Don't let a black cat cross your path on Friday the 13th!

T.G. I. Five-Days – Week Ending FRIDAY THE 13TH

July 13, 2018 56 Comments

It’s Friday the 13th! < insert ominous music here > I’d like to personally thank those of you with paraskevidekatriaphobia (that would be the fear of Friday the 13th) for being brave enough to read this article.

Michael Scott: "I'm not superstitious. But I am a LITTLE stitious."

Let’s get started, shall we?

1) Finally – a game show for my generation!

(Before I get started, I would like to state for the record that Jeopardy! is my favorite TV show and Alex Trebek is an international treasure.)

Now there's a game show to pay off student loan debt!

Jay and Madeleine’s scores reflect current market price range for one textbook.

Did you know that 44 million Americans have outstanding student loan debt, worth a combined total of $1.5 TRILLION?! (That’s scarier than Friday the 13th, isn’t it?) Millennials (those of us born between 1981 and 1996) make up an enormous percentage of that burden, with 63% of us carrying student loan debt over $10,000.

There’s a potential light at the end of the tunnel! The folks over at TruTV decided to give the people what they want: a game show where you can win money to pay off your student loans. All you have to do is answer trivia questions (correctly… duh!), and the grand prize is the total amount you owe!

Host Michael Torpey closes each episode the same way: “We helped four people pay off their student debt today. But there are 45 million Americans out there struggling with their student loans. It doesn’t have to be this way. Call your representatives right now and tell them we need a better solution than this game show.”

Mr. Torpey also shared in the first episode how he was able to pay off his student loans – he booked an underwear commercial. Alas, this is not really a door that’s open for me, so I guess I need to get started on my application. #wompwomp


2) This is why you shouldn’t leave your keys in your car

There are a variety of reasons why you shouldn’t leave your keys in your car, but this story tops the list. A woman in Canada accidentally stole someone’s car and drove it around for two weeks because she thought it was her rental car.

Let that sink in for a minute.

It all started in a Walmart parking lot. (Nothing good ever happens in a Walmart parking lot, does it?) A woman parked her rented black Nissan sedan in the lot and ran into Wally World to do some shopping. When she came back outside, she hopped into a black car and sped away. The problem? She got into an Infiniti SUV which belonged to a nice gentleman who also happened to be doing some shopping that day.

She drove around for TWO WEEKS before she returned the car – two weeks in a car with a dirty ashtray and golf clubs in the back. (She made sure to complain about this when she attempted to return the vehicle). The manager was rightfully baffled (they didn’t even rent Infinitis!) but finally put two and two together when he recalled a certain gentleman who rented a car recently after his Infiniti was stolen.

The guy got his car back, no charges were filed, and everyone lived happily ever after because they are Canadian.


3) Meet the Employee of the Decade

“Guys, I’m just gonna run out real quick to do an errand. See you in a decade.”

Municipal jobs are highly desirable for many reasons – good benefits, job security, etc. If you’re interested, you should definitely consider the Spanish city of Cádiz, as they paid Joaquín García for over a decade without his having to… well… do any actual work.

Back in 2010, Sr. García was due to be honored for his 20 years of service. The man who hired him wondered where the hell the Employee of the Decade was, as he had not physically seen him in years. Someone finally had the genius idea to call and ask what he had been doing all that time: “What did you do yesterday? And the previous month? He could not answer.”

“I’ve been working like a dog… working like a dog so that others can reap the rewards of my work.”

– a true quote from Joaquín García, whose pantalones are actively on fire

The investigation discovered that Sr. García showed up to work every day at 7:30AM, punched in, and then went AWOL until coming back at 4PM to punch out. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

I should probably also mention that he was getting paid $80,000 USD a year.

Fast forward to this past week, where a court ordered him to pay back the amount of one year’s salary after taxes and – brace yourself – forbade him from working in public service jobs for nine years.

THE MAN IS 69 YEARS OLD. I’m sure he’s just devastated.


4) Honesty is always the best policy

[Editorial note: I do not condone drunk driving in any manner, shape, or form. I just couldn’t resist sharing this guy’s frankness!]

Drunk driving arrests (and dangerous driving of all types) always seem to spike with the warm weather. Police in Rock Hill, SC had a prime example of that this week when they pulled over a man who blew through a stop sign and swerved in and out of lanes. When officers confronted him, they discovered he was eating a Jersey Mike’s sub and had mustard “all over his hands and face”. His matter-of-fact statement:

“We both know I’m drunk… take me to jail.”

Ask and ye shall receive.

[Editorial note #2: In my reading the article about this incident, I discovered that a woman also recently arrested in Rock Hill, SC for DUI had been found with ice cream all over her face. What the hell is going on in Rock Hill, SC?]


5) The streets are safe once more

Remember the FBI agent who accidentally shot someone (and then walked away!) while participating in a dance-off in a nightclub? Allow me to refresh your memory, as it was caught on camera:

A court this week ruled that this fool FBI agent Chase Bishop could carry his service weapon again, “so long as it is done in a manner pursuant to FBI policy”. I’m not sure what FBI policy is regarding dancing like no one’s watching – could anyone help me out?


