Freak News for Tuesday 9/20


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What a pain in the butt! – Park officials in China have found a way to stop people from hogging their benches for too long – by fitting steel spikes on a coin-operated timer. If visitors at the Yantai Park in Shandong province, eastern China, linger too long without feeding the meter, dozens of sharp spikes shoot through the seat. The spikes are too short to cause any serious harm, but long enough to prevent people from sitting on them comfortably.

Three kids in Atlanta, Georgia, broke into a home where they washed a dog in the bathtub, brushed their teeth, and then had a birthday party including cake. They then made it really easy for police to find them because they left behind a camera. Roderick Ward says he was gone for 10 days and became suspicious when he realized his air conditioner was running and his back doors were unlocked. Officers identified the three kids in the photos and contacted their parents — who apologized. Ward says he does not plan to press charges but he’s pissed he didn’t get any cake.

Send in the clowns – Two gun-waving robbers dressed in clown makeup and wigs robbed a Denver jewelry store byroughing up employees and stripping display cases clean. They made off with the loot after a 15-minute robbery, but there’s a catch: The precious stones aren’t so precious. Turns out that because of the skyrocketing price of the shiny things one finds in jewelry stores, display cases are full of imitations. The store owner said, “You don’t want to get killed over anything, but especially if it’s not real.”  Pam Anderson has said the same thing.

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