Here’s your *@!# dollar
Employees in the Portage, Ind., City Clerk’s Office are finding that muttering a few choice words while at work could be costly. In July, Clerk Ellen Mesich started a “foul-mouthed fund drive,” fining employees one cent to $1.50 for using profane language at work, according to The Associated Press. Since it began, Mesich has collected $120 from her swearing co-workers and plans to use the money to purchase gift cards for teen cancer patients at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. Everyone is exempt from paying on Monday mornings.
As luck would have it
Three weeks after November’s mid-term elections, the mayoral race in Dacono, Colo. — which remained undecided — was to be determined by a game of chance. Only one vote separated incumbent Wade Carlson and his opponent Larry Johnston from victory, forcing a recount required by an 1876 state law, according to The New York Times. However, following the recount, if neither candidate led by more than two votes, the law says that the winner must be decided by a game of chance, such as flipping a coin. “It’s a dumb, antiquated method of luck of the draw,” Carlson told the paper. After the recount, Carlson retained the office.