Louisiana, Where Killing A Cab Driver “May” Be Considered Murder

Louisiana, Where Killing A Cab Driver “May” Be Considered Murder

Usually when you see signs reminding people of penalties for crimes, it’s because a particular offense carries with it a harsher-than-usual penalty — “Fines Doubled In Work Zone,” “Assaulting a Transit Employee is a Felony,” “Failure to Follow Cabin Crew’s Instructions May Result in Arrest”… that kind of thing. But the wording on one sign in Louisiana makes us wonder how little the folks of that state value taxi drivers. [More]

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Walmart Blames Xerox (Who Blames Walmart) For Unlimited EBT Shopping Spree

Over the weekend in Louisiana, some food stamp recipients realized that their EBT cards were suddenly showing up as having no limit, resulting in empty shelves and overflowing shopping carts as people tried to buy as much stuff as possible with their cards before the glitch was fixed. Now, Walmart and Xerox are playing the blame game over who’s at fault. [More]

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Threatening To Blow Up A Nuclear Power Plant Will Not Lower Your Utility Bill

Upset about some new surcharges on his power bill, a Louisiana man did what no one should absolutely ever, in any world, even consider doing — he allegedly threatened to blow up a nuclear power plant. [More]

Yes, You Can Be Charged With DWI For Driving Drunk On A Walmart Scooter

Yes, You Can Be Charged With DWI For Driving Drunk On A Walmart Scooter

If you think you have to be driving a car, truck, SUV, motorcycle or even a Vespa to qualify for a DWI, the police in Houma, Louisiana, would disagree. On Sunday night, they arrested a man for operating a Walmart motorized scooter while having a blood alcohol content of .179. [More]

Juvies Dosing Kids With Schizophrenia Meds To Keep Them Docile

Juvies Dosing Kids With Schizophrenia Meds To Keep Them Docile

An investigative report found that New Orleans juvenile detention centers are giving the kids potent antipsychotics four times as often as the conditions for which they were designed to treat, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, actually show up in the inmate population. People inside the system say the jails are dosing the kids because it’s easier to deal with them when they’re “little zombies.” [More]

BP Took 79 Days To Do Fix Citizen Sent Them On Day 6

BP Took 79 Days To Do Fix Citizen Sent Them On Day 6

A reader claims he emailed BP and the White House on April 28th with the very method put into place to seal the gushing oil well on July 10th, and all he ever got back were boilerplate form letter replies. [More]

Duo Buys $10K Worth Of Domino's Pizza With Stolen Credit Cards

Duo Buys $10K Worth Of Domino's Pizza With Stolen Credit Cards

Here’s a question for ya: If you were going to risk jail time by using stolen credit card information, what would you choose to spend the ill-gotten money on? According to police in Louisiana, the answer for two local men was to spend $10,000 dollars at Domino’s Pizza. [More]

Oh My God Is The Oil Spill Going To Mess Up The Oysters?

Oh My God Is The Oil Spill Going To Mess Up The Oysters?

The fish and shrimp might escape the oil, but what will happen to the oysters? Marketplace talks to Sal Sunseri, the owner of P&J Oysters in New Orleans, a company that’s been around since 1876 and is the number one oyster supplier to New Orleans restaurants. The question: What’s going to happen to the oysters if the spill gets worse? [More]

Man Causes Thousands In Fire Damage After Walmart Refuses Return

Man Causes Thousands In Fire Damage After Walmart Refuses Return

After Walmart wouldn’t let him make a return, Phillip R. Wright, 41, of Monroe, Louisiana, pictured, left, looking disgruntled and pretty “arsony,” set a men’s clothing rack inside the store on fire.

Seven-Year-Old Writes Perfect Complaint Letter, Gets Park Fixed

Seven-Year-Old Writes Perfect Complaint Letter, Gets Park Fixed

Louisiana seven-year-old Sydney Hotard fixed her broken playground by writing a well-crafted letter to her Parish President. Hotard was concerned that the plastic slide needed to be “more slippery” and that a nearby exposed electrical panel might be “dangerus.” Upon receiving the letter, Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet was so charmed that he ordered municipal workers to immediately fix the playground.

Healthy Appetites Banned From The Buffet

Healthy Appetites Banned From The Buffet

Two men from Houma, LA say they were banned from the Manchuria Restaurant for eating too much, too often.

Data Breach At Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

Data Breach At Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance has waited a month to inform students that a disc containing their FAFSA information has been lost. The FAFSA includes information “generally used in identity theft like names and social security numbers,” according to Melanie Amrhein, director of the office. The disc had “added security measures” that she says makes it “unlikely” that anyone will decipher the data.

Anonymous Businessman Settles Elderly Couple's Tax Nightmare

Anonymous Businessman Settles Elderly Couple's Tax Nightmare

Remember the Atwoods? They were facing the possibility of losing their home after it was sold to pay $1.63 in property tax.

Elderly Couple Could Lose Home Over $1.63 Tax Bill

Elderly Couple Could Lose Home Over $1.63 Tax Bill

In 1996 a property tax bill for $1.63 was mailed to Kermit and Dolores Atwood. The bill never reached its destination, according to the Times-Picayune. Now, 11 years later, the Atwoods are in danger of losing their home.

Guy Switches Price Tag On Walmart Plasma TV, Tries To Buy It For $4.88

Guy Switches Price Tag On Walmart Plasma TV, Tries To Buy It For $4.88

The dumb scams people try to pull never cease to amaze us. Take Chandon L. Simms, 23, of Monroe, LA. He walked into his local Walmart, grabbed a 42″ Sanyo Plasma TV, removed its price tag and affixed one that would scan for only $4.88.

Milk, Milk, Lemonade

Breastfeeding mothers can’t catch a break. Today’s tale of a woman being harassed for using her knockers as nature intended comes to us from Louisiana. Nicole Guillory, mother of 7-month-old Kaden, claims she was asked to stop breastfeeding while visiting a water massage store inside her local mall. The store owner, who was not present at the time, says the mommy was just asked cover that shit up. Nicole says she already was covered.

Friday Fashion Advice

Friday Fashion Advice

Telemarketing Chiropractor Sells Office Supplies, Conscience

Telemarketing Chiropractor Sells Office Supplies, Conscience

Dr. Kirtland Speaks, the chiropractor who’s suing Louisiana for his right to telemarket car accident victims using their phone numbers found in public accident reports, well, he’s moving from Texas to Louisiana and he’s got a hydrocullator or two to get rid of.