We are back in front of our computer after a glorious week of traveling through the Ozarks. Last week, I hardly read a newspaper or watched the evening news. Did anything monumental happen that I am unaware of???
So...it's back to the grind so to speak. Reporter Cheryl P. and Crabby Pants picked through the stack of newspapers that had accumulated and found a few oddities to talk about.
NOTE: For you newcomers to TAOBC, I pick articles not necessarily because they have any humor but because they contain something that tags them as being "unusual."
Tattoos for the Team
Inking a deal with Rapid Realty has a more permanent feel now that the New York City-based brokerage is giving a 15 percent raise to its workers who get a tattoo of the company’s logo.
So far, 40 agents are inked and more are lining up, Anthony Lolli, the CEO of Rapid Realty told NBC News.
But at Rapid Realty, there are no regrets yet and all 40 inked employees are still with the company, Lolli said. Some early adopters are even making plans to touch up their colors.
|Pretty professional group of real estate agents, huh?|
So far, Lolli himself isn’t inked, but is grateful for his agents’ devotion. “It’s very humbling. I have an attitude of gratitude,” he said. He also, said that he feels the agents that got the tattoos show more commitment to their job by having the company logo on their body.
Only 40 employees out of 1100...hmmm doesn't seem like a lot of committed employees. It should be noted that the owner and brain-child of the "tattoo for extra pay"has not gotten a tattoo. He likes the idea of turning his employees into walking advertisements but not himself. Based on the fact that he pays his employees 25% and he keeps 75%, I assume he has $$$ tattooed on his body somewhere.
An armless man in Canada says he will do whatever it takes to fight a ticket he received for failing to wear a seatbelt.
Steve Simonar, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan lost his arms in an electrical accident almost 30 years ago. He drives a custom made truck that allows him to drive. He is, however, unable to buckle his seat belt which caused him to be ticketed. The fine
associated with the ticket is $175.
Simonar said he presented a note from his physician to the Saskatoon police but the officer that issued the ticket was not persuaded to remove the citation. Simonar described the officer as arrogant. The officer was unmoved by Simonar's plight and was quoted as saying " I treat everyone the same, and you people expect things different."
Alyson Edwards, a spokesman for the police said officers have the discretion to not issue tickets, but once they have done the matter is in the hand of the traffic court.
I don't think it weighs in the officer's favor to say he treats everyone the same, if he treats everyone with a total lack of compassion. Isn't he just pointing out the fact, he is an equal opportunity jerk? AND maybe...just maybe Alyson shouldn't use the phrase "in the hands of the court"...seems rather insensitive.
Remember to Flush the Toilet
A California businessman is suing Virgin America airlines, claiming that he was improperly detained by police after flight attendants reported that he did not flush an
In a U.S. District Court complaint, Salvatore Bevivino alleged that he was “taken into custody against his will” last April as he sought to disembark from a flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Bevivino said he was detained by six “uniformed officers” and taken to a room where he was questioned.
Bevivino was detained after a Virgin America captain told investigators that the passenger “was using profanities and not listening to instructions from the flight,” according to a San Francisco Police Department report. However, the captain added, “at no time did he or his flight crew feel threatened regarding this passenger.”
A flight attendant told cops that Bevivino argued with her over the ordering of a soda via a computer touchscreen. “My time is precious, you are here to serve me,” Bevivno said, according to the flight attendant.
Following the soda confrontation, the flight attendant told police, Bevivino “went to the restroom, came back out with a smile on his face and began using profanities.” When the flight attendant passed by the lavatory, she “saw that Bevivino left the door open and did not flush the toilet.”
Bevivino, a Genentech executive, denied cursing “during his brief 2 minute exchange with the crew regarding the soft drink order,” adding that he was released from custody after an officer concluded that “the matter seemed to be a customer service issue.”
Bevivino’s lawsuit seeks a minimum of $500,000 in damages for causing him, among other things, “apprehension, embarrassment, humiliation, mortification, fright, shock, mental anguish and emotional distress.”
Six uniformed officers to detain a notorious non-flusher seems a bit extreme but then he also is accused of not following directions as well. Serious charges for sure. Still, $500,000 is a lot for being humiliated, embarrassed and mortified. I can only assume that is based on the number of words he could find that seem rather redundant and all equate to him being thoroughly ticked off at the flight attendant.
Don Castner was one of dozens of Florida residents arrested today on welfare fraud charges. Castner was among a group that were swept up in “Operation Meal Ticket,” an undercover probe run by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Don might of been the only one dressed with the appropriate specialty T-shirt that fit the occasion.
Castner, who is locked up in lieu of $5000 bond, was charged with felony welfare fraud for allegedly selling Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to undercover agents. Some suspects used the proceeds of the illegal EBT card sales to purchase drugs and alcohol, according to investigators.
What can one say? The man has a knack for picking out T-shirts.