Odd Side – September 10, 2019

Florida Man Parks Smart Car in Kitchen So It Won’t Blow Away

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – It started as a light-hearted challenge between a Florida couple: Can a Smart car fit into their kitchen? The answer: Yes it can.

Patrick Eldridge parked his smart car in his kitchen to protect it from Hurricane Dorian because he didn’t want it to “blow away” and to prove that he can park his car there.

Jessica Eldridge said her car was already parked in the garage. To avoid cleaning their garage out, her husband proposed to park it in the house.

“I said there was no way he could. He said he could,” Jessica said. “So he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit. He had it in with no problems.”

Dorian skirted Florida’s coast, narrowly missing Jacksonville as it headed northward along the Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina coastlines.

With the car in the middle of the kitchen, Jessica Eldridge had to move around it to cook and serve dinner.

“I’m hoping he will pull it out pretty soon once the wind dies down,” she said. “There is room and it’s not in the way, but my dogs are confused by it.”

Bear Brakes Into House, Leaves by Pushing Through a Wall

DENVER (AP) – A black bear broke into a Colorado house over the weekend and left by breaking through a wall.

Estes Park police say the break-in occurred Friday night and that the animal was likely attracted to trash.

A social media post by the police department said: “Upon officer’s arrival, said bear forcibly breached a hole in the wall … and made its escape.”

The Denver Post reports no one was injured.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said bears entered over 35 vehicles and nine residences in the Estes Park area in the 10 days before Aug. 3. Residents were encouraged to close and lock all doors and windows to homes and vehicles.

Vandalized Robot May Solve Mystery of Its Own Attack

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) – A 400-pound security robot that was knocked over by a vandal last month in Northern California may help bring its attacker to justice.

The Hayward Police Department on Tuesday released images of the suspect that the Knightscope K5 robot captured before it was damaged.

The 5-foot-tall robot, was guarding a parking garage when it was pushed over Aug. 3. K5’s photos show a young man in a black T-shirt and jeans running up moments before the attack.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding him.

The company that built the robot, Knightscope, tells the Fresno Bee that the robot is expected to make “a full and speedy recovery.”

Angry Wasps Help German Police Nab Fleeing Fugitive

BERLIN (AP) – A fugitive in Germany has been nabbed thanks to the help of angry wasps.

Oldenburg police said the unusual sting operation took place after officers tried to arrest a 32-year-old man to serve an outstanding 11-month custodial sentence.

The suspect, whose name wasn’t released, fled from police and jumped from a balcony straight into a wasps’ nest.

The irate insects attacked the man, prompting him to run onto the street. Officers tried to apprehend him there, only to be attacked by wasps themselves.

The suspect managed to break free but with wasps in hot pursuit chose to jump into an inflatable pool, where he was arrested.