Stupid Crimes

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Bad ink

An unlicensed tattoo artist is under investigation by Georgia health officials after her clients suffered severe skin infections.

Michael Harris told WRCB, an NBC affiliate in Georgia, that the $20 tattoo seemed like a deal too good to pass up.

"She done some pictures at our wedding, and then she started doing tattoos," Harris said. "So, I figured I'd get one by her."

Doctors say the needle hit Harris' muscle and caused a severe bacterial infection that left his leg swollen and red. Health officials said the artist didn't have a tattoo license.

Harris said he'll use the money saved on ink to pay for medical bills.

"It hurts all the way up into my groin," he said.

Capitol offense

A 21-year-old man who broke into the Wisconsin Capitol through a first-floor window was found unconscious on the roof, police said.

The Wisconsin Department of Administration says Andrew Bishop, of Minnesota, smashed a window, then grabbed a fire extinguisher and threw it through another window.

Police found Bishop passed out on the fourth-floor rooftop just below the dome's observation deck. An officer described Bishop as very drunk and ultimately apologetic.

Bishop is charged with felony criminal damage and entry into a locked building.


Authorities in Florida say a man flashed a fake gun and badge and demanded free food at a McDonald's drive-thru.

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies say Joseph Pineda, 33, told employees that he didn't have his wallet or money, but he deserved free food because he'd just come from a police sting.

Workers called the police. Pineda initially ignored officers' commands to show his hands but eventually surrendered at gunpoint, police said.

Authorities said they found two fake police badges and a handgun. He was charged with impersonating a police officer and improper exhibition of a firearm.

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