TUESDAY'S DISCOUNT NEWS
LOCAL: FATHER LEAVES KIDS IN CAR WHILE SHOPPING AT ARNOLD GOODWILL
Police have arrested a father after he allegedly left his infants in a car while he went shopping at a Goodwill store in Arnold. The incident happened around 11:00 a.m. Shoppers say they noticed two children alone in a parked car with the air conditioner running and the driver door unlocked. “It’s crazy,” said Ashley Hutchison, a witness to the incident. “I have a five-year-old son. There is no way I could ever leave him in the car.” Goodwill volunteer Randy Weldon called police when he learned about the incident. It was unclear at the time who the children belonged to, but the father was found as he was exiting the store and walking toward the car. "Anybody could have jumped in that car and left and would have had two babies," Weldon said. "It would have been so easy. No one even knew for the first five minutes until the lady looked and saw them sitting there." Witnesses say DFS workers took custody of the babies, which are about six months old. Police also arrested the father. “I don’t understand why parents (leave their children),” said witness Candace McAlister. “It’s like it’s happening a lot these days. I don’t understand why people do that.” The investigation is ongoing.
YET ANOTHER MAN LEAVES CHILD IN HOT CAR... TO HAVE SOME SEX
The father of one-year-old twin girls was charged with two counts of felony child endangerment and indecent exposure after police found his babies alone in a car parked in a driveway, with the windows down, outside a Prince George County duplex. The father, 27-year-old Juan Munford, was about 30 feet away from the car. He was having sex with a woman behind the building, police said. “We went around to the back of the duplex and discovered a male and a female engaging in sexual intercourse,” Prince George Police Capt. Brian Kei said. “At that point they [police] made contact with the individual who identified himself as the father of the two twins.” Police charged the woman with incident exposure. She was released on scene. The children were taken to Southside Regional Medical Center as a precaution and placed in the custody of child protective services.
TACO BELL EMPLOYEE SHOOTS CUSTOMER WITH BB GUN
A Massachusetts Taco Bell employee allegedly shot a customer with a BB gun after the diner grew angry because no one would take his order. Springfield Police arrested 26-year-old Steven Noska on assault and battery charges for the Sunday morning incident, Around 4 a.m., the customer, also 26, pulled into the drive-thru at the Springfield, Mass., Taco Bell, police said in a statement. He was hungry and wanted tacos, he told officers. The restaurant was open, but no one came to the window, he claimed. After waiting for a while, the customer started banging on the glass. When that didn't getthe employees' attention, the man parked his car and went to the restaurant's door. He banged on that, too. Finally, Noska came to the door to confront the fuming would-be diner. The two men started arguing, police said. Then, it got violent. Noska allegedly shoved the customer, walked to his car and grabbed a BB gun. Police said Noska shot the man several times before hitting him with the pistol. Noska faces three charges: two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery.
SICK CHICK TOLD TO GET BACK TO WORK AT SUBWAY
A Subway restaurant worker says she was so sick that she was vomiting, but was ordered to keep on working and serving people food. Word of what happened at the restaurant in Freeport spread quickly as a former worker shared her story about being forced to work while being sick with a stomach virus. “I was going back and forth to the bathroom, puking my guts out,” Elizabeth Taff said. “I was sweating, I was drenched in sweat. I felt weak.” Taff was having more than just a “bad day at work” and told her manager, but the manager ordered her to get back on line. “So until about one o’clock, I was on the line making sandwiches and she knew I was sick,” Taff said. Taff says things got worse and she headed outside where another employee came to her aid, called for an ambulance and took pictures. Those pictures were posted to Facebook with a caption that read “If you planned on eating Freeport Subway today I advise not to, I witnessed an employee vomiting and her manager telling her to just switch shirts.” Someone else posted the story to Subway’s Facebook page where the social media team replied “This certainly should not have happened. We take this very seriously.” Taff says her boss should have sent her home. “So I was touching everybody’s sandwiches I’m like ‘This ain’t right.’ I had gloves on but that doesn’t matter,” Taff said. Taff said she did not leave work on her own because she was afraid of losing her job. She did end up getting fired after that, but Subway says it was due to poor performance and insubordination. They would not comment on Taff’s claims.
GOOD NEWS: OLD MAN KICKED OUT OF RETIREMENT HOME BECAUSE OF UKULELE
A 97-year-old man was evicted from his retirement center in Napa, California and he claims it's because he played the ukulele too much. An anonymous donor helped Jim Farrell, 97, find a new home after being thrown out by Redwood Retirement Center with no place to go but the homeless shelter. 'Management continually suppressed my talents, Farrell told reporters he had some problems with the bosses at the retirement home because they tried to get him to stop playing his ukulele. 'Management would stop me and say these words: "Go back to your room!" Like a kid,' said Farrell. Farrell's caretaker Carol Eldridge, who was once an employee at Redwood Retirement, found out that Farrell was being evicted a few weeks ago. She says he told her, 'I'm not sure my heart can take this.' Eldridge is angered that the retirement home evicted Farrell without giving him other options. 'You just don’t put a 97-year-old on the street,' she said. Farrell was forced to spend three nights in a homeless shelter.'Here’s this frail man and he’s got his head held up high going in the doors of this shelter and knowing that this is not the place I ever expected him to ever be,' Eldridge said.Farrell was able to transfer over to Piner's Nursing Home in Napa.Friends are helping to raise money so that Farrell can stay at his new retirement home indefinitely. Redwood Retirement sent a statement saying they terminated their agreement with Jim Farrell because of his 'aggressive behavior' towards other residents and because of the 'condition of his unit.' Redwood Retirement claims they asked Farrell to make changes on May 24 but when he didn't abide with their rules they terminated an agreement with him on June 10. The statement claims that Farrell left voluntarily on July 6. 'Mr. Farrell was unable to abide by the rules of the community. We took this action so our residents at Redwood Retirement could continue to live in a safe, healthy and comfortable environment they call home,' said the statement. Farrell is currently at his new community Piner's Nursing Home and hopefully his ukulele playing is well-received.
