The Odd Side – December 6, 2016

Macaw Poses in Man’s Mug Shot After Unlucky Court Appearance

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 4-year-old macaw named “Bird” is an instant celebrity after appearing in a posed booking mug shot in Oregon with his unfortunate owner.

Craig Buckner left Bird in a tree outside court in Washington County while he went in for an appearance in an ongoing case, said Sgt. Bob Ray, the sheriff’s spokesman. When he realized he was going to be arrested, Buckner got very upset and deputies finally realized why.

“He was very concerned about Bird the bird,” Ray said. “Very distraught.”

Bird was 30 feet up the tree, Ray said, and it was getting dark and rainy. Temperatures were in the low 40s.

Deputies realized there was no way Bird — a tropical parrot — would survive overnight, but he would not come to them.

They eventually brought Buckner outside and removed the restraints from one of his hands.

Bird immediately flew down to Buckner and landed on his shoulder.

The macaw stayed with deputies for several hours and feasted on peanuts until they reached a friend who could pick Bird up.

While they waited, deputies let Buckner’s feathered friend sit on his shoulder in a set up booking shot, just for kicks.

They also took a real booking photo of Buckner without Bird — but the macaw still managed to photo bomb it with a few of his colorful feathers, Ray said.

“It’s quite funny,” he said. “How can you resist that?”

The department is proud of how it landed the Bird, even if it did take extra time on a busy day, Ray said.

“We’re not all robots. We’re humans, we love animals and we want to do the right thing,” he said.

“For the animal, and for Mr. Buckner too.”

Retiring Worker Sends Exit Survey Complaints To 2,000 Employees&

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A retiring Pennsylvania Turnpike worker decided brutal honesty was the way to go when he filled out an exit survey after a 35-year career.

Instead of emailing it only to the human resources department, he hit the “reply all” button, sending his critique of the operation to more than 2,000 colleagues.

Midlevel manager Michael Stuban tells The Philadelphia Daily News that the agency asked for honesty and he delivered. He made it clear that he liked his job but thought the turnpike commission was run by “out of touch” executives taking care of politically connected friends.

“Jobs/promotions are filled by the politicians, (and) it’s who you know, not what you know. Positions (are) created for people who are not qualified,” he wrote in the questionnaire.

Stuban, 58, said he retired a few years early because of the growing tide of low morale. He regrets that agency leaders don’t seem eager to investigate his complaints, but instead fired back a tart reply.

Turnpike Commission chairman Sean Logan, a former state senator, was not amused by Stuban’s remarks. He sent a “reply-all” note of his own that said he was glad he had never met him.

“He did miss the point,” Stuban said. “If it was an effective company and someone told you there are problems and no morale, you don’t have to believe me, but maybe someone should check into it.”

Five-Thousand Fish in Ice at Japan Skating Rink Sparks Uproar

TOKYO (AP) – An amusement park in western Japan sparked an uproar after it displayed about 5,000 dead fish in the ice at a skating rink, forcing the park to close the attraction.

Space World received a flood of criticism after opening the rink on Nov. 12. It was closed Sunday.

About 25 different kinds of fish could be seen under the 250-meter (820-foot)-long ice circuit. The park in the city of Kitakyushu opened the “Ice Aquarium” as an “attraction never heard about.”

Japanese broadcaster NHK showed the fish frozen in ice on a blue floor, so it looked like they were swimming below the ice. The general manager of Space World, Toshimi Takeda, said that the fish in the ice had been intended “to give the feel of the ocean to the ice skating rink,” and that the amusement park is “extremely remorseful to have invoked such unpleasant feelings.”

Space World said the fish were purchased from a fish market, and were dead before the water was frozen.