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Louisiana Man Gets Arrested For Driving a Walmart Cart Under the Influencer

It’s a common occurrence: you go out with your girlfriends to wind down, have a few drinks, and the next thing you know, you’re very aware you’re in no shape to be driving. Luckily, the majority of us make the decision to call an Uber or recruit a sober friend as a designated driver. But not everyone acts so responsibly.

You needn’t look far to find stories of intoxicated people using any means necessary to get from point A to point B when they’re under the influence. There’s the story of the man who drove a lawn-mower to the liquor store, the man who got his fourth DUI from riding around his bike while drunk, and of course, the college junior who was charged with a DUI after being caught driving her toy Barbie Jeep around campus while trashed. Make no mistake: just because you’re not driving a car when you’re drunk, doesn’t mean you still aren’t endangering your own life and the lives of others.

On November 3rd, a man in  Denham Springs, Louisiana was arrested for stealing a motorized car from Walmart and driving it to the local bar so he could continue drinking. 

The arrest was reported on the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, a platform that chronicles some of the most outrageous and insane crimes that the Terrebonne parish’s locals have committed. But this post has struck a chord with the page’s followers, racking up 154 comments, 273 shares, and a feature in Vice magazine. According to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department, the deputy on duty arrived at a local bar in response to a phone call he received that an “individual had arrived there driving the cart”. 

When the deputy arrived on the scene,  he observed a motorized Walmart cart parked between two cars in the bar’s parking lot. The man, named Brice Kendell Williams, claimed he took the motorized cart from the local Walmart and drove it over half a mile to the local bar because he believed he would be “charged with DWI if he drove his own vehicle” to the bar. The deputy arrested Williams, under the felony charge of “unauthorized use of a moveable”. William’s bond was set at $2500.00. 

It’s possible the Williams’ story is gaining traction because of how ironic it is. 

Simply by trying to avoid breaking the law (driving while under the influence), Williams ended up breaking the law anyway–this time, committing a felony. Not only did Williams put his own life in danger as well as endanger the lives of the other people on the road, but he also was charged with theft. Believe it or not, those carts are meant to stay on the Walmart premises. 

It’s also worth noting that Williams could have avoided this entire disaster if he’d just called a ride share service. According to a study conducted by the University of California at Davis and Moll Law Group, in the two years after ride-sharing services began in certain California cities, drunk-driving arrests “declined by 32 percent in San Diego, 28 percent in San Jose, 26 percent in Sacramento and 14 percent in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco-Oakland area”. Ride-share services aren’t just for people who don’t have access to reliable transportation–they’re changing people’s habits with drinking responsibly. 

Of course, there were a few Twitter users who couldn’t help but comment on the absurdity of this entire situation:

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, someone drives a motorized Walmart cart to the nearest bar while drunk. If this isn’t concrete evidence that the world is coming to an end, we don’t know what is!

Some sympathetic Twitter users are calling this man a hero.

If by “hero” you mean the next winner of the annual Darwin Award, then yes. Yes, he is a hero.

This person feels that the man who was arrested should at least get an A for effort:

For some reason, we doubt the police were viewing the situation in the same way.

This man made the observation that this story seemed even stranger than fiction:

Really–you can’t make this stuff up! Especially since most motorized carts in shopping centers only have their batteries charged enough for a few rounds around their stores.

This man pointed out the irony of Wiliams’ situation: 

With the advent of smartphones, technology has made it possible for convenience to be right at our fingertips. There are no excuses anymore.

Hacker Attempts To Steal $4 Million From Puerto Rican Government In Phishing Scam

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Hacker Attempts To Steal $4 Million From Puerto Rican Government In Phishing Scam

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Hackers attempted to steal $4 million from the Puerto Rican government using a common phishing scam. The scams referred to as business email compromises, target public and private entities every year on the U.S. mainland. Here’s what we know so far.

A hacker attempted to steal millions of dollars from the Puerto Rican government.

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According to reports, hackers were able to infiltrate various agencies in the Puerto Rican government through phishing emails. The hackers attempted to access $4 million dollars by targeting Puerto Rico’s Industrial Development Company and the Tourism Company.

The Industrial Development Company sent around $2.6 million while the Tourism Company wired over $1.5 million. According to the AP, the agencies received emails from a fraudulent employee claiming there was a change of bank accounts.

Federal officials say they were about to freeze the money to prevent loss to Puerto Rico.

David Begnaud of CBS News took to Twitter to update people on the latest developments. According to Begnaud’s conversation with federal authorities, the hackers had not received the money from Puerto Rico and they were able to freeze it. They are working to send the money back to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is not the only victim in a phishing crime. During the same time as the hacking of Puerto Rico, a school district in Manor, Texas lost $2.3 million and another $800,000 were stolen from officials in Griffin, Georgia. More than 23,000 of these scams stole $1.7 billion from businesses and agencies in the U.S. mainland last year. The FBI was able to recover around $300 million.

The news is surprising people on social media.

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Corruption in Puerto Rico’s government has been a topic of discussion since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Puerto Rico was recently devastated by a series of earthquakes while still recovering from the 2017 hurricane that devastated the island. Missing relief funds and misplaced supplies have angered Puerto Ricans in recent months as it comes to light.

This latest financial and security shortcoming of Puerto Rico’s government is not helping its reputation.

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Puerto Ricans have been showing their displeasure with the elected officials on the island for years. Recently, Puerto Ricans protested and marched until Ricardo Rosselló resigned from his office. The former governor was caught in a group chat scandal in which he made derogatory comments about the LGBTQ+ community and women. There were also allegations of corruption and misuse of funds within his admi9nistration that led to a series of investigations.

READ: The Puerto Rico Department of Justice Is Seeking An Independent Investigation Into Ricardo Rosselló

Mexican Newspaper Slammed After Publishing Graphic Photos Of Woman’s Tragic Death

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Mexican Newspaper Slammed After Publishing Graphic Photos Of Woman’s Tragic Death

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In Mexico, the recent brutal mutilation and slaying of a 25-year-old woman are spurning conversations about the country’s efforts to prevent femicide and laws that protect victims from the media.

On Sunday, Mexican authorities revealed that they had discovered the body of Ingrid Escamilla.

According to reports, Escamilla was found lifeless with her body skinned and many of her organs missing. At the scene, a 46-year-old man was also discovered alive. His body was covered in bloodstains and he was arrested.

As of this story wasn’t troubling enough, local tabloids and websites managed to bring more tragedy to the victim and her family by splashing leaked graphic photos and videos of the victim’s body. In a terribly crafted headline, one paper by the name of Pasala printed the photos on its front page with the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” The headline is a reference to the fact that the man found at the scene was Escamilla’s husband.

According to leaked video footage from the arrest scene, Escamilla’s husband admitted to stabbing his wife after a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him. He then claimed to have skinned her body to eliminate evidence.

Mexic City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, revealed that prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator.

“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote in a tweet according to CNN. According to reports, Mexico broke records in 2018 when its homicide record reached over 33,000 people that year.

The publication of Escamilla’s mutilated body has sparked discussions regarding the way in which reports about violence against women are handled.

Women’s rights organizations have lambasted the papers that originally published photos of Escamilla’s body and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed criticism of the media’s response to the brutal slaying.

In a press conference on Thursday, President López Obrador expressed his determination to find and punish anyone responsible for the image leaks. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he stated.