Alabama Resident Zackary Dexter Pace – Accused Of Being Possibly World’s Stupidest Robber

Alabama Resident Zackary Dexter Pace - Accused Of Being Possibly World's Stupidest Robber

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies say report that this 24-year-old employee at Jack’s restaurant in Alabama finished his shift Friday and left work.  Nothing wrong with that.  Sadly, minutes later, he returned with a mask, wielded a gun, and demanded money.

Trouble is, his efforts at disguising himself were so poor that several employees recognized him.  They initially thought he was joking.  He wasn’t.  He robbed the restaurant, taking with him an undisclosed amount of cash.  After he left, the manager called 911 and reported the holdup.

It took restaurant worker Yaneth Ardon just seconds to recognize Pace.

‘I was like, ”is this a joke, is he playing or something,”’ Ardon said.

 

‘When I heard him talk and I was like, ”that is him”, but then I saw him with a gun and I was like, ”why is he doing this?’’’

“Apparently he needs to work on that disguise a little,” said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

Sensing that, perhaps he hadn’t bungled the robbery enough, authorities said the robbery suspect showed up Monday to visit with co-workers.  That coincided with a visit from a sheriff’s detective who was there doing employee interviews about the robberies.

The 24-year-old criminal mastermind is currently in jail and is expected to be charged with first-degree robbery.

Man Accidentally Shoots Lady Friend at Hooters, Gets Himself Arrested

Man Accidentally Shoots Lady Friend at Hooters, Gets Himself Arrested

Genius

Christopher E. Bohn was recently enjoying all that Hooters in Chantilly, Virginia had to offer.  Unfortunately on Saturday afternoon he decided that it was the best time and place to reload his pistol.  Also unfortunately, he accidentally shot his 22-year old lady friend in the ankle.

“The victim was at a restaurant with friends when one of them, Christopher E. Bohn, 36, of Manassas, reloaded his handgun and accidentally fired; striking the victim. She was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was injured,” police said in a news release.

Bohn was arrested and charged with willfully discharging firearms in a public place, police said.

‘Grapes Of Wrath’ Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

'Grapes Of Wrath' Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

Another goofy lawsuit for sure, but one that comes to us from across the pond.  Onkar Singh Gill, who owns a London produce shop called The Stall, was ordered to pay a sum of about £112,000 (that’s about $175,000 to you and me) when one of his customers, Samira Hassan, slipped on a few grapes and broke both her wrists.

Hassan was wearing what she terms “sensible shoes” on the day in question.  She stopped by The Stall to have a look at some produce.  She stepped on some “mushy” grapes left on the pavement, fell forward, and shattered her wrists.  Ouch.

'Grapes Of Wrath' Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

Onkar Singh Gill – Outside Royal Courts Of Justice – Via The Daily Mail

According to The Mirror, Hassan won the case last September, but there was the usual appeal.  The shop owner claimed he took all the precautions he could, going so far as sweeping the ground up to five times a day.  The chief judge was having none of it.

The initial fall took place in 2005.  That’s seven years of legal wrangling that’s been dubbed “The Grapes of Wrath.”  Gill’s defense was mainly that Hassan’s fall a “freak accident,” saying that there wasn’t much else he could have done about it.  Clearly that defense didn’t find merit.Mr. Gill’s son, Sandeep, said that the business was insured for accidents but because of a legal loophole they would almost certainly be liable for the full amount.

‘Sometimes you do wonder whose side the law is actually on.’

DC Restaurant, Back Alley Waffles, Blames Groupon’s ‘Shocking Business Practices’ For Its Closure

Opening a new restaurant is never easy.  Apparently Groupon isn’t helping matters.  Three-month-old DC waffle shop, Back Alley Waffles, has gone out of business.  The co-owner Craig Nelsen blames Groupon.  This note was posted on the restaurants website along with an explanation:

DC Restaurant, Back Alley Waffles, Blames Groupon's 'Shocking Business Practices' For Its Closure

Grouponistas, sorry, but I’d rather have my hand slammed in a car door than honor your Groupon coupons. You’ll have to seek refunds from your new insect overlords. If you act quickly, you should get your money back by Christmas. 2015.

 

Here’s our Groupon story:

 

Groupon promises to send you lots of new customers. The customers buy 50% off coupons (two waffles for the price of one, for example). They send the money to Groupon, which issues them a code. The customer brings the code into the shop. The shop gives the customer the two waffles, collects the code, and then “redeems”, or verifies, the code with Groupon.

