Bizarre News-McDonald's Robbery Foiled

July 28, 2009 10:45:04 PM PDT
The stories may be strange, but they're trueMCDONALDS ROBBERY FOILED
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Shutting the window on a stick-up. That's what police in Colorado Springs report happened at a McDonald's drive-through lane. Authorities say two men ordered a drink early yesterday morning. As they drove up to the window to pick up their order, police say two other men walked up to the window, pulled a gun and demanded cash. But when the McDonald's work simply closed the window, all the men left. Police say they're not sure if the men in the car were part of the robbery attempt. Police are still looking for suspects.

SWINE FLU DEFENSE
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Don't blame it on the swine flu! A judge in New Zealand is rejecting a woman's drunk-driving defense. Deborah Karen Graham contended that the three glasses of wine she had were more potent, because she was getting over a case of the swine flu. The explanation was less contagious than the ailment. The judge fined her and took away her license for six months.

ROBBER-CONFESSION
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - A priest got more than an earful of sins during a confession. The clergyman also got some stolen cash. Police in Walnut Creek, Calif., report a man went to church Sunday night to confess. The man told the father he had robbed a credit union and handed priest 1,200 bucks. The priest called police after the man had left the church. Investigators don't know yet if all the stolen money was handed over to the padre.

EYEGLASSES FETISH
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jerry Lowery may need glasses -- to read the fine print on his criminal charges. He's accused of stealing more than $45,000 worth of eyeglasses from suburban Milwaukee stores. Why? Well, the criminal complaint quotes Lowery as saying he "really likes to be around glasses." Investigators say Lowery told them he tries on the glasses in front of a mirror, then tosses them out. Prosecutors charge Lowery took more than 500 high-end pairs of specs like Prada and Gucci. He now faces a number of serious charges, including multiple counts of armed robbery.

GARBAGE MISTAKE
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Hallaran didn't get swallowed by a whale, but by something a lot smellier -- a garbage truck. Authorities in Tampa, Fla., report Hallaran fell asleep in a Dumpster behind a restaurant. He was picked up along with the trash by a garbage truck early yesterday morning. He was banging on inside of the garbage truck and yelling for help when firefighters and paramedics arrived. Fortunately for Hallaran, the sanitation worker didn't hit the compactor switch. Hallaran just has minor injuries. But authorities say he could have been killed if that garbage had been compressed inside the truck.

BWI PARKING
LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - There's still no such thing as a free lunch -- or free parking at BWI airport. People driving to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport used to get a-half hour of free parking, to pick up or drop off airline passengers. But no more. BWI is now charging two bucks for the first 30 minutes. The loss of the freebie parking is another thing you can blame on the recession. An airport spokesman says the change in the parking policy was made to bring in more money during these tough times. But airport officials note there's still free parking in a lot away from the terminal, where drivers can wait for a cell phone call from arriving passengers.