Would you compete on a game show to get rid of your student loans? Are you going to sleep more soundly knowing that the Dancing FBI agent is armed once again? Aren’t you just the tiniest bit jealous of Sr. García? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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    Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland

    July 13, 2018

    I absolutely would compete on a game show to pay off my student loans! I think its absolutely criminal the interest rate on the loans and the fact that if you declare bankruptcy, you’re loans still exist. But that’s a rant for another day lol

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    July 13, 2018

    It’s the first time I see and hear about that FBI guy. I can’t believe he can still have a gun. I what world we live in. And the story of the car I founded fun and sad in the same time.

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    July 13, 2018

    The FBI guy video is really insane. Why would he carry a gun and dancing like that at the first place, may be he has forgotten he carry a gun. I hope no one injured.

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    July 13, 2018

    I live like 20 minutes from Rock Hill, SC. Sounds like I need to stay off the road.

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    July 13, 2018

    Friday th 13th doesn’t bother me but it does my husband so I hope he doesn’t realize what day it is and if a Black Cat crosses in front of him both he and my mom would turn around and go another way. If there is no way to turn around and there in a car they wait for one to pass in front of them before moving forward.

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    July 13, 2018

    I was on my way to work when I realized it was Friday the 13th. Oh well if something bad will happen let it happen. Going to keep on the positive side and have a wonderful Friday the 13th.

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    Catherine Shane Cabuhat

    July 13, 2018

    I am really scared about friday the 13th though it’s too late when I’ve noticed this day I am on my work. But to have a big amount of debt it is more scary so that game is really cool to pay loans.

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    The Coffee Mom (@Jessi_Sullivan)

    July 13, 2018

    I totally need to go on that game show to pay off my loans! I mean, that is just an amazing idea, since so many of us are really struggling to pay them off

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    July 13, 2018

    I live in a small Canadian town and lots of people don’t lock their cars. A few weeks ago I almost drove off with a car that looked exactly like mine and was parked beside me. Thankfully, I realized that I didn’t own the items in the backseat 🙂 Yes, I wish I could have gone on a game show to pay off my student loans.

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    July 13, 2018

    The drunk persons story is quite funny especially on what he said. #4 is a tad bit scary, hope no one was injured during that.

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    Holly Hood

    July 13, 2018

    I would go on a game show to pay off my student loans. Yes those loans are really a burden.

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    July 13, 2018

    These are great! Friday the 13th has never bothered me. I actually consider it a lucky day! That FBI agent should have been reprimanded severely for what he did.

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    Tara Pittman (@momknowsbest15)

    July 13, 2018

    Crazy that it took her two weeks to discover it was not her car. Why would anyone leave their keys in the car?

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    July 13, 2018

    That sounds like an awesome game show! I’d play!

    And I’d never leave my keys in the car. Or anything else of value. I’m always baffled when people are like, “My iPad was stolen from the car.” Why on earth would anyone leave an iPad in their car?!

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    July 13, 2018

    I am surprised by all of these stories, but the employee being paid for all that time baffles me. What was his supervisor doing? Did he never have an annual review? What about his yearly birthday cake in the staff room and yearly required trainings? It’s crazy how long he away with this!

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    July 13, 2018

    Friday, the 13th DOES NOT bother me AT ALL. It doesn’t even matter.
    AND I’d definitely compete on a game show for paying off my school loans. DEFINITELY!

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    Heather Brummett

    July 13, 2018

    OH girl! I remember leaving my keys in the car. It was not Friday the 13th but it was awful!!! So far today has been good. 🙂 I’m so happy for the weekend.

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    July 13, 2018

    That woman in Canada is just hilarious, it’s good that they got everything settled though. It must have been crazy for the guy who found or rather… didn’t find his car in the parking lot.

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    Emma Riley

    July 13, 2018

    For me Friday the 13th doesn’t bother me at all it is just a date and a superstitious belief that if Friday the 13th hit there is somethings bad happen. I felt sorry with the stolen car but happy felt happy after the owner found his stolen car and take no charges against the woman.

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    July 13, 2018

    That is funny about the rental / stolen car. I guess I could see how someone could do that considering how totally frazzled I have been at times. However, who leaves their keys in the car?

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    July 13, 2018

    I’ve gotten into cars a few times that looked identical to my car that were unlocked in parking lots and parked along the street. I’ve sat in them a few minutes before realizing things were off and it was the wrong car. Once one even started with my key than I realized my kids car seats weren’t in the back seat. Oops! That is why you should always lock your vehicle. You never know when someone will maliciously or accidently get into it.

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    Vyjay Rao

    July 14, 2018

    I loved the bit about the travails you could face if you were to leave your keys in the car. It is really amazing that the lady could actually be driving someone elses car for TWO weeks! Good it ended the way it did, with everyone happy.

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    July 14, 2018

    Shawn had an idea to help people pay off student loans, but we hit road blocks in getting it set up. I would definitely compete to get my loans paid off.

