TODAY’S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
A unidentified Detroit man, who accidentally set a gas station on fire after trying to burn a spider on his car.
Police say the man was filling up his car when he noticed a spider near his fuel door and tried to burn it with a lighter.
The gas pump immediately caught fire before the cashier shut it down and called the fire department.
The man was unhurt, but the pump was destroyed.
AND THEN THERE’S …..
Richard D. Morgan, 41, an Alabama man who was arrested for stealing a lottery ticket dispenser from a liquor store and later attempting to cash a lottery ticket at the same store.
Deputies in Slocomb, Alabama responded to a building alarm and found the front door of the store busted out and the lottery ticket dispenser missing.
The machine was stocked with lottery tickets valuing $7,505.
The State Lottery was notified of the incident and those tickets were voided.
Later that same morning, Morgan entered the store and attempted to cash in one of the tickets.
Morgan is charged with burglary, dealing in stolen property, resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.
OR HOW ABOUT …..
Thomas Javier, 26, a Brooklyn man who accidentally shot himself in the groin while trying to ditch his hand gun.
Police were approaching Javier for urinating in the street and unbeknownst to them, he was carrying an illegal gun.
Javier tried to toss the gun into a nearby bush, but it discharged and shot him.
Paramedics took Thomas to the hospital with non-life threatening — but undoubtedly painful — wounds.
He was later arrested on weapons possession and reckless endangerment charges.
OKAY, ONE MORE …..
Jose Banks, 40, an inmate, who unsuccessfully filed a $10 million lawsuit against an Illinois prison for allowing him to escape.
Banks and a cellmate rappelled 17 stories down a rope fashioned from bed sheets and dental floss, then hailed a cab.
They were caught within days, something that Banks says caused damage to his reputation as well as his spiritual constitution.
A three judge panel tossed the lawsuit and Banks remains in jail.