The Weird Week in Review
Man Dressed as Cow Steals 26 Gallons of Milk
A man dressed in a cow costume went into a Walmart store in Stafford, Virginia, filled a cart with 26 gallons of milk and wheeled out of the store without paying. Outside, he began to give away the milk to passers-by. Police were called, and found 18-year-old Jonathan Payton, no longer wearing the cow costume, in a car at a nearby McDonalds. Payton was given a summons for shoplifting. The milk and the cow costume were recovered outside the store.
Bumping Banned for Bumper Cars
They might have to start calling them something else. Three Butlin resorts in Britain have banned bumping in their bumper car rides.
Bemused customers who assume that the ‘no bumping sign’ is in jest are told to drive around slowly in circles rather than crash into anyone else for fear of an injury that could result in the resort being sued.
Telegraph columnist Michaal Deacon, who has just returned from a holiday at the Bognor Regis resort, said the experience was like “trundling round an exitless roundabout”.
“I’m not convinced that the dangers were great, given that the bumper cars were equipped with bumpers,” he said. “Seat belts, too. There were no airbags for the drivers, but it can be only a matter of time."
Boat Abandoned at Intersection
A motorist in Bülach, Switzerland, was towing a boat behind his vehicle and came to a stop at a traffic light. When the car continued, the boat became unhitched and was left sitting at the intersection. The driver didn't appear to notice that his boat was no longer behind him. Other vehicles were left blocked at the intersection. Police eventually caught up with the driver and made him return to pick up his boat.
Man Sues Parents for Allowance
An unnamed 25-year-old man in the Andalusia region of Spain was upset that his parents quit giving him his 400 euro monthly allowance. He was still living with his parents, who told him to start looking for a job. So, he took his parents to court and sued them for the money! A judge ruled that the man must move out of his parent's home within 30 days and look for a job. However, he also ruled that the parents must give him 200 euros a month to help in the transition.
Suspect Asks Victim to Install Stolen Stereo
Tuesday morning, Eric Ford's girlfriend found that a window had been broken and her multimedia system had been stolen from her vehicle. Several iPods and some money were also taken. Ford then went to his job installing car stereos at Mobile Audio Designs in Lincoln, Nebraska. Within hours, 21-year-old Anthony Trang came into the business and approached Ford about installing a DVD player. Ford recognized the Clarion NX501 deck that was stolen earlier. Ford called police, who arrested Trang on suspicion of theft.
Grocery Store Opens By Itself
A grocery store in Hamilton, New Zealand opened its doors automatically without any store employees present on Good Friday morning. The store's computer system opened the doors at 8AM, and shoppers came in as usual. Some bought groceries and used the self-checkout, while others just left without paying.
Supermarket owner Glenn Miller was initially furious over the incident, fearing that thousands of dollars of groceries might have walked out the door. But after reviewing the shop's security footage during the weekend his mood had mellowed.
"I can certainly see the funny side of it ... but I'd rather not have the publicity, to be honest. It makes me look a bit of a dickhead."
Customers' choices were recorded on closed-circuit TV, but Miller says he will not prosecute those who left without paying. See a video report.
Robbery Suspect Escapes with Cuffs, Chair
Police in Buffalo, New York arrested 58-year-old John Caesar Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of robbing a restaurant. They secured Caesar at the police station by handcuffing him to a chair. The next thing they knew, Caesar was gone, chair and all. Police believe he slipped out the back door of the station. He was seen Wednesday morning riding a bicycle, with the handcuffs still attached. The police re-arrested Caesar, who was no longer attached to the chair.