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The skinny: 'Beach tester' job has many applicants

Wanted: Beach tester

It's hard work, but many ready to give it a go

If you are prepared to work sincerely, with dedication and devotion, this job may be for you. Amelia, a Swedish lifestyle magazine, is looking for someone to check out seaside resorts around the world. Duties will include receiving full-body massages, drinking wine at local taverns and reading books on the beach. Among the qualifications required: Candidates must be able to swim, be willing to work late nights and "have the capacity to rest/do nothing for long periods of time." People are interested. "The response has been huge," said Amelia editor-in-chief Asa Lundegard. In the hours after the job was posted, "we've already received hundreds of applications."

Revealing lapses

Your honor, those are not your robes

A Pennsylvania judge is having cases taken off his hands after he was charged with trying to enter a female judge's hotel room wearing only a bedsheet. WJAC-TV reported that Huntingdon County court officials transferred Alexandria District Judge Douglas Gummo's cases to other county magistrates. Gummo is charged with public drunkenness and harassment. Police said Gummo tried to enter the other judge's room three times in 40 minutes before he was taken into custody last week. Investigators said Gummo had met the other judge at a conference being held at the hotel in Camp Hill, near Harrisburg.

Sucker element

Taking crime to the cleaners

Police in Lincoln, Neb., may have nabbed the vacuum bandit. Haven't heard that job description before? The Lincoln Journal Star reports police on Tuesday ticketed a man they say used a vacuum cleaner to suck quarters out of several apartment laundry machines. Video surveillance showed a man entering the laundry room with a backpack, which contained a vacuum. It shows the man prying open the coin tray, plugging in the vacuum and sucking out the change. Police said William Logan, 40, of Lincoln, cited for suspicion of misdemeanor theft, had ditched the "hot" vacuum.

Luck of the draw

Poker payoff plan ends behind bars

A New Mexico man was sentenced to prison after he asked to repay his investment scam victims through poker tournament winnings, but failed to find luck at the card table. Samuel McMaster Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years. He pleaded guilty last year to charges of stealing nearly $450,000 from 23 investors. Prosecutors had agreed to delay the ex-insurance agent's sentencing after he asked to attempt to earn money for restitution. The agreement allowed those attempts to include gambling. State Securities Division officials said they will likely re-examine the ways in which restitutions are made.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: 'Beach tester' job has many applicants 04/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 9:19pm]
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