A Little Friday File Fun

And now it's time for FRIDAY FILES!
By PS

After 60 years as IHOP, the International House of Pancakes is changing its name to IHOb. The company announced on Twitter that starting June 11, “IHOP” would now be “IHOb.” It ended the tweet with, “Find out what it could b on 6.11.18.” On social media the firm is holding polls that allow people to guess what the “b” stands for. Responses have included biscuits, bacon, butternut squash and barnacles.

 

In Vermont, Governor Phil Scott has signed into law a bill that will pay new residents who work remotely for an out-of-state employer up to $10,000 over a period of two years in an effort to attract younger people to the state. “Vermont isn’t just a place to ski and try craft beers, it’s an ideal state for raising a family and growing a business,” Department of Tourism and Marketing commissioner Wendy Knight said, according to the Associated Press. The Remote Worker Grant Program would cover relocation expenses and other costs. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. The law defines a qualifying worker as working primarily from a Vermont home office or co-working space and employed full-time by an out-of-state based company. The state would award grants on a first-come, first-served basis and has allocated $500,000 for the next three years to the program.

 

In Flint, Michigan, authorities say police impersonators have been fooling police, firefighters and the public for three years.  The Flint Journal reports the impersonators are members of a group calling itself the Genesee County Fire and EMS Media-Genesee County Task Force Blight Agency. They were acting as police at parks, house fires, vehicle crashes and crime scenes. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton authorized charges against three people. Court records say there are at least five other potential defendants. Leyton says the individuals sometimes were the first to arrive at crime scenes and “real police would ask them to perform tasks.” An investigation started after a complaint about rude Genesee County park rangers who turned out to be impostors.

 

In Bay County, Florida, Bush’s Baked Beans doesn’t just have a secret recipe, they’re a secret weapon. Law enforcement personnel responded to a grocery store after receiving inaccurate emergency calls from inside the store that an armed man was holding hostages inside and that someone had been shot. They soon realized the weapon the man was waving at store employees was a hammer. According to ABC News, one officer slipped behind the suspect, grabbed two cans of Bush’s Baked Beans and pelted the suspect. This was enough to subdue him until other officers could apprehend him.

 

In Salina, Kansas, a man left a winning lottery ticket on the counter at a convenience store. Fortunately for him, a store clerk and the store owner are good men. The man bought three tickets and went to his neighborhood convenience store to check if they were winners. The clerk checked two tickets and the winner accidentally left the third on the counter, The Salina Journal reported. When the clerk saw the ticket, he checked and found it was a $1 million-winner. The clerk called the owner who recognized who the man was from the clerk’s description. The owner drove around the man’s neighborhood once but couldn’t find the man’s house. When he decided to give it another try, he saw the man and his brother driving away and was able to stop them to give the man the ticket and tell him he won. KWCH reports that Wichita law firm DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers gave the owner a $1,200 check to reward him for his good deed.