Guys, here comes the third instalment of Amazing America.
You think folks here are any less weirder than back home in India. No way.
* Los Angeles county spent about $13,000 to pursue a $1,004 debt owed by a grandma living on social security. No kidding. Read this L.A.Times story.
* A few weeks back, a California court handed out a life sentence to Ali Foroutan for possession of 0.03 gram of methamphetamine. No typo. That is 0.03 gramÂ of meth.
Why the heavy sentence for possession of such a tiny amount of meth?Â BecauseÂ Ali Foroutan was a third-time felon. Read the mention of the conviction in the New York Times.
* Even death provides no relief from the debt collectors in America. Read this NYT piece.
* One thousand gamblers in New Jersey have asked the casinos to ban them (yes, the gamblers) from playing in their casinos. Weird, na?