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The tale of two really bad getaway routes


Worst escape route is through practicing cops

Sacramento police were chasing two teenage burglary suspects on Monday when the chase hit the campus of Foothill High School. Officers kept up as the teens tried to ditch them, according to the Sacramento Bee. So they headed to the football field, possibly hoping for a crowd where they could blend in. There were a lot of people practicing on the football field, so it seemed possible. The problem for the suspects was that most of the people practicing on the football field were cops, who were running plays they planned to use in a big charity game against the firefighters. When they saw their colleagues giving chase, they broke off their routes and joined in, at which point it more resembled a rugby scrum.

Second-worst: right past victim

A man in Magnolia, Wash., came home to find he had been burglarized. The front door was damaged, the house a disaster and the good stuff missing. So he called the police, and when they were doing their CSI thing, he decided to get out of their way and clear his head at a coffee shop. While getting caffeinated, he looked out the window and saw two men. They had a backpack and a camera that looked just like the ones that he just lost. So he called police, who followed the bus the men got on and apprehended them when it stopped.

Sociopathic network

They don't still love you if you get fat

Holiday weight gain is particularly problematic for members of the social network site When photos of members enjoying the holidays started popping up, and their mirth was accompanied by girth, officials at the site studied them, and then kicked off 5,000 members for not meeting the minimum attractiveness standards. "We responded to complaints by moving the newly chubby members back to the rating stage. This is the same as having them reapply," said director Greg Hodge. "Their reapplications were reviewed by existing members and only a few hundred were voted back in. Every year we see that some of our members from western cultures eat and drink to excess over the holidays and clearly their looks suffer." With notice of rejection, the site included information on fitness centers.


Krazy Glue revenge

Wendy Sewell, the last of the Krazy Glue Four, pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct for her role in the revenge case against the married man with whom she was involved. It is likely she will avoid jail time. Two accomplices took similar deals and charges were dropped against the man's wife. The women lured the man to a motel, restrained him and took out their frustrations with a particular part of his anatomy with a tube of Krazy Glue.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The tale of two really bad getaway routes 01/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 10:46pm]
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