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German Man Scams One Bottle Recycling Machine Out of $47,000 USD

Photo: Technicity
Photo: Technicity

A full 90% of Americans say they recycle and reuse plastic bags. One German man, however, took the term “reusing” a little too literally and just received his day in court for scamming a bottle recycling machine out of thousands of dollars.

The man, a drink vendor in Cologne, Germany, manipulated one of his company’s drink machines to use the same bottle thousands of times. He did so by installing a magnet sensor and a small wooden tunnel, where he could insert one plastic bottle into the machine, receive the compensation, and retrieve the bottle without it getting shredded.

The cost of the contraption? $5,300 USD. He was able to extract $47,073 USD, which gave him a profit of $41,773 USD.

The unnamed man reported inserting one bottle into his machine 177,451 times to get this hefty profit. Luckily for him, the recycling company didn’t even bat an eye at this amount, and only became aware once they were tipped off by an undercover detective.

While it’s unknown how long it took the man to earn his reward, he did admit to having a radio by his machine while inserting the bottle all day.

The judge on the case described this exploitation as a “logistical master stroke,” and believed that the defendant must have “done nothing else every day other than attend to the machine.”

He also admitted that he did have a distraction. “I had a radio next to it because otherwise it was really boring,” the defendant replied, according to The Local.

However, the defendant’s lawyer put up a good fight, saying that even though her defendant broke the law, he did not invent the scam. He just simply copied it.

German newspaper Kölner Stadt Anzeiger reports that the recycling company the Deutsche Pfandsystem Gesellschaft is suffering losses in the millions because of this one man’s actions.

The man was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and was convicted of professional deception.

Cirque du Soleil Accident Leaves Set Technician Dead

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*After recently seeing Toruk: The first Flight, a new Cirque du Soleil show that opens in January; but previewed at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in November, I was reminded of the admiration and respect I have for the work that these athletes do as performers; and the team behind the scenes that supports them. Yet at the same time we in the audience wonder at what cost are these jaw-dropping feats accomplished or perfected. Today offered a sad reality as the news of one of the brands employees, a technician who was preparing the set for a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s show, ‘Luzia,’ was struck by a piece of lifting equipment and later succumbed to his injuries.

According to an ABC News report…

San Francisco police responded to the accident at 6:43 p.m. in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood. “The employee was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries,” police said in a statement, adding that investigators would be on scene to determine the cause of the accident.

“It is with immense sadness that we report a fatal accident that occurred on Nov. 29, during the preset of the show “Luzia” in San Francisco,” Cirque du Soleil said in a statement. “One of our employees, a technician on the show, was struck by a lift and passed away from his injuries.”

The company declined to release the person’s name. Tuesday’s 8 p.m. show was canceled.

 

 

OMG! San Francisco Skyscraper is ‘Sinking’ Steadily (Photos Captured from Space!)

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By the way, I worked in the building directly to the left in 1989.

*Renamed the Leaning Tower of San Francisco (after Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa) a highrise building in the Bay Area has sunk at least 16 inches and now appears to have tilted two inches to the northwest. The structure is the Millennium Tower on Mission Street. Now the City of San Francisco, who claims the problem was never disclosed to potential buyers, according to a news report by ABC World News Tonight, is suing the building’s developers.

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Italy’s famed Leaning Tower of Pisa

Outside of the building, deep cracks appear in the sidewalk and building residents admit they don’t feel safe.

Frank Jernigan, one of the residents, demonstrates to ABC News reporter Kaya Whitworth, how the building tilts by placing a marble on the floor in his home. The marble not only rolls towards the tilt, but also changed direction showing the building’s imbalance. Continue reading

Ugh! Crazed Woman, Pissed at Cops, Pisses and Poops in Patrol Car

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*A woman who was chased, caught and arrested after store employees called the cops claiming she stole three beers, was so mad she decided to lose her nature while in the back of a patrol car.

Ugh. Say it with me, UGH!!!  

This time I am standing with the cops! A 7-Eleven employee in Hollywood, Florida made the call because Arlene Mena  had stolen three Yuengling beers, according to police. But when Mena saw the officer coming, she ran. The cop did notice she had a small dog in her arms. But then she fell and upon getting up, through the poor animal into oncoming traffic.

Fortunately for the dog, an officer dodged cars and was nearly hit several times, before catching the animal, unharmed. Continue reading

This 7-Time Lottery Winner (He’s Real, Y’all) Shows Us How to Win Too!

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*Be warned. For the most part, I’m going to shut up and allow YOU to watch the videos. They’re self explanatory. I have not won a lottery even once. At least nothing worth mentioning. Well wait, there was that one time when I bought a scratch off and every number I picked was a winning one.

But it only amounted to $50 total.

This man named Richard Lustig has won the lottery, including scratch offs, SEVEN FREAKIN’ TIMES. He has been all over TV. He’s on Wikipedia. And of course, his strategy is considered controversial.

But who cares, that’s what the “experts” call anything they can’t figure out, yes?

