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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (June 12)

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Condiment condemnation: Medics and police responded to a local McDonald's after two women came to blows over ketchup packets. The customer told officers that she began arguing with the drive-thru employee over how many ketchup packets she was given. When she came into the store to continue arguing, the employee supposedly bit her hand. The employee and her manager had a different story, claiming that the woman threw the packets back through the window, came into the store yelling profanities and jammed her thumb into the employee's mouth.

Safety First: A school resource officer filed a police report last week after a kid was caught "being careless with fire." The report states that the boy lit a paper towel on fire in the school bathroom and then put the flame out by running water over it in the sink. Sounds like anything but careless to us.

Complex problems: Owners of an apartment unit accompanied an inspector on what should have been a routine check-up of their place. But when they arrived, the tenant became angry with the homeowners and threatened to slap both. She then said she'd come to her landlords' home and paint it. Probably realizing this threat made no sense, she added that she'd shoot up their home. No word on what set her off.

White Boy Wasted: Luke Bryan wasn't the only one who fell at his recent Charlotte concert. Two plainclothes officers were working in a "secure staff area" when a young, obviously drunk man stumbled in. He told the officers that he was 18 and that — surprise, surprise — he had been drinking all night. He submitted to a portable breathalyzer test and registered a 0.32 blood alcohol content. (Though he wasn't in a car, that's four times the legal limit allowed to operate one, FYI.) He was given a ticket and taken to the hospital.

Ask a Friend: In what has to be one of the dumbest decisions anyone has made, a 23-year-old man picked up a stranger at a gas station whom he thought would make the perfect moving companion. The man told officers he was at a gas station and asked a man he had never met before if he would help him move. The man agreed and drove to the victim's residence. As soon as the victim placed his XBox 360 into the stranger's car, the man drove off, never to be seen again.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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