I will admit that these are anecdotes, but it’s important to listen to the odd facts that we hear. I have heard some really odd stuff over the past month or so, and I figured that I would let you hear a bit of it. The following stories are all from people that I have known for awhile, and are telling me these things on the condition that I make it generic enough that no one can tell who they are. Believe these stories or not, but I can’t give any links or evidence to support them.

I was speaking with a woman from the Dominican Republic recently. She was explaining to me that dozens of her friends were making money in the USA without ever setting foot in the country. They are going online and setting up internet based bank accounts and then filing for COVID related benefits. She says that some of them have made as much as $20K by filing for benefits without ever having been here in the USA. Think of how much money is going out to these kinds of fraudsters.

Another conversation that I recently had was with a business owner who got a PPP loan of over $300K. He played some paperwork games to make it all look legit, and used the money to buy himself a really nice boat. More like a small yacht. No one has asked a question.

A third recent conversation was when I went to a party recently that was filled with cops. Some FBI, some local cops, really a bit of everything. Most were from families that have been cops for generations. I’ve known several of them for 30 years or so. They are ashamed by the political games being played in Washington. One of the agents I met was a 25 year old female agent who was incredibly intoxicated. I knew her dad back in the day. She was recruited because she looks young. Really young, like maybe 13 or 14 years old kind of young. It was odd tossing back shots with a person that looked like a child. Her job is catching pedos by posing as a young teen. Her story was that too many of her arrests were of people who have enough pull to get out of any charges. She told me that she wants out, because the entire thing creeps her out. Not only the whole dealing with predators, but the fact that so many of them have enough pull to get out of it. We are talking political figures, judges, celebrities, prominent businessmen with important connections, that kind of thing.

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anonymous coward · January 23, 2022 at 8:59 am

Even in Gainesville, we had a mayor who was arrested for drunk driving.

Now, the rule is, EVERYONE has to wait for first appearance for bond to be set. Well, EVERYONE BUT the mayor who was let out almost immediately.

Rules for me, and rules for thee, and all that cr*p.

    anonymous coward · January 23, 2022 at 9:04 am

    And then there was the time in Alachua County where a deputy sheriff got mad at his 19 year old daughter, shoved her, took and broke her cell phone, and confined her in the house. All sweep under the rug, with a vague comment of well, you see, this wasn’t a “domestic disturbance” this was a “domestic dispute”….

    Hedge · January 23, 2022 at 9:08 am

    As an ex cop I will tell you the reason DUI is a misdemeanor is because even the judges do it. Full stop. They can’t be having felonies on their records. That means no employment.

Steve S · January 23, 2022 at 10:55 am

And Maxwell was found guilty of trafficking to nobody. When does it count as WROL?

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