Over a 17 year period and 7 Jackpots later, Richard Lustig has won over $1,052,205.58.

The only tip I will share from Mr. Lustig is NEVER BUY QUICK PICKS.

OK wait. I’ll share one more from him. But then you will need to watch BOTH videos to learn more.

Mr. Lustig says, don’t buy different multiple tickets. For example, don’t go to the counter and say: Gimme two of those and one of those. INSTEAD, if you are going to buy say, 10 tickets, choose 10 of the same kind.

Hey, I was taught early to only seek advice from those who have proven their method. After all, you wouldn’t ask for financial advice from a poor person would you? Continue reading

$20,000 Beer Served in a Stuffed Squirrel — When It Comes to Fundraising, This Brewery Has It All

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BrewDog

While the craft beer market is worth $19.6 billion nationwide, an Ohio brewery has come up with a priceless way to package their rare craft beer. It involves a squirrel, a taxidermist named Simon the Stuffer, and a whole lot of laughs.

Columbus Ohio-based brewery BrewDog has recently released its limited edition brew, which puts rivals to shame. The End of History is making its debut for the first time in six years, but this time, the packaging is a little different.

Interested? All a beer lover has to do is to drop $20,000 on the beer, pick out a squirrel you’d like taxidermied, and then enjoy your brew. Oh, and for that price, you’ll get an equity stake in the up and coming BrewDog business.

This creative plan is all a part of BrewDog’s scheme to raise $50 million dollars in order to build a new brewery in their hometown of Columbus, OH, and smaller brewpubs around the city. They’ve launched a crowdfunding fundraiser, which asks beer lovers nationwide to donate money in exchange for a taste of their specialty beer.

BrewDog decided to create The End of History because Ohio recently lifted its alcohol by volume limit on beers, which means the brewery could create a craft beer without worrying about its potency. Once BrewDog announced The End of History was to be brewed at their new facility, investors came pouring in.

“We’ve definitely seen a boost in the number of Equity Punk shareholders coming on board since we announced that the first beer we will be brewing in our U.S. brewery will be The End of History,” James Watt, co-founded of Brew Dog explains to Times Money. “Craft beer lovers in America have shown that they want to join us on the crazy ride that lies ahead. We wouldn’t have a US brewery without our investors, and we want to celebrate by giving them access to something extra exclusive that you just can’t get your hands on any other way.”

So why the squirrel? The answer is straightforward — Watt simply liked taxidermy and wanted to make the bottle as distinctive as possible. Hence, the partnership with Simon, BrewDog’s taxidermy specialist.

This begs the question, does Simon the Stuffer get a complimentary bottle?

Awesome ‘Thank You’ Note from Mom to Ex-Husband’s New Woman Goes Viral

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*Well THIS is a different look between exes and the new significant others in their lives. Even moreso, niceties shared between two women of different cultures…with a child in the middle, is usually a powerplay tool and generally, a sure-fire recipe for drama. But the mother of a beautiful little girl has brought a whole new meaning to share the love and from the look of things, it could be a game changer moving forward.

Audrey Nicole and her husband are divorced. Now, her ex has a new girlfriend and because of shared custody, Nicole sends their little girl, named Riley, to spend time with her father.

Of course this means the new woman will be there too.

But this doesn’t bother Nicole. In fact, on a  Love What Matters Facebook page, she actually shared a funny photo of Riley making silly faces with the girlfriend of her dad. She also wrote a powerful piece to accompany to picture; which serves as a ‘Thank you’ note to the woman, and encourages ex-wives to grown up and look at the benefits of having a woman caring for someone else’s child like their own.

The love went viral. Continue reading

Police Officers Buy Bike For Teen Who Walked Two Hours To Work

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*Every time I see a picture of a white police officer with a black teen, lately, it seems one has a gun pulled on the other — or one’s on the ground dying.

As BeBe & CeCe Winans famously sang back in the day, “Love Said Not So!” 

During his routine night patrol, Officer Kirk Keffer spotted Jordan Duncan walking down quiet street in northern California.

“The street that I caught him on is really dark, and there’s no sidewalk.  And he was dressed in all black,” said Keffer, who stopped his car to question Duncan, 18.

I know.  You can almost see the kid’s black hoodie, can’t you?  You think you could write the end of this story, don’t you?   But keep reading.  Trust me.

Duncan explained that he’d just gotten off from his graveyard shift packing boxes at a nutritional supplement company, and he was just making his way home.  Typically, the seven mile commute would be easy, but it had recently become a two hour slog by foot.

“My car broke down,” Duncan explained, “so I figured I had no other way to work.  I didn’t want to burden others by asking for a ride.”

Officer Keffer was astounded by the story, and Duncan’s pending uphill walk home.

“So I said, ‘If you don’t mind, hold on a second.’ I went over to my front seat, cleared it out, and asked him if I could give him a ride home. He’s like, ‘You can do that?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I can do that.'”

Warms your heart, doesn’t it, especially in our current political and social climate?  A white cop asking a black kid if he can help him.

And it gets better… Continue reading