TGIF. No, Really.

If you think you’ve had a bad week, just remember – it could have been worse. Check out what happened to these guys (and gals)…

In Buckeye, Arizona, an unnamed man strolled into the local Walmart…”carrying,” as they say, a semiautomatic handgun… which began to slip as he carried it unholstered… in the waistband… of his sweatpants… Can you see where this is headed?

In Cape Coral, Florida, Travis Howard, 40, asked his Uber driver if he could go to bed when he got home… which certainly was an odd comment… but then Travis had been drinking… a lot… which might have also explained his confusion about the kind of car he was in

In Norman, Oklahoma, Steven Bivins and Sharod Brown walked into a T-Mobile store here about 7:30 pm, wearing masks, brandishing a small baseball bat, and making demands… ordering two store clerks to fill a garbage bag with the store’s priciest merchandise… which turned out to be about 30 Apple and Samsung cell phones… worth about $30,000… they walked out with the merchandise… and a little something “extra”

Ever have one of those friends who just keeps on bragging about his (or her) hunting exploits… including ones that are out of season? Well, in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Canada, Donny Justin Lloyd is apparently just such an individual… and he was telling those tales to a neighbor (in Canada, they’d be a neighbour)… who happened to be

In Downey, California, Hector Hernandez, 47, had always been “a big guy”… but, at 300 pounds, even strangers had started to stare… and friends were cracking jokes about his “beer belly”… even though he said he rarely drank the beverage… and then he “lost” 77 pounds… overnight

In Arlington, Texas, Katherine Leigh Mehta, 26, had been hired to shoot a couple’s wedding photos… but as the ceremony wore on… well, suffice it to say that police got a call about 8:00 pm to report that wedding guests found Katherine… well, enjoying the company of a wedding guest… and when confronted she… well, let’s just say she felt Mother Nature’s call… and then… well, read it yourself

And finally, in Happy Valley, Oregon, Isaiah John Gellatly, 31, was inside a parked Honda Accord lying back in the fully reclined driver’s seat… when police, responding to a call about a robbery in progress, went to check on the vehicle… and John… who apparently then sat up, put the car in drive, and took off… Police, of course, gave chase as John “repeatedly blew through stop signs and crossed over into the opposing lane of traffic during the high-speed pursuit”… Eventually, police placed spike strips in John’s path, puncturing one of the Honda’s tires… but that didn’t stop John… despite the punctured tires, he kept driving (yes, at the aforementioned “high rate of speed”), turning into a business complex… at which point he had trouble controlling the vehicle, hitting curbs… and a retaining wall… and even “made contact” with the bumper of a pursuing police car… At that point, John jumped out of the (still moving, but ostensibly at a lower rate of speed) vehicle… and, while still running alongside the (still-moving) vehicle… he attempted to cut in front of it… attempted being the operative word… at the same time it crashed into a tree and building wall… and that wasn’t the end of it.

Have a great weekend, folks!

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  1. Bob Benish
    Posted November 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Although Friday for most entrepreneurs and self-employed is not the end of the workweek, I truly enjoy reading your TGIF column. It makes me smile and realize that the world truly is an amazing place — stupid at times, but amazing nevertheless!

  2. Nevin E. Adams, JD
    Posted December 2, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Bob, glad you enjoy this “feature.” Ours is such an enormously important, critical, and – yes, serious – business, that I’ve always felt that we could all stand a bit of “comic” relief at the end of the week – if only to appreciate the positive contributions in our own lives.

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