Tag: Offbeat

‘Like He Was There’: Late Father Buys Son First Beer On 21st Birthday

TAUNTON, MA (CBS Boston) – Matt Goodman was surprised on his 21st birthday with a beer, from his dad. It was unexpected because Matt’s father John had passed away from cancer nearly six years ago.

“The morning of my birthday we went out to breakfast and ordered that first beer and it was actually like he was there buying me my first beer,” Matt said.

Matt and his dad were extremely close. “He was just the life of the party,” Matt said. “All around great guy. He did whatever he could to make me happy.”

Matt Goodman (CBS Boston)

Not wanting to miss out on a party, John gave his daughter Casey a $10 bill before he died. He asked her to save it for Matt’s 21st birthday, so he could buy his son his first legal drink. Casey gave the money to her mom and they stored in an envelope in her closet for safekeeping. Casey said over the years it was hard to keep the secret, but it was all worth it on Saturday- when they surprised Matt with the gift on the night before his birthday.

John and Matt Goodman (Family photo)

“It’s just something so typical that my dad would have done,” Casey said. “To buy his first beer. Him and my dad were so close and he’s had such a hard time anytime that a monumental moment comes up in his life that my dad’s not there.”

Matt added, “It was so nice that my dad, six years ago before he passed had the foresight to think about a time like this knowing he wasn’t going to be there for my graduation or some of the bigger things in my life so he thought about something he could be there for, even if it wasn’t physically.”

Matt shared the moment on Twitter and the post went viral, many relating to his pain of losing a loved one.

“Even if he didn’t get this huge response, it’s something that he would remember for the rest of his life and it’s just been incredible,” shared Casey.

Matt’s choice of beer was a Bud Light, his dad’s favorite. And there’s currently no shortage of beer in the Goodman household. When Budweiser found out about the story, they sent him hundreds of beers.

“I couldn’t believe how many people were reaching out and heartfelt messages,” Matt said. “And like saying ‘cheers to my dad’ and saying they were raising a glass to him tonight, it was just kind of awesome to see all the responses people gave.”

Many on social media wanted to know if they could buy Matt a beer, but in a tweet he wrote, “Appreciate all of you asking for my venmo, but instead if you wanted to send money feel free to donate any amount to Dana Farber they did a lot for my dad so that would be much appreciated!”

You can find the link to donate here: danafarber.jimmyfund.org

The Okee Dokee Brothers Decline Grammy Nomination For Best Children’s Album Due To ‘All White’ Nominees

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota-based band The Okee Dokee Brothers is declining a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Children’s Album due to the “all-white” and mostly male makeup of the nominees.

On Wednesday morning, the band announced that they wrote a letter — along with two fellow nominees Alastair Mook and Dog on Fleas — to the Recording Academy declining their nominations and asking their names to be removed. The band says the letter was prompted after nominees learned that all five nominees were white, and only one was female.

“This has been an intense, difficult, but also educational two weeks for all of this year’s nominees in our genre. All five acts were disappointed with the whiteness and maleness of the results, especially after this year of racial and gender reckoning in our country,” the band said on Facebook. “While we may have different approaches for how best to address the problems, we all recognize the need for change. We also recognize that this year’s one female nominee is in a different position from the rest of us, not least because it’s her first nomination.”

Calling the nomination results an “embarassment”, the Okee Dokee Brothers said the nominations historically overlook women and people of color and that this year was no different.

The band says it’s unknown whether or not the Recording Academy has removed their names, but the letter urges Academy voters to refrain from voting for all three bands included in the letter.

“This may lead to disagreements in our community, but we hope the focus will stay on implicit bias, and the systemic racism and sexism that affects our genre. Tangible progress is already being made due to the efforts of Family Music Forward and other black, brown, and female led institutions in our midsts,” the band said.

The Okee Dokee Brothers previously won a Grammy in 2012 for and have received several more nominations since.

VIDEO: Christmas Package Allegedly Swiped Off Family’s Porch — By Amazon Driver!

ELK GROVE, CA (CBS Sacramento) — One California family says the Grinch who stole Christmas drove a blue Amazon van.

“I was absolutely shocked,” Sarah Ross said. “It’s not something you think your trusted Amazon drivers would be doing.”

An Amazon driver is now under investigation for reportedly taking a package from Ross’s front porch while on his delivery route. Ross is hoping the company is “going to make it right. That this was their employee. And either return the chair back to us or refund the money back,” she says.

The Amazon driver seen walking back to his vehicle with Sarah Ross’s package. (credit: Sarah Ross)

Ross says she notified Amazon about the theft immediately.

“Because the driver did drop off the packages they were able to trace it back to what driver it was so they know exactly who it is,” she explains. Then she contacted Elk Grove police who are now investigating. No Christmas surprise for her son, but there will likely be one for this Amazon driver.

“This is a tough lesson, but I’m not sure that person can be trusted,” she says.

As for the gift? “[Amazon hasn’t] said if they’re going to give the package back, get a new one or compensate us for the cost of it. We don’t know that part yet,” Ross says.

