TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
An Australian company that operates the nation's Do Not Call Register, which has been penalized for making nuisance phone calls to thousands of people. Service Stream Solutions was fined $110,000 for illegally contacting 6,300 households and offering to install low-energy light bulbs, standby power controllers and low-flow shower heads. The calls were made by the firm's telemarketing division, which is separate to the branch of the company that manages the Do Not Call Register.
OR HOW 'BOUT .....
An unidentified 40-year-old Michigan man who learned if you rob a McDonalds, you shouldn't do further business there. When the man pulled up to the drive-thru window, a worker thought he looked awfully familiar. She was certain he was the same guy who had robbed the restaurant there a few months ago. She gave him his food and got a description of his car and the license number before calling the cops. Turns out she has a really good memory. The police arrested him a few blocks away from the restaurant.
AND THEN THERE'S .....
A debit card thief who ordered Christmas gifts like mad but failed to change the shipping address from the billing address and never received any of the ill-gotten goods. An Alaskan couple got an unexpected call from their Credit Union, saying that their debit card number had been stolen and someone had made purchases over $5,000 in just one hour. The card was canceled, a new one was issued and their money was refunded. Then all the illegally purchased gifts started arriving at their door. The thief went to all that trouble and didn't get a single thing he bought on-line.
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