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Supporting the Troops | Smash-Mouth Competition

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published April 29, 2015

Supporting the Troops | Smash-Mouth Competition

Federal law prohibits foreclosures and repossessions (unless by court order) against active-duty military members, but Americans would hardly know that from observing creditors. A 2012 Government Accountability Office report found at least 15,000 violations by U.S. financial institutions, small and large, including J.P. Morgan Chase (violations News of the Weird reported in 2011). In February, auto lender Santander Consumer USA agreed to pay $9.35 million to settle charges that it illegally seized cars of 760 service members (some while deployed in war zones) over the last five years. [New York Times, 2-26-2015]

Dentist Leopold Weinstein, 63, was arrested in February in Camarillo, California, and charged with suspicion of setting fire to three competing dental offices (one for the fourth time). One victim said the arsonist even drilled holes in the roof and poured in gasoline to accelerate the blaze. (Later in February, in Hua Hin, Thailand, a 36-year-old woman was arrested for scattering screws on a busy street in order to increase business for her husband's tire shop.) [KCBS-TV (Los Angeles), 2-2-2015] [Khaosod English (Bangkok), 2-25-2015]

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