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Three Word Obituary

The latest man to write his own obituary kept things about as short as possible: it read simply, “I am dead.” The 89-year-old in Germany gave his funeral home instructions before he died last month and the funeral home followed through, publishing the 3-word obituary in two newspapers.

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Don’t Get Caught Up in a Ticket Scam as Milwaukee Bucks Head to Playoffs

No doubt about it, it’s very exciting to see the Milwaukee Bucks – with the best record in the NBA – head to the playoffs this weekend. But don’t let your furor turn into failure.

Large and thrilling sporting events often attract scammers looking to make a fast buck from unsuspecting fans. The high cost of attending an event like a playoff game leads enthusiasts to comb the internet, looking for good ticket deals. Scammers take advantage of the opportunity by selling tickets that may not even exist.

“Proceed with caution when it comes to buying tickets,” says Jim Temmer, CEO and president of the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin. “The Bucks haven’t won a championship since 1971, so tickets are in extra high demand.Unfortunately, many consumers often fall victim to ticket scams. When buying, proceed with caution. Don’t let con artists foul up your plans.”

Although the Bucks are ranked #1 we don’t know how far they’ll go. But one thing fans can control is the surety of their ticket purchases. Ticket scams are easy to spot – by low prices on unbelievable seats, third-party sellers with no guarantees, or phony websites that look similar to legitimate sites.

Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin says “Go Bucks” and offers the following tips to make sure you’re getting what you pay for:

Tickets:                                  

  • Check out the official Milwaukee Bucks ticket information on their website: https://www.nba.com/bucks/tickets
  •  If you buy a ticket outside the event, remember there are usually no refunds or guarantees. Research the ticket site or seller to see if it provides any buyer protections, such as money-back guarantees if tickets are fake. Always read the fine print.
  • If you’re buying tickets online, ask for a picture of the tickets so you can confirm the tickets match the venue.
  • Be wary of ticket offers at extreme discount prices, these are most likely too good to be true.

Team Merchandise:

  • Buy directly from the team or league websites, official vendors at the stadium or other trusted stores. It’s okay to be skeptical of impostor brands. Sadly, they are out there waiting for events like this to prey on hopeful fans.
  • Watch out for unsolicited emails from pop-up Internet shops selling gear for your favorite squad. If you don’t wish to receive emails from a business in question, opt to unsubscribe from their list. Replying to emails like this will confirm you’re using a working address and will likely get you in regular rotation for their spam.
  • Beware of phony websites that appear to sell official team merchandise but are only after your credit card number.
  • Do your due diligence before clicking “buy now.” Confirm details like a promised delivery time and refund or return policies.

General Tips:

  • Before using an outside seller, check them out at bbb.org. Also, look for reviews from fellow consumers who have used the same site. Have they received any complaints for selling counterfeit or copycat items? Find accredited ticket brokers on BBB’s website.
  • Avoid using sites such as Craigslist, which offers no guarantees or seller identification.
  • Make sure the website is secure before you make a purchase online (look for the padlock and ‘https’ in the address bar).
  • Ask the seller where he or she is located and how to contact him or her after the sale. If the seller is evasive or provides fraudulent contact info, do not pursue the offer.
  • Never wire money or pay with a cashier’s check. There is no way of getting your money back with these options.
  • Always pay by credit card. Your credit card company may be able to help you obtain a refund if the offer is fake or the tickets are never received.
  • If you do come across a fraudulent business, share your experience. Write a BBB Customer Review or post your experience on BBB Scam Tracker and help other fans avoid the con.
  • Be careful when booking a hotel if you’re traveling to see a game. Ask for all details about the hotel, including address and confirmation number and call the hotel to verify that the room exists.
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Talk About Strict Cellphone While Driving Laws!

How’s this for a strict don’t-talk-on-the-phone-and-drive law?

A man in Surrey, British Columbia has been found guilty of driving while using his mobile phone — even though the phone’s battery was dead, and the phone itself was stowed in a dashboard cubby hole.

CTV reports Patrick Henry Grzelak had his earbuds in when he was pulled over October 12 of last year, and the fact they were connected by a wore to the dead phone was apparently enough in the estimation of Justice Brent Adair to put Grzelak in violation of the law.

“In my view, by plugging the earbud wire into the iPhone, the defendant had enlarged the device, such that it included not only the iPhone (proper) but also attached speaker or earbuds,” Adair wrote in his decision.

In other words, even though the earbuds weren’t in use because the phone was dead, they were still part of the phone, and so, Adair wrote, “it necessarily follows that the defendant was holding the device (or part of the device) in a position in which it could be used.”

According to CTV, British Columbia law states any electronic device used while driving must be hands-free and the device itself affixed to the vehicle.

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My Crazy Deputy Sheriff Ex-Boyfriend…

Next time you think you’ve found that perfect romantic someone, remember this: it only takes a moment to ask them if their ex happens to be the jealous type. And in law enforcement.

As WSOC in Charlotte, NC reports, former Anson County Deputy David Scott Burroughs was arrested recently and charged with, among other things, planting drugs in the vehicle owned by his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend, in an attempt to get him in trouble and win her back.

Sheriff Landric Reid said it all began in March of 2018, when Burroughs allegedly purchased illegal drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, and planted them in the unidentified boyfriend’s car. He then began telling his fellow deputies that he’d received tips that his ex’s new beau was dealing drugs out of his car.

What made the other deputies suspicious, said Reid, was Burroughs told them on a Sunday where the drugs were in the vehicle, according to the alleged tipster. When the boyfriend was stopped the following Wednesday, the drugs were in that exact same spot.

“That was a red flag,” said Reid, “because anyone selling drugs wouldn’t have them Sunday to Wednesday in the same place.” Unless, of course, that person didn’t have any idea the drugs were there. Like, say, if they’d been planted.

Reid fired Burroughs last year following an investigation. He was arrested last week after the State Bureau of Investigation concluded their inquiry into the matter.

Burroughs is free on bond and due in court April 16.