Odds ‘n’ Ends: Swimming pool stolen from N.J. yard, and thieves don’t leave a drop

PATERSON, N.J. – Daisy Valdivia is annoyed that someone stole her backyard pool – and baffled at how they did it without leaving behind a splash, drip or trace of the 1,000 gallons of water it contained.

Valdivia awoke to find her family’s hip-high, inflatable, 10-foot diameter swimming pool gone from her back yard Wednesday.

Valdivia told The Record of Bergen County the theft must have occurred between 1 a.m., when her husband went to bed, and 5 a.m., when she awoke.

She’s amazed someone could steal the pool that quickly and just wanted to know “what the heck they did with the water,” she said.

Manhattan man deluged with 2,000 copies of his credit card

NEW YORK – Frank Van Buren gets a lot more credit than he deserves.

The Manhattan accountant found himself flooded with plastic in recent weeks, as ExxonMobil credit cards kept on coming. Van Buren, who said he has had an ExxonMobil account for his business for 17 years, had ordered two copies of his card because it was expiring.

He got the cards he requested – and then got two boxes with 1,000 cards each. Van Buren said it took hours to shred the cards, which all had his name and account number.

“How could you send me 2,000 cards by mistake?” Van Buren said he asked customer-service representatives.

ExxonMobil Corp. spokeswoman Paula Chen said the Irving, Texas-based oil company was looking into the mix-up.

Compiled from Associated Press Reports