• High School Business Club Adds Embezzlement Course to Curriculum

    The Youth Finance and Business (YFAB) Chapter at Pueblo West High School is expanding its curriculum for the upcoming semester. Adult Advisor Jeffrey Lancaster, who has been sponsoring the club at Pueblo West High for 12 years, says the new lesson plans focus on “Teaching our students proper [embezzlement] technique, which includes things like manipulation of inventory systems, fudging reconciliation sheets, and ultimately not getting caught.”

    “We’re starting with very simple strategies,” Lancaster continued “We don’t use a register in our [YFAB Student] store, just a cash bag, so basically as long as our students aren’t caught on tape, they can embezzle three to five bucks per shift very easily.”

    Lancaster explained that a quick-fingered thief can palm small amounts of cash under the pretense of retrieving change for a customer. Later in the year though, the club will be purchasing a register that the students will have to circumvent in order to embezzle effectively.

    Students will have to couple the techniques they learned earlier in the semester with brand new ones. “In order to steal from a register,” says Lancaster, “You need to have a customer at the counter and say, if the transaction is for three dollars and they give you a five [dollar bill], you ring it up as they gave you a ten [dollar bill], give them back two bucks and pocket the rest.”

    “This is more difficult,” Lancaster told le Shallot. “Since the balance of the drawer is tracked by the ticker tape, you have to basically pawn off the responsibility on someone else, which is where we ramp up our curriculum and start teaching them about plausible deniability.”

    Lancaster stresses that the while embezzling is not that difficult, embezzling properly (i.e. not getting caught) can be very tricky. “I basically tell [my students], ‘This business is a very cutthroat world. It’s you or [your competitors.’”

    “I want them to be the best.”

    The course will be rounded out with a comprehensive applied final. Students will be given a certain amount of time in the YFAB store and required to steal as much cash and inventory as possible. Students that fail (by getting caught) will be required to complete “Friday School.”

    The curriculum is modeled after current “Big Business” practices.

    YFAB students are excited about the course. Senior Brendan Thomas, who will be among the first students to enroll, says “I’ve been doing this kind of thing for a while, but to have it taught by my teachers, and learn the proper, correct way to do things is very cool.”

    Parents of students are also appreciative of the new curriculum.

    Lisa Compton, whose daughter Nelli will be taking the class next semester says “It’s very important that our children, especially in this tough economy, have the opportunity to learn ways to [she laughs] pad their pockets, so to speak”


  • Jesus Really Doesn’t Expect Anyone to Remember His Birthday This Year

    “I really don’t care if anyone remembers my birthday this year,” Jesus grumpily told le Shallot. “It’s not like it’s a big deal.”

    Friends of Jesus report that His mood changes noticeably after Thanksgiving and generally does not improve until mid-January. “He always gets quiet around this time,” says Moses “I mean, no one’s told him happy birthday in the last hundred years.”

    “I guess there’re just more important things going on during the holiday season,” the son of God grumbled. “Black Friday, Cyber Monday,” he elaborated, “All these great deals can be very distracting to mortals.”

    Jesus believes that the problem lies with “This Santa Claus character.”

    “I mean sure, I’ve never handed out Xboxes at church, but do you have any idea how painful a crucifixion is? Has Santa Claus ever died for anyone’s sins? The only sacrifice he ever makes is a late night on Christmas Eve. And I’m sure that magic sleigh runs up quite the fuel bill,” he concluded sarcastically.

    The Christian man-deity is understandably miffed. His first birthday gifts included gold, silver, frankincense and myrrh.

    The Holy Ghost offers a solution. “Maybe if the guy made an appearance more than once every two thousand years he’d be higher on peoples’ to-do list. A little miracle goes a long way.” The metaphysical, pandimensional spirit-construct shrugged. “Just saying.”

    The third part of the Holy Trinity was unavailable for comment, but His secretary told le Shallot that He and His son will probably spend the special day planning out The Rapture and shooting lightning bolts at sinners “To keep his mind off things.”


  • Student Dies of Old Age in ER Line

    Freshman Daniel Chronis died of natural causes at the age of 87 yesterday morning. Officials report that he was waiting in at the Pueblo West ER line when he died. He had been standing in line for 72 years.

    On November 17th, 2010, Chronis entered the line in order to pick up his computer, which had suffered a physical drive error approximately three weeks earlier. Chronis spent the next 13 years awkwardly wondering if he should ask them, politely, to hurry up a bit, seeing as he had racked up approximately 13,559 tardies since beginning his wait.

    Chronis began grumbling quietly to himself on December 8th, 2023. ER staffers continued to ignore him. Twenty one years later, at the age of 59, when Chronis began complaining loudly about his “Damned aching back,” they began shooting icy glares at him, but otherwise refused to acknowledge his existence.

    The rest of Chronis’ life was reportedly spent in a deep, absolute silence, coupled with the “thousand yard stare” typical of combat soldiers suffering PTSD and combat shock. Experts speculate that Chronis was pondering nature of existence, deeply regretful of how he spent his life.

    Three years before Chronis’ death, the PWHS Key Club volunteered to help trim the octogenarian’s beard, which was so voluminous that the nearby DECA store suffered a health code violation.

    Eyewitnesses report that Chronis’ death was a slow, aching affair. His joints audibly creaked as he removed his backpack, lay down on the floor, and closed his eyes.

    Shortly after Chronis’ death, ER staffer Trenton Phillis remarked, “Dude, did you ever sign in?”

    Chronis is survived by his siblings, Charlie and Ella, who lived happy, fulfilling lives, and a Dell Latitude D630 with a fresh hard drive.


  • South Game Proves New Rival Speculations to be True

    Any speculations that have recently been made about the Pueblo West Cyclones having a new rival team were proven one hundred percent right, after the disappointing game at Dutch Clark Stadium on Friday night. Although very exciting, it was truly a “wacky” game! After the Colts made a touchdown in the first 20 seconds of the game, and another following quickly after, the Cyclones made it a point that they were going to work hard and rise to the challenge. Pueblo West dominated the game in the 2nd, 3rd, and the beginning of the 4th quarters. Continue reading  Post ID 853


  • Round Four Knockout

    The word is spreading throughout all of Pueblo; there is a new rivalry in town. No longer is it Pueblo West and Pueblo County, or Pueblo East and Pueblo South. The new and best rivalry in town is now Pueblo West and Pueblo South. There is no doubt that these two teams are not only the best in the town but the past matchups have been legendary. In 2007, many of us witnessed Cyclones beat the Colts for the first time at any level of football in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. This was a game that showed how far Pueblo West had came, and also just a stepping stone on the way to a state championship game that I’m sure no senior will ever forget. Continue reading  Post ID 853