Kenosha Police Scanner

There’s an awesome feature on that I recently discovered. It’s a Live Kenosha Police Scanner! It scans all of Kenosha’s Police and Fire frequencies live, and whenever anything happens you hear it all, right in your browser–anywhere in the world!

I’ve been a scanner enthusiast since I was a kid, but have been having trouble with my old 200-channel Bearcat portable lately–memory problems, and battery won’t hold a charge any more. So it was quite a treat to find this little gem. It’s cool–nice and clear, with all the important channels covered. I even created a new tab for that url and re-saved my home tabs in firefox so every time i start my browser now I get the police calls. It’s been really exciting the last couple days especially, with the storms there’s been a ton of activity on it!

It doesn’t take up much bandwidth at all, since it doesn’t talk all the time, only when there is activity on the scanner. So even dialup users can enjoy it a great deal. Even if I’m doing something else on the computer I’ll actually minimize my browser now–so I can continue to monitor the police calls.

Kenosha-area users should definitely check it out! You can get hooked real easy, and you’ll soon find yourself asking “What’s a 10-50?? What’s a 10-56??” This should help.

The Flood of 2004

Well, Geekette gave it a good name today. This entry’s title says it all. The headline on the front page of the Kenosha News today reads “Floodgates Have Opened – Kenosha County executive declares a state of emergency.”

Yeah, there’s some water out there. I had a computer job in Illinois today, and I was a little concerned this morning about the best route to take to get there. I chose to take Highway 50 to 45, and 45 South into Illinois. I got lucky and didn’t hit any flooded roads except this one, which I drove through without a hitch.

The trip back was another story though. I chose a slightly different route for my return trip, and ended up having to backtrack about 5 miles when I got here. I’m listening to the scanner calls right now, and they removed the barricades from that very intersection not more than 15 minutes ago, and now there’s a pickup truck stuck in it. The utility workers at the intersection reported that he was continuously bumping a barricade further and further down the roadway, probably goofing around, when his truck fell into a ditch. Brilliant. They’re going to check him for a possible DWI now.

Geekette posted some great pics too, from right outside her door. I love the basketball court pic!

Walgreens Overcharges

Walgreens recently paid the state over $22,000 to settle accusations that checkout scanner errors overcharged customers, state officials said. Half of the 28 Walgreens stores tested by state agents failed the state standards, which require an error rate of 2% or less. The Walgreens stores tested had an overall error rate of 5.5%. They said the average overcharge was $2.40 and the average undercharge was $1.28. State law requires stores to issue refunds for overcharges.

So my question is, “Does the state law require stores to issue refunds for overcharges when the CUSTOMER catches them, or ALL the time?” There’s no way it can be all the time though, since cash-paying customers don’t leave a paper trail. So overcharges found after the customer leaves the store go unclaimed, obviously. And I highly doubt anyone follows up on the other paper-trail-generating credit card and check users when an overcharge is made either.

But I do find it very enlightening that even an error rate of 2% is ACCEPTABLE! Why should ANY overcharge be acceptable?!?! So if I spend $100 in a Walgreens–or any other Wisconsin store for that matter–and they charge me $102, that’s just fine with the state. It’s ok to rip me off “a little” I guess. Well, fine. Then I guess I can fudge my tax return by 2% too then, right? Good! Because I owe the state quite a bit this year, that’ll help me out a lot!

On the other side

Well, I’m over the hill.  Or so they say.  That’s all I’ve been hearing all day long.  Over the hill over the hill over the hill.   Everyone got a kick out of picking on me though, so I’m glad they had fun with it.  Pretty tricky how they managed to coax me out of my cubicle for a so-called “broken scanner” just so they could sneak in the enourmous “40” balloons… and even more interesting is trying to get all those balloons stuffed into the back of a PT Cruiser to take them home… I had to pick up Kevin in the Neon…he wouldn’t fit in the cruiser with the balloons!