Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2009 September 1-31

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Don't Let Them Walk All Over You

Inspectors working for the Stoke City Council in England have warned residents to remove welcome mats and potted plants from their porches. Officials say people could trip over the items.

Parking Violation

Tinley Park, Illinois, Mayor Ed Zabrocki says that police officers have been overzealous in ticketing cars without municipal stickers. He says they've been ticketing cars, lots of cars, from outside the city and even outside the state, not just the cars of people who live in the city but haven't bought the required permit. But police officials say the law allows them to ticket any car without a sticker. Officials say they may change the law.

Fashion Police

More than 150 people marched outside Indiana's Richmond High School after school officials suspended hundreds of students for violating a new dress code. That dress code bans clothes that officials deem too tight as well as clothes they feel are too loose. The code also bans stripes, florals, and plaids, as well as any logos.

If at First You Don't Succeed

Mark Wattson collapsed in agony and had to be rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Swindon, England. Doctors there told him his appendix had burst and they had to take it out. Wattson was angry and confused, since those same National Health Service doctors had operated on him just three weeks earlier to remove his appendix. No one seems sure exactly what they did the first time they cut him open. They did remove his appendix during the second surgery. But the incision became infected and Wattson had to be admitted to the hospital a third time. He says he also lost his job because his boss refused to believe he'd taken off time twice to have his appendix removed.

The Luckiest Men on the Face of This Earth

The Veterans Affairs Department mistakenly told some 1,200 veterans they had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, according to the National Gulf War Resource Center. The VA says it was more like 250, but isn't sure why the vets were mistakenly sent letters telling them they had the disease.