No purse-snatcher is a match for this butt-kicking granny.
Betty Horton, a 75-year-old smack-talking foiler of crime, gave a purse-snatcher a taste of his own medicine when she chased him down and snatched the stolen goods right back.
"Ask my boss, I have a hot temper, but I get over it fast," Horton said.
Horton was busy loading groceries into her car when a would-be crook came by, grabbed her bag and took off running, KSL.com in Salt Lake City reports.
But what this unfortunate criminal didn't know was that nobody but nobody snags Betty Horton's bag and gets away with it.
Horton dropped what she was doing and started chasing the startled snatcher, yelling for someone to call the police.
"I was huffin' and puffin' by the time I got around the corner, but I didn't care," Horton said.
Horton says she checked in a store to see if anyone had seen where her attacker had gone, but when no one had any information she kept right on trucking.
It was then she saw an open gate at the end of an alley and two kids motioned to her that the crook was hiding on the other side of the building.
Horton found the man and told him to drop the bag.
"Because if you don't, and I get a hold of it and there's a gun in there, I'll shoot your ear off or I'll take your toe, because you're not going to take my purse away from me," she told him.
It seems that was more than enough for the perpetrator. He handed Horton back her purse and the $3 it contained, explaining he was having a hard time.
Horton gave the foiled thief back the $3 along with a few words of wisdom:
"And I said, 'Now get the hell out of here because the cops are going to be here any minute.'"
She says she hopes he learned his lesson.
Thanks to Out There reader Kathi C.
Would You Like Some Felonious Fries With That?
NEW YORK (New York Post) — Big Mac may be coming to the big house.
The New York City Department of Correction is cooking up plans to bring a fast-food restaurant to Rikers Island.
The idea is to give workers at the nation's largest municipal prison complex an alternative to the meals they now get: the same grub that is fed to inmates.
"Experience has shown there is demand for alternative food options, as well as unmet demand at the beginning and end of tours," the department said in a classified ad seeking restaurant operators.
Uniformed employees are given one free meal a day at Rikers. It is unclear whether the city would pay for their fast-food fix. The department couldn't be reached for comment at press time.
The ad requests "expressions of interest" to build and operate a fast-food concession at Rikers. It ran in Nation's Restaurant News, an industry trade publication.
"They certainly have a captive audience," joked Dean Poll, operator of the Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park, a city concession.
There will be plenty of potential customers. Every day approximately 7,500 department employees pass by the proposed site for the fast-food joint. More than 1,100 visitors pass through the Rikers Visitor Center five days a week, the department says in the ad.
Mmmm ... Fried (Insert Unlikely Product Here)
DALLAS (AP) — Wondering what they'll fry next for the State Fair of Texas? Start imagining fried pralines and fried Coca-Cola.
Judges today for the second annual Big Tex Choice Awards Contest chose Shirley London's Fried Praline Perfection as the tastiest fried delicacy. Abel Gonzales Junior's Fried Coke took the creativity award.
The two won out among 26 entries such as fried macaroni and cheese and a deep-fried cosmopolitan.
London says she came up with the fried pralines idea after buying pralines at the fair last year. She plans to sell the pralines alongside fried marshmallows.
Gonzales says the Fried Coke came about just from thinking aloud. The concoction includes Coca-Cola flavored batter that is deep-fried and with Coke fountain syrup drizzled on it. That's topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry.
The fair begins September 29th.
As If a Crack Stash Window Display Wasn't Dumb Enough
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — New Castle County police say a 17-year-old from Wilmington faces drug charges after reporting a burglary at his apartment.
But the teen didn't know that it was police who took marijuana, cocaine, and almost $1,700 in suspected drug money from his Mary Ella Drive apartment.
While investigating a shooting in the area, police noticed the drugs in plain view through an open window. They got a search warrant and took the drugs and money.
When he found the money and the drugs gone, the teen went to county police headquarters to report the burglary, and was immediately arrested.
Thanks to Out There reader Emily A.
And Now This From the Profoundly Pointless Discovery Dept.:
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A message in a bottle found after being hidden in a wall at Quonset Naval Air Station for more than 60 years came with a question its authors knew couldn't be answered unless their makeshift time capsule was discovered
The message asked, "Will this bottle see the sun?"
It did after being found in May, and Quonset Development Corporation authorities in North Kingstown made the bottle and its contents public Friday.
Harry Berrio, a demolition crew member, found the bottle while taking down barracks at the Quonset station. Berrio said when he saw the writing, he realized it was something special.
The bottle offers a rare glimpse into the past. The message inside was written in 1941 on a business card by two carpenters — Theodore Jackvony of Providence and Emile Gaudette of Seekonk. The men wrote their names on the back of the card, which was from a Providence candy store that no longer exists. Then they shoved it into a pill bottle and sealed it inside the walls of the building they were working on.
North Kingstown historian Tim Cranston said the two men were part of a civilian army hired to build two military bases in the area. Much of what they built is now gone. It isn't clear why the men left the message, but Jackvony's daughter, Estelle Borino, said her father, who died in 1976, had a mischievous side.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Nudity isn't new here. Usually it bares itself in more subtle places than a downtown parking lot, though.
This summer, a group of teenagers has disrobed near restaurants, bookstores and galleries, igniting a debate about whether this bohemian southern Vermont town should ban a practice that has been tolerated until now.
By most accounts, the stripping started on a whim in early summer when a young woman sat naked on a park bench, Martin said. Then another woman started taking her shirt off downtown.
A music festival promoting nudity and rebelliousness set up in May in a downtown parking lot and attracted nude hula hoopers, Martin said.
Last month, a half dozen young people bared their bodies in the lot, encircled by the backs of bookstores, coffee shops and restaurants.
They say they're just exercising their rights.
"It's just an act of freedom," said 19-year-old Adhi Palar. "We're just doing so because we can." Palar and the others "do not consider nakedness to be innately sexual or rude and it shouldn't be confined to that," he said.
All the bare skin has raised eyebrows, even in a town that has seen clothing-optional swimming holes, streakers and an event known as "Breast Fest," which featured women parading topless.
Vermont has no state laws against public nudity, but communities can pass their own rules banning it.
At least eight cities and towns have passed anti-nudity ordinances, according to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
So far, Brattleboro has chosen not to, but the teenagers' dress-down may change that. The town is researching what other communities have done to curb their nakedness.
For now Brattleboro is weighing its options. And waiting for summer to turn to fall.
"As soon as winter comes, there won't be a story anymore," said Town Clerk Annette Cappy.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Taylor Timmins.
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