Drive through conscience
Some drive-through customers at Burger King might have thought it was their conscience speaking when they heard, “You don’t need a couple of Whoppers. You are too fat. Pull ahead”. But police have learned that it is possibly teenage pranksters tapping into the fast food chain’s wireless frequency.
Michigan police officer, Gerry Scherlink, explained that the trouble-makers were confusing and insulting customers as they ordered. “We don’t have Coke”, said the voice to one customer. When asked what they do have, the voice responded, “ We don’t have anything. Pull ahead.”
Possibly failing to see the funny side, Burger King franchise owner Tony Versace issued a formal apology to shocked customers. “We apologise to our customers who’ve been insulted by the use of this drive-through speaker,” he said.
Off with her crown
It was an attempt to keep the republican fire in control perhaps, or possibly it really was a genuine effort to separate Australia from the mother country. Either way, good news for republicans this year was the renaming of the Crown Solicitor’s Office to the State Solicitor’s Office under new legislation.
The renaming is officially one of a number of amendments to remove references to the Queen or the Crown from statutes, replacing them with the State or the Commonwealth instead. There is still a long way to go, as her profile still adorns our coins, but the move is at least Australia’s quiet sneak away from its traditional ties.
Germans dream of Ghouls
Folklaw understands why Germans are a little bit trigger happy following the recent shenanigans of 42-year-old Armin Miewes which shocked the world, but Teuton prosecutors really should have a little more faith in their general populace. Said prosecutors were left looking down and shuffling their feet after admitting that they had failed to establish any credibility linked to claims of 18 years of sexual abuse, ritual killings and cannibalism tied up with an alleged Satanic cult.
Plastered over newspapers around the world last month were stories about the self-confessed internet cannibal Armin Miewes, who had shocked a court with video footage of himself cutting off an apparently willing engineer’s body parts and cooking them in red wine before consuming them.
As if this wan’t bad enough, now Germany is drawing a barrage of raised eyebrows again with a woman’s lurid claims that a Satanic cult, including some members of her family, was involved in ritual killings, sexual abuse and cannibalism. Investigations by state prosecutors had, however, not only found her claims doubtful, but in some cases police investigations proved her dead wrong.
State prosecutor Horst Roos said there was nothing to substantiate the woman’s claims and, seemingly suggesting the woman was completely off her trolley, that they were “highly unlikely to be based on actual events”.
Lobsters always seem to get the best lighting on the restaurant stage, and they were again brought to the fore in a case involving a Gold Coast restaurant.
Posing as diners, Queensland Office of Fair Trading inspectors got a lightweight serve of lobster at Legends Seafood Restaurant in Southport. A 300g drop in the weight of the crustacean measured out as being a $40 drop in value, hence the outrage and the consequent fine of $4,500.
Crying for attention
Crying wolf is one thing, but the man who cried kidnap to get his wife’s attention and see if she loved him took the old adage a giant step further.
Colombian Jorge Giovanni Bravo Morales left his home after a fight with his wife and then forged his own kidnap letters demanding a $1,600 ransom.
Police investigations uncovered his caper and Morales is now facing extortion charges.
Adding heartache to the whole malarkey, the failed plot means Morales is no doubt still questioning his wife’s feelings.
Trouser snake on the ball
A 20-year old man from New Jersey has been charged with receiving stolen property and faces further charges of theft after he slipped two tiger python snakes into the pockets of his trousers in a pet shop.
Illegal acts are said to come back to haunt you, but this particular man received super swift retribution when one of the snakes sank its fangs into the man’s scrotum as he was escaping the scene of the crime in his car, the Courier-Post revealed.
The snake was not poisonous and the man declined to go to hospital. He was nowhere to be found when police arrived at his house to recover the snakes. After a female friend had let officers into the house, the officers also discovered two iguanas, a corn snake, frogs and several lizards.