Friday, June 14, 2013

All in the Family

As Crabby Pants and I were looking through the odd news sites to see what idiocy took place this week, we noticed a number of stories involving families.

Check the Box

Eric Cloutier was cleaning up the clutter around his house but ended up making a huge mistake.
While Eric's wife was in the hospital having their 5th child, he decided to have a garage sale.

Racquel is hopeful someone will return her ring.
The problem was that before his wife, Racquel went to the hospital, she took off her $23,000 wedding ring and put it into an old watch box placing it under the liner. She thought it would be safe there.  Unfortunately, when she came home from the hospital on June 5th, she realized the box was missing.

It turns out the her well meaning husband had sold the box at his garage sale for $10.00.

For his part, Eric said he  thought the box was empty.Racquel and Eric are hoping that the buyer will do the right thing and return the ring.

Oh NO...Say it isn't so...Who do we feel the most sorry for??? 

Marriage Made in Heaven

Posing for the wedding photo
Days after celebrating his camouflage-themed wedding, an ex-convict was arrested by federal agents for allegedly failing to register as a convicted sex offender, court records show.

Jerry Wayne Dison was recently hitched to Bethany Barlow in an outdoor ceremony in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania. Which apparently came as a surprise to Dison’s “estranged wife,” according to a U.S. District Court “statement of facts” prepared by a federal marshal.

On June 5, Otika Dison told Alabama investigators that her husband had moved to Pennsylvania weeks earlier with Barlow, whom he planned to marry “despite not having a final decree of divorce in their marriage.”

As it turned out, Dison wed Barlow in mid-May and celebrated the nuptials with a June 1 shindig in Pennsylvania. The happy couple is pictured above with Barlow’s parents in a photo posted to Facebook. The bride’s father, Ronald Barlow, is seen holding a can of Bud Light in one hand and a shotgun with camouflage dressing in the other hand. An earlier photo shows Barlow carrying only the gun as he walked Bethany down the aisle/lawn.

Dison, who was convicted in January 2000 of the statutory rape of a  girl, was required to report to authorities his change of residency (as well as his arrival in Pennsylvania). As a result, he was arrested yesterday afternoon at his in-laws home on a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

In post-release Facebook posts, Dison apologized to his in-laws for yesterday’s collar. “this should never have happened in ur house,” he noted. He also claimed that “Tika lied on me and had me locked up” and “Man guess I cant do nothing rite bullsh** just follows me.”  (Dison has a real way with words and spelling, it would seem.)

Who could have anticipated a troubled marriage when the camo attired groom has his father-in-law carrying a gun throughout the ceremony?

Brotherly Love

Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man accused of stabbing his brother during a fight about mac & cheese and beer.  

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said a witness told deputies Randy Zipperer became upset Tuesday at his Deltona home when he was unable to locate his mac & cheese.  His brother 47 year old, younger brother was helping look for the pasta when he inadvertently tipped over Randy's beer.

Well, that didn't go well, and Randy stabbed his bro in the stomach with a kitchen knife.  Zipperer was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and obstructing an officer.

The real question here is "Where is the macaroni and cheese?" 

Eavesdropping Goes Viral
A young mom riding a train, Steph Strayer, claims she overheard a man bragging to his friends about his numerous affairs.  The more she heard the more it made her angry.
So she took it upon herself to get out her phone and snap a picture. 

Why?  Because, she posted it to her Facebook page hoping that it would find it's way to the guy's wife. 
She wrote: 

"If this is your husband, I have endured a two hour train ride from Philadelphia listening to this loser and his friends brag about their multiple affairs and how their wives are too stupid to catch on. Oh please repost ..."

So far the photo has had 272,717 shares. contacted Steph but we have yet to hear back from her.

It can not be confirmed whether this man did or did not actually have an affair or boast about it to his friends.  Which is why, this story seems to be generating a lot of comments.  There is no way to know if the man was saying this or if any of it's true.  Still he is being shamed on Facebook for his supposed bad behavior.  HHMMM is it fair to defame someone on FB without their knowledge??? 

A woman taking a picture of an alleged cheat..Crabby taking a picture of the picture-taker of an alleged cheat  



Wendy said...

