Odd Side – May 7, 2019

Firefighter Recruitment Ad Touts ‘Low Pay, Cool Helmet’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri county trying to recruit new firefighters is getting real with its sales pitch, saying in signs posted outside its stations that the job offers “Hard Labor, Odd Hours, Low Pay (and) Cool Helmet.”

KFVS reports that the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District’s chief, Jeremy Perrien, says most advertisements are “kind of boring.” He says that’s why they “wanted to add some humor to it” and “try to catch people’s attention.”

Perrien says they’re short about 15 firefighters, and rarely have a full staff. The recruitment ad comes amid a shortage of volunteer firefighters in the Heartland.

German Police: Shiny Gold Porsche a Danger to Other Drivers

BERLIN (AP) – German authorities have ordered a blinged-out golden Porsche off the road for being too shiny.

Hamburg’s Morgenpost reported that the 31-year-old driver was stopped in the northern city and told his Porsche Panamera, sporting a reflective gold foil finish, might blind other drivers and was a danger. He was told to remove the foil and re-register the car, but police say he continued to drive it.

The driver was stopped again the following week and police took his keys, papers and license plate, before the vehicle was towed to a garage. He was fined an unspecified amount and will have to remove the foil to make the car street legal again.

Mysterious Bowls of Mashed Potatoes Confuse Mississippians

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Residents of a neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, are confused by the bowls of mashed potatoes they’re finding on their cars, porches and mailboxes.

Resident Jordan Lewis described the Belhaven neighborhood as a quirky one, “so we don’t know if someone is just playing a prank or if someone just had a lot of leftovers,” Lewis said.

But Sebastian Bjernegard says some residents fear there’s a more sinister message behind the potatoes.

“Some people were thinking maybe the mashed potatoes were poisoned to kill animals,” he said, noting that he almost stepped into a bowl of potatoes.

It’s unclear if anyone has eaten the potatoes, and news outlets report residents haven’t alerted law enforcement. Resident Michaela Lin says some of potato-finders have connections to a local private university, which may be a clue.

Police Video Shows Robber Was Really Robot Vacuum Cleaner

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Authorities have released police body camera video showing the moment when officers in Oregon realized a suspected robber holed up in a bathroom was really a robotic vacuum cleaner.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says deputies discovered the menacing appliance after entering the bathroom with guns drawn.

Assisted by a Beaverton canine officer, they had gone to the home after a house sitter called 911 Monday, saying someone was inside the bathroom.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Danny DiPietro says this encounter was his first “Roomba burglar” in 13 years on the job.

He says the office is still having a good laugh about it. Beaverton is a suburb west of Portland.