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THE WEEK: Whataburger! Whatalaw!

Updated: 2015-07-24
By THE WEEK (chinadaily.com.cn)

Apparently running away is exactly what 67-year-old Song Chuanzhong of Guizhou Province did, but for good reason. Song had Netizens all abuzz this week when it was revealed he lives in a cave, his home for the past 30 years. Song chose to seek shelter in a cave and from the rest of the world to focus on his painting.

The one-time farmer lives and works in a 60-square-meter cave, located 1 kilometer from his village. A bed, a table and a painting board are the only things he owns.

Song said it took him years to find the perfect cave to create the paintings. During his decades of solitude he produced thousands of paintings that show local landscape, culture and historic figures.
But it hasn't all been solitude and long nights of talking to himself. Song from time to time leaves the cave to sell his creations. Hey, the man lives in a cave. How much cave time can one have before really going crazy?

Hit and run
And speaking of running away, drinking and caves, some people should be confined to one, and seriously stop doing the other. I'm talking about goofballs like 20-year-old Daquan Tate of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, who is so clearly a danger to himself, others and street signs.
According to state police, Tate was drunk and speeding when he crashed his car into a speed limit sign, continued on and took out a roadside mailbox, hit an embankment, hopped out of the car, stripped naked, climbed to the roof of a barn, from which he then fell to the ground. Still very drunk and very naked, was not hurt, and presumably was feeling no pain. He will have his day in court where a judge will handle inflicting some pain.

Whataburger! Whatalaw!
It's no secret some Americans love their guns. Some states have gone so far as to pass laws that allow people to openly carry guns. These "Open Carry" laws are craaazy! You can carry your gun in public and into just about any business, including banks! How is security supposed to know which gun-toting person is there to make a routine transaction or rob it?
Some have objected, but at least in Texas one restaurant chain is fighting back – in court.
Whataburger — which has some 780 locations in 10 states — says its customers don't feel safe with people dining with guns strapped to their waist.
In an open letter on the company's website, Whataburger president and CEO Preston Atkinson said many employees and customers are "uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm."
Atkinson's letter comes one month after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that made it legal to carry handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state.
Whataburger's decision to ban guns carried openly – concealed weapons are still okay with proper license - is expected to pave the way for other restaurants to enact similar policies that will further limit where gun owners can openly carry their firearms when the law takes effect in January.
But Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham said Whataburger's policy was "premature and irresponsible," and that the restaurant caved to "fear mongering."
"I think most gun owners that know this policy are simply not going to go to Whataburger, like me," he said.
Hey C.J. That’s the idea!

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