Police blame a woman named Butts for stealing toilet paper from an Iowa courthouse, and while they are chuckling, the theft charge could land her in jail.
"She's facing potentially three years of incarceration for three rolls of toilet paper,'' Chief Lon Walker said, stifling a laugh as he talked to KCCI-TV about Suzanne Marie Butts. (The word "butt'' is American slang for buttocks.)
Workers at the Marshall County Courthouse had noticed toilet paper rolls were disappearing much faster than usual, Walker said.
Butts, 38, was caught last week after an employee saw her taking three rolls of two-ply tissue from a storage closet, Walker said.
Butts insisted it was the first time she had pilfered toilet paper, but she declined to answer further questions on her attorney's advice.
The fifth-degree theft charge, a misdemeanor, normally carries a sentence of less than a year in jail. But Butts could face more time if convicted under the state's habitual offender law because she has prior theft convictions.
Walker said Butts did not work at the courthouse and it was unclear why she was there.
1. incarceration n.
監禁 (jian1 jin4) ，坐牢 (zuo4 lao2)
例: Convicted criminals often face incarceration.
2. pilfer v.t.
偷竊 (tou1 qie4)
例: Someone has been pilfering stationery supplies from the office cupboard.
3. misdemeanor n.
輕罪 (qing1 zui4)
例: Simone got a suspended sentence since it was her first misdemeanor.
4. habitual adj.
習慣性的 (xi2 guan4 xing4 de5)
例: Cynthia is a habitual sleepwalker.
The term buttocks refers to a person or animal's bottom. There are a multitude of words used for this part of the body. Expressions which are acceptable in polite company include: bottom, behind, derriere, posterior, rear and seat. Informal words which are acceptable for use with friends and peers are: bum (UK), butt (US), and backside. Particular care should be taken when using fanny. In the US it is a mild term referring to the bottom, but in the UK it is a slang word for vagina.
Simon: Did you hear about that woman who was caught nicking toilet rolls from a courthouse in America?
Sam: No, but then I'm not surprised. Why on earth would that be newsworthy?
Simon: Well, it turns out her name was Butts!
Sam: Oh, that is kinda funny. Bet she didn't like being the butt of the joke though! Boom-boom!
butt of the joke 笑柄
You can say that someone is the butt of a joke if they are the victim of the joke. The expression boom-boom! is used to signal a joke — usually not a very funny one.
「the butt of a joke」就是笑話的主角。「boom-boom!」則用來回應通常不怎麼好笑的笑話。
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