Today we begin an occasional series detailing the outrageous and illegal acts committed by very stupid people who share a misguided passion for DVDs.
The Irish Independent reports that 39-year old plumber Mohammed Akran Khan has had his driving privileges suspended for three months and was fined €750 because he allegedly drove through a red light while watching a DVD.
A judge in Dublin District Court cited him for "careless driving and giving a false name" after being stopped by police, who "saw him looking down at the passenger seat, slow down and continue driving, although the traffic light was red."
Mr. Kahn denies watching a DVD, but police say they saw a DVD player on the front seat and when they examined it, it was warm to the touch.
Back in the USA, in Sacramento, California, two teens - Dimitri Lamar Potts and Glen Timothy Stout - are under arrest and face murder charges for the killing of Matthew Guetling, who tried to recover a friend's stolen DVD player last April.
According to KXTV, News 10:
Sacramento Police Sgt. Terrell Marshall said Guetling, 48, was sitting at a picnic table in Reichmuth Park on Gloria Drive with two other men watching a portable DVD player when the teens approached the group and grabbed the player. Guetling and another victim chased the pair and caught up with them on Holstein Way.
According to officers, Guetling was hit in the face, knocked down and stomped when he asked for the player back. Guetling died at U.C. Davis Medical Center two hours after the attack. The second victim suffered minor injuries.
Meanwhile, The Post-Standard is reporting that across the country in New York state, Andre E. Chance, a 38-year old resident of Syracuse, has been arraigned on one count of fourth-degree larceny. His crime?
He allegedly stole a suitcase from Wal-Mart, filling it with 66 DVDs before leaving the store.
Bail was set at $5000, almost twice what the merchandise was worth.
Now I don't want to quibble with Wal-Mart or the good folks at Auburn City Court, but I'm wondering just exactly how they went about setting the value of the purloined merchandise. They say the loot is worth $2600.
Well, let's assume for the moment that this was an extraordinarily high-end suitcase (by Wal-Mart standards) and it cost $100. That would mean these 66 Wal-Mart DVDs are selling for an average price of $37.88 each.
That just doesn't make sense, unless they were all multi-disc boxed sets. The other possibility, of course, is that the DVDs sold for only about $15.00 each ("always low prices" at Wal-Mart) but that the discounter has now taken to selling $1600 suitcases.
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