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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Sep 04, 2013 -- 10:01am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    Charles Ray Fuller, 21, who tried to cash a $360 billion check, saying he wanted to start a record business. Tellers at the Fort Worth (Texas) bank were immediately suspicious — perhaps the 10 zeros on a personal check tipped them off. Fuller said his girlfriend's mother gave him the check to start a record business. But bank employees learned the woman did not give him permission to take or cash the check. In addition to the forgery count, Fuller was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possessing marijuana. Officers reported finding less than two ounces of marijuana and a .25-caliber handgun and magazine in his pockets.

AND THEN THERE'S .....

    Robin Gutheridge, 26, who was running from the cops when he took refuge in an apartment building and tried to escape through the building's trash chute... from the 21st floor. Unfortunately he didn't take into account that the chute was a nonstop trip straight to the basement, 21 floors down. He landed on a huge pile of garbage, which cushioned his fall, but still caused him to be badly injured. Police say he'll be charged with robbery once he's released from the hospital.

OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    Daniel R. Ricketts, 50, who was killed by a booby trap he set to keep others away from his marijuana plants. Ricketts was nearly decapitated after running into a nearly invisible wire that was part of fortifications he made near four large marijuana plants. Police reported some of his other booby traps included barbed wire and a leg trap similar to those used to trap coyotes. Well at least we know they worked.

OKAY, ONE MORE .....

    A Direct TV cable technician in Ohio, who drilled through a wall, struck a main power line and caused a house fire. The homeowners said they heard a pop noise and then another, then smelled smoke. Then the Direct TV installed came around the corner, and said, "Do you have a fire extinguisher?" and that's the last they heard from him. The fire caused only minor damage, but the couple was in disbelief they didn't received an apology from the company or the employee until a news crew showed up later.

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