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Don't try this at home -- or elsewhere!


UPI News Service, 01/15/2012 

Love is blind. The police aren't blind. And justice isn't blind. It's just near-sighted sometimes.

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In Pavia, Italy, blindness has turned into a crime wave as police arrested three individuals within a week who allegedly were faking blindness to receive disability benefits.

If you're registered as legally blind in Pavia, don't try working as a file clerk where, ironically, a woman receiving checks from the government not only worked in a municipal health office, but she filed documents about "people ! affected by imaginary illnesses," police said.

The report from Italian news agency ANSA said a man in Novara was charged with fraud for driving a minicar and a bicycle, although he was officially "totally blind." A man in Sardinia officially registered as suffering from "100 percent blindness" was filmed signing a document, police said.

Just wondering: In Italy, can you be arrested for buying shampoo with an unemployment benefit check if you happen to be bald?

Speaking of blind justice, a New York state woman said she was working as a stripper in order to pay legal fees in a custody battle over her 4-year-old son.

What a parent won't do for a child. "I'm dancing to pay for justice, to get my baby back," the New York Post reported Nicole Montiglio said.

Somehow, that's not quite what socialist Emma Goldman was talking about when she said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution," unless, she was talking about a sexual revolution.

Somehow, it's possible to imagine Goldman approving of Montiglio's efforts, anyway.

In Umea, Sweden, don't try this: Watching a violent movie with the volume turned up.

This is a case in which a movie in real life imitates a movie in a movie. Similar to the scene in "Home Alone" when Macaulay Culkin's character Kevin plays a gangster movie loudly to scare people away, a couple in their apartment in Umea were playing a violent movie, which included screams and gunfire.

Bravely, the police responded. Three police officers on the balcony appeared ready to draw weapons, while police at the door threatened to break it down if it wasn't opened pronto.

Why? Because a neighbor reported hearing screams and gunfire, The Local reported.


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