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December 2017 Archives

Top 5 Dumb Crimes of 2017

We cover some strange and stupid crimes here on Legally Weird, so it's always nice to have an opportunity to look back on the strangest and the stupidest. And the year-end gives us just that opportunity.

So here are five of the dumbest crimes and criminals we've written about this year, for your reading pleasure.

Colorado legalized it, to a degree. It might be legal to consume marijuana and even grow a little of your own. Trading four pounds of "homegrown black market" weed for a sheriff's SUV on Craigslist?

Not so much.

A delivered package mysteriously going missing from your doorstep is a real problem. CNBC reports that 10 percent of us will be victims of package theft, which will only increase during the holiday season. And while we could take precautionary measures like having packages delivered to our workplaces or requiring signatures for delivery, where's the fun in that?

Instead, let's rig an empty box with some fishing wire and a 12-gauge shotgun blank that goes off when someone tries to steal the box.

Many of us don't know why you'd try to keep a wild animal as a pet, especially a purse-snatching, jogger-attacking trash panda. Then again, most of us aren't President Calvin Coolidge, or, for that matter, the Greers of West Seattle, Washington.

Kellie and Chris Greer rescued a weeks-old raccoon seven years ago, naming it Mae. Two weeks ago, a Department of Fish and Wildlife officer seized the raccoon from the Greer household, and now the Greers are suing for Mae's return.

We like to poke a little fun at people who try to pay fines in pennies. But a misguided protest that doesn't punish any of the people responsible for the fine itself shouldn't open the door for civil rights violations. And bringing $10 in pennies to pay a ticket doesn't give court officers the right to grabbed you from behind, choke you and throw to the ground so hard you defecate yourself.

But that's what one Michigan man alleges happened when he tried to pay a parking ticket in pennies in Royal Oak.