Girl Scouts will try to trefoil counterfeiters
Girl Scouts in Bremerton, Wash., Troop 40411 will learn a new skill this weekend. While they are out hawking Thin Mints, they will learn to use those counterfeit-detecting pens. Troop leader KC Gettings says recent sales have resulted in $100 worth of fake bills — enough to buy 25 boxes in that part of the country. But the plucky salesgirls will not be deterred. Just maybe a little more cynical.
Handy villagers forgot to get permit
Things got tough in Marginea, Romania, last July when flooding destroyed the bridge that connected the two halves of the city. So residents waited for the bridge to be fixed. And waited. And waited. Finally they got tired of waiting and just went and built a new bridge themselves. At which point the government might have sent them a nice handwritten thank you card. But it didn't. Police and prosecutors started an investigation to find out who built a bridge without permits and threatened to fine or jail the perpetrators. The town's mayor and the country's prime minister, however, lauded the villagers for their tenacity. The mayor says he is happy to have the bridge torn down as soon as authorities build a new one.
Man arrested trying to become a cop
Romeo Montillano, 40, decided he wanted to change careers, and went into the police department in Chula Vista, Calif., to take the test. The police in Chula Vista were happy to see him come in, too. Because he was a suspect in a store robbery. As police were arresting him, Montillano asked if he would still be allowed to take the exam, showing the kind of tenacity you like to see in the police. But they said no.
Airline may charge to take drink back
European budget airline Ryanair is famous for low fares and a multitude of fees. Having already figured out how to charge for everything else, they are now considering putting coin slots on the restroom door and charging $1.50 to use the facilities. So passengers may want to think twice before spending the money on those soft drinks. A spokesman for the airline assured it was just something officials were considering.
Not a jaywalker
The Colorado State Patrol has withdrawn the $22 jaywalking ticket issued to bus driver Jim Moffett, who was seriously injured by a pickup after he pushed three people out of its path. It was decided that the case didn't meet the standard to be filed in court. The pickup driver says he didn't see the people because of the snow.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.