Maybe I am an odd person, but I am not in agreement with this new tread of snapping photos of people who are upsetting and posting to FB to shame them. I am uncomfortable enough with the serious lack of privacy in our lives as it is. (The man was not talking to her, and men do fabric sexual conquests.) Eavesdropping use to be considered rude and impolite. I totally agree with Crabby Pants, someone should have snapped a picture of her snapping the picture and posted to it FB with the caption: Isn't this rude? ( Are we in inner conflict here? )
That first story made me wonder less about the husband not even checking the box,( I can imagine him just throwing junk into a box for the sale, although a box worth $10 at a garage sale must have been something else) and more wonder how a man who gave his wife a $23,000 ring needs to have a garage sale.

lisleman said...

that shotgun wedding - It reconfirms there are those among us that are from another planet.
Facebook - what people spread rumors on FB? How shocking. Much of FB is more unreal than reality TV.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The common theme here seems to be how hard done by many wives are. Except for the mac 'n cheese story. But who MADE the mac 'n cheese, that's what I want to know.

babs (beetle) said...

I don't like these Facebook postings to shame people. I saw one that had a photo of a young man and it claimed he sexually abused a young child, with no proof whatsoever. people were sharing it like crazy. just like a lynch mob. How quick people are to accept all they read on Facebook as true.

Cheryl P. said...

I don't think you are odd at all. Well...unless I am odd (could be...highly probable) as that is how I felt about that story too. Steph was eavesdropping and wasn't privy to the facts of the conversation. The alleged "pig" might just be talking to his buddies in jest, or trying to look macho...whatever his story is she doesn't know. Then there is the endorsement of her photo exposure by other people that seem to be OK with shaming people who may or may not be deserving of it. So then...we become judge, jury, and elicit punishment by foisting them to scrutiny on FB.

On the outside chance he is a super-duper pig...I guess I feel less bad that she did it. Yes, I am a conflicted person.

As for the ring. Damn, that is a mess. Wife is having 5th baby, is in the hospital, and hubby decides to have a garage sale. That's just messed up.

The fact she hid her ring and didn't clue her husband in leads me to question some things as well.

Cheryl P. said...

What planet would that be, Lisleman??? Planet Redneck? Planet Shitferbrains????

Yes, that is exactly what that is...passing rumors. What if this guy's wife actually did see her husband on FB? Who gets hurt? Not him as much as her.

Cheryl P. said...

I think whoever wrote that story needed to tell us how and where the mac and cheese went MIA. There probably is a wife in there somewhere...unless she packed her bags and wrote off both the idiots that happen to be brothers.

Cheryl P. said...

Absolutely right, babs. This is passing judgement on people without knowing the facts. Then all the others are "liking" and "reposting" which magnifies the wrong. I think FB has it's benefits but it also can become an abusive venue for people.

Robyn Engel said...

It seems facebook is the root of all evil. Actually, though, I saw the guy pictured. It's credible. Sure, she could've made it up, but I believe it (with no proof). Everything written is potentially libelous, so I tend to go with my gut on what I believe or not.


Cheryl P. said...

I am a bit conflicted about FB. I love the part where people connect and communicate but I struggle with the trashing people or things too readily. It is true that maybe the guy is a jerk and deserves everything he gets but I worry that this public scorning is just too easy to defame people without proof.

Just Keepin' It Real Folks said...

WHOA WAIT!!!!!! The person in camo beside the bride is a male????? I would need to verify that 'cause I thought fo' sho you were gonna say she was duped into marrying a shemale.

Cheryl P. said...

Not only is the guy a guy but he is a guy with 2 wives. Scary huh??? Two women found this man (with a sexual predator conviction on his record) worthy of marrying. There are days I worry for the future of humanity.

lisleman said...

Plant shitferbrains would be interesting. I suspect it would spin faster, have brain cell killing radiation, and little oxygen. You are good at naming planets. LOL

Chubby Chatterbox said...

Eric is off the hook. Someone returned the diamond wedding ring today so he was able to return it to his wife. Nice ending.

Cheryl P. said...

Yay!!! I hadn't heard about the return. How nice that someone did the right thing. Nice ending for sure. (bet Eric looks through anything he sells in the next garage sale, huh?) Thanks for the update, Chatterbox. Have a great weekend and a wonderful Father's Day.

Cheryl P. said...

Your good at thinking how Planet Shitferbrains would kill off brain cells. Radiation, gravitational pull and oxygen deprivation...that should do it.

Riot Kitty said...

I keep thinking of what Ron White says: you can't fix stupid!

oldereyes said...

So, why wasn't Eric at the hospital with Racquel? My theory ... it was staged by Racquel to teach Eric a needed lesson. The problem with Facebook is that anyone ... dummies like Dison or self-righteous ones like Steph can post whatever they want and they'll be more interested in the number of likes that what they said. Sometimes I just hate Facebook.

Jo-Anne said...

