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Life lesson of the week: "No good deed goes unpunished." - Wicked

In Georgia, Michael Hammons, hero to animal lovers, saved a dog from a hot car, and was awarded with a pair of handcuffs. This debacle all started when Hammons and a group of shoppers noticed a dog left inside a Mustang convertible on a hot day. While other shoppers called police, Hammons, an Army veteran, jumped into action. He used his wife's wheelchair leg to smash the window and save the dog.


Man Pays Ticket With Origami Pigs

Americans are great at passive aggressive protest. We've all heard of those people who think they're so cool sticking it to the establishment and paying their bills or fines in pennies. A Utah man paid his $25 doctor's bill with 2,500 pennies.

But, one man got a bit more creative. A Houston man was very unhappy when police gave him a $137 ticket for an expired inspection ticket. So to show his dissatisfaction, he folded 137 dollar bills into origami pigs, put them into two Dunkin' Donuts boxes, and went to pay his fine. (He claims that he folded the dollars into pigs because that's the shape of piggy banks, but I think he's referring to something else.)

Unsurprisingly, the teller refused to accept the piggy money.

A Georgia man will serve 30 days in jail for starting his trash collection route too early. Apparently, Kevin McGill violated an ordinance in Sandy Springs, Georgia, limiting garbage pickup to the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

McGill works for Waste Management Inc., and began collecting trash just after 5 in the morning last month.

Man Cited for Eating While Driving: Is That Really Illegal?

An apparently hungry driver was issued a citation for "eating while driving" after an officer saw him eating a cheeseburger while behind the wheel.

Madison Turner says he purchased a cheeseburger at a McDonald's in Marietta, Georgia, but was pulled over while eating it a few minutes later, reports Atlanta's WSB-TV. The officer reportedly told Turner that he had been observing him eating the cheeseburger for 2 miles. "He said specifically three times, you can't just go down the road eating a hamburger," Turner told WSB.

Is it really illegal to eat while driving?

Is It Illegal to Mail Poop?

Poop typically doesn't arrive via delivery or in your mailbox, but when it does, it can be breaking news.

For example, an Iowa woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly mailing cow feces to her neighbors in response to their complaints about her dog barking. According to United Press International, the woman is now facing third-degree harassment charges, and must appear in court on Tuesday.

So is it illegal to mail poop to someone?

A New Jersey man who can't use his arms is facing a gun possession charge based on a very strange arrest.

Marcus Hubbard, 28, cannot use his arms because of a spinal condition, but that didn't stop police from arresting him and three others based on constructive possession laws. As the Times of Trenton reports, police allegedly found a stolen handgun in a car that Hubbard and three other men were in, but since none of them copped to having the gun, they were all charged with possession.

Can a man who can't raise his hands be facing a gun charge?

A Noah's Ark-themed amusement park may have sprung a financial leak after being denied millions of dollars in tax incentives.

The Ark Encounter, a Genesis-themed attraction with a 500-foot-long wooden replica of Noah's Ark, was denied approximately $18 million in tax breaks from the state of Kentucky. Why? According to Think Progress, it may have something to do with refusing to comply with the state's existing nondiscrimination policies.

Why is the state giving the Ark park more than two of every legal problem?

Married couples can often drive each other crazy, but this married couple won't be legally driving anywhere in Florida.

Daniel and Scott Wall-DeSousa were married in New York last December and had their names legally changed to a hyphenated form of their original surnames. But, as the Orlando Sentinel reports, when the Palm Bay, Florida, couple obtained drivers' licenses with their new married names, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles canceled them.

Why won't Florida let these married gays drive?

A "banana gun" was cause of a Colorado felony arrest for allegedly pointing the intimidating fruit at officers.

Nathen Rolf Channing, 27, was arrested for felony menacing near Grand Junction, Colorado, for allegedly drawing and pointing a banana at officers "in the same manner someone would draw a standard handgun from a concealed holster," reports Denver's KUSA. Channing claims that he was simply joking, but the cops didn't seem amused.

Can pointing a "banana gun" get you slapped with a felony?

Three grandmas have gotten millions of views on YouTube by purportedly smoking weed for the first time.

Produced by Cut Video, an offshoot of the Seattle-based creative team Super Frog Saves Tokyo, the viral video features three grandmothers taking bong hits and vaping, in addition to playing Cards Against Humanity and being hilarious.

While we found the whole thing to be comic gold, we definitely had some concerns about whether the whole thing was legal.