Nudie Carpenter Builds Bookcases in the Buff

These bookshelves came with a really natural finish.

Oakland, Calif., cops arrested a carpenter who likes to practice his craft as nature intended after a client returned home early and busted the craftsman building bookcases in his birthday suit.

Percy Honniball was charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure for the incident, the Associated Press reports.

But Honniball insists his penchant for working in the nude isn't for pleasure. He says that when he's building things in the buff he has a greater range of motion — and it prevents him from soiling his clothes.

"In certain situations such as demolitions where you are smashing rock you want to be clothed and protected because this rock can harm you," he said.

And it seems he speaks from experience. Honniball has been caught on the job naked three times in the last six years.

Police said he apologized to the client for the scandalous surprise. The client paid him for his work — deducting $200 to have his locks changed — and sent Honniball packing.

Honniball says he doesn't plan on working naked again.

Thanks to Out There Reader Don W.

And It's One, Two, Three Strikes He's Out

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It seems a would-be robber who came up empty at a sports complex wasn't on his game when he got lost searching for an exit.

The 61-year-old man, armed with what looked like a gun, entered the Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, police said.

He first tried to hold up a woman in an office, but she had no money, according to Capt. Darlene Jenkins. He then tried to mug a man who had a wallet — which turned out to be empty, Jenkins said.

The frustrated robber tried to flee but got lost and couldn't find the exit, Jenkins said.

People eventually realized the man's gun was fake and held him for police. When authorities arrived, the man complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital before police brought him to jail.

Puppy Pigs Out at the Kitty Cat Cafe

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A pug puppy rejected by his mother has found a new, more welcoming family — a cat and her three kittens.

Kelly Kent, of Connellsville, said her 2-year-old cat, Zoey, has been nursing a black pug puppy since he was rejected by his mother in late March. Zoey doesn't usually like dogs but seems to have made an exception, Kent said.

The puppy, who belongs to Kent's neighbor, is about the same size as Zoey's kittens and regularly lines up for milk with his adopted feline siblings.

It is not unusual for mothers to adopt in nature, even if the baby is of another species, said William Shepherd, a Uniontown veterinarian. Shepherd said a puppy can drink a cat's milk, but warned that Zoey might not be able to produce enough as the young pug gets older and bigger.

The pug puppy, the runt of his litter, doesn't yet have a name.

It Wasn't Me, It Was Him ... Wait, That's Me

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — An alleged case of check fraud in Mesa County is keeping investigators on their toes.

Authorities say a 37-year-old Grand Junction man told them he misplaced his checkbook for some time. When he found it, he says he discovered 12 checks were missing — and they might have been written without his permission.

However, Sgt. Matt Lewis says the man is worried he might still be liable for them, because he has a multiple personality disorder -- and fears one of his other 24 personalities might've used the checks.

Lewis says the man was right to report the missing checks, and that authorities will keep in touch with him and his bank.

Thanks to Out There reader Mark M.

Grease Clogs and Raw Sewage ... Fun Times

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Utility workers trying to blast out a grease clog from a sewer line forced 3,000 gallons of raw sewage into a couple's home, forcing them to abandon their house while hoping that the city makes good on a promise to clean up and repair the damage.

Mac and Meg McCormick say city leaders have also promised to pay for their stay in a hotel until the repairs are complete. The couple doesn't have any of the agreement in writing, and city officials have declined to discuss the case because it's ongoing.

"We feel we have no choice but to put our trust and faith in the hands of the city," Meg McCormick said this week as movers hauled damaged furniture from her house. "And I'll be honest, that's a little scary."

Scott Denham, the risk manager for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, declined to discuss the details of the sewage backup, but did say, "There's no question of the severity of this event."

City officials don't even know how much the repairs and cleanup will cost, Denham said. Meg McCormick said she has received estimates of $75,000 to $150,000. The house has a tax value of $101,300.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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