Tuesday, March 28, 2023

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A Chick-fil-A Manager Directs Vaccinations, Firefighters Save Fake Goose and Other Bizarre Stories


Chick-fil-A Manager Helps Direct Vaccination Line

When a computer glitch at a COVID-19 vaccination site caused traffic to back up for over an hour, officials called in a Chick-fil-A drive-thru expert to fix the mess.

According to The Post and Courier, Mount Pleasant, S.C., Mayor Will Haynie contacted Chick-fil-A manager Jerry Walkowiak when a computer glitch caused traffic at a drive-thru clinic in the Seacoast Church parking lot to become gridlocked for over an hour late last month. “When you need help, call the pros,” Haynie recently tweeted along with a video of Walkowiak directing cars.

“I had said that what we were essentially doing was reinventing the Chick-fil-A drive-thru,” Haynie told reporters. Walkowiak was reportedly able to identify the issue that was slowing down the process and cut patients’ wait time from an hour to around 15 minutes.

Chick-fil-A has previously been recognized for its speedy drive-thrus. According to Jared Solid, who manages drive-thru innovations for the company, “The drive-thru experience is all a game of seconds. It’s about putting the right people in the right places to shave off unnecessary time.”

Book Returned to Library After 72 Years

A book was recently returned to a New York library 72 years overdue.

The Southampton Press reports that the book was due back at the Amagansett Free Library on April 5, 1949. It was a copy of a biography of Theodore Roosevelt titled Great Heart: The Life Story of Theodore Roosevelt by Daniel Henderson.

“It is a first edition from 1919 and has the original library bookplate, as well as the circulation policy on the back cover,” said library director Lauren Nichols. “I’ve only seen one or two items at the library with these features, but none with both.” According to the old circulation policy, “Any books exposed to contagious diseases will not be accepted at the library.” This policy was probably put in place in 1919—when the library first purchased the book—a year after the Spanish Flu ravaged the nation.

Retired East Hampton Town police officer John Moss found the volume in a large plastic crate of books in storage. He claims that he isn’t sure how it came into his possession. He believes it might have been one of a number of books that he’s purchased at garage sales and used book stores over the years, or it might have come from his mother’s home when he cleaned it out in 2013. “I can’t see my mother reading this book,” he told reporters. “I can see my father reading it, although he wasn’t really into politics.”

Moss said he never actually read the book.

The library did not fine Moss for the late return, but if he’d been charged the penny-a-day fine that was in place when the book was checked out in 1949, that fine would cost around $262.

Name an Insect After Your Ex and Murder It

A wildlife center in Virginia is offering to allow donors to name insects after their exes before feeding them to animals as a Valentine’s Day publicity stunt.

According to a Facebook post from the Richmond Wildlife Center, for a $2 donation donors can name a mealworm, beetle, superworm or waxworm after “your worm of an ex.” Staff at the center will then feed the insect to an animal that is being cared for. Donors looking to really stick it to their exes can also make a $5 donation to name a larger hornworm or nightcrawler after their ex “and watch that horned or slimy devil be devoured.”

The post was quick to point out that this is meant to be a “fun and lighthearted” event, and no politically associated names or full legal names will be considered.

Donors can join in the fun if they visit the wildlife center’s website before midnight Feb. 13. The feeding will be streamed live on Facebook on Feb. 14.

“Your worthless ex can finally do something nice,” wrote the post’s author. “Their namesake helping us to feed the animals in our care.”

Firefighters Save Fake Goose

Michigan firefighters risked their lives to save a hunting decoy last week.

According to WXYZ in Michigan, Monroe Township Fire Department rushed to a frozen river after receiving reports that a duck or goose had been stranded and possibly injured near Waterloo Park. The crew suited up in arctic weather gear and made its way out onto the ice, only to discover that the waterfowl was actually a convincingly realistic hunting decoy.

“It ended up being a good training session, actually,” said Monroe Twp. Fire Department Chief Mark Cherney. “In the end, we can sleep well at night. A bird is not suffering.”

Bank Robbed Via Drive Thru

Authorities say a bank robbery in Michigan was committed through a bank drive-thru.

According to MLive Bay County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a robbery alarm at Fifth Third Bank in Bangor Township, Mich., in late January. When officers arrived on the scene, they were told by bank staff that a man had driven up to the drive-thru window and sent a note through the pneumatic tube that demanded money. Police say the teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money before he drove away.

Deputies are investigating the case, but it is unclear if security camera footage captured images of the suspected robber or his vehicle.


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