Trending Topics 8/31- Stagehand sues Katy Perry, The Trust Chug, Underwear Bong Protests and MORE!

August 31st, 2017

HEY EVERYBODY! It's Thursday!! Also, some very sad news from yours truly. Today is Intern Matt's last day on the job :((((((((((( He's done with being here at the morning show as his real school year kicks into gear, but He's not gone for good!!! He'll be around CD102.5 in varying capacities afterwards, so keep your eyes and ears peeled on when you can see him again!! Send him good luck notes! Or Money! Or Food! Or a Netflix Password! Or All Four!!

Stagehand Sues Katy Perry Over Lost Toe

It what has been a less-than-stellar year for Katy Perry, a former stagehand of hers on the Prismatic world tour in 2014 is suing her, her production company, and promotions company after she had to get her toe amputated after complications from an injury she received moving things on tour. According to Stagehand Christinai Fish, at a tour stop in Raleigh, someone asked her to move a wall. The wall got stuck and rolled across her foot. Someone backstage offered her ice, but nobody called her an ambulance, and eventually a friend took her to a hospital. The toe became gangrenous, and it eventually had to be amputated. Fish claims that she couldn’t use her foot for months and that she’s emotionally distressed because doctors told her to keep her “dead toe” as long as possible. She can’t do yoga anymore! TMZ has photos, if you really want to see toe-amputation photos.

Best Buy Apologizes For Selling $42 Packs of Water in Houston this week. 

In the wake Hurricane Harvey, thee has been an outpouring of support to people in need of care. However, there's also been an outpouring of rampant disaster capitalism with businesses doing anything to make a very quick buck with wildly inflated prices. One such business was a Best Buy Location in Houston selling cases of water for as much as $42. This water isn't even like mineral water or anything, it's just straight up Dasani. In Texas, Price gouging such as this is illegal. There have been over 550 complaints so far about price gouging on everything from food to gasoline. According to the Texas Attorney General, the price gouging has included hotel prices quadrupling, fuel for as much as $10 per gallon, and cases of water being sold for $99. But Best Buy was recently singled out on social media when a tweet showed that some packs were being sold at a Houston location for $29 while other cases of water were $42. People were disgusted, to say the least. This was a big mistake on the part of a few employees at one store on Friday,” a Best Buy spokesperson told CNBC. “As a company we are focused on helping, not hurting affected people. We’re sorry and it won’t happen again,” the statement continued. “Not as an excuse but as an explanation, we don’t typically sell cases of water. The mistake was made when employees priced a case of water using the single-bottle price for each bottle in the case,” the spokesperson from Best Buy concluded. The penalty for price gouging in Texas is a fine of up to $20,000 per infraction. And if the victim is over the age of 65, the fine is up to $250,000. So while Best Buy contends that it was all an honest mistake, they have a legal responsibility not to price gouge during a disaster. That’s the law in Texas.

New York man's leg swallowed by mid-street sinkhole

In other "lower extremity news stories", this man in Brooklyn was walking along a sidewalk when a sinkhole opened up and trapped him inside. Stephen Suarez, 28, said he was just walking across Myrtle Ave. in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday when the road gave way under one of his legs. A video tweeted by @NYScanner shows Suarez being hoisted out of his predicament by firefighters. Suarez said he is recovering from a hairline fracture in his leg. The city Department of Transportation said the hole was patched up to prevent further incidents, and the Department of Environmental Protection is working to determine the cause of the sinkhole.

Child porn defendant claims he did not know he was looking at underage pictures because he is blind, court hears

From impaired legs and feet, we move to impaired eyesight in this story, as a British child pornography suspect claims his blindness is his allibi in this case. Andrew Shaw, 44, was aided into Blackpool Magistrates Court, Lancashire by his black Labrador guide dog. His wife who was supporting her husband is also blind and was led to the court by her white Labrador guide dog. Shaw of Derby Road, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire faces three offences of possessing 71 downloaded obscene images of children on his computer. Twelve of the images are alleged to be of the worst variety. He said: "This is an unusual case as my client is registered blind. He has no sight in one eye and only a small amount in the other." "It may be argued that difficulty with his vision makes it difficult for him to put an age to images he downloads. He may think he is looking at 16-year olds." Shaw was granted bail.

Thieves bore into cellar from Paris catacombs to steal €250,000 of wine

We now take you from living bodies do very old dead bodies in the Catacombs in France. Thieves stole wine reportedly worth more than €250,000 (£230,000) after burrowing into a private cellar from the catacombs 20 metres below Paris. Police say more than 300 bottles of vintage wine were carried out through the underground network, which comprises more than 150 miles (250km) of tunnels running beneath the city. The raid on the cellar of an apartment in the chic 6th arrondissement, near the Luxembourg Gardens, happened in the night some time between Monday and Tuesday. Detectives say the thieves must have identified the cellar they wanted to access under the apartment building and then drilled into it from the catacombs, where the walls are mostly limestone. They made off with valuable grand cru wines Paris’s catacombs are off-limits to the public at night and only a little over 1 mile (2km) of tunnels can only be visited during the day with a guide. Authorities have long turned a blind eye to groups of cataphiles, as they are known, who have identified secret entrances – mostly former sewer holes – and risk fines to sneak in for parties, secret meetings and even film screenings.

