ON THE STREET: Bathroom emergency, mistaken identity, Team Spirit

Posted: Jul. 27, 2013 8:01 pm Updated: Aug. 17, 2013 10:15 pm

CAN YOU SPARE A SQUARE?: Members of a Hannibal, Mo., family was on their way to a youth baseball tournament last weekend when they needed to take a bathroom break. The mother of the family went inside while the father and two sons waited in the car. A few minutes later, the mom called the dad. There was no toilet paper in the women's restroom, so she made a call for help. The dad went inside the gas station, took a roll of toilet paper from the men's restroom and walked into the women's restroom to help his wife. As he was walking out of the women's room, another woman walked in. The red-faced husband had to explain that he was just trying to help his wife.


MISTAKEN IDENTITY: A Quincy man was visiting his grandmother last week at a local nursing home when he entered into a conversation with one of the nurses outside the facility. The man, who is bald and in his early 40s, started to exchange small talk about the hot weather with the nurse. "You know, we take sun stroke very seriously," the nurse told the man. "We'd better get you back to your room now." The man had to explain to the worker that he wasn't a patient of the facility and was only visiting.


STUDENT SAFETY: Students from nine Missouri high schools took part in a mock DWI crash during the Team Spirit Youth Traffic Safety Leadership Training Conference on Friday in Columbia, Mo. Students from Marion County High School in Philadelphia, Mo., joined students from Laquey, Northwest-Cedar Hill, St. Elizabeth, Sheldon, Cabool, Smith-Cotton, Blair Oaks and Nevada high schools in the event at the Stoney Creek Inn. Missouri Department of Transportation statistics show 65 fatal crashes and 236 disabling injury crashes involving an impaired driver under age 21 took place from 2010-12. Team Spirit is a statewide program sponsored by MoDOT and the Cape Girardeau Police Department's Safe Communities Program that helps youths promote safe driving habits and seat belt usage while preventing underage drinking, drinking and driving, and driver inattention.


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