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Customer finds great deal on pricey bicycle

Very thrifty

Customer finds great deal on pricey bicycle

Employees at the thrift shop in Gavle, Sweden, were pretty impressed at how fast they were able to sell the bike that was displayed out in front of the store. They hardly remembered putting it out there, but next thing you know, it sold for a quick $50. Problem: The bicycle had been parked there by Ulla Oderyd, who was a customer in the store and was upset when she came out to find it missing. Apparently, the rack where Oderyd locked the bike was filled with bikes the store was selling. A newspaper did a story, and the bike buyer saw it and returned the $750 ride. For its part, the store says it will add a sign to the rack to make it clear that the bikes are for sale.

Shiny things

Inventor can't make excreta exquisite

Paul Moran of Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, fancies himself a bit of an inventor, and he was looking for a way to turn something plentiful into something valuable. Unfortunately, it appears he had a brainstorm while sitting on the toilet. He removed the by-product of this brainstorming session from the bowl and put it on a heater, thinking it would somehow turn to gold. "Thinking" may be a strong word. There's a lot of science missing in how the gold thing was going to happen, but nearly $5,000 worth of fire damage was done to his apartment building as a result. His next three months of serious thought will be done in jail, a judge decided, according to the Belfast Telegraph. "It was an interesting experiment to fulfill the alchemist's dream," he said in the ruling, "but wasn't going to succeed."

O Little town

Drunk guy fails to prove sobriety

The customer was still new to the whole drinking thing. It was around 1:30 a.m. at the Firehouse in Bethlehem, Pa., and employees there decided the customer had had enough and had the large men at the door escort him to the exit. To prove to them that he was still totally in control, the man picked up an umbrella stand and threw it through the front window. It was only after the shards landed that he realized that this had totally the opposite effect. So he ran. Police caught the man's getaway driver, reports the Morning Call of Allentown, and he was charged with public drunkenness. But police are still looking for the umbrella stand thrower.

Welcome home party gets rowdy

Also in Bethlehem, the friends of a teenager were excited about his release from juvenile detention. Because, whatever it was he was in for, he didn't do it, or someone else started it, or he was framed. In any event, his release was a great excuse for a party on Saturday, reports the Morning Call of Allentown. Here's how that went: At 11 p.m., the police were called, and they found a street fight with five people suffering stab wounds that required hospitalization, and some random gunfire. Five people were detained and released. The guest of honor was not stabbed or detained. It was sort of like a present.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

Customer finds great deal on pricey bicycle 10/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:28pm]
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