1.) If you think budgets in our Lowcountry towns are tight, consider the employees in the Public Works Department of tiny Windsor, Missouri. A city accountant determined that the men were using way too much toilet paper, and cut that expense out of the department’s budget. A concerned citizen came forward at a city council meeting and asked permission to start a fundraiser for the workers, who were bringing their own TP from home. It was only then the town the mayor and council learned of the situation, and quickly restored the department toilet paper funding.
2.) In the last 5 years, 3 million homes in the United States have given up watching TV. There are now 5 million homes in our country without an antenna, cable or satellite dish. However, 75% of those homes still have a TV – one that’s being used to watch DVDs, video games or even watching Internet TV. The results of this study by Nielsen, the TV ratings company, show that while cost was a factor in a third of these homes, 31% of non-TV households said they gave up TV because of a “lack of interest.”
3.) If you don’t believe people are serious about their Bingo, ask Austin Whaley. The 18 year old from Kentucky has been barred from uttering the word “bingo” for the next 6 months after he falsely did that last month. Whaley was working security at a bingo hall when he yelled the game-ending word. A police officer cited him for second-degree disorderly conduct, explaining that Whaley "delayed the game by several minutes and caused alarm to patrons,” who apparently began "yelling and cussing" once they realized what had happened. The officer says he would have let him off with a slap on the wrist, but the teen refused to apologize, leading to the citation and yesterday’s sentence.