Monday, October 20, 2008

WTF??? 42

89-year-old charged with keeping kids' ball
BLUE ASH, Ohio – Police in Ohio say an 89-year-old woman is facing a charge of petty theft because neighborhood children accuse her of refusing to give back their football.
Edna Jester was arrested last week in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.
Police say one child's father complained that Jester kept the youngsters' ball after it landed in her yard. Police Capt. James Schaffer says there has been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood over kids' balls landing in the woman's yard.
Jester said Monday she has received many calls and didn't have time to discuss the matter any more.
Jester is to appear in court next month. The maximum penalty for a petty theft conviction in Ohio is six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

What is this world coming to? I thought it was the God-given right of every crotchety old fart to keep anything that a child tosses into his/her yard. It's a long tradition in this country, and as far back as I can remember, I have dreamed of someday being the crazy old cat lady who people point at and whisper about when she goes into town, rumors about her having a fortune hidden under her bed and perhaps a "missing" husband buried in the basement; the neighborhood children daring each other to cross her property-- and of course, the right to confiscate frisbees, footballs, baseballs, etc that have the misfortune of flying over her fence. But alas it seems this dream, as most others, is not to be... Guess I might as well start getting rid of my cats.

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