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April 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

April Fools' microchip prank irks resident

BERNALILLO, N.M., April 4 (UPI) -- Some residents of a New Mexico town said they were angered by an April Fools' prank using a fake city newsletter to tell them they would be microchipped.

The document, printed in the style of the Bernalillo city newsletter, was delivered to homes Monday and explained a toll road was going electronic and "residents of Bernalillo will be exempt from toll charges and will be implanted with a microchip that will allow for toll-free travel," KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, reported Thursday.

"You go to the bottom, and it says, 'Happy April Fool's Day,'" Miller said.

However, Miller said the disclaimer was not conspicuously placed.

Oh, I was very fooled," Miller said, "until I was contacted by someone, who was contacted by someone, who was contacted by someone, who said, 'Look to the bottom of the document.'"

"This is not a document to be playing around with," Miller said. "It's something that money, time and effort was put into, and no one gains from it. I'm all for a joke -- but this isn't funny."

Not all residents were upset by the prank. Local woman Mary Aguilar-Lee said she rated the joke an eight on her humor scale.

City leaders did not respond to calls for comment.


Statues moved from Calif. yards

FREMONT, Calif., April 4 (UPI) -- Police in California said they are seeking the owners of garden statues apparently taken from yards and placed on a lawn as a prank.

Fremont police said they believe pranksters took a "Welcome to our Pad" frog sign, two frog garden statues, an 18-inch angel statue, a small praying angel statue and a bear statue holding a welcome sign from various area yards late Friday or early Saturday and arranged them in a single yard, The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reported Thursday.

Police said none of the objects were damaged and they are hoping the owners will come forward and claim their property.

Officers said the incident was not unique.

"A few years ago, several baby Jesuses showed up on a front lawn over Christmas," Officer Geneva Bosques said.

Bosques said police have not determined whether the thief or thieves would face petty theft charges.


Pygmy goat found in bar

BUTTE, Mont., April 4 (UPI) -- Animal control officials in Montana said they are trying to track down the owner of a goat found inside a local bar.

Jacki Casagranda, supervisor of the Chelsea Bailey Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter, said an animal control officer responded 1:30 a.m. Sunday to a bar in Butte on a report of a goat being brought inside the facility and the animal, which shelter workers have dubbed Shirley, was brought to the shelter when no one at the facility claimed ownership, The Montana Standard, Butte, reported Thursday.

Casagranda said bar patrons were fortunate the goat is a friendly and calm animal, as that is not always the case with animals brought to loud, public places.

"Animals should not be in bars," Casagranda said. "In general, for the community, for the owners, and for the animal it's just not a good situation."

Casagranda said authorities are hoping to identify the goat's owner.

"Hopefully we'll find the owner," Casagranda said. "If not, hopefully we'll find her a good new home."


Denny's opens chapel in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, April 4 (UPI) -- The Las Vegas Denny's has opened the chain's first wedding chapel, with $95 buying space for the ceremony, a bottle of champagne and a Pancake Puppies cake.

The Denny's Wedding Chapel officially opened for business Wednesday and the restaurant said wedding parties will receive 20 percent off their food bills, the Las Vegas Sun reported Thursday.

The wedding packages include the space, celebratory beverage and a cake made from the restaurant chain's Pancake Puppies breakfast offering.

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