Friday, August 30, 2013

Direct Deposit

There is never a shortage of stories about dumb criminals.  Today’s concerns a bright fellow who, upon his release from jail yesterday in nearby eastern Pennsylvania, proceeded directly to a local bank and attempted to rob it, writing his hold-up note on the back of his bail release form.

He tried this at three different banks in under two hours, with the result that he was back in jail the same day.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bustin' a Sag

In the news earlier this summer was the plan by officials in Wildwood to prohibit the wearing of pants low on the hips such that one’s underwear is visible.  Quickly the matter became contentious, with questions about how it might be enforced, how low is too low, and so on.

More recently officials in the town of Penns Grove have moved to do the same, and the same questions have arisen.

Towns elsewhere in the U.S. have passed ordinances outlawing saggy pants, but there’s a better and easier way to do this.

Since the  wearing of pants low on the hips so that underwear is visible is a teenage practice, the fastest and most effective way to curtail it is not to prohibit it, but to get old people to do it.  Just get all the middle-aged and out-of-shape parents to wander around Wildwood and Penns Grove with their bloomers in view, and youth will abandon the practice in, um, the blink of an eye.

There is, of course, the risk that the cure will be worse than the disease...