I’ve had a lot of requests to make the Dumb A$$ Report a regular part of the Bad Nick Blog, and since our world never seems to run short of idiots and incompetents, what the heck, here goes!
One Dumb A$$ we have to mention is Evelyn Mastroianni, principal of Public School 52, Staten Island, New York. Last month when a nine year old student was discovered playing with his Legos, Mastroianni went ballistic because one of the Lego toys was a policeman holding a machinegun. Common sense be damned, a gun is a gun declared Mastroianni, even if it is a two inch long plastic toy, and the boy was disciplined and made to sign a confession that he had brought a gun to school. Your tax dollars at work, my friends. Aren’t you glad we have educators doing things like this instead of, oh, I don’t know, maybe educating our kids?
Another Dumb A$$ that had me chuckling was the idiot in Orem, Utah who stopped a police car to ask for directions after ripping off a convenience store. When cops arrested John White, he had the loot and marijuana in his possession. Go directly to Jail, you numbskull, do not pass Go!
You almost have to admire the audacity of our next Dumb A$$, David Decker of Pennsylvania, who borrowed his mother-in-law’s credit card to purchase a battery for his pickup truck, and then ran up an extra $472 in charges at a stripper bar, all on her card! Did he really think she wouldn’t notice?
Here’s a Dumb A$$ that I had to deal with myself just last week. I have a family member who lives on a fixed income and has limited financial means. When I learned that this person could not afford the co-pay on a prescription, I called the WalMart store where it was waiting to be filled and asked if I could put it on my credit card, and leave my card on file for future prescriptions. The girl in the pharmacy said no, I would have to physically bring the card in to put it on file with the store. When I explained that I was in another state, she suggested that I go to a local WalMart pharmacy, give them my credit card info, and it would be on file.
I did so, and after jumping through all kinds of hoops and running into one obstacle after another, the manager of the WalMart pharmacy where I was at finally called the first store, got the same girl, and asked her if he could just give her the info. She said no, it had to be in the computer. He explained that his computer system would not take the info for a prescription to be picked up out of state, and asked her what she would do if the computer system was down. She said she’d call him and ask for the info over the phone. Duh! Isn’t that what we were trying to do in the first place? Yes, but we could not call her, she had to call us! Eventually I spoke to a different WalMart employee at the store near my family member’s home, who said “Well, you could just give me the credit card info over the phone.” Damn, why didn’t I think of that?
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