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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Potato Chips Found in Place of Woman's Ashes

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Two daughters have sued a synagogue after they found a potato chip can in place of their mother's remains behind the locked, glass door of her niche in a mausoleum.

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When the women visited Vivian Shulman Lieberman's niche in a Houston mausoleum, they found the cedar chest containing her ashes missing and a can of sour-cream-and-onion potato chips in its place.

They filed the lawsuit against Congregation Beth Israel and two funeral businesses. The sisters are also suing the companies that arranged for their mother's cremation and inurnment.

When Houston police took custody of the can, it still contained potato chips. "To their added horror," the lawsuit states, "Harriet and Marcelle learned that the can had been visible in the niche for at least six months."

Disturbing, no doubt. But maybe there is another victim here. Maybe someone was the object of a terrible prank. What if some foul practical joker swapped the ashes for his buddy’s potato chips, right before lunch? Probably ruined his friend's day!


  • At 9:21 AM, Blogger Meredith said…

    So that's where my chips went! :-)

  • At 10:39 PM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    So, Meredith, what did you do with the wooden box? The one you thought contained "pepper"?


  • At 9:10 PM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…

    Did anyone ever stop to consider that maybe she reincarnated?

  • At 10:13 PM, Blogger Meredith said…

    Made some interesting peppered gravy? ;)


    Reincarnated? Gives new creedence to being all that and a bag of chips!

  • At 2:33 AM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    Reincarnated, Brenda, is an interesting alternative. Just the thing to drive her daughters wacko!

    Meredith, "bag of chips" sent me off on a hunt for a trifle, i.e., a mere bagatelle:
    "I beg you, don't leave me, Miguel!
    You have nothing to fear from Michelle.
    I need you to see
    She was nothing to me
    But a trifle, a mere bagatelle!"



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