The Odd Side – July 4, 2017

Texas Fisherman Reels In 45-Year-Old Wallet

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) – A fisherman isn’t telling fish tales when he says he fished a 45-year-old wallet out of a West Texas lake.

The San Angelo Standard-Times reported that John Riley reeled in the wallet Thursday while fishing in Lake Nasworthy near San Angelo.

A metal Social Security card and a military dependent tag identified the owner as Kenneth Budden. The wallet belonged to him when he was a teenager in the 1970s.

Budden died in 2008 of pancreatic cancer, but the wallet was a welcome surprise to his family.

Riley announced his discovery on social media and was contacted hours later by Budden’s sister, Connie Evans. They made arrangements for Riley to return the wallet.

Cops Comb for Bald Man Who Swiped Rogaine in Detroit Area

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Police in suburban Detroit can skip barbershops as they search for a man who stole a hair growth product.

This guy is bald.

Dearborn police have security video of a bald man who is suspected of stealing Rogaine from a Walgreens store on June 22. Investigators say the man put seven boxes in a bag and dashed. He was wearing a shirt that said, “Air Force Dad.”

Police Chief Ron Haddad says it’s “not the most ‘hair-raising’ crime,” but he wants the public’s help. Police say the bald man could strike again because it takes many months of consistent use to grow hair.

Oops: Court Says Man Won’t Get Mistaken $2.7M Severance

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) – Well, it was a nice try.

The Michigan appeals court says in a ruling released Wednesday that a man who was mistakenly told that he would receive a $2.7 million severance can’t collect the windfall.

Francois El-Hayek was laid off from Trico Products in suburban Detroit in 2014. He was told that he would receive about $81,000 a week for 34 weeks.

But it was a mistake. Trico says the document should have said El-Hayek would get a total of roughly $81,000.

El-Hayek didn’t receive any of the inflated payments and sued Trico, saying the company violated the deal by not paying the larger amount. He says $81,000 a week for 34 weeks seemed fair, based on his 28 years of service.

But the appeals court says a contract can be fixed when someone in El-Hayek’s shoes knows about the mistake but remains silent.

Never Mind: Police Say Would-Be Robber Apologizes to Clerk

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Police in South Carolina are seeking a man who apologized after attempting to rob a convenience store.

The Sun News reports that Horry County police say they responded June 18 to a Circle K in Little River after the unidentified man walked inside and demanded money while holding a knife.

A police report says a night clerk told them the man entered the store around 1 a.m. and approached the counter. Police say the “unfazed” clerk didn’t give the man money and told him to leave. The man realized his efforts were going nowhere and apologized, put the knife back in his pocket and left.

Driver Ticketed for Strapping Furniture, Bicycles to Roof

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – One New Hampshire driver should’ve heeded the old advice that you can’t take it with you.

WMUR reports a minivan pulled over on Wednesday had furniture, bicycles and boxes strapped to the roof and a wheeled basket dangling over the back window. There was also a furniture dolly hanging against a driver’s side window.

The items on the roof doubled the height of the van, which was pulled over going north on Interstate 93 near Londonderry.

State police posted a picture of the van online.

Police are warning people to avoid driving with too many items strapped to the tops of their vehicles. They say the number of items on the van constituted a hazard.

Police issued the driver a ticket for negligent driving and having an uninspected vehicle.