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A US man is facing up to 30 years in jail - for stealing a single doughnut.

Scott Masters, 41, is accused of slipping the doughnut inside his sweatshirt, then pushing away a female store worker who tried to stop him fleeing the store in Farmington, Minnesota.

US authorities said the push was being treated as a minor assault, which transforms a simple shoplifting charge into the more serious demeanour of strong-arm robbery.

It carries a potential prison term of five to 15 years but as Mr Masters already has a criminal record, prosecutors are entitled to double his sentence.

It means that he faces a maximum 30-year stint behind bars.

Mr Masters admits he tried to steal the doughnut but denies having assaulted the clerk.

Speaking from jail, he told the St Louis Post-Dispatch: "Strong-arm robbery? Over a doughnut? That's impossible. There's no way I would've pushed a woman over a doughnut."

To make matters worse, Mr Masters said he did not even get the chance to savour the snack - he threw it away as he fled the scene.

Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said state law treats the shoplifting and assault as forcibly stealing property - and the amount of force and value of the property does not matter.

"It's not the doughnut," Mr Baker said. "It's the assault."


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I found this realy funny hope it tickes a few of you :D
 

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In the US people sue companies b/c their coffee is too hot, or because they got cut on the glass when they broke the window to rob someone's house and their cut got infected. wtf...

As bad as it is, this doesn't surprise me at all...
 

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PrinceZane said:
In the US people sue companies b/c their coffee is too hot, or because they got cut on the glass when they broke the window to rob someone's house and their cut got infected. wtf...

As bad as it is, this doesn't surprise me at all...
that happens over here aswell zane
 
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PrinceZane said:
Why are people so stupid? :(

My theory to help end world hunger: shoot all of the people that fit into these scenarios
:eek: Bloody eck !!! He only pinched a doughnut and you want him shot ???:eek:


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SALFORD RED said:
:eek: Bloody eck !!! He only pinched a doughnut and you want him shot ???:eek:


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Yes. Yes I do. As long as idiots like this are breathing, then there's that much of a chance they'll reproduce. Those of us still with common sense need to stick together!
 

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Funny or frustrating? You decide.


It's once again time to review the winners of the annual "Stella Awards". The Stella's are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the U.S.

THIS YEAR'S (2004) AWARDS GO TO:

5th Place (Tie)

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, TX was awarded $780,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving toddler was Ms. Roberetson's Son.

5th Place (Tie)

19-year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr.Truman apparently did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal the hubcaps.

5th Place (Tie)

Terrence Dickson of Bristol, PA was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He could not re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

4th Place

Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's Beagle dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been a little provoked at the time as Mr. Williams, who had climbed over the fence into the yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd Place

A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, PA, $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone).The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier, during an argument.

2nd Place

Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak in the window of the ladies' room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

1st Place

This year's runaway winner was Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, OK. Mr.Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago motor home. On his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 MPH and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the owner's manual that he could not actually do this.

The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit just in case there were any other complete MORONS buying their recreational vehicles.
 

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PrinceZane said:
Yes. Yes I do. As long as idiots like this are breathing, then there's that much of a chance they'll reproduce. Those of us still with common sense need to stick together!
A rare breed, indeed
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
Zane - best way for ending World hunger is cannabalism - everyone gets to eat and the population comes down at the same time too
Carly burgers with beans on toast - yummeeeeee. I could eat ya babe ;)
 

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Funny or frustrating? You decide.


It's once again time to review the winners of the annual "Stella Awards". The Stella's are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the U.S.

THIS YEAR'S (2004) AWARDS GO TO:

5th Place (Tie)

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, TX was awarded $780,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving toddler was Ms. Roberetson's Son.

5th Place (Tie)

19-year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr.Truman apparently did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal the hubcaps.

5th Place (Tie)

Terrence Dickson of Bristol, PA was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He could not re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

4th Place

Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's Beagle dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been a little provoked at the time as Mr. Williams, who had climbed over the fence into the yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd Place

A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, PA, $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone).The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier, during an argument.

2nd Place

Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak in the window of the ladies' room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

1st Place

This year's runaway winner was Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, OK. Mr.Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago motor home. On his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 MPH and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the owner's manual that he could not actually do this.

The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit just in case there were any other complete MORONS buying their recreational vehicles.
only in america :)
 
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