THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
I think I fell into a trap! My wife and I spent our first Christmas together this year. As we were getting close to Christmas I asked her what she wanted for a gift. She told me we should not do gifts because money was tight. I told her we should still do something small, but she insisted that we should skip gifts this year. So I did exactly that. I got a small gift for my mom and dad, but that's only gift I got for anyone. On Christmas morning I discovered that she bought a pretty nice gift for her parents and she got me several presents. I felt like an absolute jerk as I'm opening my presents and her parents opened their gift and she had nothing. I even said “you told me not to get anything” and she agreed that was the agreement. I think her parents probably think I'm a jerk! What should I have done? Is there anything I can do now? Should I feel bad about this or not? My co-worker told me not to feel bad. It was not my fault. What do you think?
Signed – Humbled Hubby
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A Florida Man denied ownership of baggies containing cocaine and methamphetamine that cops found “wrapped around his penis” during a search early Saturday morning, according to arrest affidavits. Investigators say Patrick Florence, 34, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped around 4 AM for traveling without headlights or tail lights on a Clearwater roadway. The driver, Darius Owens, 27, was subsequently arrested on DUI and marijuana possession charges. A search of the vehicle turned up a handgun under Florence’s seat, leading to his arrest on a pair of felony weapons charges. Florence denied ownership of the .38 Special, reported cops who noted that the ex-con’s rap sheet includes “dozens of felony convictions” which barred him from possessing firearms and ammunition. During a search of Florence, a deputy discovered two plastic baggies “wrapped around his penis.” One baggie contained “cocaine powder and cocaine base,” while the other held a “crystal substance” police identified as methamphetamine. Questioned about the narcotics, Florence “stated the package wrapped around his penis was not his,” reported Deputy Levi Blake. It appears Florence--who has multiple cocaine convictions--did not identify the purported owner of the drugs wrapped around his penis (or whether that individual consented to their drugs being stored in such a fashion). Pictured above, Florence was charged with four felonies--possession of cocaine, meth, ammunition, and a firearm--and booked into the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $24,000 bond. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/wrapped-package-arrest-896154
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A man was arrested after breaking a drive-thru window and assaulting an employee at a McDonald’s. Shortly after midnight on December 7th, the suspect parked his vehicle at the McDonald’s location across the street from Seattle Center and approached the drive-thru window on foot. He demanded food from the employee working at the window, but she told him he needed to go to the other side of the building and place his order through the speaker. The suspect refused to follow directions and reportedly made faces and threats at the employee in an attempt to intimidate her. The store’s manager stepped in and tried to reason with him. When she was unsuccessful, she closed the drive-thru window. The suspect then grabbed a crowbar from his vehicle and threw it towards the store, shattering the drive-thru window and striking an employee in the back of her head. A customer who witnessed the incident approached the suspect and punched him, knocking him to the ground before placing him in a chokehold. It was at this time that the manager called 9-1-1. Officers arrived shortly afterward and encountered the suspect, who told them he had visited the location before and had issues with the staff getting his order wrong on prior occasions. He shared with officers that he felt that the staff owed him. After interviewing both McDonald’s employees, police arrested the suspect for assault in the second degree, malicious mischief, and harassment.(https://bit.ly/3pWdUFy)
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