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Ban from wallmart?


After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Walmart. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse.

Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Walmart

Dear Mrs. Woolf,

Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Woolf, are listed below and are “documented by our video surveillance cameras”:

1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-
minute intervals.

3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the
women’s restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official
voice, ‘Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away’. This caused the
employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted in management getting involved causing management to lose time and costing the company money.

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to reserve a bag of

6. August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the
children shoppers they could come in if they would bring pillows and
blankets from the bedding department – to which twenty children

8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began
crying and screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’
Emergency Medics were called.

9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. September 10: While handling guns in the Sports department, he
asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. October 3: Darted around the Store suspiciously while loudly
humming the ‘ Mission Impossible’ theme.

12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his ‘Madonna look’ by using different sizes of funnels.

13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed
through, yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’

14. October 22: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed the fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!

15. Took a box of condoms to the checkout clerk and asked where the fitting room was.

And last, but not least:

16. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited
awhile, and then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in
here.’ One of the Staff passed out.

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Mail delivery drivers want 14-hour rule exemption

The National State Route Mail Contractors Association (NSRMCA), whose members transport mail under contract for the United States Postal Service, has requested an exemption of the 14-hour rule of the FMCSA’s hours-of-service regulations.

NSRMCA requests that mail-carrying drivers have the ability to — after being off duty for eight consecutive hours — choose to be on-duty up to 15 hours in a 24-hour period and drive up to 10 hours. NSRMCA says its drivers typically work in “split-shifts,” breaking their on-duty time up with a nine-hour break between on-duty shifts.

“A typical driver will have worked eight hours, with a nine-hour break during the day between outbound and inbound routes, and a seven-hour overnight break,” according to the request.

According to the exemption, a typical day for a NSRMCA driver starts in the early morning and ends four hours later at the last post office on the route. The return route typically starts nine hours later, and drivers deliver to the central processing facility four hours after that.

NSRMCA says the exemption would reduce operating costs for the postal service and contractors that have contracts with USPS.

The FMCSA is seeking public comment on the request, which will be available for 30 days after publication on the Federal Register. Comments can be made by searching Docket No. FMCSA_FRDOC_0001-1774 at

Nebraska senator makes good on effort to reform FMCSA

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) earlier this week filed a bill aimed at reforming the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) including making its rule-making process more open to industry stakeholders and Congress, and more transparent to the public.


In March, Fischer criticized the FMCSA and vowed to initiate a reform process. If passed and signed into law, her Trucking Rules Updated by Comprehensive and Key Safety Reform Act (TRUCK Safety Reform Act) would do that.

One of the key provisions of the proposed law (S.1669) requires the FMCSA to, as stated in a summary of the proposed law, “…conduct a comprehensive review of all rules, regulations, regulatory guidance, and enforcement policies. “ It must also publish a schedule of the process and describe how it will accomplish that review.

When the review is complete, Fischer’s law requires the FMCSA to make public its findings. It then has 24 months in which to, if necessary, change its rules and enforcement procedures to make sure they are consistent and uniform.

Fischer’s bill also seeks to reform the process the FMCSA’s uses to create its regulations. At the heart of this provision is greater involvement of motor carriers of all sizes, and more scrutiny of the agency’s cost-benefit analysis including independent peer review.

The proposed law was sent to the Commerce Committee, which is chaired by Sen. John Thune (R-SD).

Fischer has been a critic of the FMCSA, especially the 2013 hours-of-service rule and its Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring program.

She also this week introduced a bill to allow states to enter into interstate compacts to recognize similar commercial driver license driving-age laws.

Heroic 6-Year-Old Saves Grandpa from Drowning After Jet Ski Mishap


An Alabama boy’s quick actions saved his grandfather from drowning after the two were thrown from a jet ski.

Six-year-old Gram Flowers and his grandpa, Carl Flowers, were out on the Tennessee River on Father’s Day, enjoying the family’s new boat.

When a wave crashed into Gram and Carl, both were thrown into the water. Carl, 67, hit his head and suffered a concussion.

“He was just laying there with his mouth and nose underwater,” Gram recalled.

Carl said he wouldn’t be here today if not for the heroism displayed by his grandson.

According to, the rest of the family was on the boat trying to take care of some engine problems while Gram and Carl went for the jet ski ride.

The family finally got the boat to start and when they caught up with the jet ski, Gram was in the driver’s seat and Papa Carl was lying on the back.

“At first, we thought it was so cute that Gram was pretending to drive,” David Flowers, Gram’s father, told “We then realized something was wrong and got Carl, who was unable to move, onto the boat and called a boat ambulance.”

After Carl was taken to a hospital, the family quickly realized that six-year-old Gram had saved his life.