Human Interest

Police ‘Panhandle’ To Catch Unsuspecting Traffic Violaters

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Four officers from the San Bernardino Police Department went undercover by posing as panhandlers and waited on California highway off ramps for distracted drivers that might be breaking the law.

And boy howdy, did it work.

From the New York Daily News:

“The four-hour operation led to 50 total vehicle stops, including 33 for cell phone violations, 15 seat belt violations and five cars impounded because the drivers were either unlicensed or driving on suspended licenses.”

Though they were undercover, the officers held signs that very plainly said that they were police officers looking for traffic violators.

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I appreciate that signs not only add to the panhandling disguise, but also rubs salt in the wounds of the people who fell for it. It punishes people for breaking the law, AND for ignoring the needy.

This is probably the rudest sting operation I’ve ever heard of, but as with most undercover jobs, there’s a moral to it.

“During this detail, our undercover officers walked up to the windows of many vehicles unnoticed by the drivers that were either talking or texting on their cell phones. Those calls and messages can wait until you arrive at your destination and are not worth risking the life of yourself or those around you while driving.”

So whenever you’re out driving, please don’t text or talk on the phone. Yeah, it’s against the law and you could get a ticket, but it’s also downright dangerous. Seatbelts are important, too. Wear those suckers.

How do you feel about this? Do you think it’s insulting to the homeless community to take advantage of the fact that everybody ignores them? Or is it a stroke of genius by the SBPD? Share your thoughts below!

U.S. News

Man Opens Fire in Lafayette Movie Theater

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Three are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting that took place inside of a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater last night. Nine others were injured, with one remaining in critical condition.

According to KATC, the shooter sat among the 100 people who were inside the theater to watch the movie “Trainwreck“. About 20-minutes into the movie, he stood up and fired a dozen shots into the crowd.

Police believe the shooter was attempting to flee the scene, as he parked his car near the exit door, but retreated back into the theater when confronted by police and took his on life.

The shooter was not local to the area, and has been staying inside a motel for the month of July. After searching through his rented room, police found a myriad of disguises inside. No motives are clear at this time.

We here at Sourcefed refrain from giving detailed information about the shooter, as to not give them any more attention. Instead, we would like to remember the victims of last night’s shooting.

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Mayci Breaux was a 21-year-old college student at Louisiana State University at Eunice. She attended the movie with her longtime boyfriend Matthew Rodriguez, who was also injured in last night’s shooting. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Breaux was studying to become a radiology technician, but worked at the clothing boutique Coco Eros while in school.

Nothing ever prepares you for a loss… Much less the loss of such an amazing young woman. We are deeply saddened by…

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Jill Johnson co-owned Red Arrow Workshop, a gift boutique, with her husband Jason. Johnson was remembered by her alma mater University of Louisiana at Lafayette:

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette community is deeply saddened by the loss of Jillian Johnson, 33, and Mayci…

Posted by University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Friday, July 24, 2015

Johnson was also a member of the band The Figs, for which she played ukulele and sang. The following is a performance of one of their songs “Muleskinner Blues“:

We will be sure to keep you updated as more information comes out.