Sunday, October 28, 2007

Traffic cop tickets funeral cars

A heartless traffic cop stunned mourners by slapping tickets on a funeral cortege. He swooped on six black limousines on a single yellow line outside an undertakers, waiting to be loaded with wreaths.

The uncaring jobsworth gave £100 penalties to two cars — but was chased away by furious relatives of the deceased after trying to put a ticket on the hearse. The cortege had stopped briefly outside Gillman Funeral Service in Tooting, south-west London.
Boss Andrew Gillman blasted: “The cop didn’t have the courtesy to approach anyone. It was a disgraceful thing to do, especially in front of 30 people who had lost a loved one. I asked him to have some respect but he just carried on.” Both tickets were cancelled after Mr Gillman appealed to Wandsworth Borough Council.

Treasure of rare coins found in dilapidated home

A coin collectors dream was found buried within the walls of a Windber home: rare coins worth at least $100,000.
The coins spanned five feet of wall space and date back to the 1700s, said Jeff Bidelman, who helped make the discovery.
Bidelman said the family who lives at the home told him about a rumor that coins might be hidden in the walls. He said he went with the family to the house, noticed a hole and began knocking to find a hollow spot. Once he found the spot, he kicked in the wall and cut the coins loose. “They poured out. The force of them … Was crazy,” Bidelman said.He said an older couple who lived in the home 20 years ago used the wall as a piggy bank. That turned into a tradition, with more and more people adding to the wall bank. Bidelman said he is selling the coins on behalf of the family and will continue to give them the proceeds. With news video.

Noise Ordinance Punishment

Offenders have to listen to music they hate!

Weighty problem:

Dozens of rescuers called in to move a 490 pound woman
October 26, 2007
Dozens of firemen and Red Cross workers took part in an operation to transport a woman weighing 490 pounds from her home in Colombia's northern city of Cucuta to a local hospital.
The rescuers were forced to knock down two walls and one door, using saws and drills, to get 70-year-old Clementina Rios out of her home, in an operation that took over four hours to complete.
REAL: Rescuers knock down 2 walls to hoist 35 stone woman from her home

Clementina Rios who weighs in at 490 pounds is hoisted out of her home by dozens of rescuers
"We are making a path which we will use to transport the stretcher," said Cucuta Fire Department Lieutenant David Monzalve.
"Later we will attach it to a forklift so it can be taken to the main road where she will be transported in the volunteer firemen rescue vehicle," Monzalve added.
Lying on a stretcher, Rios was carefully lifted by forklift and placed on a truck which drove her to another vehicle that was to transport her to the hospital.
Up, up and away: The emergency services had to demolish two walls to reach the 70-year-old woman
Upon her arrival at the medical centre, Rios' daughter Ruth Blanco said her mother felt much calmer following the procedure to take her out of her home.
"Everyone has been wonderful and she is well. She is happy, because they have her here."
Rios was transferred to the hospital to receive treatment for renal deficiency.
The Columbian woman was transferred to a truck before heading to the hospital