I used to live in a small hamlet north of Trenton, Ontario. Trenton is not a very large city but it does have its own newspaper. Like most publications these days, you are able to find the web based version of the news and I pop in now and again to see what's happening there.
Recently I found the following article - more precisely it just one part of the Trentonian's 'Police Briefs' feature - and I wasn't exactly sure what to do with it.
Deb over at Debbie Does Drivel posts "Clippings From the Fridge", her weekly Monday blurb of odd and bizarre news. And then there's Frank Lee MeiDere's feature on "Why We Need Editors" in his sidebar (even at my age, I still learn from Frank - he's a teacher, after all).
What surprises me more is that, if one is going to publish web-based news, the content of same should be considered but, at the least, reviewed ("edited") before it is posted.
So, instead of sending it to Deb or Frank, I decided to post it here "verbatim", as it were:
By Trentonian staff
Posted [December 6, 2010]
Unlawfully in a dwelling
A 38-year-old Quinte West man is facing a handful of charges after an incident on Whites Road.
Quinte West OPP report, in a release, officers were dispatched to a residence where a man was allegedly attempting to enter the house with intent to impersonate a male. The homeowner called 911 but the suspect was gone when officers arrived.
The suspect was later located in his vehicle on Highway 401 and arrested and charged with break and enter, three counts of assault, uttering threats and failing to comply with probation.
The man is being held for a bail hearing.
Really. What was he thinking?
The article could qualify for either of the sites previously mentioned, but I really hope all of the men I meet are actually males.
What? There's no charge for this man impersonating a male? Damn! Laws are liberal in that place.ReplyDelete
Linda: Yes, evidently Canada is quite liberal that way.ReplyDelete
Good God! I've got to watch my back. I'm guilty of doing this every day (except, of course, for Drag Night at Crews and Tangos on Church Street).ReplyDelete
Nice catch, 00dozo. My own "Why we need editors" is presently in hiatus to make room for "Flo's Nigel Tranter Wish List."
Aw, I think it' a misprint. I think the guy was impersonating a mail, which we all know is a serious offence. Police were just adhering to the letter of the law. hahahahah, oh, wow, I'm too much.ReplyDelete
Frank: I hear Crews and Tangos is having its grand reopening tonight. I hope you didn't forget your pink boa! (Um, yes, you did make me look that up - the "Crews and Tangos" thing ;-)ReplyDelete
dufus: *slap and groan*ReplyDelete
It's so cold up there his brain froze?ReplyDelete
Perhaps the author could not spell postal carrier?
Maybe the author typed mailman and then accidentally hit the backspace key while leaning over to retrieve a dropped pencil.
Damn... I hate it when men impersonate males! Who do they think they're fooling?ReplyDelete
Good grief! Someone got paid to write that?! I think the author of that article should have been charged with impersonating a writer!ReplyDelete
weird things do happen.
thanks for the highlight.
Confession time: I had to look up Crews and Tango myself -- or rather I looked up "drag bar church street toronto" on Google and Crews and Tango popped up. Didn't notice that it was opening night though. Another good catch.ReplyDelete
Groan at nonamedufus.ReplyDelete
Huzzah to Reforming Geek. Holy crap, I think he's sussed it out!
Nice find 00. It pays to stay in touch with your roots.
I've been impersonating a male all my life, and not very well, I might add, but have never been arrested by the Quinte West police. I hope I never am, either, because that town's writing and editing skills suck. If I'm going to the big house, I want it written up in the New York Times or somesuch, where they still care about things like clarity, punctuation and grammar.ReplyDelete
P.S. -- I caught part of Frank's show at Crews and Tango a few weeks ago. It's well worth the price of admission. Stay for the headline act, La Cage a Flo. She's a scream.ReplyDelete
Reffie: I really don't know what's up with this article - he was either impersonating a "mailman" or just "mail"? Maybe he just went 'postal'?ReplyDelete
Boom Boom: Really! Some are not very good at it, are they?ReplyDelete
Nicky: Ha! I agree!ReplyDelete
Jingle: Thanks. Yes, weird things do happen - hopefully to the right person.ReplyDelete
Frank: Ha! I made you look!ReplyDelete
Cheryl: dufus is punny like that. Reffie is quick like that. Thanks, and it also pays to touch up your roots (although I've given up on that battle some time ago).ReplyDelete
BonyMike: And all this time I thought you were impersonating a writer! Heh, heh. You would be worthy for a write up in any publication that has a competent editor, regardless of your crime.ReplyDelete
P.S. -- I think you're in deep doo doo for that one (but it's a good one).
A man impersonating a male? I don't get it. How does that work? I guess then, that I am guilty of impersonating a female - better yet, a smart, gorgeous, funny, witty female. How about that? - GReplyDelete
GD: I don't get it either unless the victim thought the guy was a woman to begin with??ReplyDelete
And, yes, you are guilty of impersonating a smart, gorgeous (well, from what I can tell from your knees down), funny and witty female!