Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2009 August 8-31

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Inside the Lines

In Camberwell, England, Ruth Ducker left her house one day and found her Volkswagen Golf missing. She also found yellow "no parking" lines had been painted on the space she had parked in. It took three weeks for the local council to admit that workers had lifted the car out of the spot and painted the lines. A traffic warden came by later, saw the "illegally parked" car and had it towed. Worse, council officials said they would return the car only if Ducker paid the £800 parking fine. She refused, and it took two more months and the intervention of her local MP to get the council to return her car.

I'm Shocked, Shocked

Baldwinsville, New York, Mayor Joe Saraceni has banned gambling in the city's senior center. Seniors had been playing low-stakes card games for years, something Saraceni admits is legal. But he says the games violate the center's rules.

Somebody Didn't Get Orwell's Point

The British government plans to put 20,000 families in "sin bins," where they will be under 24-hour video surveillance. The cameras will make sure parents make their children go to bed on time, eat proper meals, and go to school. The government will also send out agents to check up on the families. Some 2,000 families are already in the program.

Monkey Business

Kade-Liam Read, 9, was playing in a park in Churchdown, England, when a police officer gave him a written warning for climbing a tree. Police said they had received a complaint of anti-social behavior from someone who lives near the park.

You Bet Your Life

An Illinois court has sentenced Michael A. Alvarez to four years in prison for running Super Bowl pools at two bars. He must serve at least 50 percent of the sentence under state law.