Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Countdown: Keith Olbermann's 3 Worst People In The World

THE BRONZE

The clerk at a Citgo station in Gary, Indiana. When Rosetta Heffner was robbed at knifepoint while filling up her church van, she ran to the clerk and shouted to him to call 911. He ignored her. She tried again, and he told her, "Use your cell phone." The station manager told the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel that clerks are instructed not to call police because the station fears retaliation. "They can hear... We have to protect ourselves."

THE SILVER

Anyone who drove past that thing on the side of the road this weekend on Route 157 in Pinegrove Township, Pennsylvania and didn't stop. Turned out it was Jason Knight, 32, who was struck and killed by an SUV on Friday, but laid there until Monday.

THE GOLD: KEITH OLBERMANN'S WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

The D.C. cop who saw 73-year-old Charles Atherton get hit by a car while crossing Connecticut Avenue. As Mr. Atherton lay there, knocked out of his shoes, bleeding, and struggling to breathe, the cop issued him a $5 jaywalking ticket and walked away. Mr. Atherton later died.

"He was issued a ticket because he was at fault. That's all I can tell you," Lt. John Kutniewski of the police department's major crash investigation unit, told the Washington Post. "If he's outside the crosswalk, he would be at fault." (Salon)

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