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I think the lesson here is "no remorse"

Link (via Glenn Greenwald, who makes a political point out of it):

Roy Brown, 54, robbed the Capital One bank in Shreveport, Louisiana in December 2007. He approached the teller with one of his hands under his jacket and told her that it was a robbery.

The teller handed Brown three stacks of bill but he only took a single $100 bill and returned the remaining money back to her. He said that he was homeless and hungry and left the bank.

The next day he surrendered to the police voluntarily and told them that his mother didn't raise him that way.

Brown told the police he needed the money to stay at the detox center and had no other place to stay and was hungry.

In Caddo District Court, he pleaded guilty. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison for first degree robbery.



By fnord12 | January 29, 2009, 4:58 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



Russians Know How to Collect on Debts

This is the most awesome thing i've read this week.

Russian bailiffs have recovered millions of rubles in debt from delinquent borrowers by barring them from travelling abroad until they pay up.

Government bailiffs said they had signed orders for 82,000 foreign travel bans and recovered almost 800 million roubles ($24.25 million) from debtors -- some of whom only found out when they arrived at the border with their bags packed.

...

"If someone can't keep up his payments on a $100,000 debt and then buys a package tour to Thailand ... that's not just illegal, it's immoral," he told a briefing in Moscow.

Russia has long been forced to use unusual measures to reclaim debts as its legal system often favours poorer borrowers over their lenders, said Richard Hainsworth, director of RusRating, a credit agency in Moscow.

Russian authorities have posted the names of people with unpaid bills on billboards in recent years to shame them into paying.

They posted people's names on billboards. That rewls. We should be posting the names, pictures, and home addresses of all the CEOs getting bonuses while the employees are laid off and the companies lose money.


By min | January 28, 2009, 11:29 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Cull the Birds, Tuppence a Bag

Link

Neighbors on streets in the Griggstown section were left Sunday shoveling up hundreds of dead birds that had apparently been killed a few days earlier in an attempt by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reduce their numbers.

"It's horrible," said Colette Kiveris, who said she and her husband Sunday morning used tongs to pick up and bag 216 dead birds on their property on Park Lane. She said residents had been taken by complete surprise at discovering the birds on Friday and Saturday.

She and others said they were worried about pets and other wildlife eating the poisoned birds. "A couple of birds we picked up had been partially eaten," Kiveris said.

She said neighbors on Acken Lane had also discovered dead birds.

Mayor Brian Levine said Sunday evening he agreed with the residents that the USDA should "absolutely" have informed the township well ahead of time how and why the birds were being killed, and warned of any consequences.

Levine said his information as of late Sunday was that the birds had been killed with poison seeds, but he was unaware of any township officials having direct contact with the USDA over the weekend to provide further details.

Levine said the township had received some pre-notification from the federal agency late on Friday. "Word came in from the USDA that they were going go have a culling," Levine said. "We really had no idea what that meant."

Which, mind you, didn't prompt him or anyone else to actually contact the USDA and find out wtf they were talking about.

And the cops weren't much more help. They pretty much said "Oh, yeah. We got an email about it, but I can't go disclosing a memo by another department. You'll have to ask the USDA. But, hey, it was a legitimate operation." Whatever the hell that means. As if that's supposed to make someone feel better after waking up one morning to find hundreds of bird carcasses on their lawn, roof, and car. "Oh, it was legitimate. That's ok, then."

Anyone who called them was told to use gloves when picking up the birds and bagging it. Yep, that's right. They poison birds without telling any of the residents, and then they have the balls to tell you to pick them up yourself. Jackasses.


By min | January 26, 2009, 3:24 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Full scale replica of the White House for sale

Weird.


By fnord12 | January 8, 2009, 5:08 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Jungle Jane

From Reuters

An Australian man broke into three adult shops, had sex with blow up dolls named "Jungle Jane" and then dumped his plastic conquests in a nearby alley, local media reported Wednesday.

By min | January 7, 2009, 3:46 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



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