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Seat saving criminals

Italy is now handing out fines to people who hog beach space by setting up umbrellas and towels overnight in order to have prime space in the morning, or people who take up way too much space with empty towels and chairs waiting on friends who may not be coming for hours.

Article here: http://tinyurl.com/j6ylopj

I think this is a great policy!

The next move is to extend these fines to school performances. Every year at my youngest son’s Christmas and End-of-School performances, parents fight like they’re trying to board a RyanAir plane to get the best seats and then proceed to throw jackets over about 5 other chairs for grandmothers, aunts and angry teenagers who didn’t even want to come in the first place.

Didn’t we learn this lesson back in elementary school as students?  No saving seats!  If a 5-year old can understand, so can a 35-year old.

I say, a €200 fine for each seat with a jacket thrown over it, plus that family has to make all the snacks for the next performance.

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Oh thank goodness…. summer is saved!

I like the use of the word “fruit-related heist.”  I’m going to work that into my conversations more often.

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More DISASTER Strawberry news….

It seems I missed this story in The Local over the weekend. When I say Swedes take their strawberries seriously, I really mean it. And no, it’s not a joke. It’s a real story.  Forget stealing cars or purses…. strawberries are the hot commodity here.

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My brilliant idea

When I went to the public pool the other day, I started thinking how I could hide my wallet and keys so I could swim without anyone taking them.  Suddenly, I came up with a brilliant idea! You bring a bag and staple a musical greeting card to the opening flap.  (Obviously, you have to get a bag with a flap.) Then when a theif opens your bag, a nice little tune will play and hopefully deter them from digging around in there.  Cheap and effective!  I’m sure this will take off at pools and beaches all over the world now.

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Crime in a southern town…

Imagine my shock when I saw this item in the Police Beat section of the paper from my small hometown outside of Houston.  Watch out people.  Don’t get forked.

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Attack on ice cream

Apparently a man was sentenced for drilling holes in the tires of an ice cream truck this past autumn because he couldn’t take the constant melody.

A prominent Swedish businessman was sentenced and fined on Friday after he cut holes in the tyres of an ice cream truck because its jingle threw him into a rage.

I’ve always wondered how it is for the drivers of those ice cream trucks.  It was bad enough when I worked at a department store and had to hear the same cd with 10 songs over and over, but I couldn’t imagine driving around all day listening to ice cream melodies. It would be like working the line at the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyworld.

Anyway, why drill holes in the tires if you don’t like the melody?  That just makes the truck stay longer. It would be better to get a jet pack on the back of that thing so it goes faster.

Honestly, I think this man is really mad because he never has enough change for an ice cream.

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The kind of crime I like

Two big crime stories in the Swedish news this past month.

1. Man steals truckload of chocolate.

2. Men steal hot dogs. (caught by mustard stains!)

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In the news…

Ah, the Swedish news.  This is fairly calm country so it’s always fun to read the news stories.  Now you may say that this is a obbery and therefore not calm, but strangely there are many bank or jewelry store robberies and usually no one is hurt, but the robberies themselves are always quite creative.  I think the Swedish people watch so many Hollywood movies that they feel crimes should be commited as if they are in an entertaining film.
Today’s story from The Local is right in time for the holidays.  One person went inside a jewelry store while another dressed as Santa Claus stayed outside to distract people from going into the store.

The best part though is the person inside, which they believe to be a man in heavy makeup.  I liked the quote from the employee:

“His make-up was very well done, with blackened eyebrows and very long eyelashes,” the jeweller told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“I figured that he must have had help from a woman because the make up was so well done.”

Great reporting there guys!  It doesn’t sound much like the woman was scared of the robbery, but more jealous of the makeup skills.  I have visions of her complimenting the robber and asking what brand of mascara he uses.

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