Posted by: birdsongslaw | October 8, 2008

Weird Criminal Law Stories 13

Birdsong continues to troll the wire services for more weird criminal law stories.  Here are a few more.

Millionaire S. Truett Cathy, founder of the popular Chick-fil-A restaurant chain refused to press charges against two teenage girls who broke into his home and caused $30,000 worth of damages.  Instead, he made them each write “I will not vandalize other people’s property” 1,000 times. The devout Christian said he did not want the girls to have a criminal record.

Is this what one would call the letter of the law?

Florida: Recently, a Florida man was arrested for making false 911 calls when he reported that a slot machine had “stolen” his money.  That came two days after a man called 911 five times to ask for help settling an argument with his brother, and just a week after another Florida man called 911 to complain that a Subway sandwich shop had neglected to add condiments to his hero sandwich.

It is sad that being a knuckle head in Florida seems to be catching.

Bosnia: Prison officials in Bosnia jailed a pigeon after catching it being used to smuggle drugs to prisoners.”We do not know what to do with the pigeon,: said Deputy Warden Josip Pojavnik. “But for the time being it will remain behind bars.”

Wonder whether it will turn into a “stool” pigeon?

California: A man who stole a pickup truck was held up by an armed carjacker at a 7-Eleven.  The gunman even forced the first thief to push the truck out of the parking lot when it stalled.

This had to have been in L.A.

England: A splash and grab robber took off with $10,000 after drenching his victim as she left an English bank.  The thief soaked the woman by throwing water over her as she walked out the door, then helped dry her off before snatching her bag. It is the latest in a string of bizarre thefts that have involved victims being pelleted with paint, peanut butter and dog feces as they leave banks.

Yuck!

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Responses

  1. I think those girls that broke into that guy’s house won’t learn a darn thing about their bad behavior by having to write that 1000 times…only that people will be willing to take pity on them. Breaking into someone’s house and vandalizing it, in my opinion, is not something that can be excused by chalking it up to a “teenagers will be teenagers” mindset. I think its pretty telling of their character. Its probably not the first time they’ve been involved in some illegal activity. And I think that if they think they can be absolved of breaking, entering, and vandalizing just by doing a pointless, tedious task like writing a sentence 1000 times, that isn’t very good specific deterrence!


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