The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Things I never thought I'd read...

I'm browsing the news today, and I've noticed an interesting trend- a series of articles that honestly, I never could have imagined reading.

It started with the school teacher Scott Porter - class subject is important here, ANGER MANAGEMENT- who began messing around with a student, and for some unknown reason put the kid in a head lock, told him to 'tap out' or else 'something gets broke' and then... wait for it... broke the kid's finger. The kid claims the finger was broken AFTER he tapped out.

Then there was the bad employee who was afraid she was losing her job after seeing an add in the employment section of the newspaper for a job similar to hers and with a contact number that she knew was her bosses. Marie Lupe Cooley decided that if she was going to get canned, she had every right to make some trouble first.

So, police say, she went to the architectural office where she works late Sunday night and erased 7 years' worth of drawings and blueprints, estimated to be worth $2.5 million.

Now, the problem with this grand plan is that not only did she commit a crime, but that she wasn't really going to loss her job. Turns out, the ad was for a position with her boss' wife's company after all. But, between you and me... I'm just wondering if anyone had pointed it out to her that SHE was looking through employment ads, which normally is done when someone is looking for a job. Ironic?

And the winner of bad behavior in today's headlines has to be Richmond County Deputy Coroner Charlena Graham. Seems that he puts faith in the notion that the dead can't take anything with them... so the living might as well plunder whatever the dead have.
Authorities went into a motel room on Dec. 31 after getting reports of gunshots, a sheriff's report said. In the room, deputies found a 29-year-old woman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was in the woman's hand and a handwritten note lay nearby, the report says.

Family reports cards missing
Personal items from the woman were turned over to Graham, including five gift cards for Macy's, Target, Victoria's Secret and a local steak house, according to Sheriff Ronnie Strength. Authorities later learned from the woman's family that some gift cards might have been missing, he said. The total value of the gift cards was about $400.

Investigators recovered videotapes of Graham using the gift cards at local stores, the sheriff said.

Yep, it's clear, people are stupid.