10 Guys Who Ruined Christmas
10 Guys Who Ruined Christmas

Sure, this is a happy time of year. I’m not saying it isn’t. Be that as it may, there are plenty of people for whom this Christmas will not be terribly merry, largely due to the unkindness of strangers. So, kids, if you’re mad at Mom and Dad because they didn’t manage to score you one of those ridiculous Zhu Zhu hamsters, maybe you should be thankful that you’re not one of the victims in this feature. And that goes for you too, parents. You may be looking for a job, and living off of savings (or worse yet, credit cards), but at least you’re not really suffering, like these people (or other people we may or may not be commemorating this holiday season). If you’re one of the unfortunate people who really are suffering this year, you’re in our thoughts, and we invite you to share your story in the comments section. Photo Credit: mcclave

1. The guy who brought a gun to a snowball fight…
1. The guy who brought a gun to a snowball fight…

As many of you know, the Northeast was hit with a massive snow storm this past weekend, causing headaches for some and pure joy for others. Among the revelers was a group of about 200 D.C. residents who, using Twitter and e-mail for organizational purposes, descended on a downtown street corner for an impromptu snowball fight. Some pelted cars as they passed, which seems harmless enough, but was probably no fun for the drivers. One car that was hit was a large purple Hummer. The car stopped in the middle of the intersection, and this driver got out brandishing a hand gun. Turns out he was a D.C. police detective who took his frustration over snow balls to a whole new level. The entire episode was captured on a highly watchable video. The detective is now on desk duty. Photo Credit: unfoldedorigami

2. The guys who let a woman die because they were on a coffee break (they were EMTs)…
2. The guys who let a woman die because they were on a coffee break (they were EMTs)…

In New York, police officers, firemen and emergency medical personnel are like royalty, so you can imagine the shock many of Gotham’s residents felt when they learned that according to the New York Post, two trained emergency medical personnel “allegedly refused to help a dying, pregnant mom because they were on break at a Brooklyn coffee shop.” Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg couldn’t contain his anger, saying “"It was unconscionable, [an] outrage, pick some adjectives and stick it in… even if they weren't part of the Fire Department sworn to protect all of us, just normal human beings, drop your coffee and go help somebody if they're dying. C'mon." The worst part of this whole story is that the woman’s 3-year-old son was there for the entire tragic episode. Photo Credit: klamouze

3. The guys in Verona, Italy who objected to a nativity scene because baby Jesus had dark skin…
3. The guys in Verona, Italy who objected to a nativity scene because baby Jesus had dark skin…

According to a report in Reuters, “The nativity has caused heated reactions in the rich northern town, where resentment toward foreigners has spread as the number of immigrants, particularly from north Africa and eastern Europe, continues to rise.” The area, home to Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party, has been conducting something called “Operation White Christmas,” designed to expel foreigners frem the area who don’t have proper permits. Photo Credit: howieluvzus

4. The guy who stole donated coats from the Salvation Army…
4. The guy who stole donated coats from the Salvation Army…

A Salvation Army center outside of Richmond Virginia had collected 1,000 coats to distribute to those less fortunate (including 300 that were brand new, but it doesn’t look like they’re destined for the needy, after all. Someone gained entrance to the facility on the night of Dec. 18 and stole all of them. There were no signs of forced entry. Update: Turns out the coats weren't stolen. They'd already been distributed. Photo Credit: zieak

5. The guys who broke into someone’s home, tied up the people there, stole their Christmas presents and their puppy…
5. The guys who broke into someone’s home, tied up the people there, stole their Christmas presents and their puppy…

This one is REALLY horrible. As reported in Delmarmanow.com, Delaware State Police say four men broke into a house on Dec. 16. Two men were home. “They bound the hands of a 49-year-old man and a 26-year-old man. The suspects then struck the homeowner, the 49-year-old, in the face.  The bandits stole Christmas presents from under the tree and a 48-inch flat screen TV from the living room. Prior to leaving, the suspects also stole the family’s 10-month-old pit bull puppy, which was brown and white.” What kind of a person steals a puppy... and  right before Christmas? This just makes our blood boil… Photo Credit: coral11

