Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

August 25, 2013

Silliness abounds in the news

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

— A 25-year-old Bryan forklift driver who was paid $99,275 instead of the $992 he was supposed to get last February spent the money and didn’t give it back so he was arrested this past week, according to the Houston Chronicle. The guy didn’t get all of it, of course, roughly half was taken out for Social Security and income taxes. I’m not excusing it, but he’s young and dumb, what did they think was going to happen?

I had a small experience with this kind of mistake once when a bank recorded a deposit twice in my account. I was living pretty tight to the edge back then and I knew immediately what had happened. The bank didn’t believe me when I tried to explain, so I just pulled all my money out and left their money there. After a couple of months the bank figured it out and sent me a very polite letter and a form to fill out so they could take their money back. I always wondered if they kept charging their money a monthly fee because they misplaced it.

The Inaugural Bacon Fest in Dayton, Ohio (Why hasn’t anyone thought of this one before?) had 25,000 visitors, instead of the 10,000 the organizers expected last weekend, according to 610 WTVN in Columbus, Ohio. So the trend of people eating bacon in everything from ice cream to martinis didn’t give them a clue?

Pro-tip, guys: Bacon’s always a draw.

An attempt by the Northside Independent School District to microchip their students is being abandoned as not worth the trouble, also reported by the Chron. Northside is a ginormous school district in San Antonio that put the chips in the students’ ID tags. The district’s administrators thought they could improve attendance with the chips, but after a year of trying they said it didn’t work. Instead, the teachers just ended up chasing kids all over campus following their chips.

I wasn’t an evil teenager, but even I could have had a field day with a system like that. Swapping out tags with friends and just “dropping” our tags into the wrong places? Fun like that never ends. I find it hard to believe there wasn’t a lot of that going on at Northside, too.

Sure, kids today have a hard time pulling up their pants, they don’t know how to use a turn signal, or add or subtract without using a cell phone, but they’re not brain-dead.

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Janet Jacobs is City Editor of the Daily Sun. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” to this article? Email: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com