Clothes encounterFOUND AMONG POLICE reports this week:A...

Sometimes Scene In The County

December 28, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan Appearing nightly

Clothes encounter

FOUND AMONG POLICE reports this week:

A Florida man wearied from shopping at the Annapolis Mall late Monday took a break at the mall's movie theaters. He walked into the nearly empty theater for a midnight show with three bags of clothing but left the theater empty-handed, according to a police report.

The man told police that the only person near him while he watched the thriller was a man in his 40s, about the same shape and size as the victim. But if that man was the culprit, looking for a few pieces to add to his wardrobe, he's out of luck -- the bags taken contained a women's T-shirt, shoes and underwear. AT DOC & ANNIE'S BAR in Brooklyn Park, customers' names go up in lights -- the ones who don't pay their debts, that is.

The names appear in large letters on a pole-mounted sign along Ritchie Highway for all to see. Rubber check? Bad debt? Up goes the name.

For a good three months, the name up in lights has been Rickey (we won't further humiliate him by using his full name here). But the sign for weeks now has demanded: "Rickey B Show Me The Money."

Apparently, it's had little effect, except to prompt folks to stop in and ask what that Rickey stuff is all about.

Bartender Michelle Lazarro and owner Wayne Michael "Doc" King say Rickey has had an unpaid bar tab of $63.50 for well over a year. King, 56, an Arundel Village resident who has run the place since 1981, said he bumped into Rickey a few times and asked when he was going to pay.

"He told me twice he was going to come in," King said, adding that it didn't happen -- so up went the name.

But a little over a week ago, there was a heartwarming change in the sign. The new wording read:

SEASONS GREETINGS

TO ALL

YOU TOO

RICKEY B

Is all forgiven? Nope.

"I'll leave him up there until he pays it," Doc vowed.

Pub Date: 12/28/97

David Michael Ettlin

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