Tuesday, July 16, 2013

George Zimmerman's Crackpot 911 History

Here is a partial list of 911 calls made by George Zimmerman, according to a recent article in Mother Jones Magazine:

At 9:02 p.m. on September 21, 2005, he called 911 about a stray dog on Skyline Drive


At 7:22 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day, 2005, he called 911 about a "pothole that is blocking [the] road." 
Then there was the pile of trash in the road near the local Kohl's, which he reported on Nov. 8, 2010. "[Complainant] states it appears recently dumped and appears to contain glass," the dispatcher dutifully reported.
A male driving with no headlights
a yellow speedbike popping wheelies on I-4
an aggressive white-and-brown pitbull
an Orange County municipal pickup cutting people off on the road
loud parties
open garage doors
the antics of an ex-roommate, Josh, that he'd thrown out of their apartment
On September 9, 2009, he called to report another pothole, this one on Greenwood road, advising the dispatcher that "it is deep and can cause damage to vehicles."
On June 16, 2009, shortly after school had let out for the summer, he called to complain about six to eight youths playing basketball near his development's clubhouse, "jumping over the fence going into pool area and trashing the bathroom"
This past January, he called to report five or six children, ages 4 to 11, playing in the neighborhood. The kids, he told a dispatcher, "play in the street and like to run out [in front of] cars."
At 2:38 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2006, he called about a late-model Red Toyota pickup "driving real slow looking at all the [vehicles] in the complex and blasting music from his [vehicle]."
In August 2011, he called to report a black male in a tank top and shorts acting suspicious near the development's back entrance. "[Complainant] believes [subject] is involved in recent S-21s"—break-ins—"in the neighborhood," the call log states. The suspect, Zimmerman told the dispatcher, fit a recent description given out by law enforcement officers.
Three days later, he called to report two black teens in the same area, for the same reason. "[Juveniles] are the subjs who have been [burglarizing] in this area," he told the dispatcher.
And last month, on Feb. 2, Zimmerman called to report a suspicious black man in a leather jacket near one of the development's units. The resident of that townhouse, Zimmerman told dispatch, was a white male. Police stopped by to investigate, but no one was there, and the residence was secure.
After that, there's one final call logged in the report. At 7:11 on February 26, Zimmerman called police to report a black male in a dark gray hoodie.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

My kinda bank, TD is, my kinda bank

It's always an exciting time for me when my change jar is almost filled. That means I can go to my local TD Bank and drop my coins in their Penny Arcade. Unlike most other coin counting machines, that take a cut in exchange for counting the coins, Penny is free to TD customers. 

My favorite thing about Penny is they ask you to guess what the total will be. If you guess within $1.99 you get a prize, some trinket with the TD logo.

So, I guessed $14.98, and the total came out to $14.48, only a fifty cent difference! 

I took the receipt to the Sandy, the teller, and she told me she was afraid she didn't have any prizes. I told her it was no big deal but Sandy pulsed her colleagues, asking if there were any prizes. At that time I told her it really didn't matter, and her response was:


"It matters to us".

Somehow she managed to find a key ring and gave it to me. I thanked her and joked that she just escaped a nasty Yelp review.

It may seem to be only a key ring, but it represents the over-the-top customer service that is the hallmark of TD Bank. I wrote a letter to the Branch Manager praising Sandy for the attention she paid to what I saw as a trivial matter. Trivial to me, but not to the good people at TD Bank.

"It matters to us" is what sets TD Bank above and beyond other banks, and it's why TD Bank is MY bank.

Why can't everybody be like that?