Weird Criminal Law Stories # 490: Ice Cream?

FLORIDA: You scream, they scream, we all scream for ice cream! A drive-through customer became enraged when he was told the ice cream machine was out of order at a McDonald’s in Delray Beach. The customer became so enraged he pulled out a replica AR-15 assault rifle and aimed it at the window clerk who had delivered the bad news. Another employee watching surveillance video called 911 and police promptly arrived and arrested the customer and his passenger for assault.


GEORGIA: The headline read, “Bee Bumbler!” A man’s attempt to burn bees out of their nest backfired after the after his stupid method of extermination set his home on fire. A county Deputy Fire Chief said the homeowner lit a stick on fire then tried to poke the flaming stick into the bee’s nest near his roof. Unfortunately, that set fire to part of the house, with flames spreading through the attic and engulfing much of the entire house. There were no injuries but the fire charred the entire roof.


ILLINOIS: IRONY? A woman was arrested for drunken driving – while she was driving to a court-ordered DUI class for a previous arrest, officials said. Vanessa Vargas, 23, from the Chicago suburb of Cicero, blew a .196 blood-alcohol level when she was pulled over at the end of July, authorities said. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.


LOUISIANA:  He was a cereal offender. A man speeding down an interstate highway was arrested after deputies allegedly found two pounds of marijuana in cereal boxes in his vehicle. Donald Roots-Scott, 23, of Sacramento, California, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and speeding. Deputies pulled Roots-Scott over for traveling at nearly 90 mph on I-12, in early August. Police report that they found marijuana hidden inside Honey Nut Cheerios and Cap’n Crunch Crunch Berries cereal boxes.


LOUISIANA:  Steamroller robbery? Travis Campbell, 33, boosted a CAT steamroller from a closed construction site in New Orleans and motored away at the top speed of 8 miles per hour. When police officers caught up with him, Campbell claimed to be a worker at the site. However, the construction company maintained that Campbell had not returned his keys when he was fired several year ago. We wonder whether there is a black market for stolen steamrollers.



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