Alibi V.27 No.20 • May 17-23, 2018 

Odds & Ends

Odds and Ends

Dateline: Colorado

A woman was cited by Denver police for damaging a convenience store microwave while warming what appeared to be urine. According to WTHR13 in Colorado, a 7-Eleven clerk told Denver police that a woman entered the store and placed an object inside the microwave before a loud bang was heard. The clerk claims to have investigated the sound and found the microwave was dripping with a liquid that allegedly looked and smelled like urine. The clerk asked the woman to clean up the mess, but she reportedly refused and left the premises, prompting the clerk to call the authorities. The woman—named as Angelique Sanchez—was found at a nearby health clinic where police reports say she was waiting to receive a physical and urinalysis for an employer. It is common for people to attempt cheating a drug test by using another person's urine—by storing it in a refrigerator until it's needed—or artificial solutions. Since the temperature of urine is tested during a drug screening, the substitute will often need to be warmed to reach the proper level. Sanchez allegedly told officers that the liquid was not real urine. She reportedly received a summons for damaged property. The microwave is valued at around $500.

Dateline: France

A contemporary arts museum in Paris is inviting visitors to tour its galleries naked. ABC News reports that the Palais du Tokyo museum opened its doors to naturists last week for a special one-time nude viewing of the gallery. In the early hours of the morning, visitors derobed and left their clothes in the coatroom before entering the Discorde, Fille de la Nuit exhibition. Clothed staff were available to answer any questions. The museum visit was organized by local nudists looking to normalize clothes-free activities in public. The event was scheduled before regular museum hours to avoid any unwanted encounters between the naturists and the general public. This was reportedly the first time a Paris museum has opened its doors to nudists publicly. According to CNN, the naturist movement has become popular in France recently with an estimated 2.6 million nudists living in the country. Paris' first nudist restaurant, O'naturel, opened its doors last year. In December, the city of Paris temporarily opened a nudist zone in the city's Bois de Vincennes park. The experiment was reportedly successful.

Dateline: New York

A married couple is under arrest after it was discovered that their son's battle with cancer was a lie. According to a press release from the Cayuga County Sheriff's office, Martin and Jolene LaFrance used the online fundraising platform GoFundMe page to solicit donations for their young son, whom they claimed was a victim of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer that targets the immune system. As a result of the campaign, the couple collected more than $3,000 in donations, as reported by USA Today. Their son, CJ, was also invited to visit the Syracuse football team in August 2017. Soon after the visit, a person going by the name of Misty David Taylor posted an update on the couple's GoFundMe page, detailing how CJ had attempted to play on a football team. “Well he was able to make it to two practices and he broke down in tears telling his parents it hurts to much to play how sad!!! [sic]” the post claimed. After a four-month investigation, authorities “conclusively” learned that CJ had never been diagnosed with cancer or any other serious medical condition and arrested the couple. They are each charged with one felony count of scheme to defraud and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. The Cayuga County Sheriff's office says the investigation is ongoing and is reaching out for any additional information on the case.

Dateline: New Zealand

A high school is being criticized for handing out a leaflet that gives students tips on how to use methamphetamine without being caught. The New Zealand Herald reports that students at Massey High School in Auckland, New Zealand, received an “information notice” detailing 10 “keeping well” tips for “staying safer” while using meth. The pamphlet states that most of the harmful effects of the drug come “not from meth itself but from the stupid stuff people do, or don't do, when they're on meth.” It informs users that “swallowing meth allows your body to use its own filters” and “produces a smoother and longer lasting high.” It has also been criticized for instructing students to “be discreet and only keep less than 5 grams for personal use,” referencing the local laws concerning the drug. Although the school has publicly stated that it does not condone drug use, Massey Principal Glen Denham reportedly called it a “very good brochure” and claimed it needed to be taken in context. The material was provided by the Ministry of Health, who told reporters that it wasn't specifically intended for minors.

Compiled by Joshua Lee. Email your weird news to josh@alibi.com.