07 August 2009

Held Up

On this day in 1936, Mrs. Mildred O'Neill was forced to charter an airplane to France in order to catch the Queen Mary at Cherbourg. Mrs. O'Neill missed boarding at Southampton due to the fact she had spent the night in jail. When Marylebone police arrested her for shoplifting from a West End store, she stated that she'd had two glasses of port wine and that her mother-in-law was dying. Before her departure from London, where she had been on vacation with her husband, the magistrate declared that her "comfortable circumstances" aggravated the offense.

New York Times

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