Freak News for Monday 10/31

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Too old to be dri­ving - A woman in Italy­has been charged with leav­ing her car ille­gally parked — for more than 1,800 years!  The motorist got the sur­prise of her life — which hasn’t lasted thou­sands of years — when she opened up a police notice to find she had a $44,500 park­ing ticket wait­ing for her.The small Sicil­ian town she lives in was billing her for unpaid tick­ets going back to 2008, but a clerk typed the year 208 into the com­puter, which charged her for park­ing fines going back to Ancient Rome. Her real bill? A bit over $140.

He should have called for a “lift” - A man ordered a sand­wich at a local bar, then grabbed it and bolted for the door with­out pay­ing. The doozy is that  he climbed on a fork­lift in the bar’s park­ing lot, hop­ing it would serve as his get­away vehi­cle but couldn’t get it to go into reverse, so he was still strug­gling with the vehi­cle when cops arrived.

Putting the luna into lunacy -  A British man called author­i­ties to breath­lessly report that he’d just seen a mys­te­ri­ous light blaz­ing in the sky — which turned out to be the moon!  The man, whose name was not released, made a call to the Brit equiv­a­lent of 911 to say, “There’s some­thing fly­ing over our house. Um, It’s com­ing towards me now, there’s all this light blaz­ing. I don’t know what the hell it is!”  Moments later, he called to apol­o­gize for his goof, which the dis­patcher took in stride, reply­ing, “We’re really busy so I’m going to have to go now. Right. Okay, thanks. Goodbye!”

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