QUIRKY WORLD ... Truck driver’s hunger is his downfall as move to skip queue leads to arrest

USA: A West Texas man has been charged with impersonating an officer by using sirens and flashing lights to skip to the head of the line at a drive-through restaurant.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Truck driver’s hunger is his downfall as move to skip queue leads to arrest

Michael Chico was arrested after an off-duty Odessa officer spotted a truck with law-enforcement markings. Cpl Steve LeSueur says Chico’s vehicle looked like an unmarked police vehicle.

The officer who saw the truck cut in line thought the driver, who was wearing a uniform, was a volunteer firefighter and followed Chico to some apartments.

LeSueur says that when confronted, Chico said he wasn’t an officer and also used the lights and sirens to get through traffic lights.

Suitcase stopwatch

ENGLAND: Women may take longer than men to pack for a trip but men spend more on their holiday outfits, according to a survey.

On average women take nearly two hours to complete their packing against just over an hour for men, a poll by TravelSupermarket showed.

When it comes to buying clothes for trips, men fork out an average of £357 (€487) per year compared with £321 for women.

Ding-A-Ling ding-dong

USA: A judge has dismissed stalking and harassment charges filed against an icecream van operator accused of trying to run his rival, Mr Ding-A-Ling, out of their small New York town.

Prosecutors in Fulton County say a judge in Gloversville dismissed the charges against Joshua Malatino this week.

Malatino and a co-owner of their Snow Kone Joe icecream van business were charged in April 2013 after the driver of a Mr Ding-a-Ling van said the two had harassed and stalked him.

Officials said Malatino had told the rival operator that he owned the icecream business in Gloversville.

Malatino said the case led him to be humiliated beyond his hometown because the case made news worldwide.

Liquid diet

ENGLAND: Passengers at airports are falling foul of the fact that food can count as a banned liquid.

Airports say items such as jam, Marmite, and baked beans are being confiscated from unwary travellers who attempt to take them through security checks.

London City Airport said items seized in the last 12 months included food jars from top London stores Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Stansted Airport said litter bins in the security area are regularly filled twice a day with surrendered items.

Butterflies take wing

ENGLAND: One of the UK’s most threatened butterflies has recorded its best year for a decade following 2014’s warm spring weather.

Numbers of the critically endangered high brown fritillary rose 180% last year compared with 2013, making it the best year for the butterfly since 2004.

The butterfly, which once bred in most large woods in England and Wales, suffered tumbling numbers in the face of habitat loss, benefited from the warm, damp spring and from work to restore its habitat, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation said.

Celebrity carpet

USA: Visitors and locals lined up inside Portland International Airport to have their photos taken with an odd celebrity — a piece of 30-year-old carpet.

Ever since Oregonians learned that the famous teal carpeting at the airport known as PDX was being torn up, the floor covering has become an online superstar. More than 40,000 “foot selfies” — photos of feet on the carpet — were plastered across Instagram.

Demand for pieces of the carpet has been so high that airport officials are giving four local vendors 1,000 square yards each to incorporate into items. Airport authorities said the process to replace the carpet was well under way before they realised how popular it was.

Treasure hunt sunk

USA: A treasure hunter’s effort to salvage what he calls $3bn (€2.75bn) in platinum from a Second World War shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge.

Greg Brooks’ company Sea Hunters LP is no longer allowed to salvage additional items from the SS Port Nicholson, which was sunk by a Nazi U-boat in 1942, US district judge George Singal has ruled.

Brooks said he believed the Port Nicholson carried platinum bars from the Soviet Union that were payment to the US for war supplies. His treasure hunt had led to a criminal investigation and legal action by investors who paid him millions of dollars.

The judge also denied an attempt by a group of investors to win recovery rights, claims to what’s on the ship if anything is found. The judge wrote that evidence suggests there’s nothing valuable to salvage.

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