Bank Robber Introduces Himself

No mask. No nylon stocking over his face. No attempt to conceal his identity at all, in fact.

"Hi, I am Thomas Mason," began the note a bank robber handed to a teller this past Saturday morning, say Winona, Minn., police.

The written message then demanded $1,000 in hundreds and twenties, or the robber would "kill everyone in the bank if he had to come back with weapon in hand," according to the Winona Daily News.

Despite the fact that the man had both given his name and admitted he had no gun, the teller coughed up the cash and the robber scurried out.

At about 10:15 a.m., 25 minutes after the robbery, Thomas Eugene Mason was found behind a liquor store, drinking a case of beer and scratching off $100 worth of lottery tickets he'd bought at a grocery store.

"I think I am the guy you want," Mason allegedly told the arresting officer, who found $813 in cash on him, but no weapon.

"He's not a career bank robber," Sgt. Chris Nelson told the newspaper. "He certainly makes the list of dumbest criminals."

— Thanks to Out There readers Bryan L. and Rose H.

Back at the Scene of the Crime

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Three suspected thieves were arrested after they returned to shop at the store they had stolen from earlier in the day, police said.

Early Friday morning, thieves broke into Adventure Outdoors (search), a sporting goods and gun store, and stole several guns including an AR-15 rifle (search) and a shotgun.

But store employees called police again around 6 p.m. that day when they saw men come into the store who matched the ones seen on security camera footage of the break-in.

The three were shopping for accessories for the very same guns that had been stolen.

Police stopped the three shortly after they left the store and arrested Tavrous J. Stallworth, 21; Rodney D. Stallworth, 19; and a 16-year-old boy.

One of them was even wearing the same clothes seen in the security video, Smyrna Police Capt. Keith Zgonc said.

Tavrous Stallworth has been charged with theft by receiving stolen property. The other two have been charged with burglary.

"Needless to say, we got a bit of a chuckle out of this one," Zgonc said.

Police have recovered two of the stolen guns but were still looking for about three others, Zgonc said.

— Thanks to Out There reader James A.

Eau de Grapefruit Adds Youthful Zest

NEW YORK (AP) — A study of smells shows that the scent of grapefruit on women make them seem younger to men — about six years younger.

However, a grapefruit fragrance on men does nothing for them.

The study by the Smell and Taste Institute (search) in Chicago was conducted to determine what makes a women smell young — but not too young, like pink bubble gum.

Institute director Alan Hirsch said he smeared several middle-aged women with broccoli, banana, and spearmint leaves and lavender but none of those scents made a difference to the men.

But the scent of grapefruit changed men's perceptions. Hirsch said that when male volunteers were asked to write down how old the woman with grapefruit odor was, the age was considerably less than reality.

— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.

Japanese Man, 95, Runs Into Record Books

TOKYO (AP) — A 95-year-old Japanese man who took up track only three decades ago has run the 100 meters in 22.04-seconds, a record for his age bracket, according to media reports.

Kozo Haraguchi (search) looked sturdy and fit as he dashed Sunday at an outdoor track slick with rain in the southern Japanese city of Miyazaki.

"It was the first time for me to run in the rain and as I was thinking to myself, 'I mustn't fall, I mustn't fall,' I made it across the goal," Haraguchi told reporters.

Japanese media reports Monday said that Haraguchi had beaten the world record of 24.01 seconds for the 95 to 99 age group set by Hawaii-resident Erwin Jaskulski (search) in May 1999.

His time will be submitted to the World Masters Athletics (search) organization for verification, they said.

Haraguchi also holds the World Masters Athletics' world record for the fastest man aged 90 to 95 — a time of 18.08 seconds he set in September 2000. He started track events at age 65 and stays healthy by taking hour-long walks daily.

Click in the photo box above to see a sprightly oldster.

Parking Meters Installed, Along With Tickets

CHICAGO (AP) — It sounds like the ultimate recipe for road rage: A ticket for parking at a meter that was installed after you park your car.

But that's what happened in Chicago last week, where a handful of motorists returned to their vehicles and found parking meters — and tickets — that weren't there when they parked.

According to a spokeswoman for the city's revenue department it was all just an innocent mistake.

Efrat Dallal said the vehicles were parked on a stretch of roadway where the meters were temporarily removed during street construction. Then, she said, the meters were put back and the vehicles parked in front of them were ticketed.

But some motorists wondered if that was the case after at least one of the tickets was apparently postdated several hours after it was placed on a car.

"The city is strict enough in its parking restrictions already," said Vince Tessitore. "Chicago gets plenty of revenue ticketing people by legal means without having to be deceptive."

Police department spokesman Dave Bayless said the department employee, whom he said is a traffic aide and not a sworn officer, said she mistakenly put the wrong date on the ticket.

Whatever happened, none of those ticketed on that short stretch of West Illinois Street last Tuesday night will have to pay up, Dallal said.

No More Bear Meat for Homeless

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau homeless shelter has stopped serving donated bear meat after learning the state prohibits nonprofit groups from accepting wild game meats such as bear, fox and walrus.

"We didn't know that it is illegal," said Jetta Whittaker, executive director of the Glory Hole.

For years, the shelter accepted bear meat to supplement its meals for the homeless. The meat went into many recipes, including burgers, casseroles and spaghetti.

But last year, Whittaker learned that serving it was contrary to rules set by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. This year, it has meant turning down five offers of bear meat.

"That was 250 pounds of ground meat I could use for spaghetti sauce," said Bob Thompson, operations manager of the shelter. "We are protein-poor."

The Glory Hole rarely gets offers of deer because venison is more palatable to most people while bear meat has a stronger, wild smell, Whittaker said.

Some of the people served by the Glory Hole said they miss meat of any kind.

David Kelley, who is staying at the shelter, said he appreciates the three meals a day but he is tired of eating starchy vegetables.

"I will eat whatever you put in front of me," Kelley said. "But you cannot live by starches alone."

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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