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Crime Report | Bright Idea

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By News of the Weird

Published April 22, 2019

Crime Report | Bright Idea
Elysia Johnson, 21, apparently needed some alone time, so she took a full cart and a six-pack of Stella Artois beer into a dressing room at Target in Lathrop, California, where she hunkered down for more than an hour, according to police.

Johnson finished all the beer and left the store -- with about $200 worth of unpurchased merchandise.

A loss prevention officer stopped her and she was taken to the San Joaquin County Jail, where she was held on $60,000 bail. Johnson also had three outstanding warrants, reported KTXL News. [FOX40.com, 3/11/2019]

Looking for a way to banish evil spirits? Check in to The Lighthouse, near Frome, Somerset, England, where a group called Universal Medicine will help you burp your troubles away.

The Mirror reports that the group, founded by Serge Benhayon in 1999, ran up against the law last year in Sydney, Australia, where a civil court declared it a "socially harmful cult" and found that it makes false claims about healing.

Members are told what to eat and who to associate with. A girl named Kasha told the BBC her mum joined the cult when the girl was 12.

"She started burping ridiculously and she said, 'I'm just burping out bad spirits,'" Kasha said. "She's still my mum and I love her. But she's never going to be the person that she was."

Benhayon, a failed tennis coach who claims to be the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci, still lives in Australia but visits The Lighthouse twice a year. [Mirror, 3/12/2019]

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