Monday, December 12, 2011

News Of The Day: Man Prints Fake Obit Of Own Mother To Get Time Off Work

And he would've gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for his meddling undead mother.

From Yahoo!

Man prints fake obituary of own mom to get day off work

A 45-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with a crime after publishing a fake obituary of his own mother in order to get time off work.

It sounds like the sort of unfeeling stunt worthy of "Seinfeld" character George Costanza, but Scott Bennett has been charged with disorderly conduct after sending in the fake obituary to the Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper, which then ran the story.

Democrat editor Randy Bartley said the obituary was accepted in good faith, even though his staff had been unable to confirm the funeral arrangement details as of press time.

And to paraphrase the famous Mark Twain line, reports of the woman's death were greatly exaggerated.

Bennett's mother was, indeed, the whistleblower in the case, placing a series of calls to Bartley and Democrat staffers, insisting she was in fact still alive.

But like any good journalism outlet, the Jeffersonian Democrat needed more facts. So Ms. Bennett showed up to the paper in person to prove her existence.

Bartley said that, all things considered, she was "very understanding" about her own falsely reported death.

Police Chief Ken Dworek says Bennett wrote up the memorial notice because he didn't want to get fired for taking time off.


  1. Abe Vigoda is almost 91. The thing is, even back during Barney Miller, he kinda sorta looked like he was 91.

    Anyway, I can't see how anyone would do this to their mother. Unless the son was evil. Or the mother was evil. Or both.

  2. So bizarre. He went to a lot of trouble just to get out of work. He couldn't just call in sick with a cold or the flu or something? Yikes!

    That newspaper must do their obits differently than they are done around here. The funeral home directors here are the ones who send obits in to the press not members of the family.

  3. I could so see some of my former co-workers doing this!! Personally I would NEVER do anything like this!! I didn't give a rats ass if I got in trouble or not. ha



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