To explain his absence from work, Scott Bennett of Brookville, Pa., planted an obituary for his mother in the local paper, The Jeffersonian Democrat, and showed it to his boss. Bennett's scheme to take paid bereavement leave started falling apart when friends and relatives began calling the paper to report the error, and eventually, Bennett's mother showed up at the newspaper herself, police say. Bennett lost his job, and the cops arrested him for disorderly conduct. "One of the reasons we didn't file more serious charges was he has enough problems as it is," explains police chief Ken Dworek.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why Pakistan won't hunt down the terrorists within its borders
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How academia's liberal bias is killing social science
- Sorry, GOP, tax cuts don't pay for themselves
- Pope Francis' American problem
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Are there dogs in heaven? Let's hope not.
- 10 things you need to know today: December 19, 2014
- Why torture doesn't work: A definitive guide
Subscribe to the Week