From Black Friday to Black Santa, It's Time for Our Annual Holiday Freakout
There are good reasons to be annoyed during the holidays. Maybe you hate your family but feel obligated to stare blankly at them for a few hours every December. Maybe you have to work when everyone else is tweeting about how wonderful it is to have two weeks off for Christmas. Maybe you're just a lousy old grump who hasn't learned the meaning of Christmas from three ghosts that visit you in the night and a little kid with a messed up leg. Who knows your reasons, but you've got them and you're not alone.
And coming up next, the airing of grievances.
It seems America's annual time to complain about everything from Christmas music to the crowds at the malls -- as if either are any different from last year -- is upon us, but there are some additional goings on that merit mentioning, either for their ridiculous nature or simply because WTF?
Every year there are tales of people losing their houses in fires from faulty Christmas lights, people who get loot stolen out of their car in the discount store parking lot and even a few poor families who get robbed just before it's time to open presents. But, this year, there are a couple of very unique cases of criminals taking particular advantage.
First, there is the man in Austin caught on tape sauntering up to houses and walking off with packages left on the porch...in broad daylight...WHILE DRIVING A VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE! There have been several cases of this sort of thing this year and what seems to puzzle news reporters is the casual nature with which they walked off with the packages. What are they supposed to do, go Bluto from Animal House?
Then there is the woman -- news people love to make Grinch comparisons, but this case is actually apt -- who stole decorations from houses in a northern Texas town and then re-sold them to other people. She was sentenced this month to 70 years in prison. She had already spent time in the joint for assault and a murder-for-hire plot. If anyone needs some holiday cheer, it's this lady. Maybe they'll let her decorate her cell.