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Sour Poi Awards 2012

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2011—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.


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You Bite it, You Bought It.

A pregnant woman made national news in late October when she and her husband were arrested outside of the Beretania Safeway. In the course of grocery shopping, the woman picked up and ate a chicken salad sandwich, intending, she said, to pay for it at checkout. Somehow, though, she forgot to include the sandwich with the rest of the groceries, and the family walked out without paying for it. Safeway security called the police, apparently not realizing that the couples’ arrest would lead to Child Welfare Services taking their 2-year-old daughter for 18 hours. Abashed, Safeway later apologized to the couple, and decided not to press charges.
 


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The Wages of Sin

Several criminals in 2011 were the worse for wear after breaking the law.

>> In January, a man was severely burned in an electrical explosion while allegedly trying to steal copper wire from the old Hard Rock Café site on Kapiolani Boulevard. He wasn’t the only one. In September, a man was critically burned after allegedly trying to strip copper wire at a Sand
Island warehouse.

>> In April, a 22-year-old man paid the ultimate price for two 12-packs of beer when he was hit by a bus while running away from a Waikiki ABC store from which he had grabbed the beer.

>> Luckier were the pair of burglars who, in July, thought it was a good idea to break into a Lusitana Street house that had been tented for fumigation. It took police more than three hours to extricate one of the alleged burglars from the house, but, after taking the two to the hospital to get checked out, they were able to book them.
 

A Sedaris Story with No Punchline :(

Humorist David Sedaris’s most recent visit to Hawaii in November turned sour when someone stole his laptop from the Kailua house he had rented. Sedaris lost his passport and some gift cards in the theft, but most painful, he said, was the loss of all the writing on the laptop, which included all his published books, his diary, as well as unpublished material.
 

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