News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Sudan Provost, 40, walked into the River City Bank in Sacramento, Calif. and, reported the Sacramento Bee, quietly announced to employees that he had come to “rob” it, but then handed a teller his driver’s license and a money order to be cashed. The teller asked if he had an account, and Provost replied, “This is not a joke. I have a gun. I do this for a living.” However, he opened his bag to reveal that he had no gun and then asked for a tissue for his runny nose. The teller said she didn’t have one. Provost said he’d be right back and walked across the street to a drugstore, and by the time he had returned, police were on the scene. Provost was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery.
New York state food inspectors are having trouble keeping up with the illegal importation and sale of uninspected exotic meat, for the city’s immigrant population, including bush meat and meat from endangered species, according to a December Associated Press report. Inspectors found, among other items openly displayed in New York City storefronts, armadillo and iguana meat, cow lungs, smoked rodent and an unidentified fish paste, along with crates of turtles and a tub of bullfrogs, and occasionally endangered gorilla and chimpanzee meat.
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