A Little Friday File Fun

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

In Minersville, Pennsylvania, a 44-year-old parking ticket has been paid. According to the Associate Press, the police department received a letter last week with $5 and a note inside. The return address was “Feeling guilty, Wayward Road, Anytown, Ca.” Police Chief Michael Combs told WNEP-TV the note said, “Dear PD, I’ve been carrying this ticket around for 40 plus years. Always intending to pay. Forgive me if I don’t give you my info. With respect, Dave.” The fine for the 1974 parking ticket in the eastern Pennsylvania town was $2. But the person added $3 for interest. The same ticket today would be $20.

 

In Warsaw, Poland, an environmental group has received a phone bill of 10,000 zlotys ($2,650). The group was using the phone transmitter to track migratory movements of a stork. According to the Associated Press, the bird’s last signal came from Sudan on April 26. But later, the group heard that some 20 hours of calls had been made using the SIM card in Sudan.

 

In the UK, during a speech in the House of Commons, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson was interrupted—by his phone. He was speaking about Islamic State terr.orists in Syria when Siri―triggered by the country’s name―said “I found something on the web for Syria.” The Huffington Post reports that as Williamson began looking around in surprise, House of Commons members erupted in laughs. “It is very rare that you’re heckled by your own mobile phone,” Williamson said as he apologized.