Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2009 October 15-31

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The Biggest Bully

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, police have charged teacher Angela M. Strube with stealing lunch money from her third-grade students. A spokeswoman for the city school system says Strube has been suspended without pay.

Gone with the Wind

In Manchester, England, Barbara Collins went to the hospital five times complaining of crippling abdominal pain. Doctors diagnosed her with "trapped wind" and sent her home with laxatives. Finally, four months after her first visit to the hospital, a doctor determined that she had ovarian cancer. She died 10 days later. The National Health Service is investigating the case.

You Don't Look Like an American

Hector Veloz spent eight months in prison for receiving stolen property and thought he was being released, only to be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be deported to Mexico. Veloz, the son of a Vietnam vet, swore he was an American citizen. But officials refused to believe him. It took him nine months to prove to a judge that he was a citizen. But ICE appealed the decision. All told, Veloz spent 13 months behind bars, in addition to his sentence for receiving stolen property, while trying to prove he was a citizen.

*This article originally misidentified Hector Veloz as a Vietnam veteran.

You Can't Win with These People

A Maryland State Trooper gave Erik Bonstrom an $80 ticket for driving too slowly. Bonstrom was doing 58 in a 65 mph zone.

Insurance Risk

Wendy Williams and her husband are happy with their health insurance. Unfortunately, the Massachusetts government isn't. She writes in The Wall Street Journal that their policy caps out-of-pocket expenses at $2,500. The state, which requires everyone to have insurance or pay a penalty, says plans should cap out-of-pocket expenses at $2,000. So it's forcing Williams to either pay a $1,000 a year penalty or get a different health insurance plan, one she says would cost about $500 a month more.