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    Shell Feis

    July 14, 2018

    Happy Friday the 13th! I would LOVE to go on that game show- I’m also a Millennial with student loan debt. And an underwear commercial is definitely NOT in my future lol

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    Linda Grant

    July 14, 2018

    Are you kidding?? I would so go on a game show to get rid of student loans and it would be fun time doing it!! And FBI agent guy, not a smart move!!

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    July 14, 2018

    What a cool idea for a game show! And the lady who drove around in the wrong car for two weeks? Craziness! I have one of those keyless cars, so my keys never leave my purse.

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    July 14, 2018

    I didn’t even realise that it was Friday 13th yesterday. Whoops. The game show sounds like such a cool idea!

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    Amy Dong

    July 14, 2018

    Agreed that student loans can be such a huge thing and a bear! But, even so, I probably wouldn’t go on a game show to try to pay it off 😉

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    July 14, 2018

    That student loan payoff game show is awesome….maybe I should sign up!!!!

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    Ruth I.

    July 14, 2018

    The rented car, omg! I am glad all ended well for all of them. The FBI agent story is a bot scary, it means he didn’t handled the gun and the situation well.

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    Alexa Brooks

    July 14, 2018

    The Student debt stat is scary! I am very thankful I went to college when I did (back when it was kinda affordable) and graduated in four years and have no debt!

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    Eat Well Explore Often

    July 14, 2018

    haha these are great! I can’t believe the lady drove around for TWO weeks without realizing it wasn’t her car!

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    Deirdre Smith

    July 14, 2018

    I hadn’t heard about the lady with the car mix up. I wonder why she didn’t notice the golf clubs when she first got into her real rental.

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    July 14, 2018

    What a random and interesting list of stuff! I’m going to be checking on what else you have in the future, I love articles like this lol. Anyway, I would be on a game show just to be on a game show!! And I have a lot of questions for the FBI guy……………..

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    July 14, 2018

    The story about the rental car mix up is the best! How do you seriously miss that? 🙂

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    Hey Sharonoox

    July 14, 2018

    NOt judging but trying to understand how could she not able to identify a sedan to an SUV? That’s quite something. Great reminder to always lock the car doors!

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    Kita Bryant

    July 14, 2018

    Paid Off looks like a really great game show idea. My husband loves that channel.

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    July 14, 2018

    That’s a crazy story about the Infiniti!! I bet he was happy to get his car back!

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    Sara Welch

    July 14, 2018

    Wow I cannot believe his gun went off! That is some pretty scary stuff!

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    July 15, 2018

    Friday 13th doesn’t usually bother me much. It just sometimes affects my mentality. I’m still trying to look on the bright side though!

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    Charli B

    July 15, 2018

    I can’t even deal with the car story. I actually laughed so hard, how could she even do that and not realise it wasn’t the car she originally had! x

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    July 15, 2018

    It’s a shame for what happened on #3. To find out that he didn’t really do his job and still get paid is a bit unfair to those who did their best. The car mix up is quite funny though.

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    Carrie Liu

    July 15, 2018

    I would love to get paid for doing nothing for over 10 years! Here is dreaming haha.

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    July 15, 2018

    Oh my gosh. I did read your whole article, but I really stopped processing after #3. I mean…goals, right?

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    July 15, 2018

    That game show that you mentioned is amazing. I’ve paid off my student loans, but my sister still has her debt looming over her. I can’t wait to look more into the show.

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    July 15, 2018

    What a cool post! This game show sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Everyday Made Fresh

    July 15, 2018

    I’m like…it’s Friday the 13th?! I really have been so busy I didn’t even realize it! I actually love the date when it lines up with Friday…my husband was born on a Friday the 13th, so It’s sort of good luck for me! 😉

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    Emily (@amummytoo)

    July 16, 2018

    Oh my goodness, that rental car story made my jaw drop! I love that is was all settled without charges.

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    July 16, 2018

    Lol on the lady driving a “stolen” car around for 2 weeks. Although if she got in my car she’d know it wasn’t a rental – mine is so messy. Ha!

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    Elizabeth O

    July 16, 2018

    Oh my, that story about the woman and the car had me cry laughing! Imagine the embarrassment of doing that!! Oops. Happy it turned out well in the end though.

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    July 16, 2018

    To me, it’s like any other day to be honest. Those are some stories though, wow!

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    Carol Cassara

    July 16, 2018

    I’ve experienced being confused with cars but not really to the point where I’d hop in a car and not know that it’s not mine. Then again it’s a rental so she’s probably not used to the car. Still a funny story though!

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    Mommy Peach

    July 16, 2018

    These are all interesting and funny. Sr. Garcia must have thought he was a genius and he could getaway with what he did.

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    July 17, 2018

    Yeah sign me up to pay for my student loan debt. I just want it to go away its a horrible debt all so we can have a better shot at life.

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    Claudia Krusch

    July 20, 2018

    I’m not superstitious, but I grew up with people who are! I think it’s very interesting!

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    October 25, 2018

    This post is very nice, it is useful for me. Thanks for sharing this amazing post

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