Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 144

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of a traffic court appearance that was just a little more unusual than they normally are. Next, we examine why perhaps educating women to defend themselves at a young age can backfire. Finally, we consider the circumstances that led to 50-60 Minnesota residents losing their internet access.

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe!

Traffic Court is Just Like Surgery

Move over lawyer cat, there’s a new extremely ridiculous Zoom court experience in town.

Traffic court, as I often explain, is just like surgery. You have to know exactly what to look for, what to cut out, and what to do at any stage. I never meant to suggest that traffic court should be conducted while in surgery. But apparently one doctor got the wrong message.

This doctor logged in to his Zoom court appearance and attempted to conduct his trial while performing surgery. He seemed to think that it was just fine, because another doctor was present in the room. The judge did not agree.

Unsurprisingly, he is now also under investigation by the Medical Board for what can only be described as sheer stupidity.

Women and Self-Defence

From a young age, women are socialized to think constantly about our self-defence. We are taught to walk with our keys in our hands, to take longer routes at night if they are better-lit, and to lock our doors when we are home alone.

Apparently that was not good enough for one Florida twelve-year-old. She is charged with a series of offences after starting a weapons-distribution program at her school, selling stun guns to classmates. And while one typically wonders what 12-year-old children need stun guns for, women reading this post understand why a little girl feels the need to have one and to arm her friends.

Internet Outage

Given that it’s winter, people have been losing their internet connections for totally understandable reasons. Windstorms, power outages, snowfall, and other weather events can cut off phone and internet services for a time.

But for at least 50 Minnesota residents, their internet and phone were cut off… literally. The residents had their cable boxes attacked by a machete-wielding neighbour, then swinging the machete and yelling threats at the neighbours.

The total cost of the damage is estimated to be around $10,000.

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