The Blotter September 16 2009

FASHION POLICE, PART 1: An officer was patrolling downtown Atlanta when he noticed a “Euro cab” picking up people outside the World of Coca-Cola Museum. The cab driver was putting too many passengers into his vehicle, the officer noted. “I then parked my vehicle and saw that he had eight people in his vehicle and he could only hold seven,” the officer wrote. “I asked why he had too many passengers and he just told them it was too many. I then noticed that his shirt was untucked. He explained that he was wearing a French suit and you do not wear the shirt tucked in.”
    The officer explained that cab drivers must wear clothes that allow you to tuck the shirt in. The cab driver got tickets for violating the city’s dress code and seating capacity.

FASHION POLICE, PART 2: At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, an officer was monitoring the taxi assembly area when he observed a cab driver wearing capri pants. The officer gave the 38-year-old driver a ticket for violating the dress code for city cab drivers. “[The man] told me that wearing those kind of pants were his religion and was trying to pull them down to cover his legs. They were very short and came just below his knees,” the officer wrote.  

PEOPLE STEAL WEIRD STUFF: At a grocery store on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a man allegedly tried to hide several items in his backpack, including ham, honeybuns, Snickers bars, and tire foam. The man, age 45, was charged with shoplifting and taken to jail.

CAN YOU SPARE A SQUARE? On Abner Place, a 30-year-old woman said she and her boyfriend got into a verbal spat over some toilet paper. Then, she said, her boyfriend tried to throw her out of the house. She said he grabbed her neck and choked her — but while he was choking her, she managed to scratch him near his eye. She said he pushed her down and she ran out of the house. Then, she said, her boyfriend threw her 25-inch television outside and broke it. The boyfriend was charged with battery.

JUST PLAIN CREEPY: At Piedmont Hospital, a nurse reported obscene messages. The nurse said ever since October 2008, she has been receiving e-mails from a man in reference to her performing her job poorly. "[The nurse] stated that she feels threatened by the e-mails because of the vulgarity the suspect uses in the letter,” the officer wrote. “[She] said they no longer have a patient by that name. She advised that he has been deceased for about four years. [The nurse] believes that it is someone who works with her that is trying to discredit her name or get her fired.”

CHOCOLATE FIX: A security guard at Peachtree Center Mall said someone pushed Reeses peanut butter cups and Mr. Goodbar candy bars into his gas tank. He said his vehicle, a 2006 gold Ford Explorer XPL, was parked in the mall parking lot at the time. He said the gas tank would have to be removed and all the fuel lines would have to be flushed. No suspects.

PHOTO WORTH A THOUSAND … CLUES? A 22-year-old Tennessee woman said she was at the food court at Peachtree Center Mall. About 30 minutes after she left the mall, she realized her cell phone was missing. Also, she said on that same day someone had tried to send a photo e-mail with her iPhone and was unable to do so, causing that photo to go to her e-mail account. “Through her mail, she was able to print a copy of the picture,” the officer wrote. The photo showed a man sitting on top of a bed, wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts. The man is about 35 to 45 years old.
    Also, the Tennessee woman said she called her cell phone and a man answered and said he wanted $250 as a reward for returning her phone. The woman did not agree, called the police, and canceled her cell phone service.

SOLE SEARCHING: A 19-year-old woman said she argued with her two roommates at their apartment on Roswell Road. She said after the argument, she left the apartment — and when she returned, she noticed that three pairs of her boyfriend’s shoes were missing from her bedroom. An officer wrote, “[The 19-year-old woman] stated that she has two other roommates that stay in the same apartment as long as one of the roommates’ boyfriend.” (No, the Blotter Diva can’t quite figure out that living arrangement). The officer talked to one roommate, who said she did not touch the shoes and did not see anyone go into the 19-year-old woman’s bedroom. The other roommate and the boyfriend weren’t there during the police interview. Nothing further.

THE PLUNGE: A 42-year-old man said he was buying marijuana from a man who then tried to take his money, so he jumped from the third floor of Underground Atlanta, causing injury to his back. Medics took him to Grady Memorial Hospital. The 42-year-old man was in stable condition

Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.

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