Shmuck of the Week

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Scott D. Clark, the drunken Denver man who ripped the head off a live domesticated duck in September in the lobby of a St. Paul, Minnesota hotel, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 days in a “workhouse” and eighty hours of community service.

An auditor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – and Westword 2007 Hall of Shame inductee -- Clark lost his job after the incident, in which he told stunned onlookers that he was hungry and was going to eat it. He then took the bloody body up to the fifth floor, where he was detained. In sentencing him, a Minnesota judge reportedly told Clark he needed help with alcohol abuse and mandated that his community service be done at two homeless shelters, so he could understand what real hunger is. At the hearing, Clark took responsibility for his actions, and was quoted as saying "I understand my actions were shocking and horrifying to the hotel ... and the entire community ... I don't know why I did what I did, but I take full responsibility.”

Hopefully so. Then again, if it quacks like a Shmuck…

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