This story’s no joke, although it will certainly inspire quite a few! A teen named Bud Weisser is in big trouble for breaking into the Budweiser brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. Was he there for the annual Christmas party? Was he there to be closer to his “namesake”?
We can only guess as to his motivation at present. Newsweek reports that the troubled Weisser wasn’t particularly cooperative when apprehended by Budweiser security. One might say he acted like the “king of boneheads.”
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) December 5, 2015
According to the St. Louis-Post Dispatch, 19-year-old Bud Weisser was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree trespassing and resisting arrest.
It’s believed that the bizarre situation unfolded like this: Weisser abandoned his crashed car at 6:48 p.m. He then hopped a fence, entering a secure area of the Budweiser brewery. Soon after, he encountered Budweiser security and was asked to leave the location. It’s possible that Bud felt his name entitled him to ignore the guards’ demands, but they weren’t having it. An altercation quickly ensued, after which the police were called.
When local authorities arrived, they found that Bud Weisser was just as non-cooperative with them as he’d been with the brewery’s security guards. Instead of cold beer, Weisser now finds himself in hot water since the incident will no doubt complicate things for the teen, who’s currently on probation. The St. Louis-Post Dispatch reported in 2014 that Bud had broken into a store in Lemay on August 21. He was spotted exiting the crime scene by a St. Louis County police officer out on patrol. Although briefly pursued, officers weren’t able to apprehend him. Weisser turned himself in a few days later, but he refused to state whether or not he stole anything.
In April 2015, Bud was reportedly granted two years of probation. The terms of his probation are unknown, but it’s highly possible it will be impacted by being busted by cops for trespassing at a brewery — even if it happens to be one very close to his own name.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) December 5, 2015
A name like Bud Weisser alone is enough to bring on the bad puns. However, put a Bud Weisser at Budweiser and the snickering is simply inevitable. More than a few people took aim at the teen, his bad behavior, and the strange situation.
One commenter at the New York Daily News wrote, “Big deal…next thing they will be reporting is jaywalking.”
Another commenter quipped, “Especially if the culprit is aptly [named] Jay Walker.”
As you can imagine, social media users couldn’t wait to jump on the “beer joke” bandwagon.
Bud Weisser arrested for trespassing at Budweiser brewery. Caught him hopping the fence. https://t.co/BrjCdIHF8w
— wolfe with an e (@wolfewithane) December 5, 2015
A man named Bud Weisser walks into a Budweiser Brewery and gets arrested https://t.co/N137LsOgFZ
— Complex (@ComplexMag) December 5, 2015
— Ann-Mari Maukonen (@annmarimaukonen) December 5, 2015
Of course, beneath the joke-worthy nature of the teen’s name is an important question: Can what you name your child have a lasting impact on their personality and behavior? It turns out that the answer may be yes. Live Science writes that “a growing body of research” has determined that for better or worse, names can impact how a child behaves. Kids with highly unusual names — like Bud Weisser — are prone to acting out. Boys given feminine names are also thought to be more likely to act out later in life. Interestingly, this is not true of girls who are given traditionally masculine names.
A British survey of 3,000 parents released in May 2010 had one in five of those parents regretting the name they chose for their children. Often the baby naming process is too much about the parents themselves and not at all about how certain names could negatively impact their offsprings’ futures. Sadly, this is too often appreciated in retrospect, as the people who chose to name their babies after Instagram filters could one day learn.
As for the mother and father behind the choice to name this troubled teen Bud Weisser, perhaps they should have gone with Samuel Adams instead. Not only might Bud be “making good decisions” right now, but he’d also be named after a famous historical figure. That would also have provided an ideal cover story when explaining his peculiar name to his teachers.
What do you think of the unfortunately named Bud Weisser and his Budweiser-related shenanigans? Could a different name have spared him this fate? Share your thoughts below!
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