GOOD NEWS: A WOMAN GOT REVENGE ON A NEIGHBOR WHO KEPT STEALING HER SUN TEA...BY PEEING IN IT
This is some fantastic REVENGE right here. It comes from the website Reddit,com, so we don't have a ton of details . . . but the ones we do have are gold. There's a woman in Oregon who likes to brew sun tea on a picnic table in her apartment complex. That's the tea you brew by putting tea bags in a jar with some water, and leaving it out in the sun. She's been doing it for years and never had a problem . . . until it was stolen TWICE in the past month. The first time was on the Fourth of July, and the second time was this past Saturday. But she just got some SWEET REVENGE. She posted a message for the thief in her apartment complex, saying she'd PEED in the second batch they stole. Part of the note says, quote, "Someone's mother never taught them not to steal." "Whomever stole the tea the second time . . . got more than just tea, they got tea spiked with urine . . . I hope you enjoyed drinking my pee, you stupid, thieving, low-life [a-hole]! Stealing is wrong!" So basically, this woman totally gave up on brewing sun tea for herself for TWO WEEKS, just to lure the thief back with pee-filled decoy sun tea jars? That's a hardcore quest for vengeance right there.
KIDS SUCK: FLORIDA TWEEN, ARRESTED FOR STEALING SCHOOL BUS, STEALS ANOTHER BUS
Less than a day after he appeared in court for stealing a school bus, a Parker, Fla. 12-year-old allegedly stole a different bus and took it for a two-hour joyride. Back in June, Michael Propst was stopped after he drove a Bay School District bus 14 miles to Walmart and employees noticed he was having trouble parking it. Then they noticed he was 12. "[It was] like he'd never drove one before," Propst was charged with grand theft and criminal mischief, and appeared in court Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, police say, he took his aunt's car to Parker Elementary school, stole another bus, and then drove it for more than two hours. He was eventually caught in Franklin County. "Our initial reaction was 'oh no, not again,'" Parker police chief Charles SweatT. "When we were advised that it was the same juvenile driving the bus that had been responsible for the last bus theft from Parker we said 'No way,'" Chief Sweatt added. But police say it was Propst, and it seemed like his driving had improved since his last outing in a bus. WMBB reports the boy's 55-mile route would have taken him through an area where traffic signals were down and police were directing traffic, but he managed to avoid being stopped. Propst is now back in police custody, facing additional charges. "He's not unruly or resists arrest or anything of that nature from what I understand," said Sweatt. "He's just into stealing vehicles."
STRICT PARENTING INVREASES KIDS' POT AND BOOZE USE
A new study has linked strict parenting to an increased risk of teen drug use. The research team, led by the European Institute of Studies on Prevention (IREFREA), interviewed 7,718 adolescents (3,774 males and 3,944 females) between ages 11 to 19 in six European countries, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. The study, which was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, aimed to determine the type of parent-child relationship that produces the lowest risk of teens using alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis using two variables: parental control and affection. The results suggested that indulgent and authoritative parenting models “work best, both for substance use and in personal disorders,” as opposed to authoritarian and neglectful parenting. “From a global personal health perspective, the ‘authoritative’ and ‘indulgent’ parental styles equally protect against the use of drugs,” said lead researcher Amador Calafat. The “indulgent” style is defined as being very emotional, while being “authoritative” is defined as giving clear rules and “affectionately and flexibly reason[ing] with the children when asking for their compliance.” The “authoritarian” style is similar to authoritative, in that both are demanding and controlling, but with less affection. The “neglectful” style is similar to indulgent, in that both are characterized by their low level of control, but these parents are scarcely affectionate. “Our results support the idea that extremes are not effective: neither authoritarianism nor absence of control and affection. A good relationship with children works well. In this respect, it can go hand in hand with direct control (known as ‘authoritative’ or democratic style) or not (style wrongly called ‘indulgent’),” said Calafat. “For self-esteem and school performance, it is still better when parents operate with the indulgent style,” Calafat added.
TOYOTA PUT A MICROPHONE IN THEIR NEW MINIVAN TO HELP YOU YELL AT YOUR KIDS
Yelling at your kids in the backseat is an indispensible part of EVERY family drive. And Toyota wants to make it even easier on you. Not by creating new features to entertain your kids and keep them behaved . . . oh God no. The new 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan will have an option called Driver Easy Speak. It's a MICROPHONE in the driver's seat that amplifies your voice through the speakers in the backseat . . . to make it easier to yell at your kids. It seems like a response to Honda putting an optional vacuum cleaner in their Odyssey minivan last year. But that's just a tool to clean up after your kids . . . this is a tool to SHAME them. So, advantage: Toyota. Minivan sales peaked in 2000, at 1.37 million. Last year, it was about one-third of that, at 519,000.