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The skinny: Workers strike when beer time limited to lunch

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Workers strike when beer time limited to lunch

Workers at a Danish company are irate and have walked off the job after their employer instituted a new policy that restricts their beer-drinking to their lunch hour. It's an outrage! Previously, the only restriction was that you couldn't be drunk at work, and that was open to interpretation. The company has removed the beer coolers from the workplace, so workers can only get it at the cafeteria. The company's drivers joined the strike in solidarity even though the rules don't apply to them. And not because drivers were never allowed to drink on the job, but because they are allowed to get three beers and take them with them, since they rarely have time to have lunch at the office. Oh, the company: Carlsberg brewery.

Meaty matters

Stakes high when steaks are gone

In Aachen, Germany, a restaurant was behind on its bills to its meat purveyor. In the restaurant business, you have to pay the people who give you food. So when the purveyor demanded the $535 he was owed, and the restaurant couldn't pay, he started repossessing steaks. First, he took the ones out of the cooler. When that didn't cover the bill, he took those being marinated. Then he grabbed those being cooked. Still not enough. So he went into the dining room and removed steaks from diners' plates. He left before police arrived, but they determined that the man broke no laws, so they aren't even looking for him.

He'll settle his beef with bull at dinner

Vinnie Huntington of Durham, Maine, was rounding up cattle Monday when a bull turned on him. The 1,800-pound bull gored him and flipped him, leaving him with puncture wounds to his back and a dislocated shoulder. "I shouldn't have been that close to him," said Huntington, 17, in what sounds like really good advice. He says an option was to run to a nearby fence, but he opted not to because it would have led the bull toward his mother. He's recovering, and there is one thing on his mind: a steak dinner. "We were probably going to eat him eventually, but now that this has happened . . . ," Huntington told WMTW-TV. "I'm going to enjoy it, too."

Puppy power

Dog hit by train, twice, but okay

Fred Krause was operating a freight train for the Utah Railway Co. on Sunday when he ran across a small dog. Literally. Sounds like an awful story, but the good news is the dog was so small that he emerged from the incident near Salt Lake City unscathed. The bad news is that when Krause was making his return trip on the tracks, he saw the dog again, and again it was too late to stop. This time, the dog got clipped by the train's snowplow. When Krause was done, he went back to see if it was okay. The dog was shaken up, but Krause took him home and is nursing him back to health and keeping him away from train tracks.

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

The skinny: Workers strike when beer time limited to lunch 04/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 8, 2010 10:28pm]
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