MYSTERY MAN PAYS OFF WALMART LAYAWAYS
DERBY, Vt. (AP) — Talk about a secret Santa. Someone visited the Walmart in Derby, Vermont, opened his wallet — and made a bunch of new friends. WCAX-TV reports the mystery man paid off all the layaway items at the store. Shoppers who lacked the ability to pay for the items upfront got a welcome surprise when whey showed up to make their payments: all their stuff was already paid in full. The man didn’t give his name. Walmart confirms the story, saying it happened earlier this month. But the discount retail chain declines to say how much the man spent.
“UNRULY” PIG CAPTURED IN MAINE
PALMYRA, Maine (AP) — Pigs already have a reputation for being messy and greedy. Now state police in Maine have laid two more negative adjectives on a pig they had to deal with last week. Authorities in Palmyra say a pig they struggled to capture was “unruly” and “uncooperative.” The pig had been spotted along snowy I-95 several times, but it managed to elude those trying to track it down. But the wiggly piggy ended up in custody — being corralled Wednesday by a state police captain, a trooper and an animal control officer. Asked if they read the pig its Miranda rights, police jokingly replied that the pig “waived the right to remain silent.”
STRANDED CAMEL ENTERTAINS PHILLY MOTORISTS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The surprisingly powerful storm that struck Philadelphia last week produced a lot of snow. It also produced a peculiar sight: a camel stranded along a snow-coated road. Travelers along a stretch of highway about 40 miles from Philly slowed down or stopped to take pictures of the camel — with many of those images ending up on social media. A group called Jewish Philly says the camel, named Einstein, belongs to them — and it was being taken south toward the city for an event. But the vehicle carrying the camel became stuck. And rather than press on, the camel’s handler decided it was best for the animal to head back to its home, a petting zoo.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II