Thursday, October 30, 2008

Devil's Night (And Deviled Eggs)

Did you know that it's an "annual tradition" to commit arson in the city of Detroit every Halloween?

DETROIT (AP) -- The city that used to burn on the night before Halloween as mischief-makers torched abandoned buildings has largely doused its Devil's Night by mobilizing tens of thousands of citizens and law-enforcement personnel each year to patrol city neighborhoods.

At its peak in 1984, 810 fires were reported in Detroit from Oct. 29 to 31, fueled by, among other things, Devil's Night's growing notoriety and the city's large number of abandoned buildings.

But the number of blazes has dropped -- 147 fires were reported last year for the three days ending Oct. 31, up from the 113 reported in 2006 and 121 in 2005.

That's in part thanks to volunteers and law enforcement officials who patrol neighborhoods and monitor abandoned buildings starting the night of Oct. 29, part of what has been called Angels' Night since the 1990s.

About 35,000 volunteers have signed up with the city for this year's Angels' Night, and about 50,000 people will volunteer, said Daniel Cherrin, a spokesman for Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. The city also imposes a youth curfew and takes other preventative measures.
Interesting. I guess nothing says "Happy Halloween!" quite like burning your neighborhood to the ground.

Speaking of preventative measures, make sure you pay for those deviled eggs (and all other buffet items) before you try to sneak a two-for-the-price-of a fast one at the Iron Skillet.

The old two-for-one buffet trick backfired.

Dan Linscomb, 40, of Texas City, Texas, ate the buffet at the Iron Skillet restaurant in northwest Atlanta on Oct. 21. He admitted, an Atlanta police report said, that his girlfriend “ate a couple bites from his plate.”

When he was charged for two $7 buffet meals, Linscomb refused to pay for one of them. He said that “there were no signs in the restaurant that said someone could not have some food off your plate,” the report said.

The restaurant staff called police, who came to the restaurant on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and arrested Linscomb on a charge of theft of services. He was taken to Fulton County Jail.

Where he subsequently spent 48 hours before pleading out to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

No word yet on whether the food was better at the Fulton County Jail. Or if Linscomb is going to add Georgia to the "Don't mess with Texas" motto.

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