Store refuses to make birthday cake for boy
For the third year in a row, the ShopRite in Greenwich, Pa., has refused to make a birthday cake for the Campbell's little boy. Each year, Deborah Campbell calls in the order and tells them she wants her son's name on the cake. Adolf Hitler Campbell. (He's pictured above with his mom. And he's blond. Huh. How about that.) And each year, the store says no. She didn't even ask for a swastika this year. "We reserve the right not to print anything on the cake that we deem to be inappropriate," spokeswoman Karen Meleta said. "We considered this inappropriate." Campbell got another store to do it. Adolf, 3, is the big brother of JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, 2, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie, almost 1.
In Brooklyn, Santa gets a ticket
Chip Cafiero, who was doing business as Santa Claus the day after Thanksgiving, was delivering gifts to children in Brooklyn when police slapped a parking ticket on his sleigh, which was technically an SUV. Cafiero, dressed as Claus, claims that he belted out a hearty "ho, ho, ho," in an attempt to get the officer's attention, but there was no letting it slide. Cafiero says he was not blocking traffic and will fight the $115 ticket.
This Santa has a no-picture policy
Lyle Young, who does business as Santa Claus in a mall in Edmonton, Canada, says he loves having kids sit on his lap and tell them everything they want for Christmas. But that the seasonal spirit leaves him when adults take pictures of the moment. That's the job of the guy who charges $14 on behalf of the mall. "What message are you sending your children: 'Look Tommy and Sally, see what your parents stole you for Christmas,' " Young said. He said if he sees someone taking a free snap, he calls mall security. The Edmonton Sun contacted the mall manager, who said he doesn't care if people take their own pictures and will look for a Santa that shares that policy.
Business students get a psyche job
It is difficult to get into the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago. So difficult, in fact, that even if you got a letter saying you got in, you may not have gotten in. That happened to 50 applicants this year. "Certainly we're very, very sorry," spokeswoman Megan Washburn told the Chicago Tribune. "It's something we definitely have corrected and will work to ensure it never happens again." An automated mail system sent the wrong letters, and applicants found out the truth when they logged on to the school's computer. On the plus side, the 50 applicants got their $235 application fee back!
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.