Flush.All right, here’s the straight poop: The UC Berkeley campus has got a crappy problem on its hands–or, rather, in its restrooms. Thieves have been sneaking into campus buildings and stealing the flushometers from the toilets, rendering them unusable and costing the university around $8,000 so far, a sum that, for this campus, is nothing to poo-poo.

What’s worse is they’re not dealing with just any ol’ common crooks, here. These Johns are apparently toilet-crippling criminal masterminds. “But, why?” you ask, “Why would anyone sh*t all over others’ rights to sanitation, especially when the university is piss-poor?” The answer, friends, is greed. Turns out, one can make a pretty penny selling crapper parts as scrap metal and … used crapper parts. Gross.

In any case, UCPD is pissed off. Contact them if you see anything suspicious or if you know anything about this rash of crimes. (We’d try to crack more jokes, but we’re a bit drained. Please forgive the Clog.)

Image Source: Connie Chen, Daily Cal
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It's a raccoon. Stealing an ostrich egg. Not that No. 4 Berkeley should exactly be brimming with pride to be anywhere on this list of the “15 Worst College Crime Areas.” But, hey, at least we’re not UC Santa Barbara which, somewhat surprisingly, managed to earn that big numero uno.

The report, which was released by Neighborhoodscout.com and personal finance blog WalletPop, doesn’t include violent crime, mind you. Only “property crime.” The areas are ranked by their  number of property crimes (thefts, basically) per 1,000 residents.

Furthermore, it looks like Northside dwellers can breathe a little easier than Southside folk. read more »

If you live in a co-op or work while in school, you totally know where we’re coming from: It ain’t cool to steal other people’s food. Period.

While we’ve never had anyone sneak a bite of our own ham and cheese, it’s certainly not uncommon, especially in office environments with fridges in the break room.

Lifehacker has a good trick to cheating the thief: Disguise your sandwich. Create an anti-theft plastic bag by mimicking mold spores on the transparent plastic. Spray paint would work best, but we’re sure you crafty Berkeley students can come up with more methods of attack. (It’s worth noting, though, that the sandwich could potentially be thrown away by a well-meaning coworker.)

And what if the devil glutton is stealing more than just sandwiches?

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