QUIRKY WORLD ... Real diamonds would have been cheaper

ENGLAND: A holidaymaker ran up a phone bill of over £2,600 (€3,146) after downloading a Neil Diamond album while abroad.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Real diamonds would have been cheaper

Katie Bryan was at a party with her boyfriend’s family in South Africa when she decided to download the £8.99 album from iTunes on to her phone.

When she returned to the UK, Ms Bryan reportedly found Orange had billed her £2,609.31 for the download.

GOD ONLY KNOWS

USA: A New York City man claims a credit reporting agency falsely reported that he had no financial history because his first name is God.

God Gazarov said in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognise his name as legitimate, according to the New York Post.

He said an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue.

Gazarov is a Russian native who is named after his grandfather. The 26-year-old owns a jewellery store and is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He said he has high scores with two other major credit agencies.

SWEET SMELL

USA: A sewage treatment plant near Seattle is advertising its availability as a wedding venue.

The Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center says on Facebook that it has a full catering kitchen, audio-video equipment, a dance floor, and ample parking. You could even hold the wedding outside.

Receptions would take place just steps away from where raw sewage is processed, said Susan Tallarico, director of the Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. There is no odour because all the processing is contained, she told the KIRO news channel.

It costs $2,000 (€1,447) to rent the centre for eight hours. One couple have already booked the sewage plant for their nuptials.

BULLY BOY

USA: An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner with a sign declaring he is a bully said the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life.

Edmond Aviv, 62, mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped to talk to him in South Euclid, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported. “The judge destroyed me,” Aviv said. “This isn’t fair at all.”

The sentence stemmed from a neighbourhood dispute in which a woman said Aviv had bullied her and her disabled children for years.

Aviv pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge, and municipal court judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered him to display the sign for five hours as part of his sentence.

The judge selected the wording for it: “I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”

BE PREPARED...

ENGLAND: Young people who demonstrate a flair for photography, gardening and camping will soon be eligible to adorn their scout uniforms with badges recognising their achievements.

The Scout Association has launched a range of new activity badges for its youth members, allowing Scouts to show progress in a wider range of existing pursuits.

Ten of the badges are aimed at Beaver Scouts — with awards for disability awareness and an understanding of outer space among them.

The launch of the new badges follows an extensive 10-month consultation process within and outside the Scouting movement, during which the Scout Association consulted more than 12,000 members through focus groups, surveys, social media, and events.

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