Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Devin D. O'Leary
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Dateline: India

According to the
Indian Express newspaper, police in Delhi failed to act on hundreds of corruption complaints because they lost the password to their computer—for eight years. Officers at India’s anti-corruption agency, the Central Vigilance Commission, have been unable to access a portal containing more than 600 complaints of police corruption since the password was lost in 2008. The error just recently came to light, and the newspaper says two police officers have now been trained in the system. Some 667 cases have piled up since the password got misplaced. Despite the “technical problem,” police in Delhi “remain committed to public grievances,” a senior officer told the Express.

Dateline: California

A customer is suing McDonald’s for $1.5 million because he allegedly suffered “undue mental anguish” and “emotional distress” when he only got one napkin with his Quarter Pounder Deluxe. Webster Lucas, 59, claims he was eating on Jan. 29 at Mickey D’s in Pacoima when he noticed the severe lack of napkins. “I am an immaculately clean person,” Lucas told the
Huffington Post. “I saw food particles on the table and wanted to clean them up. I told the manager, and he said, ‘You have napkins in the bag.’ I said, ‘You gave me one.’” According to Lucas’ lawsuit, filed on Feb. 27, the manager then “developed a nasty attitude.” Lucas, who is African-American, believes manager Angel Arciga, who is Hispanic, shorted him on napkins because he is black. Lucas later emailed general manager Leticia Barrera to complain about Arciga. The customer insists the “undue mental anguish” caused by the racially motivated napkin shortage has left him unable to work. Lucas wants $1.5 million from the fast-food chain as reparation. Also he’d like them to hire more black people. “That might minimize that person’s negative approach. There was only one black lady on duty,” said Lucas.

Dateline: Florida

A man in the Florida Keys was arrested after deputies say he robbed his girlfriend and then ate some of the money he stole. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Marathon resident Leosvel Cordova Parrado was intoxicated when he demanded that his girlfriend and son leave a party and return home on the night of Wednesday, March 5. Once the happy family arrived home, Parrado allegedly relieved his girlfriend’s wallet of $750 in cash. Deputies later arrested Parrado and found the cash in his pocket along with a Valium pill that he did not have a prescription for. When it came time to place Parrado in the police car, officers discovered that the money was missing. Parrado told them he had left it on the bed inside his house. During the ride to jail, however, a deputy heard a strange sound from his backseat and turned to find Parrado chomping down on a wad of cash. More money was found stuffed into his underwear. The deputy was only able to recover $277 of the girlfriend’s original $750. Parrado was charged with robbery, battery, grand theft, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

Dateline: Oregon

Maybe he wanted to be Iron Man? A Portland man has been arrested for trying to break into an ATM with a blowtorch while wearing armored underwear. Portland Police received a call around 3am on Sunday, March 9, stating that a man carrying a backpack tried to use a torch on a U.S. Bank teller machine. An officer spotted the suspect walking through a nearby parking lot. As the officer got out of his car to contact the man, the suspect unleashed a shot of pepper spray. A short chase ensued, with the man eventually surrendering. Investigators say the man’s backpack contained an acetylene torch and a stun gun. The suspect, identified as 32-year old Mark Fischer, was wearing not one but two bulletproof vests. Later on it was determined that he was also wearing homemade bulletproof undergarments, with ballistic metal panels sewn into the arms, legs, buttocks and crotch area. Fischer was also armed with a large knife. According to KPTV-12 Fischer was booked into Multnomah County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of body armor, attempted aggravated theft, attempted assault on a police officer, attempted escape, menacing, possession of burglary tools and interfering with a police officer.

Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. Email your weird news to devin@alibi.com.

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