Cops nail a bad guy
Trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe the guy just had a fetish for fasteners. But that's not the way Chicago police saw it when they nailed a suburban Chitown man for trying to nail them.
Originally, while driving his truck the man got busted for illegally crossing railroad tracks, according to the Daily Herald. Cops later arrested him after an officer reported seeing him dropping dozens of nails and tacks on a driveway leading into the local police station. The newspaper reported law enforcement officials think the guy had distributed nails on the driveway several times since the first week of December.
The acting police chief told the Herald foul play was suspected after officers kept getting an unusually high number of flat tires on squad cars-16 tires had to be repaired or replaced on 12 different vehicles. That cost the city about $1,200. The guy ended up being charged with a felony: criminal damage to state-supported property.
In light of this episode, we can't quite agree with philosopher Albert Camus, who said: ``Every act of rebelling expresses a nostalgia for innocence.'' Nothing nostalgic-or innocent-about this. Flat and simple, the nailer appears to have had a vendetta. And, presuming he's guilty, in addition to whatever time he serves, maybe he should have to do community service...as a tire buster.
This 'n that
Yours for the bidding-He's calling it ``a part of cultural history.''
Some Massachusetts scrap dealer is, according to a report, trying to peddle on e-Bay the Super Bowl stage upon which Janet Jackson had her infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' during last year's half-time show. Any takers?
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Way ahead of his tires...er, times-A news item datelined Islamabad said that Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz recently paid tribute to the country's poet and philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal on the occasion of the observation of his 127th birthday.
The story said they called him ``one of the greatest thinkers of modern tires and a source of inspiration for all humanity.''
He must be right up there with Charles Goodyear and F.A. Seiberling.
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One shot too many-A man in Bloomington, Ind., stopped his friend from driving drunk, though perhaps his method was a bit bizarre.
The guy took his 9 mm handgun and shot out the two left-side tires on his buddy's car, according to a police report. It also noted that the none-too-happy inebriated one then got out of his car, pulled a knife and attacked his conscientious friend. Police charged him with battery. But they also were preparing charges against the shooter after finding two handguns and an assault-style rifle in his home, the Indianapolis Star reported.
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Bucking for a hit-Young Buck, one of three members of rapper 50 Cent's G-Unit rap group, recently released a single from his debut album, ``Straight Out of Cashville.'' In it he makes reference to his ``Old School'' vintage Cadillac Drop Top with ``Kill body rims and Pirelli on the tires.''
The tune, ``Shorty Wanna Ride,'' also mentions his car is fitted with 22-inch Pirelli tires that he says others had been unable to provide, in the line: ``They said 22s wouldn't fit but they lied.''
Who'd lie about a thing like that? Nonetheless, it all dovetails nicely into Pirelli Tire North America Inc.'s so-called Hip-Hop-based ``urban marketing campaign.''
DaimlerChrysler A.G. found itself on the sharp end of the stick recently after considering calling its replacement for the Dodge Neon the ``Dodge Razor.''
The Detroit News reported the Auburn Hills, Mich., auto maker kind of chilled on that idea after finding out that Razor USA, a Cerritos, Calif.-based seller of foot-propelled scooters and mini street motorcycles wanted Chrysler to pay royally to cop the Razor name.
``If they want to play that way, then we'll walk away,'' a Chrysler spokesman poetically said. ``There are a kajillion other names out there.''
Maybe he's onto something. How about the Chrysler Kajillion?
When it comes to intriguing press release come-ons, we've got to hand it to the folks at Bright Ideas Group, a division of VP, Etc. Inc. in Minneapolis. The subject line in the e-mail we received asked: ``Are you doing business naked?''
Phew...now there's a real scary thought. The news release went on to ask, ``If you could do business naked, would you?''
It's all a plug for Bright Ideas' new book, ``Naked Business-Taking a Look at Your Business,'' which the firm classifies as a ``cut-to-the-chase workbook for small business owners.'' It attempts to pose questions small-business owners often overlook and, Bright Ideas said, offers introspection and provides useful tips for today's business owners while helping them ``to discover potential weaknesses and be honest about them-not critical, just candid.''
We're guessing greeting customers in your, uh, natural state could bring a whole new dimension to the tire business. Our advice: Better look in the mirror first-we don't want any spare tires showing, now do we? Or jokes about ``plus-sizing.'' Join that health club, go on a diet and check for any local statutes and regulations barring biz in the buff.
But if you decide to try it, let Tire Business know-so we can be there to report on it-and get pictures.