I laughed at a real life news story, where a mother of four children
came out from shopping with her kids, of one of those ‘box stores,’
having a cart load of groceries and necessities. She walked over to
where her car was supposed to be, and it was gone!
She managed to catch a person who allowed her to use their phone.
She called “9-1-1” and then turned to the sympathetic man, who had
been asking, “What else he could do?”
The single mother, smiled, as she asked him,
“One more favor, may I use your cell phone just one more time?
She then asked her kids and the man to move away.
Go back on the sidewalk and get far away.”
Again, she promised to make it quick!
This true story was told on the news on Monday, so there may even be a
video of the next part of the story. . . You know how Youtube catches the
The woman called her own cell phone, knowing she had left it in the cup
holder. Like idiots, the thieves opened her phone and asked, “Hello?”
She blurted out a blazing trail of swear words, saying that she was a
single mother with four kids and “Why in the world would you choose
my ‘piece of junk’ car to steal, anyway?”
She then added to the unfortunate robbers of her van, “You morons,
I know that my phone has some kind of a chip in it for locating where
you are at. Get back here NOW!”
Supposedly, the van was returned, before the police had arrived, and
they even handed her the keys before they took off, through the busy
shopping plaza, on foot.
I was smiling all the way to work on Monday, due to this genius move
by a desperate single Mom!
Another funny part of the news was that supposedly “Mr.T” had to show up
at his local courthouse, since he got an official letter telling him the date to
go and serve on Jury Duty! He actually was dismissed. He was very
disappointed that he was not asked to serve on a case. There was a group
of people in the waiting room, having coffee and talking to him. They had
some selfies taken with “Mr. T,” too. The funny thing that someone asked
him, was would he ‘pretend hit him,’ posing for a picture. Now, the radio
announcer for this ‘news flash,’ used a comical voice, imitating “Mr. T.”
in his response,
(Using the unique and amusing way that “Mr. T.” use himself in the third
“Mr. T.” cannot look like he is hitting you, because “Mr. T.” don’t want any
trouble with the ‘po-lice.'”
Of course, he did not actually say this but the gist of the situation is true,
that a young man wanted him to pretend fight with him, for his cell phone
but “Mr. T.” politely declined and instead gave him a hug.
Now this one is from my friend, Melvin, who was on a ‘rant’ so excuse the
angry sarcasm. Our mutual young friend, Cody, who we have both given rides
home, in the heated afternoons and early evenings, after what we consider
‘grueling’ days, got too many ‘points’ and lost his job.
Here is the way the excited tone and words were exchanged in the parking
Melvin uses a Martin Lawrence/Chris Tucker shrieking voice that is very
indignant in this rampage:
“So, Robin, we have three situations here. All three are given the exact SAME
Number of Points, am I clear on this?
First, Tina, who is a ‘white girl,’ gets 9 points but has no other points so she
gets to keep her job, after hitting a security guard and leaving.
(And honest to Pete, he did add this ‘racial’ clarification. Sorry, don’t be too
offended because under the rant, there is an element of truth. I am upset, too.)
Second, our good friend, Peggy, turned 60 and we had a grand party for her,
but she gets assigned to using one of those awful heavy bulk riding machines.
(He is really stretching the high pitched tone, which makes me laugh, despite
Poor Peggy, unwittingly trips over her feet getting off the machine, falls and
hits her head on the concrete, and gets the SAME number of points, ‘white
girl’ gets no breaks. 9 points! She had to go to the hospital, get X-rays and
set up for an MRI tomorrow, and she will get Workman’s Comp, which means
she will not have to pay for this accident, EXCEPT Peggy will have to be careful
for the rest of the next 12 months, or she will lose her job for hitting her head.
Do I have this right, Robin?”
I looked at him, expressing disgust with the unfairness of these two very different
situations. Peggy should not have had to be on equipment, without any kind of
re-training. She should not get any points, in my opinion! (And Melvin’s, too.)
Then Melvin concludes his story, with his agitated distorted voice, since you
would think normally he were an “upper crust” New Englander, being raised
by his island parents, going to school in Boston and having served in the Army
“Robin, my man Cody, arrives late to work and has accumulated the one point
for poor attendance, Right? Then, my good boy who is very good in his position
in Heavy Bulk, is parking his equipment, runs the metal fork into a metal rack.
He is done with his work, just parking it. There rings out a metal ‘Clash!” and
someone runs to the Bin Order Filler office, someone who for some Ungodly,
Unholy reason ‘has it out for my black young friend, my ‘brother’ Cody gets
9 points today and is ‘walked out,’ like a common criminal!”
Tammy and I have listened to Melvin’s tirade. We have had sympathy for
Tina (awhile back her hit and run was a subject of a post) and Peggy, just is
devastated, having never received more than 2 points in the 15 years of working
Tammy was the one who stopped laughing over Melvin’s hysterical rendering
of the unfairness of it all, first. I was just shaking my head. I have a feeling that
Peggy’s sister or brother, both having been to college and have attorneys, will
be looking for a settlement. This will all ‘back fire’ on the administration. I just
hope that Peggy will come back since she has not reached 62 nor retirement age.
Melvin’s summary is (again NOT politically correct), “So, if you are a ‘white lady,’
you can hit a security guard, leave the scene of the crime, keep your job and not
serve time. You get 9 points.
You be a ‘white lady,’ you have been getting a little on the ‘old’ side of things,
you trip and fall, hurt your own self, and get 9 points.
Then, you show up late once for work, as a black boy needs his sleep, you get
1 point. You hit a rack, no injuries whatsoever, no one even close by, you make
some noise, someone notices, and you get reported on. You get 9 points, make
it to that darn 10 you lose your job!! Gimme justice!”
Melvin wanted to come up with a better ‘punchline,’ but this was it:
“The inequitable number of ‘9’ must have been pulled out of someone high up in
the organization, to be used three times in three different situations. They must
have pulled it out of their high falutin’ behinds!”
If you had heard his vocal impression of the irritated actors then you may be
laughing. (I think he does a great job of Chris Tucker, from those movies with
But you know this one is not a laughing matter!
As Melvin got into his car, he raised his arm in the old “Black Power” fist
and said, “I want Justice for my man, Cody!!”
The continuing saga of work, just glad I have received no points this year!
If you are a minute late from lunch you earn a ‘point’ and are considered,
‘tardy.’ If you miss work on a day that you are supposed to have a doctor’s
excuse, (Mondays and Fridays) you will earn that random number of 9 points.