News from the strange: family values, funeral edition


At an Aug. 6 funeral at Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Richmond, Calif., a family fight broke out after the deceased’s son and daughter began arguing, SFGate reported. Police were called to the scene around 1.30pm where up to 20 family members walked off duty to fight each other. The 36-year-old brother got into a vehicle and “attempted to drive towards his sister aggressively, but instead hit another woman and sent her to the hospital with injuries that didn’t put not his life in danger,” said Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy of the Richmond Police Department. He also managed to knock over headstones and vases and break a water pipe, causing the burial ground to fill with water. The coup de grace overturned the coffin; fortunately, the deceased did not fall. When the brother finally got out of the car, someone hit him with a cane to subdue him. The brother was later charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.

Ooohhh-kaaaayyyy

Angel Domingo from Toronto is a big fan of shopping items on resale websites. So when he moved into a new house and found a single cheese stick in the refrigerator, it was no problem for him: buy a billboard in Yonge-Dundas Square and offer the string of Black Diamond cheese in an exchange for the best deal. “It’s probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever had to offer,” Domingo told Global News. “I guess some people really want it.” Indeed, he has received several offers for the cheese, the most unusual so far being an exchange of two Persian cats. He hasn’t made a deal yet, but he’s in no hurry: there are months to go before the cheese’s expiration date.

Parent of the year

The mother of a 6-year-old boy from Butler County, Ohio was arrested on August 9 and charged with endangering a child and contributing to the delinquency of a child, reported WLWT-TV. The incident began when Olivia Eversole, an employee at a Marathon gas station in Hanover Township, saw the boy get out of a car holding a Smirnoff Ice. Eversole asked the boy, “Do you know you’re having a beer?” He replied, “Yeah, that’s me and my mom’s favorite beer. We drink it all the time. Eversole called the police, but when deputies arrived the mother, Victoria Hampton, 26, told them it was an accident and left with the boy. But when officers followed her home, they found the boy on a scooter, holding another Smirnoff Ice. “You have to be on your toes because you never know what’s going to happen,” Eversole said.

That’s why we can’t have nice things!

Effective July 1 in Delaware, retail stores are no longer allowed to provide plastic bags for customer purchases. No problem, Acme shoppers told Christiana — we’ll just walk out with your plastic baskets. Delaware Online reported that the store’s supply of baskets had run out and manager Kaitlyn DiFrancesco would no longer be buying any more. Customers had the option of buying reusable shopping bags or paying 5 cents for paper bags at checkout, but instead, as soon as the ban took effect, they started lifting the baskets. Employees were told to stop customers, but some shoppers simply ignored the warning or slipped away unseen.

brilliant idea

Looking for new kicks that will make you a beer-loving fashion icon? Of course you are. Heineken teamed up with designer and sneaker customizer Dominic Ciambone to create Heinekicks – green, white and red high-top sneakers with a built-in bottle opener and the company’s latest brew, Heineken Silver, walking around in the soles. Oddity Central reported that the shoes provide a unique feel. “I can’t say I’ve ever designed a sneaker that has real ale in it before,” Ciambone said. Probably not – and only a handful of people will be able to wear them, with just 32 pairs slated to hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2022.

— distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication

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