Monday, 4 February 2013

'Dead' woman, 101, wakes up in coffin

'Dead' woman, 101, wakes up in coffin

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Mourners couldn't believe their eyes when a 101-year-old woman sat up and spoke - just as she was being put in her coffin.
Peng Xiuhua wanted to know why so many people were in her house in Lianjiang, Guangdong province, China.
Peng, who lived alone, had taken a tumble and hurt herself so her two daughters, who are in their 70s, were looking after her.
However, 10 days later her daughters could not detect a heartbeat and her body had gone stiff so she was declared dead.
The daughters gave her a bath, an undertaker dressed her and they were about to put her in her coffin when she came back to life.
Peng said: "I am a lucky woman. Not only did I get to see how many people care for me, but I also woke up before they took me to the crematorium."
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Sacked workers hijack Twitter account

Sacked workers hijack Twitter account

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Staff at HMV used the company's official Twitter account to announce their own "mass execution" as administrators axed nearly 190 jobs.
The first indication that something was amiss came with a tweet that said: "We're tweeting live from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!!"
The next message from the official Twitter feed read: "There are over 60 of us being fired at once! Mass execution, of loyal employees who love the brand."
A minute later one of the employees wrote: "Sorry we've been quiet for so long. Under contract, we've been unable to say a word, or - more importantly - tell the truth."
The next tweet said: "Just overheard our managing director (he's staying, folks) ask "How do I shut down Twitter."
Then 15 minutes later, all the offending tweets were removed. Shortly afterwards, administrators Deloitte put out a statement confirming the job losses.
The administrators, who were appointed on 15 January, are working on a rescue deal for the company ,which has 223 stores and more than 4,000 employees.
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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Baby-Making Music: Russian Prez Vladimir Putin Hires Boys II Men To Help Russians Get It On

Baby-Making Music: Russian Prez Vladimir Putin Hires Boys II Men To Help Russians Get It On


We couldn’t even make this up if we tried: Russian president Vladimir Putin has brought in the big guns to get Russia’s population on the upswing, and has hired Boyz II Men — yes, of “I’ll Make Love To You” fame — to play in the country on February 6. According to the Moscow Times, “President Vladimir Putin’s crusade to raise the country’s birth rate is set to get the support of three powerful voices on its behalf.” You see, Putin believes that the key to regaining Russian super power status is to get the birthrate up. He wants everybody in Russia to make at least three babies, and in 2007 he declared an official “Day of Conception” (which will be preettttty awkward at the hospital nine months later). And clearly Boyz II Men sings the perfect baby-making music.
So what does Boyz II Men think about Russia? “We feel really fortunate every time we visit Russia,” the group said. “It’s a beautiful country! We love our Russian fans, and we love the beautiful scenery in Moscow!” Ah yes, the beautiful scenery. No word on how the group feels about their status as Russia’s National Baby-Making Musical Group, probably because they’re too busy planning for their upcoming tour with New Kids on the Block (!) and 98 Degrees.
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Alligator found guarding drugs stash

Alligator found guarding drugs stash

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An alligator-like reptile called 'Mr Teeth' has been found protecting a stash of marijuana in California.
Police found the 5ft caiman guarding £60,000 worth of marijuana inside a tank when they stormed a home in Castro Valley.
Caimans, usually found in the wetlands of Central and South America, are close relatives of alligators.
"We get guard dogs all the time when we search for grow houses and people stashing away all types of dope. But alligators? You just don't see that every day," Sgt JD Nelson said.
The reptile's owner was arrested and later charged with one count of possessing marijuana for sale.
He could also face citations from the California Fish and Game Commission, including possession of an exotic animal without a permit.
The caiman was taken to Oakland Zoo but sadly later died. Vets said it was in a poor condition.
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Restaurant Owner Gives Lesbian Couple Anti-Gay Letter

Restaurant Owner Gives Lesbian Couple Anti-Gay Letter


Married couple Ariel and Shawnee McPhail recently enjoyed a meal at the Stingray Cafe in New Bern, North Carolina. After they settled the bill and were preparing to leave, cafe owner Ed McGovern handed the couple a letter explaining, basically, that God hates gays.
The letter read in full:
God said in the last days that man and women would be lover of self, more then the lover of God.That man and woman would have unnatural effection for one another. Then, the coming of the Son of Man, who is Jesus. So please, look at your life. See how it hurt every one around you. And ask the Lord to open your eye before it to late.The Love of ChristP.S. my daughter also was gay. It destroy her life and my grandson.
So that was great.
The McPhails are speaking out about the incident because “if we’re experiencing it, then other people are too and that’s not fair,” said Ariel McPhail.  When McGovern was reached for comment, he confirmed that he had given the women the letter. And that he’s previously given another lesbian couple a letter, because he is apparently on full-time lesbian watch.
McGovern claims he saw the McPhails kissing in front his restaurant prior to their coming in, though the couple says they were only holding hands. And that begs the observation that McGovern was offended enough to write a letter but not offended enough to refuse the couple’s money. Now those are some principles.
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Applebee’s server fired after posted bill where Pastor stiffs on the tip goes viral

Applebee’s server fired after posted bill where Pastor stiffs on the tip goes viral


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An Applebee’s waitress was fired after posting a bill to Reddit on which a Pastor wrote “I give God 10%, why do you get 18%“.

