Yesterday while waiting in line at my local Wal-Mart to exchange a defective item, what I was hearing from the customer ahead of me gave me an idea: When it was my turn, I approached the counter without showing what I was exchanging, looked the young woman straight in the eye and said in kind of a rapid-fire manner: “I want you to give me my money back on something I bought last year. I don’t have my receipt and I don’t remember what it was, but that’s your problem, not mine.” She got that deer-in-the-headlights look, but as soon as I finished with what I was saying, I burst into laughter, and she did too because she then realized I was not only kidding, but also showing her some empathy. I told her I understood what she must go through on a daily basis (she corrected me: hourly, not daily), and we both had a good laugh. So did the lady in line behind me, who heard the whole thing.
Oconee County authorities charged a Bogart man and woman causing a disturbance Tuesday inside Walmart on Epps Bridge Parkway with animal cruelty after a deputy found a pet bulldog tied up in their hot car.
Deputies were called to the store about 12:30 p.m. At the scene, 32-year-old Heidi Klingelsmith was standing outside the men’s restroom yelling at her fiancee, who was inside, according to an incident report.
Walmart employees wanted the pair escorted out of the store and both Klingelsmith and David Jonathan Wood, 42, admitted they had taken prescriptions medications. Wood wanted nothing to do with the woman, but she kept yelling and demanding to see him, even after they were led outside the store, according to the report.
The deputy, who told the pair they would have to call for a ride because they could not safely operate a vehicle, looked in their car and saw an English bulldog named Buddy in the floorboard with a rope tied around him. Buddy couldn’t move, the deputy said.
The deputy cut the rope leashing the dog, who was heavily panting, and later released it to an officer with the county’s animal control unit.
When the woman persisted with being disorderly, she was charged with public drunkenness and taken to jail while the man was allowed to wait for a ride. However, deputies were called back to the store within minutes because Wood was lying on the sidewalk at the main entrance asking people for money, according to the report.
Wood was also charged with public drunkenness and the deputy filed animal cruelty charges against both.
Houma, La. – A Houma man was arrested Sunday after police say he stole a motorized scooter and took it for a “joy ride.”
A spokesman for the Houma Police Department says officers responded to the call of a male subject driving a motorized scooter on South Van Avenue pulling a wheel chair.
When officers arrived, they located two men, one driving the motorized scooter and the other being pulled in the wheelchair.
Police say the motorized scooter belonged to Wal-Mart on Grand Calliou Rd. Officers learned that Thomas Phillip was inside the business earlier and informed officers he wanted to take it for a “joy ride”.
Phillip was given a field sobriety test which he performed poorly. Thomas Phillips was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex to be booked and jailed to await bond or court on charges relative to Theft Over $500 and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – A Little River woman out on bond for criminal domestic violence was arrested over the weekend after police said she left her baby locked inside a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
According to a North Myrtle Beach police report, Carolyn Tess Little, 18, left her 6-month-old girl locked inside her car at the Wal-Mart parking lot around 10 p.m. Saturday night in North Myrtle Beach.
A witness told police the baby was left strapped in the car seat for 45 minutes. Police said Little returned to the car after being paged inside the store.
Little told police she thought the windows were down and was going to take the child in the store, but decided not to, the report said.
Temperature outside at the time of the incident was 81 degrees, the report indicated.
Little was charged with child endangerment and released on a $5,000 bond.
According to the J Reuben Long Detention Center website, Little was also arrested for criminal domestic violence on June 29.