What deeply serious subjects should we discuss this week?
2) The guy who left seven bags at the airport because he did not want to pay $1,000 in fees.
Very hard to beat these stories for human interest.
My favorite story of the past two weeks is the exotic dancer from Rancho Cucamonga, California,
(He didn't make that up folks.)
The Cliffs Notes version of the story goes like this:
Tired of the bump and grind, Tara Mishra wanted a new life for herself
and wanted to be a successful business woman in her own right.
In a remarkable display of fiscal discipline, she saved every tip she
received over 15 years as an exotic dancer--$1 million in one dollar
bills so she could purchase a business in New Jersey.
In an even more remarkable display of trust, she gave the money to
friends of hers to transport across the country.
Things were fine until the friends got pulled over in Nebraska for
speeding. The State Police discovered the money in the back of the
car and assumed it was drug money.
At least they CLAIMED it was drug money--even though no drugs were
found in the car and K-9 reports showed only trace amount of drugs on
any of the bills (on any given day, any one of us could be carrying
money with trace amount of drugs on it).
So why claim the money was drug money? Because the Nebraska State
Police could keep the money for themselves. With tight budgets, a
million dollars cash would be manna from Heaven for any police
Ms. Mishra took them to court to get her money back and the judge
agreed. He ordered the Nebraska gendarmes to fork over the million
dollars plus interest (the interest came to a little over $76,000).
This has the makings of a great movie. Maybe with the royalties, she
can pay her tax bill (I'm sure the IRS is very interested if she
reported her tips on her taxes).
On a side note, to make $1 million in tips in 15 years, you'd have to
average of $66,666.67 a year.
When I worked for Budget Chippendales, the only tip I got was to get
out of the business.
THE LAST WORD: Pope Francis continues to inspire and surprise. Who is he to judge gays, he said. Mercy is the important thing. Regarding communion for divorced Catholics, he urged a "pastoral decision." That's change.