Though the $200 gaming chair taken from the porch was purchased from a gaming site, not from Amazon, she’s still holding the delivery company accountable for her son’s surprise Christmas present from his girlfriend “I’m sure money is tight and that’s not something that she probably has to turn around and go buy another gift,” Ross adds.

Ross says her family is feeling violated after an Amazon delivery driver was caught on camera taking a package delivered by UPS from their front porch. “To see that it was an Amazon driver turn around, look at this really look at the label, it was shocking to see that it was an Amazon driver that was taking this package away and stealing it.”

The longtime Elk Grove resident says it all happened just moments after it was dropped off by a different delivery company. “The UPS and the Amazon driver were literally within minutes of one another,” she notes.

In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson tells CBS Sacramento the company is “actively investigating this incident.”

But Ross says there’s not much to investigate.

“We have video of him going down the driveway and loading it into the truck. Why risk your job over a $200 gaming chair. You’re working hard, buy your own.”

Poll: 79% Of College Students Say They Wouldn’t Attend Parties This Fall To Prevent Coronavirus Infection

(CBS Local) – The biggest question currently facing colleges and universities is whether they will allow students back on campus for the fall semester. And, if they do, what safety measures will need to be put in place as a result. According to a new College Reaction/Axios poll, students say they’d be fine with not partying as long as they’re able to return to campus.

The poll found that 76% of students who responded will return to campus if they have the option, with 66% of those saying that they would attend in-person classes. In order to make that happen, 79% of those polled said they wouldn’t attend parties and 71% said they wouldn’t attend sporting events.

While the poll found that students are eager to return to campus, there is still plenty of concern about coronavirus. 67% of those polled said that they would then leave campus if there was a major outbreak of the disease.

A slim majority (54%) of students polled said that they would voluntarily download a contact tracing app.

The poll surveyed 800 current college students on July 13-14 with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

The poll results comes after several major universities announced that the fall semester would consist of mostly online classes.

7-Year-Old Boy Throws A Prom For His Nanny: ‘One Of The Best People I’ve Known’

RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Local) — A teenage girl in North Carolina who couldn’t attend her high school prom because of the coronavirus outbreak still got a special bash thrown just for her — by a seven-year-old boy that she babysits.

Curtis Rogers hadn’t seen his nanny, Rachel Chapman, in two months because of COVID-19.

“When we told him that she wasn’t getting a prom, he’s like, ‘Well, we could do a mini prom,'” Curtis’ mother, Elissa, told WTVD.

“I planned it out because Rachel probably just wanted to see me a lot and she also is one of the best people I’ve known,” he said.

Curtis had the whole night planned out, from their favorite after school snack, peanut butter and apples, as an appetizer to using a pool noodle to maintain a safe social distance.

“It was very sweet of him, really thoughtful,” said Chapman. “It was the first time I saw him in two months after seeing him like every day. It was just like really fun and I’m really glad that he did that.”

“He was very excited to make sure like everything was just right and get his suit on and pick out his bow tie that matched her dress,” Elissa said. “He was really excited for it to start and making sure that he was ready to impress her.”

“Rachel is one of our favorite people and Rachel’s like the best nanny ever,” Curtis said.

Teens Raise $11,000 For Supplies To Help Navajo Nation During Coronavirus Pandemic

PHOENIX (CBS Local) — A group of teenagers in Phoenix raised more than $11,000 in three weeks for supplies to aid the Navajo Nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The five kids, aged 13 to 17 years old, said they felt concerned and inspired to help after hearing about the Navajo Nation’s high rate of COVID-19 infection.

“We were in quarantine and we didn’t have a lot to do,” Max Goldstein, 17, told The Arizona Republic. “We wanted to help out our community in Arizona.”

The teens started the fundraiser by writing a letter and emailing it to friends and family, addressing their concerns and asking for donations.

“Right when we sent out the letter, I was really surprised because a lot of people started emailing us, dropping off checks and donations” Alex Goldstein, 16, said.

They also contacted the Navajo Nation to find out what supplies are needed and how they can be distributed.

In addition to cleaning supplies, diapers, baby formula, dog food and nonperishable food, they were able to acquire about 1,000 masks. The first delivery is scheduled for Friday, May 29.

The Navajo Nation Supply Project, as it is now called, launched recently on Twitter, GoFundMe and Venmo (NavajoNation-SupplyProject), hoping to take the fundraising to the next level.

Police Chief: Officers Who ‘Don’t Have An Issue’ With Floyd Arrest Should Turn In Badges

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (CBS Local) — Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy is taking a strong stance on the death of an African-American man at the hands of law enforcement officers in Minneapolis.

George Floyd, 46, died Monday evening after police responded to a report of a man attempting to use forged documents at a grocery store.

A graphic nine-minute video of the incident was widely circulated in the media and online. It shows a white officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck behind a squad car. While lying facedown on the road, Floyd repeatedly groans and says he can’t breathe.

“He’s not even resisting arrest right now, bro,” one bystander tells the white officer and his partner, in the video. “You’re f***ing stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?”

After about five minutes, Floyd stops moving and appears unconscious. People in the gathering crowd plead for the officers to check Floyd’s pulse. The officer on Floyd’s neck does not lift his knee until medical personnel arrive and carry him to an ambulance.

