In Long Island, New York, Danielle Cittadino and her family are fighting for the right to keep their pet Golden Retriever, Max, after a pet financing company threatened to have it repossessed! The Cittadino's bought Max from the Shake-A-Paw pet store, in Lynbrook, New York, a couple of years ago. At the time, the family couldn't afford to pay the $1,200 price tag all at once but were offered a financing option from a company called Wags Lending. There were mountains of paperwork which Danielle admits she didn't go through thoroughly. She assumed that she was getting a loan, but in reality the contract specified that she wasn't actually buying Max, but renting him until she paid all the required installments. Now the company is threatening to repossess the dog. She told local reporters, "I had no idea it was a lease. You know, I hear of financing, it's a loan." Danielle says she made payments of $145.19 a month, on time, for 23 months, but then she learned that she had to make a final lease payment of $338.07 to own Max outright. She claims she didn't know about it, and refused to make that final payment, calling it a scam. Wags Lending reportedly said if she doesn't pay, they will reposes their dog. So the next time you want to finance a dog - or anything for that matter - be sure to read the contract carefully because so often, the large print giveth, and the small print taketh away! Perhaps the saddest part comes when you do the math. At $145 a month for 23 months, she paid over $3,300 for the dog - almost three times the original price! There ought to be a law! (Oddity Central)
State of Emergency
This Sunday marks a dark anniversary for America - the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that left one woman dead and several others injured. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is not taking any chances and has declared states of emergency ahead of the anniversary. This will allow state agencies to quickly mobilize resources to aid local authorities. The order, which also allows Virginia National Guard to assist in security efforts, comes as a number of groups and counter protesters have rallies planned this weekend to mark the anniversary in Virginia and downtown D.C. During the news conference, interim Charlottesville City Manager Mike Murphy said he had also issued a local emergency declaration. Law enforcement officials said Charlottesville residents should expect a heavy police presence, road closures and parking restrictions this weekend. Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney, who was not on the job for the first rally, said, "Nothing would excite us any better than (for) this to be non-eventful and folks to go home and it be a peaceful weekend for all." (WTOP)
But I'm a White Thoroughbred!
In Bluffton, South Carolina, 32-year-old Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was pulled over after she was seen blowing through a stop sign at 60mph! But she quickly told police officers that she shouldn't be arrested because she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl." But her eyes glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech told the real story. A Breathalyzer test showed her blood-alcohol level at 0.18 - more than double the legal limit. Cutshaw also mentioned that she was a cheerleader, a dancer, and a sorority girl who graduated from a "high accredited university." Taken to the police station in handcuffs, she described herself as a white "thoroughbred" and "went on to say 'I'm a white, clean girl,'" the officer wrote in his report. The officer, who is also white asked her what that had to do with anything and Cutwaw replied, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," and, "You're a cop, you should know based on the people that come in this room." Also, "she repeatedly stated, 'my partner is a cop,'" and said she'd been trying to get to her boyfriend's house when she was pulled over early Saturday. Cutshaw, a real estate agent, told the officer that she'd had two glasses of wine at an upscale restaurant. After another officer found marijuana and rolling papers in her Ford Fusion, she said she "may have" smoked pot earlier that evening as well. She was jailed on charges including drunken driving, speeding, and marijuana possession. Don't you know that fine high accredited university is proud to have her as an alumni! (Newser)
Make Sure You Have the Right Uber
A Florida man visiting New York City for a wedding was fatally punched by a stranger after knocking on the window of the wrong vehicle! Family members believe Sandor Szabo ordered an Uber around 1am Sunday. After his cellphone's battery died, Szabo apparently banged on the window of a parked SUV, believing it was his ride. Police say the angry driver emerged and punched Szabo, who fell backward and hit his head on the sidewalk. Szabo, who had attended his stepsister's wedding earlier that night, never regained consciousness after the punch. The 35-year-old died Tuesday night after he was taken off life support. Police have released surveillance video of the driver, who sped off and is still at large. Colleagues at What If Holdings, the marketing firm Szabo worked for, say they're devastated by the death of a beloved colleague. CEO Josh Gillon said, "I hope they find him and bring him to justice. This was really a stupid, stupid act. It's a big family, and he was an important part of it so everybody is just heartbroken." (New York Daily News)
Nikolas Cruz is Getting Beaten Up- By Nikolas Cruz
Nikolas Cruz is of course the shooter arrested after the infamous Parkland, Florida school shooting. He claims a demon voice told him to "burn, kill, destroy," in an interrogation video in which he is said to have confessed to fatally shooting 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the heavily redacted video released this week, Cruz can be seen using his hand to simulate shooting himself in the temple, mouth, and chest, before he punches himself repeatedly in the face while left alone. After a detective begins questioning him, the 19-year-old claims voices in his head began after he saw his father die of a heart attack as a 5-year-old and intensified after his mother's death from pneumonia four months before the Feb. 14 shooting. Sitting in a chair with an ankle shackled to the floor, Cruz admits to attempting suicide, killing small animals, and planning to shoot people in a park, though he didn't follow through. He also asks to speak to a psychologist "to find out what's wrong with me." At one point he mutters to himself, "I want to die. At the end, you are nothing but worthless, dude ... You deserve to die." Later, Cruz's brother enters the room and says, "People think you're a monster now," noting his actions would've made their mother cry. "Why did you do this?" he asks. "I'm sorry, dude," Cruz responds. "I love you." (ABC News)
Oh - So That's NOT a Bomb!
Berlin's Schnefeld Airport was partially closed after airport screeners thought they spotted a bomb while x-raying luggage. Because it was unclear from the initial scan what the bag contained, an alert was issued shortly before 11 a.m., resulting in the closure of the airport's D terminal while police investigated the suspicious items. The owner of the bag was called over the airport speaker system and eventually talked to police about his luggage. Police noted the owner seems reluctant to properly explain the contents of the bag - and now we know why. At first he described the contents as "technical stuff." After an hour-long investigation involving a bomb squad, authorities eventually determined that the items were sex toys. The airport's D terminal was reopened at noon. (ABC 7 Chicago)
What the What?
In Fujian, China, a man was caught on security cameras shoving live crabs down his pants in a ridiculous, desperate attempt to steal them from a seafood restaurant. Police identified the brazen suspect only by his surname, Yao, and said he snuck into the restaurant before it had even opened for lunch last week. In the video, the 58-year-old father-to-two is seen reaching into the water and grabbing five crabs. He places them into a black plastic bag which he then shoves down his pants. He was arrested at home a few hours later. Yao told officers he thought the crabs "looked pretty" and wanted to keep them as pets. (Metro)