was just trying to get a free ride home. Officers took her to a local detox center instead.

The woman, who was fined $244 for wasting police resources, is facing trial on a charge of making a false alarm to police. Prosecutors are seeking a $285 fine for the charge.

I am not entirely convinced that in her drunken state that there wasn't a moment of brilliance.  By calling the police and claiming she had committed a murder, she was sure to get an immediate response.  No waiting around for an expensive cab to come and haul her sorry butt home.  The real flaw in her plan was the cost of the fines. The cab ride probably would have been less.

What is Going On In Sweden?

Two men broke into a house in a suburb near Stockholm.  Upon entry, they bound the homeowner's hands, threatened him with a knife, and absconded with three valuable paintings.

One of the paintings was an 1877 piece by Carl Larsson, "Clair-Obscur", believed to be worth between three and five million kronor ($428,00 and $713,000).

As luck (or lack there of) would have it, the painting was too large for the red Ford sedan that the hapless burglars were driving.   After trying to get it in the car, they gave up and threw it to the side.

Police launched a large hunt for the offenders, but have so far been unsuccessful.  However, it was noted in the incident report that the owner had someone come to his door the previous day asking for the front door code.  As a warning to his neighbors, he had posted a sign.

"Attention: Someone rang me asking for the code to the front door -beware of burglars."

Some evidence has been obtained by police who have labeled the crime as aggravated theft. (perhaps the whole binding, threatening and stealing part) The case has since been turned over to a specialized investigative team that is busy looking for leads.

I wonder if the burglars read the sign on the door before breaking in.  I think there is a certain irony in that....sorta like seeing a "beware of the dog" sign when you are the dog.

Definitely Didn't Think Before Acting
Lynne, Rasbornik of Menomonee Falls, Wis., is accused of attacking her husband after she found copies of The Onion, a news satire weekly, in the trunk of his car.

The victim told police that his wife considers The Onion, pornography and that they had fought about the papers before. (Obviously, the Mrs. R. has never seen real porn or she would know the difference.)

Rasbornik allegedly told cops that her husband was the one who attacked her but, while she was speaking with police, she kept scratching and poking herself to make injuries more apparent, according to a criminal complaint.
Rasbornik was charged with one count of disorderly conduct domestic abuse.

According to one of the write up on this story, it was noted that Mrs. Rasbornik "beat the sh** out of her husband" and it is just the kind of story that one could find in The Onion. I think Mr. Rasbornik, should be thankful that she didn't find a Hustler in the trunk or he would be a dead man.

Just to leave you on a positive note today....Here is an example of some advanced planning that makes some sense. 


Chubby Chatterbox said...

Love the picture of that banner warning abut the bridge. So practical. I wonder how many drivers have struck both.

L.C. Griffith said...

I love your blog, and some of the stories you post make me feel smart and stable. Thanks for that!

Cheryl P. said...

That would be fun to know. Would it be overly optimistic to think that no one has hit either of them.

Cheryl P. said...

I am still going with the assumption you are smart and stable.

Annie (Lady M) x said...

I am going to do the same - put up a sign saying 'ABSOLUTELY NO BURGLARS ALLOWED' except that I am going to add 'DAMN YOU' for extra gravitas!

Great post Cheryl - it made me smile a lot!!

Cheryl P. said...

Good call, Anne! That would really show you mean business.

Beverly Steeves said...

i just found your blog and yay, i'm #70, this post made me feel like i have no problems whatsoever. i would love for you to come visit my blog. i'm trying ot get to 70.
new follower bev

meleahrebeccah said...

"I am not entirely convinced that in her drunken state that there wasn't a moment of brilliance."

You crack me up, because I was thinking the same thing!

And it's complete irony the house with the warning sign was the one that was burglarized.


The Onion is friggen HILARIOUS. Anyone who thinks that's porn, has clearly never seen REAL porn!

Cheryl P. said...

There is such a fine line between brilliance and lunacy...
Clearly someone should have a talk with the husband beater and explain to her what porn is. It's one thing to be mean but it another to be dumb.

meleahrebeccah said...

Ya can't fix stupid!

Bodaciousboomer said...

Advanced planning is always good. Do I put it into practice? Not so much.

Cheryl P. said...

I am a planner and the thing about having plans....something always screws it up. You have the right idea. Just wing it.