BY BRICE SANDER
How far would you go to get a day off of work? How about killing your own mother? One 45-year-old man did. Well, kind of- KMSB explains
“Talk about an extreme lie to get out of work. One Pennsylvania man is accused of sending in a fake obituary for his mom so he could get time off his job. This happened in Brookville, Pennsylvania. Police say Scott Bennett faces a charge of disorderly conduct for writing up the obituary, because he didn’t want to get fired for missing work.”
And the newspaper actually published it. As a Gather blogger points out
, Bennett’s plan was flawed from the start.
“It was smooth sailing for Scott until his family found the fake obituary and called the newspaper … After his mother went to the newspaper's office to set the record straight, Bennett's plight was discovered.”
another flaw in Bennett’s plan, but suggests the paper that published the obituary might need a new fact checker.
“[The editor] said he published the obituary in good faith, even though he couldn’t verify the funeral arrangements. Bennett evidently was unaware that planning a fake funeral involves more than just an obituary.”
But, WRC’s Angie Goff gives
Bennett the benefit of the doubt.
ANGIE GOFF: “To his credit, perhaps this is a sign of the times. I mean, obviously he didn’t want to lose his job and he was trying to look for a way out and he was really worried about it so, I don’t know.”
CHUCK BELL: “I wouldn’t count on a nice gift from his mom for Christmas.”
A different paper
spoke with Bennett’s mother, and reports-- she was very understanding about the other paper’s mix up. Gawker isn’t sure
she’ll be so forgiving of her son.
“He was charged with disorderly conduct, and a lifetime of, ‘Hey, remember the time you took out an ad in the paper telling the world I was DEAD, YOU USELESS LITTLE [expletive]?’-style reminders from his beloved mom.”