On Wednesday 30th January, an Applebee’s waitress posted a photo in Reddit’s /r/atheism section of a bill her co-worker received from a pastor that had written “I give God 10%, why do you get 18%” on it. The thread skyrocketed, clocking in over 3800 points and 4500+ comments.
If you’re wondering what the 18% charge is about, Applebee’s has a policy where 18% tip is automatically added to the bill if a server handles a table with 10 or more customers (which did happen in this case). Even though the pastor was upset about having the fork out the additional $6.29, she claimed that she put $6 in the tip jar, but didn’t realize that her bill (with her name written on it) would have made its way across the Internet.
Once Pastor Alois Bell had found out about her bill being posted to the web, she contacted the relevant Applebee’s branch and reported the incident. As a result, Chelsea (the waitress) was immediately fired on the basis that she violated the restaurant’s guests privacy policy, even though they openly admitted that what the pastor did was wrong.
They posted this on their Facebook page:
As a company that relies on literally hundreds of thousands of incredibly hard working Team Members, we can assure you that we and our franchisees value and support them and their efforts. However this unfortunate situation has nothing to do with work. The Team Member involved did not wait on the guest or party. Regrettably, and without the restaurant’s knowledge, she took it upon herself to take a Guest’s receipt, with the name clearly visible, and posted it online with her own commentary. That is a clear violation of our Guest’s privacy and against the franchisee’s company policy that the Team Member was provided when hired. We simply cannot accept behavior that compromises the safety and privacy our Guests have every right to expect and deserve. Please note that we are also not excusing the Guest’s behavior in this matter and the unacceptable comment she wrote on the receipt, which is offensive to us and all our hard working team members. To be clear, the 18% gratuity added to large party tickets was paid by the Guest’s party. This is a regrettable situation, and we wish it had never happened. we hope this provides you with some additional insight. Thanks again for the chance to explain.
In a Fox News interview, Alois Bell regretted her decision to write the remark about the tip in the first place, saying:
“My heart is really broken…I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”

Chelsea also spoke about the issue to Consumerist, saying:
“I originally posted the note as a lighthearted joke…I thought the note was insulting, but it was also comical. I posted it to Reddit because I thought other users would find it entertaining.”
Unfortunately the joke didn’t go in her odds. Luckily for Chelsea, many organizations have since reached out to her, offering her jobs and financial assistance.
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Web designer takes revenge over unpaid bill

Web designer takes revenge over unpaid bill

Erin Tennant, ninemsn
10:03am February 1, 2013
A screengrab from the Caribbean Dutch Pot Restaurant homepage.
A screengrab from the Caribbean Dutch Pot Restaurant homepage.



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A web designer behind a Jamaican food restaurant has taken revenge over an unpaid bill by pasting a $1500 overdue notice onto the restaurant's website domain.
Customers who click onto the homepage URL for the Caribbean Dutch Pot Restaurant, in the US state of Maryland, are directed to a copy of the invoice with the bold red letters "Past Due Final Notice".
Independent web designer Julie Williamson, from Baltimore, said she posted the invoice online around November after spending several months trying to persuade the restaurant's owner, Donovan "Prince" Vassell, to pay up.
She said Mr Vassell had agreed to pay $1500 (AUD$1440) for website and marketing work she and her team did on a reggae music festival that his restaurant hosted last July.
He disputes this claim.
"It's really hurt me to my heart this whole thing," Ms Williamson told ninemsn when contacted by telephone.
"I had a hard time dealing with the fact that I did a lot of work — you can't even imagine — and he stiffed us on the invoice. It was worth more than $1500, but that was the price we settled on.
"Until he pays me, the invoice is staying up."
Mr Vassell said he had already paid Ms Williamson for all the work she had done and claims she posted the invoice to be "vindictive" after a romantic relationship they had ended on bad terms.
"I don't owe her any money. I don't know where she came up with this $1500 figure," the Jamaican native told ninemsn in a phone interview.
Mr Vassell added that he plans to sue Ms Williamson for defamation.
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