xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Adding to the list of stories that were formerly weird but which now occur with such frequency that they must be retired from circulation:
–(79) The man who falls victim to a random prank by sitting innocently on a public restroom toilet seat that has been coated with glue, as happened to a 20-year-old man at a North Salisbury, Md., Wal-Mart in May.
–(80) The drug dealer or buyer who dials a phone number and begins a specific drug-sales conversation immediately upon the recipient’s answering, oblivious that he has accidentally dialed a police officer’s phone, as when a Hesperia, Calif., sheriff’s deputy answered in June (and used caller ID to make the arrest).
By the Way, What Else Has Been No-Longer-Weirded?
Eighty such themes have been “retired from circulation” since News of the Weird began publishing in 1988, and for the next few months, they’ll be reviewed here. Two popular criminal slip-ups involve the thief who tries to pass a stolen check not knowing that the check belongs to the clerk who is handling his transaction, and the robber who accidentally drops some form of ID at the scene of the crime. (Even though they’re both No Longer Weird, we still applaud Calvin Barfield’s “two-fer” in July. According to police in Sylvester, Ga., Barfield not only cluelessly tried to cash Joyce Powell’s stolen check at the bank where she works, but also got nervous and fled the scene, leaving his driver’s license in the drive-thru drawer.)
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