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December 31, 2012

Celebrate ‘Sammy Awards’ winners

NORMAN — Before you criticize someone — goes this oft-quoted advice — you should walk a mile in his shoes. That way, you’ll be a mile away from him when you say it … and you’ll have his shoes.

It is in that spirit of wisdom that we announce the 8th annual edition of the coveted Sammy Awards.

The eponymous Sammies recognize not only everyone who knows what “eponymous” means, but those individuals who have come to my attention over the past 12 months almost exclusively through fault of their own.

The “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time” Sammy goes to:

A curious 24-year-old man in Stockholm, N.Y.

Back in May, the Associated Press reported that state police in St. Lawrence County had arrested 25-year-old Shawn Mossow for wounding his friend in the right leg with a .22 caliber rifle.

Mossow, who was charged with reckless endangerment, had been hounded by his buddy — unnamed by the police — to shoot him.

Why?

Because — authorities said — the shootee (who corroborated Mossow’s story) just wanted to know what it feels like to be shot.

Well, now he knows.

The “Criminal Mastermind” Sammy goes to:

Arthur Brundage, of East Syracuse, N.Y.

In October, the Huffington Post reported that an unarmed Brundage, 28, went into a bank and demanded $20,000.

The teller, after initially refusing, gave the young man some money, and Brundage left with his ill-gotten gains.

But he came back later. Police found him at the bank’s locked front door, claiming he was shortchanged because the teller didn’t give him the whole 20 grand.

Brundage has been charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

The “Consumer Reports” Sammy goes to:

Suzanne Besham, of Springfield, Mo.

Ms. Besham, 47, was involved in a business transaction in which she paid $40 for what she had every reason to believe was crack cocaine, according to the Buster website in January.

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