Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

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Roosevelt Sims was experiencing diabetic shock, but an Amtrak crew thought he was drunk. They put him off the train in the middle of a national forest in Arizona, two miles from the nearest road. He was found several days later, dehydrated and disoriented, about two miles from where the train left him. Amtrak officials say the workers were just following the company's policy.

David Burch can't get the grass to grow at his new home in White Cloud, Michigan. He planted some grass seeds, and when they didn't grow a judge jailed him for violating city ordinances requiring a green yard. Burch spent one weekend in jail, and the judge threatened him with another.

Daniel Horne was on his way home from a night out with friends in Wales when their car broke down. They decided to walk to the nearest town for help, but someone thought they were dumping the car and called the police. The police cruiser responding to the call jumped the curb, knocking Home down and crushing his foot beneath one of the wheels. After finding out the group had committed no crime, the police allowed Horne to be driven to a local hospital. Then a cop gave Home an 80 [pounds sterling] fine for denting the police car.

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They might not have the Taliban licked, but Afghanistan's rulers already have set their eyes on another target: smokers. The regime has banned smoking in schools, hospitals, and government offices, and officials say they plan to expand the ban to restaurants and hotels. …

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