 

Does Groupon then electronically deposit the money that the customer paid them for the coupon into the business’ bank account overnight like credit card companies do? No. After taking a big chunk of the money as its share, Groupon holds on to the business’ share, using it while the business waits. And waits. And waits. And waits.

 

After about a month, Groupon issues the first of three payments to the business. By check. Then it has to “process” the check, which can take up to ten days. Then it snail mails the check. A month later, the process is repeated for your next installment. Then, a month later, the process is repeated again for your final installment.

 

Now, keep in mind, the bulk of the Groupon activity (i.e., the big surge in customers) occurs at the outset of the Groupon campaign. That means the business has to lay out all the money (in our case food and labor) up front to service this expensive campaign, but it takes roughly a month for Groupon to send the (deeply discounted) payment for the waffles those customers ate. And even then its only half or less of what is owed. The business has to wait for most of the remainder of its money until two months after laying out the cost of the food and labor. And for some of the money, it will be three months after honoring the customer’s Groupon coupon in the shop before the business is paid for that customer.

 

That’s the part that I didn’t expect and the part that put our new business out of business.

 

And that offer of $450 waffles doesn’t appear to be a joke.  He explains on his website that the hefty price tag isn’t just for breakfast:

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • a fluffy 7″ Belgian waffle with fresh-churned butter and real maple syrup
  • a 4′ x 4′ mosaic similar to the one shown below [see here] (which was stolen—if you can believe it—by two black guys and a white guy at around 3 a.m. one Friday night/Saturday morning several months ago) of the subject matter of your choice*
  • the materials with which to make the mosaic (roughly $225 at Home Depot)
  • the unparalleled experience of creating your own piece of art

Next waffling scheduled for July 28, and there are already only five spots left. To reserve a place, please contact Craig at 202 568 9448.

Cargill Recalls 29,339 Pounds Of Ground Beef After Salmonella Outbreak

Cargill Recalls 29,339 Pounds Of Ground Beef After Salmonella Outbreak

The Associated Press reports:

Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting consumers that Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella.

 

The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill’s plant in Wyalusing, Pa., on May 25, and repackaged for sale to consumers by customers of the Maine-based grocery chain.

 

Cargill President John Keating says in a statement, “Food borne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced.”

 

Hannaford’s says consumers should check their ground beef for “use or sell by” dates between May 29 and June 16. Refunds will be offered for ground beef that is returned.

33 people have taken ill in a seven state-wide outbreak (MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, VT).  The initial outbreak began in early June.  It took several weeks to suss out exactly what the source of infection was.  Two of the five reported cases required hospitalization. The strain involved – Salmonella Enteritidis (isn’t it always) can be treated with antibiotics.

The USDA has details here and Cargill has a recall site with information.  None of the affected meat is still available for sale.

Farming Is Dangerous Work – Accidents 2.5 More Likely To Require Amputation Than Any Other Field (Excuse The Pun)

Farming Is Dangerous Work - Accidents 2.5 More Likely To Require Amputation Than Any Other Field (Excuse The Pun)

Farmers who are injured on the job require amputation 11 percent of the time, two and a half times more likely than in any other field.  Although most of those amputations involve fingers or toes, those that don’t present a serious problem for farmers.

Findings by Northwestern University published in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology suggest that prostheses for hands, arms, legs and feet aren’t durable or adaptive enough for individuals who return to work on the farm.  Options that are available are often times unaffordable.

A public statement released via EurekaAlert! sheds more light on the matter:

“There are lot of issues and challenges to farming with a prosthesis,” said Stefania Fatone, research associate professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Feinberg and corresponding author of the study. “They often need to climb ladders and silos, lift bags of feed and seed and walk on uneven terrain, in all kinds of weather conditions. Also, a dairy farmer may have very different needs than a corn farmer or cattle rancher.”

In 2010, Amputee Coalition’s newsletter In Motion noted that 2,400 people in the agricultural field require amputations each year (that’s an awful lot):

Farmers who have suffered amputations from farm injuries say most often that getting in a hurry and not following safety rules cost them their limb. Adhering to strict safety precautions would greatly reduce the number of amputations among agricultural workers each year.

The Northwestern study findings go on to note that farmers who do receive prosthetics often have secondary injuries resulting from use of the prosthetic itself.  Durability is another issue; with breakage resulting from weather, dirt, and extreme environments being among the most notable complaints.