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Family Values, Funeral Issue
A family scuffle broke out at a funeral Aug. 6 at Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Richmond, California, after the deceased’s son and daughter began fighting, SFGate reported. Police were called to the scene around 1:30 p.m., where up to 20 family members left the service to fight one another. The 36-year-old brother got into a vehicle and “attempted to aggressively approach his sister, but instead he punched another woman and took her to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” said Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy of the Richmond Police Department. He also managed to knock over headstones and break a water pipe, causing the burial ground to fill with water. That coup de grace overthrew the coffin; Luckily the deceased didn’t fall out. When the brother finally emerged from the car, someone hit him with a stick to restrain him. The brother was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.

Ooohhh-kaaaayyyy
Toronto-based Angel Domingo is a big fan of trading items on resale websites. When he moved into a new home and found a single stick of cheese in the fridge, it was a no-brainer for him: buy a billboard in Yonge-Dundas Square and offer the Black Diamond Cheese String in exchange for the best deal. “That’s probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever had to offer,” Domingo told Global News. “I think some people really want it.” He has received several offers for the cheese, the most unusual so far being a deal for two Persian cats. He hasn’t struck a deal yet, but he’s in no hurry: there are still months to go before the expiration date.

Parent of the Year
The mother of a 6-year-old boy from Butler County, Ohio, was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with endangering a child and contributing to a child’s delinquency, WLWT-TV reported. The incident began when Olivia Eversole, a worker at a Marathon gas station in Hanover Township, saw the boy emerge from a car with a Smirnoff Ice. Eversole asked the boy, “Do you know you drink a beer?” He replied, “Yes, that’s my and my mom’s favorite beer. We drink it all the time.” Eversole called police but when MPs arrived, the mother, Victoria Hampton, 26, told them it was an accident and left with the boy. But when officers followed her home, they found the boy holding a scooter and another Smirnoff Ice. “You have to be on your toes because you never know what’s going to happen,” Eversole said of the incident.

That’s why we can’t have nice things!
Beginning July 1, retail stores in Delaware were no longer allowed to supply plastic bags for their customers’ purchases. No problem, said shoppers at Acme in Christiana — we’ll just walk out with your plastic shopping baskets. Delaware Online reported that the store had run out of baskets and manager Kaitlyn DiFrancesco would not be buying any more. Customers had the option to buy reusable shopping bags or pay 5 cents for paper bags at the checkout, but instead they started raising baskets as soon as the ban went into effect. Staff were asked to stop customers, but some shoppers simply ignored the warning or slipped out unnoticed.

Oh crap!
Drivers on I-94 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, had to negotiate an alarming obstacle course around 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 9, WISN-TV reported. As a pickup truck was towing Port-a-Potty, at least seven of them slid off the truck and landed upright on the road, causing panic among those following behind. “I was like, ‘Is that a port-a-potty?'” said driver Alex Hilario. “Where did it come from anyway? Did they put it there? Because it was standing but rolling.” Hilario’s car collided with a portable John, but he was not injured. Driver Vern Hicks also hit one of the suitors and may have to total his car. Most units were hit by cars; A Waukesha County sheriff’s deputy said he was responding “to this shitty situation.”

Cameras are everywhere
dr Yue “Emily” Yu, 45, of Mission Viejo, California, was taken into custody Aug. 4 after her husband alerted police that she was trying to poison him by adding Drano to his hot soda. The Merkur News reported. Yu’s husband first noticed a chemical taste in his drink in March and suffered from “two stomach ulcers, gastritis and esophagitis,” according to his divorce filing filed Aug. 5. He installed cameras in the kitchen and collected video evidence. Yu reached under the sink and poured some from a Drano bottle into his drink. Yu’s attorney says she “vehemently and unequivocally denies ever attempting to poison her husband or anyone else.” She was released after posting bail.

wait what
Victor Hugo Mica Alvarez, 30, kicked off this year’s Pachamama (Mother Earth) festival with a bang, Metro News reported. After drinking heavily during the opening of the festival on August 1, Alvarez said he ended up in Achacachi, Bolivia – 50 miles from El Alto, where he passed out – trying to get out of a buried coffin to free. He claims he was a human sacrifice: “We went dancing. And after that I don’t remember. The only thing I remember is thinking I was in my bed, I wanted to get up to urinate and I couldn’t move,” Alvarez said. He said he was able to breaking glass in the coffin and dirt started pouring in. After crawling out, he asked a nearby person for help. Local police didn’t believe Alvarez, saying he was too drunk to know what happened, and to come back when he’s sober.

Good idea
Looking for new kicks that brand you as a beer-loving fashion icon? Of course you are. Heineken teamed up with sneaker designer and customizer Dominic Ciambone to create Heinekicks — signature green, white, and red high-tops with a built-in bottle opener and the company’s latest brew, Heineken Silver, embedded in the soles sloshing around. Oddity Central reported that the shoes have a unique feel. “I can’t say I’ve ever designed a sneaker that contains real beer,” Ciambone said. Probably not – and only a handful of people will ever be able to wear them, with just 32 pairs set to hit the market in Q4 2022.

Unclear about the concept
Miles Routledge, 23, of Birmingham, England, has stirred controversy by repeatedly traveling to Afghanistan and siding with members of the Taliban Daily Star reported. Routledge tweeted on Aug. 9: “I am officially Afghanistan’s largest exporter to England. Over 150 Flags, Patches, and Carpets” with a photo of his loot. But what really gets people excited is a rug he bought depicting the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Routledge believes the carpet does not glorify the attacks; Instead, it was “made by Afghan women to tell the story of a historical event. Hundreds of American soldiers who enlisted because of 9/11 have this rug in their homes,” he claimed. Routledge called Taliban members “nice guys” for having tea with them after stumbling into their compound during a trip in April.

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