Monday, August 3, 2009

Bizarre News From My Own Backyard

I found this story on the net today. It's from a smaller town in Texas. In San Angelo, Texas a group of teenagers were arrested for the theft of a five foot tall fiberglass sheep. Not only were they arrested, but they are also being charged with felony theft. Apparently the sheep they stole was worth almost $3,000! The teens will most likely be looking at 180 days in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Honestly, the felony aspect of this story does not really surprise me. Judges in Texas have a reputation for being hard asses about the silliest things. Not saying that I know from experience ... cough, cough. In my opinion, they should be punished but definitely not charged with a felony. They're going to be labeled criminals for the rest of their lives because of some stupid teenage prank. Everyone does stupid things when they're young. Come on, it's like a right of passage.

The part of this story that astounds me is the fact that the city of San Angelo spent $3,000 on a fiberglass sheep painted like the American Flag. And that's not even the only one out there! There are painted sheep all over that town! I can only imagine how that budget meeting went. "So, there's thirty some odd thousand dollars left in the city budget. We can either spend it on fixing our roads oooor decorative, over priced lawn ornaments. Hmm..."

Read the complete article here.



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