POLICE SEEK VOLUNTEERS TO GET DRUNK
KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — It was an offer almost too good to be true — but it’s legit, because it came from the police. Authorities in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, were seeking volunteers — to get drunk. Yes, you heard right; police asked for three volunteers to show up and drink booze to the point of intoxication. The citizens were recruited so officers could be trained to administer field sobriety tests during traffic stops. As you might expect, there was an enthusiastic response to the request for volunteer drinkers. The original call for help on Facebook accumulated hundreds of responses and more than 1,000 shares in less than a day. The post was soon updated with the news that they had the volunteers needed for the training.
WRONG ADDRESS LEADS TO MAN ATTENDING WRONG BACHELOR PARTY
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Those organizing a bachelor party in Vermont sent an invitation to the wrong email address. But it ended up going to the right person as far as William Novak was concerned. The Phoenix native received the email on Jan. 7 — which provided tantalizing details about the planned ski weekend for Angelo. He didn’t know Angelo from Adam — but he knew he wanted to go. He emailed his RSVP — and the partygoers decided he’d be welcome if he made the trip. Novak launched a GoFundMe page to scrape together the $750 needed for airfare, ski rentals and lift tickets. He says whatever is left over will be given to his new bud, Angelo.
GERMANY’S TARDY TRAINS
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s biggest rail company has been criticized lately because of its less-than-punctual service. But Deutsche Bahn was able to win back at least one customer with a gesture. The daughter of one commuter says her mom knitted what she called her “delay scarf.” The scarf, knitted out of grey, pink and red yarn, was worked on each time her journey had been delayed. Once word got out that the scarf was up for auction, Deutsche Bahn ended up outbidding others for the scarf, shelling out $8,600. The money from the sale is being donated to a charity for the homeless. Fewer than three quarters of the rail lines long-distance trains arrived on time last year.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II