Pay for Booze with an IOU

An Alberta woman who police say is under a court order not to consume alcohol allegedly ordered alcohol and other items from a delivery service and gave the deliveryman an IOU instead of money.

Police in Camrose say a 47-year-old woman placed her order Tuesday night. When the deliveryman arrived, the woman took her items inside and closed the door, police said. After the deliveryman knocked several times, the woman returned and handed him a written note that said she’d pay later, police said.

The driver went to the police station to report it and during their investigation, officers discovered the woman is under a court order to not possess, purchase or consume alcohol.

Police are investigating.

Only in the Great White North, eh?

Yummy, is that Loin King Meat?

I loved the loin king but I don’t think I would eat it in a burger or taco!  It seems the king of the jungle won’t be served at an Arizona taco joint, after all. Bryan Mazon, owner of Boca Tacos y Tequila in Tucson, announced he will no longer serve African lion tacos due to a high number of threats.

“Due to concern for safety of our families, customers, vendors, and friends we will not be selling African Lion Tacos on Feb. 16th, 2011. We will continue to bring unique and creative menu items, but not at the expense of safety,” Mazon posted to Facebook Monday.

The restaurant is known for dishing up exotic fare, such as rattlesnake, alligator and turtle tacos.

They had planned to sell lion tacos for $8.75 on one day next month, and were taking advance orders.

Since the exotic menu item was announced last week, animal rights activists and other protesters have inundated the eatery with phone calls, e-mails and posts to its Facebook page.

But lion meat, although a delicacy, is legal to consume in the U.S as long as the species isn’t endangered, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Mazon said the meat was legally sourced from a California farm.  Previously, a Mesa, Ariz., restaurant received threats after it offered lion burgers for a World Cup promotion last summer.  I am guessing he just did this for the free publicity!

Does an Extra Two Inches Really Matter?

I dunno, when something is 14,244 inches long does another 2 inches make a big difference?  Apparently it does when you are going for the largest cruise ship because the new Allure of the Sea is 50mm longer than its sister ship Oasis of the Sea.

Zurich Bank Asks Employees to Trim their Nose Hair

Wow, I hope they pay well at this bank.   UBS has tried to downplay a new dress code widely reported  in the international press, it offered detailed instructions to staff extending as far as the colour of their underwear and the care of nasal hair.

In an internal memo seen by Reuters, The Swiss bank said “inaccuracies and misunderstandings” had arisen as a result of press coverage, which included irreverent headlines such as “Dress Test” (FT Deutschland) and “No Sexiness in the City” (Daily Mail).

“The key element of the dress code is the requirement for staff to wear a dark suit, white shirt/blouse, red tie/scarf and black shoes. This requirement comes into effect for staff once … renovated branches reopen,” the UBS memo said.

The memo said the dress code was first created in 2009 for reception staff, event attendants and chauffeurs, but was being extended to customer-facing staff in Switzerland to help the bank present a consistent image.

The effort to smarten up staff is part of a wider campaign to improve the public image of the country’s top bank, bailed out by the government after writing down more than 50 billion Swiss francs ($52.2 billion) of toxic assets in the crisis.

In pilot branches UBS is also developing a corporate identity by looking to standardise layout and decor.

The drive to develop a consistent corporate image is widely seen as the brainchild of UBS Switzerland CEO Lukas Gaehwiler, lured in March from Credit Suisse by UBS supremo Oswald Gruebel, a former colleague.

“The dress code also contains a number of other general tips and hints,” added the memo.

These tips and hints run to 44 pages and include advice to avoid eating garlic and onion and a discussion on the benefits of well-trimmed toenails.

Other instructions include: “When you are in corporate wear you must never wear the blouse or shirt too tight: no part of your bosom must be visible, as this would look vulgar.”

Can you Hold it In for a Week

No wonder George Castanza didn’t go to the bathroom in India and it costs the country 54 Billion dollars a year!  A lack of toilets and poor hygiene practices in India cost Asia’s third largest economy almost $54 billion every year, the World Bank said on Monday.

Premature deaths, treatment for the sick, wasted time and productivity, as well as lost tourism revenues, are the main reasons for the high economic losses, the bank said in a report.

“For decades, we have been aware of the significant impacts of inadequate sanitation in India,” Christopher Juan Costain, the World Bank’s head for South Asia’s water and sanitation programme, told a news conference.

“The report quantifies the economic losses to India, and shows that children and poor households bear the brunt of poor sanitation.”

The study “Economic impacts of inadequate sanitation in India” is based on figures taken from 2006, but experts say these remain similar now. It said the largest economic loss was as a result of poor public health.

World Bank experts say there are 450,000 deaths out of 575 million cases of diarrhoea in every year in India, where millions of people in both rural and urban areas still have to defecate in the open, do not wash their hands and cope with poor drainage systems.

The premature deaths, treatment of the sick for illnesses like diarrhoea, malaria, trachoma and intestinal worms, as well as the time lost due to illness is costing $38.5 billion alone.

A further $10.7 million is lost in “access time”, the report said — time spent looking to access a shared toilet or open defecation site compared to having a toilet in one’s own home.

Inadequate toilets in schools and work places also incurred losses as women and girls are often absent or refuse to attend due to the indignity of lack of privacy.

Tourism revenues suffered from the lack of proper sanitation and costing the country about $260 million, Costain said.  It all sounds very crappy to me.

German City Places Sex Tax on Prostitutes

Faced with a 100 million euro ($133 million) deficit, one western German city has introduced a day tax on prostitutes to help bring down its budget gap.

The new “pleasure tax” requires prostitutes in Dortmund to purchase a 6 euro “day ticket” for each day they work, or face a potential fine. The city estimates that the new tax will add some 750,000 euros to its coffers each year.

“Dortmund has financial problems like many cities in Germany,” city spokesman Michael Meinders told Reuters. “We considered several sex taxes but this was the most practical proposal.”  The new tax went into effect in August but the day tickets have not been available until this week.

An alternative proposal was to charge a 1 or 2 euro fee to anyone entering Dortmund’s red-light district, but this idea got little political support, Meinders said.

Such taxes are not unusual in Germany where prostitution is legal and sex workers must pay tax on their income. Cologne introduced a 150 euro “pleasure tax” on sex workers in 2004 and later added a 6 euro day tax option for part-time prostitutes.  I am all for a sex tax for those that earn a living this way.