An ambulance brought Floyd to Hennepin Healthcare, where he later died, police say.

Four police officers who were at the scene have been fired and the FBI has opened an investigation. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called for criminal charges to be filed against the officer who was seen in the video pressing Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the man’s neck.

Anger over Floyd’s spilled into the streets of Minneapolis for a second night of unrest Wednesday, including a shooting death, widespread looting and a major fire.

48 hours after Floyd’s death and a thousand miles away, Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy announced that he had seen enough.

There is no need to see more video. There no need to wait to see how “it plays out,” he tweeted Wednesday evening. “There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something. If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this…turn it in.”

Roddy was not alone. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Austin Garrett also weighed in Wednesday evening, tweeting, “This act of violence is black & white. Make no mistake, there’s no explanation or gray in it.”

Garrett called on law enforcement to “stand for what’s right” and “stand up & speak out against wrong.”

‘It Sounded Like A Bomb’: Turtle Smashes Through Driver’s Windshield On Highway

SAVANNAH, Ga. (CBS Local) — A woman in Georgia was “literally in shock” after a turtle went flying across the highway and through her windshield, nearly striking her brother in the face.

Latonya Lark was driving northbound on Harry S. Truman Parkway in Savannah on May 19 with her brother, Kevin Grant, in the front passenger seat, when “out of nowhere, something comes flying” at them.

“I saw out of the corner of my eye what I thought was a brick,” she told CNN. “I told my brother, ‘Oh my God there’s a brick flying across the highway.’ No sooner than I said that, it impacted my vehicle. It scared me so bad, it sounded like a bomb went off and glass went all over my brother.”

The turtle was stuck halfway through the windshield. Lark said if she hadn’t slowed down when she did, it might have gone entirely through the windshield and hit her brother in the face, “probably decapitating him.”

“I just remember shielding myself while my sister screamed my name,” Grant told CNN. “After the turtle hit the glass, she was literally in shock and kept driving. I was the one covered in blood and telling her to calm down and call 911.”

Fortunately, Grant only suffered from minor cuts from the broken glass.

Lark and Grant think another driver must have struck the turtle, causing it to fly back towards their car.

“Whoever hit that turtle, they had to have been flying,” Lark told WSAV.

The turtle, which initially survived the crash, was taken to Oatland Island Wildlife Center, where it succumbed to its injuries.

‘Biggest I’ve Ever Seen’: Massive Alligator Trapped At Mini-Golf Course Is Euthanized

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (CBS Local) — An alligator believed to be the largest ever captured on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was euthanized after it was trapped Tuesday evening at a miniature golf course.

Photos posted on social media show dozens of bystanders watching as the giant alligator, estimated to be more than 12 feet long and weighing more than a thousand pounds, was bound and put on a tow truck to be moved. “It was the biggest gator I’ve ever seen,” island resident Daisy Bobinchuck, who assisted in the capture of the gator, told The Island Packet.

Residents were angered by reports of bystanders “riding” the bound alligator, the newspaper reported, turning the capture into a “sideshow.”

Bobinchuck said she was working on binding the animal’s back legs when a handful of people started to sit on the alligator for photos. She said the massive crowd that gathered near the golf course “was totally in the way.”

Dana Maffo of Critter Management told WJCL the alligator, found behind Legendary Golf, the putt putt course near Fresh Market, was not being aggressive but was looking for food.

Bobinchuck said the team from Critter Management wanted to relocate the 80 to 100-year-old alligator, but the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources ordered the gator be euthanized.

“We wanted it to be a rescue, and we were coming up with a different plan for it not to be euthanized,” she said. “But DNR was very strict about that. We had to euthanize it.”

Wedding Videography Company Denies Man Refund After Fiancée Dies In Crash: ‘Life’s A B***h, Justin’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS Local) — The fiancé of a Colorado woman who died in a car crash is facing both the grief from her sudden passing as well as the threat of a defamation lawsuit from the videographer who was set to capture their wedding.

Alexis Wyatt, 22, of Colorado Springs died in a car crash on Highway 24 near Calhan in February, just three months before she was set to walk down the aisle to wed Justin Montney, 24. The couple signed a non-refundable contract with a Dallas, Texas-based photography company called Copper Stallion Media to take their wedding video and paid them $1,800.

Montney says he knows the contract says no refunds, but he thinks under these circumstances, the company should honor his request.

“They said they’d extend my service to my next wedding which was a very insensitive thing to tell me,” he told KRDO.

When Montney’s friends heard that, they posted dozens of bad reviews all over Copper Stallion’s social media pages and on TheKnot.com, a popular wedding planning website.Copper Stallion called the comments a “smear campaign” and responded by threatening to sue Montney for defamation and creating a website to rebut his claims.

“He admits the contract was nonrefundable but says we should give the money back due to the circumstance. Life is a b*tch, Justin,” the company wrote on the websites, according to the Daily Beast.

Copper Stallion Media did not immediately return KRDO’s request for a comment. The company’s Facebook page appears to have been disabled and its Instagram account was changed to private.