With today’s DISCOUNT NEWS talks about a crazed maniac from Salt Lake City stabbin people, Santa gets the BOOT from Disneyland! Plus, a dude is trading FISH for COKE and somone keeps POOing on the escalators!
A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store. Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.” Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.” Then, before the suspect could find another victim – a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”
The people at Disney World have made something very clear. They thrive on children’s love of imaginary characters . . . as long as they’re DISNEY’S imaginary characters. Anyone else needs to get the hell out. So last week, Disney World kicked out Santa Claus. Thomas Tolbert of Atlanta looks a lot like Santa. He keeps the full white beard year-round and works as a professional Santa in the winter. And when he visited Disney World on a family vacation last week, he got a lot of attention. He wasn’t wearing a red Santa suit . . . but he did have a t-shirt with a collage of Santa faces on it. So kids were running up to him, asking for autographs and photos. And that did NOT sit well with Disney. A park representative grabbed him and told him he was violating their policy that visitors, quote, “cannot wear adult costumes or clothing that can be viewed as a representative of an actual Disney character.” They kicked him out, but he eventually compromised and changed out of his Santa shirt. The park also told him he had to tell any kids who came up to him, quote, “I am not who you think I am, I am on vacation and please leave me alone.”
A truck driver for a South San Francisco fish company who skipped his regular delivery route and sold most of the fish for crack cocaine, avoided jail Thursday by agreeing to head to rehab. Byron Duane Bates, 43, of South San Francisco had earlier pleaded no contest to stealing Newport Fish Co.’s truck in October 2011. His three-year prison sentence was suspended on the condition he attend Delancey Street Foundation’s residential drug treatment program in San Francisco. Bates was supposed to drive a $10,000 load of fish to Sacramento. He got as far as San Francisco and Oakland, where he sold most of the fish for just $400 worth of crack.
For months, a lot of people have been wondering why so many escalators going down to the BART’s Civic Center station have been out of service. It’s a reasonable question. But now that we know the answer, we’re not so happy we asked. Poop. The answer is poop. Lots and lots of human poop. BART officials told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that when a repair team opened up one broken escalator in June, they discovered such a large treasure trove of human feces they had to call in a hazardous materials team to handle the situation.
Lawyers for two teenagers who pleaded guilty to assaulting a 17-year-old Kentucky girl have dropped their motion that she be held in contempt for tweeting her attackers’ names in defiance of a court order. After the story circulated worldwide, there was no reason to continue the contempt motion says David Mejia, an attorney for one of the boys. “What could contempt do now?” Mejia tells the Louisville newspaper, noting that the boys’ names have already been circulated far beyond the original tweet. “Seems like a rather useless exercise doesn’t it?” The newspaper, following its policies, does not identify minors in juvenile court. The assault victim, Savannah Dietrich, and her parents agreed to talk to a Courier-Journal reporter last week, saying she wanted to publicize her story. The original court order had forbidden all parties in the case to discuss it. She will NOT be held contempt though…so thank God for that.