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9/11 Idiocy, to Go
By Richard Connelly
A guy named Tarek G. wrote a Yelp review of Houston's Petrol Station that included quite a tale: His to-go box, which included an un-American hamburger ordered so he could participate in the Satanic Islamic ritual of watching the Cowboys game, came with a drawing of a plane about to hit the World Trade Center and "Happy 9/11" on it.
As I walked out, I heard from behind the bar "Allahu Akbar..." repeated several times. Now maybe it's bad luck for them that I happened to be working near WTC and that I also happen to be a muslim (admittedly not the best muslim) - but as an American first and foremost, I find that kind of cavalier attitude offensive at best, and when coupled with the fact that it was coming from a service provider, prejudice and anti-American at worst.
The good news is that the owner of the Petrol Station seems to be a stand-up guy.
He tweeted: "We sincerely apologize for our employees actions, he has been terminated. We are ashamed to have been associated with this individual."
He also met personally with the customer and apologized. Tarek G. added an addendum to his review:
I wanted to update this -- I was able to speak to the owner and have a good conversation about my experience at Petrol. He assured me the person(s) responsible will be terminated and the underlying issues will be addressed in short order. He sounded sincere and I appreciated his swift response once he was notified of the issues by the local community. For my part, I am looking forward to putting this to rest -- I suppose only time will tell if the changes stick. I'm hopeful they will.
Teacher's Sexts to a 16-Year-Old
By Richard Connelly
Here's what you don't want to come home to as a parent: Your 16-year-old daughter "lying on her own bed" with a 26-year-old dude.
That's what court documents show happened to one local mother, and a Cy-Fair science teacher from Tomball has been charged with online solicitation of a minor.
Toan Quoc Nguyen's Facebook messages to the girl were discovered when the mom went through her daughter's iPod, the court documents say.
And here is some of the stuff she read, according to the documents. Only Nguyen's side of the conversation was included.
-- "I would have loved to feel your hand on my cock :)"
-- "...one hand on your boob and one in your pussy? Eventually, I'll get good enough at multitasking that I can bite your shoulder and neck as well."
-- "... I really wish I could fuck you :)"
– I aim to please hun. I was hoping to find your nipple so I could pinch and tweak them.
-- "If it weren't for you being 16, I would have jumped on that wagon already...why can't you be older?"
-- "...leaning over my desk so I can take you from behind...and reach forward so I can squeeze your tits and nibble on your neck and shoulders."
Okay, dude, you realize it would be wrong to have sex with a 16-year-old, but you think it's acceptable to write this crap to her? That is one unique moral compass you have there, teach.
Here's the statement from the school district:
Once the district receives official notification from law enforcement of Toan Nguyen's arrest, he will be placed on administrative leave. If allegations of his off-campus conduct with a minor in another district are confirmed, his employment with the district will be terminated and the Texas Education Agency will be notified.
No Parking, Dammit
Homeowners' group gets zealous
By Mandy Oaklander
Raintree Place, a private gated community near River Oaks, is home to the rich, the successful and the parking Nazis.
Dianne Josephs, who rents a house in Raintree, had parked her car in her driveway and was loading it with clothing and household goods to donate to wildfire victims. It had been there all of ten minutes when she received this e-mail from the Raintree Place Property Owners Association:
Ms Josephs you have been warned repeatedly of your parking violations. There is no parking in driveways, streets within Raintree or visitor parking by residents. You must park outside of Raintree.
The same evening, Josephs said her daughter's car had a note on it, threatening to tow.
Norman Schneidler, who is on the neighborhood board and in charge of parking, told Hair Balls he did not care to comment.
This isn't the first time Josephs has been the target of a crazy neighborhood association, or even of Raintree's nakedly offensive parking police.
Just before Josephs had hip-replacement surgery, her husband Bob requested temporary parking accommodations for her. Here's an excerpt from Schneidler's response, via an e-mail forwarded by Dianne Josephs:
Raintree makes no provisions for handicapped parking for residents as residents are expected to park in their garages. Good luck on your surgery.
When the Josephs hired a housekeeper to help during Dianne's recovery, she and her husband tried to get the housekeeper a space to park. "Sir," wrote Bob in an e-mail, "I need a hang tag for my wife's housekeeper to park in the visitor spaces. Thank you." Schneidler's response:
Bob at this time we do not have any hang tags for domestic. However y\our [sic] domestic will not be tagged at this time.
To gauge how important parking is at Raintree, the listed rules take up the entire Web site.
Dianne Josephs says her neighbor circles the complex several times a day to report open garages and cars parked in driveways. Once, she reported him for having his garage open, and she says he flipped her daughter off with both hands. "I wanna buy it [the house], but the people here are so mean!!" squealed Josephs. "They yell at me and say, 'You're nothing but trouble.'...but I question authority. When I think it's crazy, I question it."
DOING IT DAILY
Theres tons of stuff each day on the Houston Press blogs; youre only getting a taste of it here in the print edition. Head to blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs (or /rocks or /eating or /artattack).
We provided daily and entertaining coverage of the assault trial of TV-ad star Dr. Michael Brown, featuring a guest appearance by love machine Jeff Bagwell and also the alleged use of a humanitarian award as a weapon. A Methodist Hospital employee and her friends stole cancer patients' financial information and used it to buy a Maserati, a BMW and lots of Gucci. And the family of a child rapist who was beaten to death in prison were allowed to continue their lawsuit against guards, who they claim put the man in a cell with a violent psychotic, who they permitted to wear steel-toed boots.
The Houston Astros have become so irrelevant that we dared readers to provide the first names for the last names in their starting lineup; few could. We provided a helpful interactive chart of Houston sports teams' suckage in the 21st Century, and we analyzed in detail the alleged Sarah Palin hook-up with former Michigan basketball star Glen Rice.
We explored which gin, and which brand of tonic, makes the best version of the iconic drink, and we tried Malibu Black, so you don't have to. Inspired by Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls, we listed five other foods with pervy names. We wondered whether anybody was going to contribute to Dublin Dr Pepper's legal defense fund, and we commended the food-scene folks who lent a hand to help wildfire victims. Finally, we did a four-part series from a trawler in the Gulf of Mexico, where we caught plenty of beautiful snapper and bonito, ike-jime'd it and ate it. We're still alive, by the way.