February 25th, 2021


(Not So) Bright Ideas

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published July 19,2018

(Not So) Bright Ideas

The grandmother of a 7-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, became alarmed May 7 when a stranger started following her and the little girl around a Kroger store. WXIA-TV reported that Einodd Samimi had earlier approached the grandmother at a nearby Walmart and asked if he could "have" her granddaughter for $100. He upped the ante at Kroger, offering to purchase her for $200 and commenting on the little girl's pretty hair. The grandmother confronted Samimi, drawing a large crowd of shoppers who chased him through the store and to his car. Police arrested Samimi at his home on charges of enticing a child and criminal solicitation. [WXIA-TV, 5/9/2018]

In the Indian village of Upparahal, a mother dying of an unknown condition feared that her husband, whom neighbors say is an alcoholic, would neglect her 13-year-old son and their other children. To ensure there would be an adult woman in the family capable of performing domestic chores, she married the teenager to a 23-year-old woman on April 27. However, according to the local tahsildar, or tax collector, Srinivasa Rao, "The marriage will be canceled as it is not valid as per law." Metro News reports that both the bride's and groom's families have disappeared since the wedding became public. [Metro News, 5/12/2018]