LEICESTERSHIRE, U.K. – The Leicestershire Police in England have taken to eBay to sell items seized from criminals, and have raised more than $1 million pounds (C$1.7 million), according to the Daily Mail. The force has sold more than 6,000 items including high-end jewelry, clothes, sports cars and houses. The economic crime unit, which is allowed to raise the funds through the Proceeds of Crime Act, even sold a plane that belonged to a drug trafficker. The funds are shared between the force, the Home Office, and the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as victims of crimes. “We are continually working to take the cash out of crime and to target people who are benefitting financially from criminal activity,” said Paul Wenlock, head of the economic crime unit at Leicestershire Police.
Bedding with burgers
LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. – Health inspectors made an interesting discovery recently at a Burger King — they found “sleeping/living accommodations” and suspected foreign workers were sleeping in the basement, according to the Canadian Press, which is a health code violation. The owner of the Lethbridge, Alta., location, denied the accusations, said Burger King: “However, we will continue to ensure compliance with our high operational standards.” The mattresses and furniture were eventually removed, and the franchise was ordered not to let people sleep on the premises. A subsequent inspection by the Ministry of Labour found no health and safety or employment standards issues.
Off the rails
ENGLAND – When Emily Cole took a train ride in England, she wasn’t overly impressed when an older train manager dismissed a complaint she had by calling her “honey.” But the situation only worsened for Cole when she took to Twitter to say Virgin Trains messed up when the employee used the “hideously patronizing word women shudder at,” according to the Sun. Instead of commiserating or offering a discount, the official Virgin Twitter account responded: “Sorry for the messup, Emily, would you prefer ‘pet’ or ‘love’ next time?” In response, Cole wrote on Twitter: “Wonderful to see that @virgin_trainsEC take complaints of rude and misogynistic behaviour seriously. Stunned.” Eventually, the company responded to Cole, telling her the tweet had been deleted: “We apologize unreservedly for this tweet and any offence that it may have caused.” But social media users remained flabbergasted by the company’s original response: “So instead of giving good customer service, you thought it would be best to mimic the behaviour being complained about?” queried one user.
ALBRIGHTON, U.K. – A restaurant chef resigned recently after boasting of “spiking” a vegan group’s meals, according to the Daily Mail. Laura Goodman went on Facebook to complain about how she spent hours preparing a special menu for a group of vegan and vegetarian guests at her Italian restaurant, only to have them order a non-vegan meal. She also went on Twitter to say, a “pious, judgmental diner (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed still believing she’s a vegan.” The comments prompted an angry reaction from the public, with calls for Goodman to be prosecuted for assault, and Goodman even facing death threats. Her fiancé and business partner apologized and said Goodman had had too much to drink before making the false claims.
JAPAN – Employees have been known to lie from time to time, but a Japanese astronaut got into a bit of trouble recently when he told a tall tale. Norishige Kanai was up in the International Space Station when he went on Twitter to say he had grown three-and-a-half inches since arriving three weeks earlier: “Today I share some serious news. Since coming to space, I have grown nine centimetres. This is the most I’ve grown in three weeks since junior high school.” While it’s true weightlessness can have that effect, that kind of dramatic growth would be rare, according to the Washington Post. After a Russian colleague expressed skepticism, Kanai measured himself again and found the growth was closer to two centimetres. He then called his previous announcement “fake news.”
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