July 2 American Oddities

Monday, July 2, 2018

Crews rescue deaf puppy stuck in hole in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — After 30 hours of effort, volunteers were able to rescue a 7-week-old deaf puppy that fell down a 50-foot crevice behind a house in Alabama. Volunteers erupted in cheers as the pup — named Toffee — was pulled out of the hole Saturday with the help of a snare and some food.

Toffee fell into the inches-wide space around 5 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters, cave rescue crews and plumbers joined the rescue effort, lowering nets, snares and food to try to retrieve Toffee.


Store fires worker for message on homeless woman’s cup

CINCINNATI (AP) — An employee at a Cincinnati Dunkin’ Donuts who wrote a mean message on a homeless woman’s cup has been fired.

The disjointed message was posted on Instagram by a customer and then shared on Facebook. It says: “Stop ‘Hangin out in-front of the store. If you have a Full Time job! — management.” It was written Thursday. The store’s owner says the employee wasn’t a manager and no longer works there.

Owner Mike Benhase says the employee’s message “goes against everything we stand for.”


Identity thief drains bank account of 112-year-old Texan

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Someone obtained the personal information of a Texas resident who’s believed to be the oldest man in the U.S. and used it to drain his bank account. The family of Richard Overton says Social Security and banking account numbers for the 112-year-old Austin man were used to make seven withdrawals over the past several months.

Cousin Volma Overton declined to say how much was stolen but said it was a “significant amount of money.” The money was separate from a 2015 online campaign that raised $300,000 for Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran.who was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack. The fundraiser provided around-the-clock, in-home care for Overton.