LONGMONT, Colo. — A man dubbed the “literary litterbug” for tossing more than 600 books along a busy Colorado highway must complete 30 hours of community service and pay $1,725 in restitution and court costs.
Glenn Pladsen, 62, pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of littering. He was pulled over in April after throwing books from his vehicle in Boulder County.
Colorado Department of Transportation crews began noticing the books showing up along U.S. 287 in February and spent more than 20 hours picking them up by hand.
Pladsen says he was dumping the books on his way to work because he couldn’t figure out any other way to get rid of them. The Arvada man used to sell books online.
BENT BY STORM, MAILBOXES BECOME CELEBRITIES
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A pair of roadside mailboxes that were uniformly bent by a falling signboard during a typhoon earlier this month have become celebrities in Taiwan, drawing steady lines of people to snap photos and inspiring fan merchandise.
Many Taiwanese think that the public mailboxes resemble faces, and this side-by-side pair — one green and one red — now looks especially cute because their poles are bent in their mid-section at similar angles.
“They look like they’re smiling,” said Taiwan’s mail service Chunghwa Post publicity officer surnamed Huang. “That’s pretty special. So we see a lot of people out taking photos.”
The mailboxes, two of 10,986 around Taiwan, gained fame after Typhoon Soudelor ripped across the island Aug. 8, killing eight and injuring 420 before claiming another 21 lives in China. Strong winds tore a signboard from a building in central Taipei, bending the mailboxes to the right on their poles as it fell.
Security guards now protect the mailboxes while chuckling fans pose next to them, either bending themselves or pretending to push the boxes.
BLACK BEAR BREAKS INTO CAR, DESTROYS INTERIOR
HELENA, Mont. — A retired Pittsburgh schoolteacher could do nothing but laugh after a black bear broke into her car in Montana, destroyed the interior while trying to escape, and finally busted out through the windshield.
The bear became trapped Thursday inside Ellen Stolpe’s Toyota Camry at a lodge near Yellowstone National Park.
Stolpe laughed because the incident was so bizarre and she was relieved that nobody was hurt.
The car was parked on a slope and she believes the bear climbed inside and the door closed behind it, setting off a panic. Someone heard a car horn about 5:30 a.m.
The bear pulled on the driver’s door so hard the metal bent. Interior plastic and fabric also was damaged.
— From wire service reports