Weird news roundup: Parade confetti reveals personal information

Check that confetti for social security numbers!

Drunk arrested for telling kids Santa isn’t real

Thousands of children in Kingston, Canada are crying after a drunken 24-year-old told them Santa wasn’t real…at a Santa Claus parade.

One bystander reported to Kingston police the man’s gelled hair “looked like a set of devil horns protruding from his head.”

According to The Toronto Star, Const. Steve Koopman said the police argued his statement…and hoped the man didn’t ruin Christmas.

Police aren’t identifying the man, but say he’s on probation after spending Saturday night in a cell drying up.

The man is charged with causing a disturbance by being drunk and breach of probation. Police wouldn’t confirm his previous offense.

Alabama lawmaker wants guns at work

An Alabama lawmaker is once again pushing legislation that would allow residents to take handguns to work.

According to The Montgomery Advertiser, Republican state Sen. Roger Bedford field the bill in an effort to increase personal safety.

“I think it’s necessary so people will have peace of mind when they’re traveling to and from work,” he said.

Despite support from the National Rifle Association, similar bills have failed twice before.

The Business Council of Alabama opposes the measure, which would prevent most employers from stopping workers from having guns at work. Under the law, those who brought firearms tow ork would need to keep them locked up and out of sight.

Bedford says guns would still be banned on school campuses, and anywhere they’re already barred by federal law.

“If someone’s that crazy, hopefully the sheriff didn’t give a pistol permit in the first place,” he said.
Rich people finally have a reason to use vending machines

There’s a new kind of vending machine in Burbank, California.

Beverly Hills Caviar put a touch-screen venting machine at the Burbank Town Center, offering “a large selection of the world’s finest selection of caviar, truffles, escargot, bottarga, blinis, oils, Mother of Pearl plates and spoons, gift boxes and gourmet salts.”

According to CBS LA, prices run from $50 to $500.

The caviar machine isn’t the first e-food vendor to pop up in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, a cupcake bakery began dispensing treats from an ATM, 24-Hour Sprinkles.

If you’re in the area and just dying to drop 500 bucks on a vending machine snack, the machine is at the mall at 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., on the second floor across from Bath and Body Works. It operates daily from 7 a.m. till 2 a.m.

Man aiming to get 100 rejections fails after only three

As with most people on a personal quest, Jia Jiang started with a blog.  He’s looking to numb himself to rejection as he enters the world of startups.

What better way to do that then ask absurd requests of total strangers?

On Day 3, Jiang went to a Krispy Kreme and requested five doughnuts in the shape of the Olympic rings…in 15 minutes or less. Much to his surprise (and chagrin), the employee ran with his request, drew up blue prints of the doughnuts, and then baked them.

Employee Jackie didn’t charge him, because she said they weren’t quite what he asked for…but there they were: five semi-perfect rings of glazed delight.

Despite the fact that he wasn’t rejected, Jiang continues on with his experiment.  Some highlights: he tried to trade with the first guy in line on Black Friday at Best Buy, and attempted to send mail to Santa through FedEx.

Police officers private information rains down at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The worst thing that happened to you during Thanksgiving? Most likely, you had to sit through some treacherous re-telling of events that happened four decades ago by Aunt Frannie.

But for some, Thanksgiving could — at the best — mean embarrassment, and — at the worst — lead to identity theft.

Pix11 news reports confetti that rained down on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade revelers had Nassau County Police detectives’ social security numbers, bank info and unveiled undercover officers’ identities.

18-year-old Ethan Finklestein told the station he first noticed the personal confetti when a piece that said “SSN” landed on his friend’s coat.

“There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police.”

The papers had been shredded…but clearly not well enough. Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack told PIX11 “The Nassau County Police Department is very concerned about this situation. We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents.”


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