TODAY’S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
A ramp agent for Alaska Airlines, who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a Los Angeles-bound jet and forced them to make an emergency landing back in Seattle.
The agent was still inside the cargo area during takeoff. When he started pounding on the cargo bay ceiling, his screams for help were heard by the Alaska airlines flight crew, passengers, and U.S. Air Marshals.
After landing, the ramp agent was found inside the front cargo hold, which is pressurized and temperature controlled. The ramp agent appeared okay, but was transported to the hospital as a precaution.
He told authorities he had fallen asleep while the plane was being loaded.
The aircraft was in the air for only 14 minutes.
AND THEN THERE’S …..
Tony Jerome Torbert Jr., 20, a Florida man who was arrested after he posted an ad on Craigslist offering, “legit counterfeit” money.
Police were alerted to the Craigslist post and contacted him.
Torbert sold undercover police officers some and they arrested him.
He was charged with possession of counterfeit currency with intent to defraud and he could get up to 20 years in federal prison.
OR HOW ABOUT …..
Kyle Iveson, 24, a British man who tried to rob a convenience store, but was identified by the cashier who happened to be his ex-mother-in-law.
Iveson was wearing a mask during the robbery, but the woman still recognized his voice.
She said, “He was shouting and swearing and straight away I knew it was him. He’s one of those people who has a certain type of walk.”
She gave him about $950 and then called the cops.
He was sentenced to three years in prison.
OKAY, ONE MORE …..
Jorge Ramirez-Sierra, 21, a New Jersey man who was arrested for stealing his friend’s car so he could get to a court appearance.
The victim told police he believed his friend, Ramirez-Sierra, was the car thief because he’d “stated multiple times the evening before that he did not know how he was going to get to the courthouse.”
While police were talking with the car’s owner, Ramirez-Sierra called to say he was heading back with the vehicle.
When he arrived, police took him into custody.
Officers found Ramirez-Sierra in possession of a hypodermic needle, a crack pipe, empty wax bags, and other drug paraphernalia, along with an open bottle of Fireball whiskey.
Police also determined that Ramirez-Sierra’s driver’s license was suspended.
He was booked with a laundry list of charges.