The new way to chug a beer is to risk your friend's life while doing it

For proper demonstration of this new, dangerous, but impressive way to chug a pitcher of beer (please don't try this at home), click the link above to watch the video from Billy Buck Roscoe All American performing the "Trust Chug". The name, like it implies, requires a whole lot of trust from between two parties. Basically, a Pitcher of beer is poured directly into a helmet covering up one person's face, and antother peron has to chug the whole pitcher before the helmet person drowns and dies in Beer. What’s heart-warming about the Trust Chug isn’t just its spirit of ingenuity but its name, which could’ve easily been the Dare Chug or the Accidental Manslaughter Chug. Instead it is about trust. It is about friendship. It is about looking your friend in the eye and saying, “I will drink this pitcher of beer faster than you can die.” And it is also about that friend looking at you from beneath their globe and saying, “I have washed my face recently enough that it makes sense for you to drink beer off of it.” There’s hope for us all yet.

Catholic church fined for violating Utah liquor law

In more Booze News this morning, a Utah Catholic Church is in hot water not for the wine, but for having a few volunteers at their parish festival casually sip back a few beers while serving their community. While openly drinking on the job is more common in bars with actual paid workers, but in Utah this law includes nonpaid volunteers as well. At its meeting on Tuesday, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission voted to punish St. John the Baptist Parish in Draper for an incident during the church's annual Festival of Roses in May. The church was ordered to pay about $600 in fines and fees. St. John the Baptist Parish was among more than 40 businesses who faced punishment for alcohol violations on Tuesday. Speaking to FOX 13, Rev. Richard Sherman suggested the fine was "a blessing" when it comes to the harms that can be caused by alcohol. "I think we have and will have better controls over the situation," he said. "We’re blessed with a reminder violation. It can help us ramp up the vigilance." The violation only centers around the Festival of Roses and will not impact next year's event or the church's liquor license allowing it to serve sacramental wine. "They cleared it up and said they would train their people better," said Wood.

Two men seriously injured by Spanish town's 'cruelty free' alternative to bull running

While this story is honestly pretty horriffic, the pictures of the actual "ball running" pre-incident are pretty outrageous. In lieu of having a live bull storm through the streets of their town, they instead had a huge, 300kG resin ball with a bull's face painted on it to run the race. One man was left in a coma after sustaining a serious head injury when he was crushed against metal barriers by the 300-kilogramme resin ball which chased runners around the town of Mataelpino, near Madrid during the event over the weekend. Another man suffered three broken ribs and concussion. The mayor of Mataelpino, whose idea of substituting in the balls - painted with bull's faces - seven years ago has been emulated by other Spanish towns, has said the council will review its safety protocols before next year’s event. The ball runs down more down 500 metres of sloping streets reaching a top speed of around 20 miles per hour.  But Mayor Javier Pérez de los Nietos also warned participants not to take the ball running lightly despite the absence of sharp horns and thundering hooves. “We are going to review all of our security measures and boost the information given out because people have started coming here from all over the world. We don’t want this to become a tragic event, but rather something fun,” Mayor Pérez de los Nietos told the Spanish newspaper El País. “People who are used to bulls know that they can’t just stand still in front of them because they could be gored. But with the ball some people think that nothing will happen to them, but this is not the case. If they get a direct hit, it can be serious,” the mayor added. Mayor Pérez de los Nietos admitted that one change could see a different material used for the barriers, traditionally made of sturdy iron to afford a solid defence against raging bulls. Around 700 people are said to have attended Saturday’s adult run, with a children’s event taking place the previous day with a much lighter rubber ball.

Bong-smoking, underwear-clad protests are not done, Cambridge man says

Earliler this week in Canada, a man was protesting the confiscation of Marijuana and a bong wearing only underwear and carrying a sign that said "Return My Marijuana". Jeffery Shaver, who has a Medical Marijuana card in Canada, says that police wrongfully arrested and charged him with Marijuana Possession this past October. On Tuesday morning, Shaver, 31, smoked a bong while wearing only skimpy neon green underwear during a protest beside the Kitchener courthouse. Jeffrey Shaver, suddenly famous, vows to continue his bong-smoking, underwear-clad protests, despite word from police that they will try to address his concerns. "I will be periodically protesting at the Cambridge and Kitchener police stations and at the courthouse in Kitchener until the matter is resolved," the Cambridge man said in an email on Wednesday. The original news story has gone viral, receiving a record number of hit on the local Canadian news site's original story.

Shirtless Florida man threatens parents with rifle in school pick-up line

For intern Matt's final news story for #TrendingTopics (sad!), he brings back an old classic source of weird, strange, and illegal news from the Sunshine State: Florida Men. This time, a shirtless man was caught in traffic while school was letting out at Micanopy Cooperative School on Northwest 2nd Avenue in Micanopy FL. According to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Markham came out of his home Tuesday, shirtless and armed with a rifle, and told the parents in front of his home to “get off my road.” Deputies said the principal and staff reacted quickly and offered the parents shelter inside the school building with their children until sheriff's deputies could arrive. Markham was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and booked into the Alachua County Jail.

 

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