"Put down that leaf blower and back away from the weapon."
That may not make sense to some, but in Memphis don't make any sudden moves if approached by a man armed with a leaf blower.
This all may be just a bunch of hot air, but a judge in Memphis, Dan Brown, ruled that a 33-year-old man, Michael Bridgewater, can be charged with assault for pointing a leaf blower at a woman.
The alleged victim, Kelly Carraway, said she complained about grass clippings hitting her car. At that point, Bridgewater pointed the leaf blower at her "in an offensive and provocative manner," The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported.
Apparently, he tried to blow her away. Moreover, Carraway said she was assaulted with flying debris and suffered from respiratory problems afterward.
Speaking about assault with strange weapons, don't try using the short-hand version of Hunter Spanjer's name, when referring to him using sign language.
Hunter Spanjer is 3 years old and deaf. But he uses the sign from Signing Exact English for his name. All well and good, except the Early Learning Center of the Grand Island, Neb., public school system want him to use a different sign for his name, because the sign for his name resembles a gun.
His name, the school says, violates its zero tolerance policy on weapons in school.
NBC News reported that the child's grandmother, Janet Logue, has complained that her grandson is confused because teachers insist on spelling out his name in American Sign Language rather than use the short hand version of his name.
In Vero Beach, Fla., don't try delivering the pizza without remembering the garlic knots.
The missing garlic knots resulted in a customer allegedly attacking the pizza delivery driver, TCPalm.com reported.
The punch in the nose for forgetting the garlic knots allegedly came with a message. The customer, Robert Wheeler, reportedly told the driver, "Give that to the person working on the phone back at the restaurant."
Wheeler later admitted he hit the driver in the face, the report said.
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