6. The guys who broke into a recently reopened church in New Orleans and made off with the Christmas presents …
6. The guys who broke into a recently reopened church in New Orleans and made off with the Christmas presents …

Just last month Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in New Orleans’ St. Bernard Parish reopened, having been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina. According to WWL.com, “The church was preparing to give toys and clothes to 60 children, when someone broke in over the weekend the took everything. ‘They actually unwrapped every single gift, and took what they wanted and left very little,’ said Pastor John Arnone of Lady of Lourdes.” It’s kind of tough to feel good about humanity when you read that. Photo Credit: John-Morgan

7. The guys who stole Jason’s tires… 
7. The guys who stole Jason’s tires… 

We don’t know Jason, or his mom Paula, but we do know this: No one deserves to walk out of their house and find their Jeep sitting in the driveway, missing all four tires… especially during the holidays. According to The Californian, “the theft of the tires is especially painful for [Paula’s] son because he had worked long hours at the Pechanga casino to save up the money to buy the Jeep about 5 months ago. ‘It was just devastating,’ she said. ‘He's a good kid, a real hard worker.’" Paula says that if the tires are returned, they won’t press charges. "Please do the right thing,” she pleaded. “It's Christmas.” Photo Credit: vagawi

8. The guys who brought dynamite to a church Christmas party…
8. The guys who brought dynamite to a church Christmas party…

OK, to be fair, the guy who left the dynamite in the Kelso, Wash., church ALMOST ruined Christmas. According to TDN.com, Pastor Hanna Peterson found a stick of dynamite in the church just before the annual Christmas party was supposed to kick off. “Peterson said their best guess is that the dynamite was among old items donated for a garage sale or cleaned out of home by church members. It was apparently set on bookcase in May during the sorting and forgotten about until Peterson noticed it and picked it up Wednesday afternoon,” the article says. Yeah, and last year I donated a working guillotine to my synagogue. Photo Credit: jimmyharris

9. The guy who cut off his girlfriend’s pinky…
9. The guy who cut off his girlfriend’s pinky…

Most of us have been in unhealthy relationships in our lives, and we all know that these relationships often get more difficult during the holidays. In the case of this couple, things got REALLY difficult. According to an article in the Arizona Republic, “A woman called police after her boyfriend, Ronald Gene Olivier, 48, of Rimrock, reportedly cut off a portion of her left pinky and threatened to kill her and his 86-year-old mother if they tried to leave the home, authorities said.” Wait, it gets worse. “Olivier's girlfriend told police he had been drinking all day and became upset at her over her attitude toward him… Olivier told her she needed to be punished by demanding she give up her finger in return for his trust, D'Evelyn said. Police believe that under threat of death, Oliver placed his girlfriend's hand on a table and cut off a portion of her left pinky finger with the double-edged, 2-foot samurai sword.” Photo Credit: hoodiefanatic

10. The guy who dressed up like an elf and cleared out a mall with a bomb scare…
10. The guy who dressed up like an elf and cleared out a mall with a bomb scare…

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution has a story about a guy, William C. Caldwell III, who dressed up like an elf, entered a suburban shopping mall, approached the mall Santa and told him that he was carrying dynamite. “The incident began about 6:45 p.m. when Caldwell, 45, got in line at Southlake Mall to have his picture made with Santa,” according to the article. ‘When Caldwell’ who was wearing an elf suit, reached the front of the line, ‘he told Santa Claus that he had dynamite in his bag,’ Morrow police Capt. James Callaway said. ‘He said that two times to Santa Claus.’” He was promptly arrested and it was discovered he had not explosives on him. Now, there’s nothing funny about this incident, especially given how scary this whole thing must have been for the kids waiting in line with that psycho elf. That said, is it me, or does it kind of sound like that police captain believes that the mall Santa is the real Santa? Strange, because everyone knows the real Santa was still making presents up at the North Pole when this went down. Photo Credit: Nic’s Events

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