Dumbass Drops Banana Peel In Metro Station Elevator, Slips On It, Hurts Himself, Then Sues Transit Agency

It’s Hard To Convey How Hysterically Pathetic This Man’s Attempt To Get Away With A Crime Is, But The Video Speaks For Itself – The Blaze

Back in August, Maurice Owens claims he slipped on a banana peel as he was getting off the elevator at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station in Washington, D.C. The fall, he says, resulted in injuries to his hip and leg.

Naturally, the 42-year-old man sued the transit agency for $15,000 in damages, including $4,500 for chiropractor bills, the Washington Post reports.

Then the video from the surveillance camera in the elevator emerged. The footage proved Owens’ claims so completely false that he now faces criminal charges for fraud.

Just how damaging is the video to the man’s case? Watch via the Washington Post:

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Owens can be seen looking directly into the surveillance camera moments before a banana peel – which wasn’t on the floor when he got on the elevator – magically appears. He then looks directly into the camera one more time before exiting the elevator and “slipping” on the banana peel.

Owens then had the audacity to ask why a custodian had “not cleaned up the banana peel prior to his entering the elevator,” according to the police report.

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After reviewing the video, the claim against Metro was tossed and Owens was hit with second-degree fraud, a felony.

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Time Warner Cable Drops Al Gore’s Current TV Due To Purchase By Al Jazeera

Time Warner Cable Drops Al Gore’s Current TV Due To Purchase By Al Jazeera – Newsbusters

As NewsBusters reported Wednesday, Al Jazeera entered into an agreement to buy Al Gore’s failing network Current TV.

Hours later, as a result of the purchase, Time Warner Cable dropped the station with a message reading to viewers “This channel is no longer available on Time Warner Cable.”

According to multiple news sources, Current co-founder Joel Hyatt said in a statement that TWC dropped his TV network because TWC “did not consent to the sale to Al Jazeera.”

“Current will no longer be carried on TWC,” wrote Hyatt. “This is unfortunate, but I am confident that Al Jazeera America will earn significant additional carriage in the months and years ahead.”

The Huffington Post reported late Wednesday, “A Time Warner Cable spokesman said in a statement that ‘our agreement with Current will be terminated and we will no longer be carrying the channel.’”

Given TWC’s 12.5 million subscribers, it will be interesting to see how and if this impacts Al Jazeera’s decision to purchase Current.

Stay tuned.

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NY Fed Manufacturing Index Drops To Lowest Level Since April 2009

NY Fed Manufacturing Index Drops To Lowest Level Since April 2009 – Hot Air

The economy made an intrusion into the news this morning, breaking the focus of late on foreign affairs, with some bad news on the manufacturing front. The New York Federal Reserve manufacturing index dropped to its lowest level since the recession ended, surprising economists and signaling a further slowdown in both factory orders and employment:

Factory activity in New York state contracted for a second month in a row in September, falling to its lowest level in nearly 3-1/2 years as new orders shrank further, a report from the New York Federal Reserve showed on Monday.

The New York Fed’s “Empire State” general business conditions index dropped to minus 10.41, from minus 5.85 in August, frustrating economists’ forecasts for an improvement to minus 2, according to a Reuters poll. It was the lowest level since April 2009.

The survey of manufacturing plants in the state is one of the earliest monthly guideposts to U.S. factory conditions. The sector contracted in August for the first time in 10 months.

With orders plummeting, the impact on the labor force is predictable:

Employment gauges deteriorated. The index for the number of employees fell to 4.26 from 16.47 and the average employee workweek index slipped to minus 1.06 from 3.53.

The New York Times reports that corporate earnings are expected to falter in this quarter as well:

Giants like FedEx and Intel, two bellwethers of the global economy, are warning of lower quarterly profits because of weakness in worldwide demand. Overseas companies are feeling the pinch, too. Burberry, the British luxury retailer which had seemed immune to a slowdown, is offering a similar warning.

Even smaller, family-owned companies like Eastman Machine in Buffalo, which makes cutting equipment for the textile industry, are wary. “We feel like we are walking on a tightrope,” said Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine’s chief executive.

In all, Wall Street expects quarterly profits at the typical large American company to decline for the first time since 2009.

In part, this is due to global demand falling off. It’s also due in no small part to a lack of dynamism at home. The normal cycle of entrepreneurship has been disrupted by an avalanche of regulation and massive ambiguity on taxes and further regulation. Instead of anticipating demand and investing in it, businesses won’t innovate and invest until demand already exists – a straitjacket for economic expansion. Supporters of Obamanomics have long griped that corporate profits have skyrocketed under Barack Obama, but that’s at least partly due to their inability to price risk and put capital into play in any kind of rational manner. The Cash for Clunkers nature of Obamanomics, with its short-term gimmickry and long-term regulatory opacity, makes that impossible.

These two indicators point to very bleak third and fourth quarters in the US. We’re heading back into recessionary numbers, and we still have Taxmageddon ahead of us.

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