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Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Petty crime, pettier boss

Fickle and dimed: A 68-year-old Iowa man has declined Wells Fargo's offer to give his job back to him after the mortgage company fired him in July when it discovered a conviction -- from 1963 -- for putting a cardboard disc in a dime slot of a coin-op washing machine.

In firing the man, Wells Fargo said that, had he just asked, they would have loaned him the dime, then rolled that loan into a credit default swap with other risky loans of small change and turned a profit on it by betting against it.

Fair warning: Puns ahead: A Canadian Conservative Party official, saying he wanted to test an online voting system, registered his dog "Pitou" and voted in a Liberal Party leadership race in New Brunswick.

Election officials should have known something was up when the dog voted for write-in candidates Mutt Romney and Bark Obama.


Forgive me, Father: A California woman has pleaded guilty to 17 counts of fraud for embezzling more than $100,000 from nuns at a Los Gatos convent where she worked.

The woman will likely be sentenced to time in prison, ordered to pay restitution and receive a sharp rap across the knuckles with a ruler.


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