Posts by Charlene Sakoda

  • Woman finds wedding ring missing for five years was in her dog

    Charlene Sakoda at Odd News3 mths ago

    A Wisconsin woman, who thought her lost wedding ring was long gone five years ago, was recently reunited with it in a very surprising way. As reported by WAOW Newsline 9, two weeks ago, Lois Matykowski of Stevens Point, and her granddaughter were out in the yard enjoying Popsicles on a hot day. That was until Tucker, the family dog, struck. "He's known in the family to be the food burglar," Matykowski explained. "After I turn around and I look at my granddaughter, the Popsicle is gone and there's Tucker you know, smacking his jaws.” The pooch stole the icy treat on a stick and gobbled it all down.

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  • Fast food employee at Taco John’s says manager forced him to wear name tag that read ‘Gaytard’

    Charlene Sakoda at Odd News4 mths ago

    A fast food worker in Yankton, South Dakota alleges that he was harassed and discriminated against when his manager forced him to wear a name tag with a homophobic slur. Earlier this week, KELO Keloland Television reported that Tyler Brandt, a 16-year-old Taco John’s employee, quit his job after a manager pressured him into wearing a name tag with a demeaning label. “[The manager] pulled me into the office and gave me a name tag that read ‘Gaytard’ on it and asked me to wear it,” Brandt explained. “So I put it on because I didn’t want to upset him and I felt that if I did do anything to upset him that it would cause me to possibly lose my job because he would be looking for ways to fire me.” Brandt’s co-worker Kayla Martian told KDLT News that the manager made his feelings about Brandt known saying, "I remember one time he said, 'Tyler is so weird because he's so gay, it's not even funny.'" KDLT reports that Brandt learned early on that the management at that Taco John’s franchise had a “reputation for picking on employees,” though he didn’t think it would have gone as far as it did.

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  • Mother says Sonic served her family a bag of marijuana with their meal

    Charlene Sakoda at Odd News4 mths ago

    A woman in Frederick, Maryland was shocked and concerned when she found a bag of marijuana mixed in with her family’s drive-thru meal.

    As reported by The Frederick News-Post, Carla McFarland took her two children, a 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son, to get a special treat: a meal at Sonic. On Wednesday, the family rolled through the drive-thru and McFarland passed her children their chicken strips and french fries, then reached into the bag for her own food. That’s when she discovered a small plastic bag of what looked like marijuana, in with her french fries.

    “I just kind of sat there in my car in shock,” McFarland said. “I kept thinking, what if my kids had eaten it?” The mother called the police and notified Sonic’s management. They were apologetic and the customer’s meal was remade at no charge. “I definitely can't say that they didn't go out of their way,” said McFarland. “I honestly think they were more in shock than I was.”

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  • Man accused of naked kite flying denies it and explains

    Charlene Sakoda at Odd News4 mths ago

    An 82-year-old Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio man was ticketed after he was seen in public allegedly flying a kite while naked. As reported by WOIO 19 Action News, Edward Paolucci considers himself a professional kite flier and has been pursuing the activity for more than 15 years.

    Last week Paolucci was flying one of the kites in his collection of more than 50, in a field at the Summit County Fairgrounds. A volunteer at the fairgrounds, who saw Paolucci that day, claims that the elderly man was in the buff while flying his kite. WOIO notes that the police were called and the officer’s report indicated Mr. Paolucci was flying a kite nude while a horseback riding camp with young adults was happening nearby. It’s a charge that Paolucci denies saying, “No. I had my swimming trunks on, all the time my swimming trunks.” Still, Paolucci was ticketed and told not to return to the fairgrounds.

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  • Kindergartner beats entire school to become spelling bee champ

    Charlene Sakoda at Odd News4 mths ago

    A 6-year-old kindergartner in South Jordan, Utah managed to beat students years older than him to win his elementary school’s spelling bee. As reported by KWTX News 10, Kazim Ali survived round after round of Eastlake Elementary School’s spelling bee to emerge as the school’s champion and the first kindergartner ever in the Jordan School District to earn that honor. “I’m good at reading books, coloring,” Kazim said. “I’m in kindergarten, but I really need to go to first grade because um, kindergarten, I passed already.”

    The feat is quite impressive but when he was asked why he wanted to compete in the school’s spelling bee he revealed, “It is not my idea, that’s my mom’s idea.” Mothers do know best and her son’s spelling prowess is evident when the youngster is able to easily spell out difficult words like “anthropomorphic.” The definitions however are a bit harder. When Kazim is asked what it means, the little boy said, “Well, uh, I have no idea.” Still, Kazim’s father says that his son knows 600 words and there’s no doubt that list is growing.

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  • Police officer pulls woman from tracks right before train speeds by

    Charlene Sakoda at Odd News4 mths ago

    A police officer in Richmond, Texas is being hailed as a hero after he pulled a woman from railroad tracks just seconds before a train arrived. As reported by KPRC Local 2, early Sunday morning, 27-year-old Richmond Police Officer Ramon Morales was flagged down and told that a woman was sitting on the train tracks nearby. Officer Morales, arrived on the scene just as the crossing arms came down. The patrol car’s dashboard camera was recording, and on the footage Morales can be seen pulling the woman off the tracks to safety right before a train speeds by. The officer secured the woman with one hand, and used his other to make a call on his radio. "He got there just, just in time,” Richmond Police Department Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast told KPRC. “Saved this woman's life without regard for his own."

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