Sunday, May 25, 2008

Most ridiculous item of the week (2008-05-25)

No, not the super right wing "talking point" from Bill O'Reilly; but a really silly item. So silly, that one of the protagonists in the story actually begged the NPR show "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" not to use the story -- but of course, they did.

From the AP:

Boulder, Colorado — It wasn't exactly pistols at 30 paces, but police say a security company supervisor and a restaurateur shot each other with Tasers ™ in a confrontation over parking.

Officers said neither man needed medical attention after the confrontation Saturday, but Harvey Epstein, a co-owner of Mamacitas restaurant in Boulder, was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and using a stun gun.

A police report said Epstein and Casey M. Dane, a supervisor for Colorado Security Services Inc., were arguing over a metal boot that one of Dane's guards had clamped on a wheel of a van parked behind Mamacitas.

The guard claimed the van, owned by a Mamacitas employee, was on property he was hired to patrol. The van owner denied that.

Dane told police he was afraid Epstein was going to hit him with a 2-foot-long pair of bolt cutters. Epstein told police he had only tried to remove the boot.

Epstein, 36, of Longmont told police that Dane put his hand on a holstered pistol and threatened to shoot him.

Dane told the AP he never threatened to shoot Epstein.

Both men drew Tasers.

"They shot each other," said Police Sgt. Pat Wyton.

Carpe diem.

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