Friday 10/19

When police in Eng­land responded to reports of a man walk­ing around with a sword, they stum­bled upon Colin Farmer, 61, who is blind … and was car­ry­ing his white stick. Police, mis­tak­ing the stick for a samu­rai sword, set upon Farmer and even­tu­ally Tased him, the man says. “I didn’t even know the police were there. I heard this man shout­ing,” he says. “I thought I was going to be attacked by hooli­gans. The next thing they fired a Taser at me! I just felt a thump in my back and I hit the ground. “Farmer says he then tried to explain he’s blind, but an offi­cer kneeled on him and hand­cuffed him nonethe­less, leav­ing bruises. A 27-year-old man who was actu­ally car­ry­ing a sword was arrested later, and may face drunk and dis­or­derly charges.

Sib­lings Robert and Amanda Lar­avee were caught try­ing to steal tele­vi­sions from a bar in Spring­field, Mass­a­chu­setts. A wit­ness told police that they were both in one of the bath­rooms try­ing to rip a tele­vi­sion off the wall. A man­ager was noti­fied and he locked the pair in the bath­room until police arrived. When cops got there, the sib­lings denied that they were try­ing to steal the TV and claimed they were hav­ing sex. They, of course, didn’t real­ize that incest is ille­gal in Mass­a­chu­setts and pun­ish­able by up to 20 years in prison. How­ever, cops didn’t believe their story and busted them for lar­ceny. The charges have since been dropped against Amanda, but Robert is still in trouble.

Bar­bara J. Nel­son is suing the com­pany and two employ­ees of a Kansas City store after she drank most of a laxative-laced bot­tle of Coca Cola. An assis­tant man­ager at the store told police he was try­ing to teach a les­son to an employee who was “noto­ri­ous” for steal­ing food out of an employee refrig­er­a­tor. To do so, the man­ager opened two bot­tles of Coke and dumped 25 lax­a­tive pills in each, reseal­ing the caps with glue so they wouldn’t be detected. The employee noticed the pills in the bot­tles and rather than throw­ing them out, he put them in a cooler for cus­tomers to buy. Secu­rity footage con­firms Mrs. Nel­son pur­chased one of the bot­tles and drank most of it before notic­ing the pills and return­ing to the store. While at the store she fell ill and para­medics took her to the hos­pi­tal where she was treated for dehy­dra­tion and cramps. A Fam­ily Dol­lar rep­re­sen­ta­tive called Nel­son later and offered her a $200 gift card. She turned them down and has filed a law­suit. Doc­u­ments show she is seek­ing “more than $25,000.” A lawyer said the fig­ure is likely to be in “six figures.”

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