Odd Side – November 26, 2019

Customers Help Waffle House Worker Left to Run Diner Alone

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Waffle House is known to not close for anything — even if there’s only one worker behind the counter.

Ethan Crispo& told& AL.com that was the case early Sunday morning at a location in Birmingham, Alabama. He says he came in just after midnight to find a single man tending to “the incoming crowd of hungry customers.”

That’s when Crispo says a customer stood up, asked the employee for an apron and got to work. Soon, other customers also jumped in to wash dishes and bus tables.

Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner says a scheduling miscommunication left the lone worker to take care of the restaurant by himself. Warner says Waffle House appreciates the customers who stepped up but prefer their associates behind the counter.

North Pole Lacks Enough Ice for Sculptures

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The annual ice sculpture park won’t open this year in North Pole, Alaska, because of a lack of ice.

Executive Director Keith Fye tells the& Fairbanks Daily News-Miner& it’s the first cancellation since the event started 14 years ago.

The ice park is located 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks. The park normally operates through December.

Fye said there isn’t enough ice on ponds to harvest for ice carving.

North Pole Community Chamber of Commerce director Marlene Fogarty-Phillips says the event attracted carvers from around the world.

Pet Shop Owner Says Suspects Threw Stolen Guinea Pig at Him

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky pet store owner says two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape.

News outlets report 21-year-old Isabelle Mason and 19-year-old and Jaimee Pack on Saturday tried to smuggle out the animals from Pet Paradise without paying. Owner Scott Gonyaw& told WKYT& he confronted the suspects, screaming “Give me the guinea pigs!” as they got into a car.

One suspect rolled down a window and tossed a four-month-old guinea pig named Lucky onto the concrete. The other ran over Gonyaw’s foot with the car. He says he suffered bruising.

Lucky wasn’t injured. The other guinea pig remains missing.

Ruff Ride: Florida Dog Bumps Car Into Motion, Gets Solo Trip

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) – Florida authorities say they responded to a rogue vehicle spinning in reverse around a suburban cul-de-sac with a lone occupant inside: a Black Labrador.

News outlets report residents called police Thursday after seeing the dog trapped and clambering around in the car as it spun in circles in a Port St. Lucie neighborhood.

Police say they think the dog’s owner stepped away from the running car and that’s when the pet knocked it into reverse. Neighbor Anne Sabol says she watched the furry speed racer take out a mailbox and a trash can.

Sabol says the dog was in high spirits after being rescued, adding it “jumped out of the car, wagging his tail.”

Police stopped the joyride by punching a passcode into the driver’s door. No one was hurt.