Now that is just one reason I do not own expensive
Next why would any man want two wives I now I wouldn't want 2 husbands one is more then enough............

Cheryl P. said...

OR as in the Forest Gump line "Stupid is as Stupid does." Sometimes when I read reports I wonder how people can survive on their own wits.

Cheryl P. said...

Bud, you and I think a lot alike on these types of stories. I had all types of questions about why a man is at home rousting up a garage sale while his wife is having baby number 5. If he isn't with her has the hospital, is he supposed to be caring for the other kids?? Where are the other 4 little bambinos while he is selling off his wife's ring?

I, totally agree about FB. I waiver between like, indifference and dislike. It gives people of venue to spout of any ill thought idea and have it supported by others...which the Facebooker takes as endorsement from friends. I like when families use it to stay connected but that doesn't seem to be where it has evolved.

Cheryl P. said...

Haha...there's one reason to not have good jewelry...fear that hubby will garage sale it. Twice as likely, I guess if there would be 2 husbands.

I don't get why anyone would want more than one spouse. Seems like there would always be disagreements.

TravelBug-Susan said...

I'm a month behind on reading your blog, but I had to comment on your "On the Move" blog referring to Google Maps. When we were moving from Oahu back to the mainland, I wanted to get mileage between the two cities so I Google mapped it. Back in 2011, the directions were to KAYAK across the ocean from Honolulu to Seattle. Bob and I laughed and laughed over that. I see they have now done away with that. Too bad. I love a good sense of yours.

Cheryl P. said...

I have seem those maps with the kayak directions as well. Sometimes it used to say "jetski" as well. I loved that. I agree, it's fun when there is some humor involved. AND aren't you sweet! thanks for the nice compliment.

Cheryl P. said...

As I am conflicted on EVERYTHING...part of me is feeling bad about her loss but then want to slap her for being that careless. Seems like a valuable item just to toss in a box in the closet. I can see where your coming from as well. If a person has the dough to have that kind of ring, one would think they have the dough to have it insured or can replace it with another.
I am leaning toward not posting the smucks mug as well but if if he is a over-sexed cheater, I am not prepared to feel bad for him either.
As for the others, point taken. Idiocy is just hard to feel sorry for.

momto8blog said...

well..guess it is all relative.
and maybe uneventful is good!

meleahrebeccah said...

* Oh man - I feel really badly for the woman who was delivering her 5th child while her husband accidentally sold her $23,000.00 engagement ring. THAT SUCKS!

* Um - wow. I have NO WORDS for that "lovely" sex-offending shotgun-carrying beer-drinking bad-spelling wedded couple.

* Fucking Florida!! AhahHAhhaha The craziest people ON EARTH live there.

* I have no idea if it's bad or not to shame a stranger on FB - but if he really WAS bragging about having a bunch of affairs - I hope he gets what he deserves!

Cheryl P. said...

On these types of odd news stories, I consider it a good week when no one dies. So this week with just one puncture wound it's a pretty uneventful week.

Cheryl P. said...

Wouldn't you of loved to be a fly on the wall when she got home and found out he had a garage sale AND sold her ring. There may not be a sixth child in their future.

OMG...What kind of bride has a camo wedding with her daddy carrying a gun down the aisle? Do women ask their future husbands any more "do you have another wife that I should be aware of?"

I totally agree..,,there is something amiss in Flor-a-duh. CRAZY

That one I am super torn on. I agree, if he is a cheating bum, I don't really care if she bad mouths him..... but a couple of things come to mind. Now that it is making national news, his wife is probably having a super embarrassing time dealing with the publicity AND he is being dragged through the press without anyone really knowing if it is true. Still if he is a cheat...I could care less about his feelings. See what I mean...I am not sure.

meleahrebeccah said...

"Now that it is making national news, his wife is probably having a super embarrassing time dealing with the publicity AND he is being dragged through the press without anyone really knowing if it is true. Still if he is a cheat...I could care less about his feelings. See what I mean...I am not sure" -- I am totally with you on that.

abeerfortheshower said...

Who the hell spends $23,000 on a wedding ring? I love my wife, but for the money I'd rather buy her a car. Hell, SHE'D rather I buy her a car than a 20 lb paperweight that just drags down her hand all day.

Cheryl P. said...

Having a huge diamond seems to be a trend that really picked up steam since the "olden" days when I got engaged. I love how young guys tell me about how good rings are an investment and get more valuable...when the truth is that their intended expects a nice ring and it better be "show-offable".

I tend to agree with your wife. I'd take the car.