OFFBEAT NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 18TH

Offbeat News for Friday, May 18th

OFFBEAT NEWS:
As you know, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married this Saturday at St. George’s Chapel, but what do you give a royal couple who has everything? French President Emmanuel Macron is giving Harry and Meghan two engraved pens, a lighter, and a vanity case from pen manufacturer S.T. Dupont’s 007 collection.
It wouldn’t be the first time the French have gifted the British royals items from S.T. Dupont. In fact, Macron is just following in tradition.
When then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip, the French president gifted her a S.T. Dupont Moroccan Blue travel case.
President Sarközy gave Kate Middleton a white leather pouch and a conference pad with writing instruments. Prince William also received a conference pad with writing instruments and a lighter. All of which came from- you guessed it- S.T. Dupont.
The stationary sets are a whole lot better than the one ton of turf Prince Charles and Diana received from the village council of Somerset, England when they married in 1981.
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A waterfront restaurant in Australia with a huge seagull problem is taking matters into their own hands. Toby Evans, owner of 3 Sheets pizzeria, had a flock of seagulls (the animals, not the 80s band) disrupting his business by stealing food, mostly off children’s plates.
Evans says he’s tried everything to get rid of them from electronic booms and fake owls, but no such luck. Evans is sick of it, so he’s armed customers with fully loaded water guns. “We wanted to so something humanely and there’s not much you can do,” he explains. “So we went down to Toys R Us and bought a load of super soakers, we’ve got one on each of our outdoor tables. We just fill them up with water and when the seagulls get too close, the customers unleash Armageddon with water on them.”
Evans notes how much his customers love the idea, especially the kids. He also believes it’s a good training method to teach the seagulls they’re not welcome there. So far there have been no complaints about the water guns, which is a pretty harmless way to combat the seagulls.
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STUPID CRIMINALS:
A Florida man has been arrested after he drunkenly drove into 11 cars at a Porsche dealership. Police say Ryan Doolittle caused $100-thousand in damages when he crashed through a metal gate at the dealer, “actively destroying multiple vehicles which are owned by Porsche as well as vehicles personally owned by private owners.” Doolittle was taken to the hospital following the wreck where he then began to threaten a nurse. In the end, he’s been arrested on charges of criminal mischief, DUI with property damage and assault on a registered nurse.
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A 25-year-old man has been arrested after posing as a teenager and joining a high school basketball team. Creepster Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley apparently enrolled into Skyline High School in Dallas last August as a freshman – claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee. He then transferred to Hillcrest High School and joined the basketball team. And while he’s said he did it to relive his glory days – that included having a 14-year-old girlfriend.  Sidney fooled his coaches, his teammates and school officials for nine months until his previous high school coach Phillip Randall from North Mesquite High School recognized him at a tournament. Phillip alerted Sidney’s coaches about the situation, but says he was shocked “because that’s not the kid [he] knew.”  Sidney has been arrested on a charge of tampering with government records. He’s since been released after posting bail.

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