This tofu-loving hamster (probably) didn't steal the delivery truck. (pyza*)

Truck Full Of Tofu, Organic Drinks Goes Missing From Safeway Parking Lot

If we were going to steal a semi truck full of something from a grocery store (we would never do something like that, and we suggest you don’t either), it certainly wouldn’t be one brimming with tofu and organic health drinks. But those items were apparently appealing to one Oregon thief Tuesday when he made off with a truck full of the products.  [More]

Surveillance video shows two women stealing two TVs from Walmart on Saturday.

Police: Women Steal TV From Walmart, Change Clothes And Steal Another One

Earlier this month, a man masquerading as a Walmart employee walked in the door, grabbed four big screen TVs and simply walked back out the way he came. While that was no doubt a brazen shoplifting incident, two women may have topped him over the weekend: police say the women swiped one TV from a local store, changed their clothing and then stole another TV — from the same store.

Whataburger Employee Refuses To Serve Police Officers, Gets Fired

Whataburger Employee Refuses To Serve Police Officers, Gets Fired

If this is a fast-food trend, it’s one that deserves stern disapproval from both a human and a business perspective. A few weeks ago, an Arby’s employee reportedly refused to serve police officers food. Now after a Whataburger employee reportedly told two cops that the restaurant wouldn’t serve them, the company has apologized and says that the employee who refused the cops has been fired. [More]


Police Return Woman’s Stolen Car With Drugs, Weapons Still Inside It

When your car is stolen, you can’t always expect to get it back. And if you are lucky enough to be reunited, you might then expect that a few things could be missing — nice electronics, your collection of road trip CDs featuring cool jams from the ’90s, etc. But in the case of a Calgary woman whose stolen car was returned to her recently by police, she was definitely surprised to find her missing vehicle had a few things it didn’t have when it went missing, including drugs, weapons and other illicit items. [More]

(Nicholas Eckhart)

Arby’s CEO Apologizes After Florida Police Officer Was Reportedly Refused Service

The CEO of Arby’s has apologized to a Florida police department after an employee at a local restaurant reportedly refused to serve a uniformed officer. [More]

Police: Man Who Called 9-1-1 Lied About Having Chest Pains, Just Wanted Help Fixing His AC

Police: Man Who Called 9-1-1 Lied About Having Chest Pains, Just Wanted Help Fixing His AC

Despite the plethora of services that are available these days at the touch of a button, there are still those who seem determined to stick with calling 9-1-1 — even when there’s no actual emergency. Police in Pennsylvania say a man who called complaining of chest pains was fit as a fiddle, and actually just needed help fixing his air conditioning. [More]

Man Who Shot His Computer In An Alley Pleads Guilty To Criminal Charge

Man Who Shot His Computer In An Alley Pleads Guilty To Criminal Charge

Remember the guy who executed his misbehaving computer in an alley behind his home? He won’t be shooting up any more electronics any time soon, after he pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm within the city limits of Colorado Springs. [More]

(Colorado Springs Police Department)

Police: Man Sick Of Fighting His Computer Took It Into The Alley And Shot It

Listen, everyone has their issues with computers, and we all know they’re going to be our overlords in the future, but taking out your frustrations by firing a few shots into the offending technology won’t go over well with law enforcement. [More]

(Kenny Louie)

More Police Departments Institute Safe Zones For Craigslist Trades

We often share stories of trades and sales that originate online, are completed in person, and go terribly awry, like. After one town in Pennsylvania designated a Craigslist Transaction Safe Zone, other areas have joined in. Sure, it’s nothing beyond inviting people to participate in swaps in the police station parking lot, but maybe having a designated community trading spot will catch on. [More]


Police: Man Called 9-1-1 A Dozen Times Claiming Bar Overcharged Him For Beer

Will calling emergency services repeatedly about a bar bill summon the cops? Sure, but they won’t be helping to sort out whether or not you were overcharged for a beer, they’ll be charging you with abusing the 9-1-1 system, an offense that can bring up to a year in jail and a fine that is the equivalent of many, many beers. [More]

Watch Texas Law Enforcement Blow Up 20,000 Pounds Of Illegal Fireworks

Watch Texas Law Enforcement Blow Up 20,000 Pounds Of Illegal Fireworks

Though the people who bought a whole bunch of illegal fireworks never got to see it happen, their ill-gotten products have gone BOOM! in the end, anyway: Officials in Texas recently destroyed about 20,000 pounds worth of confiscated fireworks, bringing them to the end they were always destined to meet. [More]

Police In New Hampshire Town Issuing Tickets Good For Free Pizza And French Fries

This is what fries look like, sometimes. (Dyanna Hyde)

I’m halfway out the door already: Police in a New Hampshire town are rewarding residents for good behavior by issuing them with tickets that are good for free pizza and French fries. I repeat: FREE PIZZA AND FRENCH FRIES. [More]

(Alan Rappa)

Police: Drunk Drivers Poured Water On Road After Crash To Make It Look Like Ice Caused Accident

What kind of awful person deliberately makes a road icy in the winter? The kind of person who does it to cover up a drunk-driving accident. At least police in New Jersey busted an alleged icing scheme cooked up by two men accused of driving while intoxicated. [More]

(Alan Rappa)

Deputy Fired For Threatening To Arrest Photographer Who Took Pictures Of Police In Public

As we’ve covered before, courts have ruled time and again that police can’t force citizens to stop taking photographs of them in public so long as you don’t interfere with their work. That doesn’t stop cops from ordering people to put their cameras away, and didn’t prevent on sheriff’s deputy in Washington state from making multiple empty threats of arrest against a Seattle news photographer who took pics of a police action in public. But after an investigation by the sheriff’s office, that deputy has been dismissed for abusing his authority. [More]

(City of Lowell)

Michigan Cops Playing Sneaky Santa Pull Over People To Give Them Gifts Instead Of Tickets

What’s the worst thing you can see in the rearview mirror? Police lights flashing as a cop tells you to pull over (that or an avalanche/tornado/mob of goblins chasing you). So for Michigan drivers who stopped for the long arm of the law realized they were getting a treat instead of a ticket from sneaky Santa police, Christmas came extra early. [More]

(kristen says)

Police Chase Down Stolen Doughnut Truck [Insert Obvious Joke Here]

Police chasing after doughnuts — am I stuck in one of Uncle Larry’s jokes? No, not this time: Someone stole a van full of doughnuts and led police on a merry chase for it through Portland, OR, before cops were able to apprehend the suspect and make him drop a pilfered pastry he was apparently munching on during the pursuit. No doughnut left behind. [More]


Police Officers Finish Delivering Order After Pizza Hut Driver Is Injured In Car Crash

It’s the joke that must be made — Portland Police not only protect, but they serve… pizza. Because after a Pizza Hut delivery driver was injured in a car crash, the cops made a special effort to ensure that his customers didn’t go hungry, and delivered up the pizza in his stead. [More]

An Al Jazeera TV crew being tear-gassed by authorities in Ferguson (via BoingBoing)

The Police Can’t Order You To Stop Filming Them In Public, Or Force You To Delete Pics From Phone

A good deal of the footage coming out Ferguson, Missouri, this week has been provided by non-journalists, using their phones to record and photograph events. At the same time, reports claim that police are attempting to block both ordinary citizens and journalists from documenting the situation. What these officers either don’t know or aren’t saying is that you have the legal right to photograph the police, even when they tell you not to. [More]