A man claimed he got off work and went to the Waffle House at Underground Atlanta to eat breakfast. He said he ordered his food and went to the restroom to wash his hands. When he came out, he saw two or three guys taking his backpack from his table. The man said he chased them outside and they jumped him. The man said during the fight, a woman named Storm — whom he knows from the Underground area — came up and swiped his cell phone when it fell out of his pocket. According to the man, Storm "has a mouth full of gold teeth and acts like a boy."
HERO IN HIS MIND: An officer checked on an abandoned, bright-yellow building on Mayson Avenue. "The building has no power, no water, no gas, no sewage and a roof that looks like it is about to collapse on itself," the officer wrote. "I walked into the back door — which does not exist — and found a man sitting there smoking a cigar. He appeared scared and said he was just resting for a minute and smoking the cigar." The man said he just got out of jail, after being arrested at the bright-yellow building earlier, and now he's returning to get a bag of stuff that police forced him to leave behind.
The man said a judge actually gave him permission to return and get his stuff, as long as he spent the night at a shelter.
Then his story got weirder: The man said the officer was not allowed to lock him up because he "was expecting an award Thursday from Mayor Kasim Reed for saving his five kids from a burning apartment building just down the street."
Unconvinced, the officer took the man to jail on an "occupying a placarded property" charge. Part of the man's story turned out to be true: Police found a bag of the man's stuff in the yellow building — it contained three shirts and a Bible.
PARKING PRANKSTER: A 47-year-old man who works at a business on West Peachtree Street is worried about possible retaliation for double-parking at the office. The man walked up to a cop and said an unknown employee put a "summons" that read "Notice of Inconsideration" on his car. The man said he's not the only employee who double-parks in the garage and he believes the unknown employee is targeting him. He said it's the second time he's gotten a "Notice of Inconsideration."
The officer asked the man if "it would be feasible to park correctly in a parking space to alleviate future problems." The man agreed, but he wanted a police report to document the strange summons.
TROUBLE AT THE DRIVE-THRU, PART 1: On Donnelly Avenue at around 4:30 a.m., a fast-food employee flagged down an officer and said that a red BMW was just sitting in the drive-thru lane and not moving. The officer walked up to the car and found a man sleeping inside who was clutching a bag full of purple pills. When the officer knocked on the door, the man woke up and suddenly opened the car door, spilling the bag of pills.
The officer asked, "Why are you sleeping in the drive-thru lane?" The man said he drove through the night from Charleston, S.C., to Atlanta, and when he made it to town, he went to a nightclub. The officer asked, "What's in those pills?" The man said he didn't know and he bought the pills for some girls at the nightclub and has no idea how much money he spent on them.
The officer counted the purple pills — 308 were in the bag. Police tested the pills, and determined they were Ecstasy. So the South Carolina man went to jail.
TROUBLE AT THE DRIVE-THRU, PART 2: A 33-year-old man said after a long day of moving he decided to go to McDonald's for dinner. So he drove a 17-foot U-Haul truck into the drive-thru lane and placed his order. He tried to pull forward to the next window to pick up his food, but instead wedged the U-Haul truck into the drive-thru canopy and broke it. Several wooden pieces fell to the ground. And the U-Haul was dented.
CARELESS COP: An officer was patrolling Roswell Road when he saw two unknown cars in a wine-store parking lot. The officer pulled in and stopped next to a red Jeep. "I talked to the driver for 10 seconds" and the driver said he works at the wine store. Satisfied, the officer started to leave. The officer wrote, "As I pulled off from the red Jeep, I struck the utility pole in the parking lot." The crash damaged his patrol car.
Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.