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PostSubject: In memory of...   Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:18 pm

This was e-mailed to me earlier. It is kind of scary true- Neutral

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AN OBITUARY PRINTED IN THE LONDON TIMES.

Interesting and sadly true.


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, 'Common Sense', who
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the
worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more
than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouth wash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job
that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could
not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and
criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took
a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own
home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement ..

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust. His
wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility, his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights; I Want It Now;
Someone Else Is To Blame; I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone
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PostSubject: Re: In memory of...   Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:57 am

I've decided that this would actually be great place to post articles related to our dear departed friend;

Common Sense


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Injured Good Samaritan ticketed for jaywalking
DENVER – A good Samaritan who helped push three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: A jaywalking ticket.
Family members said 58-year-old bus driver Jim Moffett and another man were helping two elderly women cross a busy Denver street in a snowstorm when he was hit Friday night.
Moffett suffered bleeding in the brain, broken bones, a dislocated shoulder and a possible ruptured spleen. He was in serious but stable condition Wednesday.
The Colorado State Patrol issued the citation. Trooper Ryan Sullivan said that despite Moffett's intentions, jaywalking contributed to the accident.
Moffett had been driving his bus when the two women got off. In the interest of safety, he got out and, together with another passenger, helped the ladies cross.
Moffett's stepson, Ken McDonald, said the driver of the pickup plowed into his stepfather, but not before Moffett pushed the two women out of the way.
When he awoke in intensive care, he learned of the ticket. "His reaction was dazed and confused. I was a little angry," said McDonald.
The other man also was cited for jaywalking, while the pickup driver was cited with careless driving that led to injury. Sullivan said the two elderly women haven't been cited but the investigation is ongoing.
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PostSubject: Re: In memory of...   Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:07 am

Let's see if any members can top this one...

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida woman called 911 three times after McDonald's employees told her they were out of Chicken McNuggets.

A police report says 27-year-old Fort Pierce resident Latreasa L. Goodman told authorities she paid for a 10-piece last week but was later informed the restaurant had run out.
She says she was refused a refund and told all sales were final. A cashier told police she offered Goodman a larger portion of different food for the same price, but Goodman became irate.

"This is an emergency. If I would have known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn’t have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don’t want one," Goodman told police, according to The Stuart News. "This is an emergency."

Police say Goodman was cited on a misuse of 911 charge. A current phone listing for Goodman couldn't be found.
A McDonald's spokesman says Goodman should have been given a refund, and she's being sent a gift card for a free meal.
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PostSubject: Re: In memory of...   Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:14 am

Ya just knew this was eventually going to happen...

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BMW left teetering on 100ft cliff edge after sat-nav directs driver up steep footpath By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 10:48 AM on 25th March 2009

A shocked driver is today facing a careless driving charge after his sat-nav left his BMW teetering on the edge of a cliff.
Robert Jones said he trusted the gadget and continued to follow its instructions, even when it took him up a steep, narrow footpath.
He only realised something was wrong when his car hit a fence and came to a stop just inches from a 100ft drop.
The 43-year-old, who works as a delivery driver, described the incident as a 'nightmare'.
He said 'It kept insisting the path was a road, even as it was getting narrower and steeper, so I just trusted it.
'I rely on my sat-nav, I couldn't do without it for my job.
'I guess I'm lucky the car didn't slip all the way over the edge. You don't expect to be taken nearly over a cliff.

The BMW owned by Robert Jones is hauled back from a 100ft drop by a four-wheel drive quad bike
'It has been a bit of a nightmare.'
A recovery team using a four-wheel drive quad bike took nine hours to haul the BMW away from the cliff edge off Bacup Road in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
The operation attracted a crowd of astonished residents.

One said: 'It's all well and good trusting your sat-nav, but how about trusting your eyes and when there's not a road in front of you, don't keep driving?
'I've heard of lorries getting stuck on village roads but this really takes lack of common sense to a new level.'


West Yorkshire Police confirmed they had charged Mr Jones, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
A spokesman said: 'Nobody was hurt, but when someone nearly drives off a cliff that shows a lack of care which needs to be investigated.
'The driver has been summonsed to court for driving without care and attention.'
The incident comes as Britain's worst ‘sat-nav blackspots’ were revealed for the first time.
In the worst cases, coaches or trucks have repeatedly become wedged in historic villages, and drivers have even been diverted up railway lines or across non-existent bridges.

Often the problems are caused by foreign drivers using navigation systems that were designed for cars.

Four million sat-navs, which can now cost less than £100, are thought to be in use in the UK.

The new research reveals 21 of the worst blackspots. They include one in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, where drivers are directed to a non-existent crossing over the River Severn.
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PostSubject: Re: In memory of...   Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:46 am

That one is going to be hard to top without hitting the darwin awards website. (BTW any posts in here from that site should be considered cheating)

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