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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In Tulsa, Okla., in July, suspected shoplifter Jacob Wise, 18, had cleverly removed security tags from clothes he was allegedly walking out of a store with, but the alarm went off anyway because he had merely put the removed tags in his pocket.
In July, at an isolated hospital in Peru’s Andes mountains, Dr. Cesar Venero realized that patient Centeno Quispe could not be airlifted to a full-service hospital in time to save his life from a brain injury incurred during a street fight. Luckily, the hardware store in the town of Andahuaylas was open, and with a drill and pliers, Venero (who earns the equivalent of about US$5,000 a year) saved Quispe’s life by making the necessary holes in the skull to remove the clots that were putting pressure on the brain.
According to Norway’s Newspaper VG (which is currently running a series on odd summer jobs), teenager Svein Tore Hauge’s job may take the prize: Armed with a shovel and a container, he works at Saerheim Plant Research, following cattle around and catching their excreta before it can hit the ground. Because the work-product is used for scientific study, it must be “pristine,” free of grass, dirt, foreign bacteria, etc. Sometimes, it’s easy, he said, but, “Sometimes it just sprays in all directions.”
A labor tribunal in Denmark concluded in May that the rule about not drinking alcoholic beverages on the job, issued by management of MJ Mason Co. (Broenderslev, Denmark), was illegal and could not be enforced. The Mason owner had issued a no-drinking rule, but since he did not follow the procedure in the union contract, it was declared void, at least as to employees’ break times.
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