QUIRKY WORLD ... $100,000 for blind barber who was unfairly dismissed

US: A legally blind barber was awarded $100,000 by a Massachusetts commission against discrimination after it says he was wrongly fired.

QUIRKY WORLD ... $100,000 for blind barber who was unfairly dismissed

The Boston Herald reported on Saturday that Joel Nixon had been working for Tony’s Barber Shop in Norton for a year before his boss discovered his condition.

The 29-year-old has retinitis pigmentosa, which affects his peripheral vision and makes it hard for him to see at night. He’s been declared legally blind by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and Nixon said there’s a possibility he may lose his sight forever.

But Nixon said it hasn’t affected his work. Barber shop owner Tony Morales fired him in 2012 after he tripped over a customer’s legs and then later that day tripped over a chair in the waiting room, Nixon said.

Morales disputes Nixon’s account, saying Nixon wasn’t a licensed barber and simply wasn’t pulling his weight in the shop.

Morales said he plans to appeal the state’s Friday decision, which awarded Nixon $75,000 in lost wages and $25,000 for emotional distress. Nixon said

he’s still cutting hair for loyal customers — who call him the “Blind Barber.”

Holy cow!

US:

A brightly coloured cow statue has been found after it was stolen from outside the Children’s Museum of Houston in Texas.

Museum officials said a Facebook tip led them to the missing cow, hidden in a drainage pipe near the University of Houston. It was found several hours after workers discovered the statue was missing.

The Border Bovine sculpture features images of mountains, the Rio Grande, a longhorn’s skull and cactus. The piece was bolted down next to another cow statue that was not taken.

Pet project

England:

Supermarket giant Asda is becoming the country’s first to offer a pet prescription service which launches this week in selected stores nationwide.

Asda Pharmacy will offer a pet prescription service across more than 200 Asda stores in the UK. Unleashing huge savings for customers, the initiative will provide over 1,000 varieties of medication at 30% cheaper than standard veterinary practice prices. The wide range of prescriptions includes flea treatments, heart disease and arthritis medication for domestic pets.

Desperate measures

South Africa:

A high school student stole a bus in a desperate effort to get to his final year mathematics exams.

Broadcaster eNCA reported Thursday that Le-Aan Adonis got behind the wheel when the driver failed to show up. Adonis told eNCA he found the keys in the bus. Other students said they asked the 20-year-old to drive because they trusted he could handle a bus.

The broadcaster said a traffic officer stopped the bus a short distance from the school in a village in the Western Cape province, and fined Adonis fined 5,000 rand (about $361).

According to eNCA, Adonis faces a school disciplinary hearing. He has already received offers of free legal representation and donations for his fine.

The students arrived on time for their exam.

Royal bake-off

UK:

A life-sized cake of Prince George has won the gold medal prize in an amateur bake-off competition.

Standing just under 3ft tall, the sponge creation, which took 30 hours to craft, won the gold award at the Cake International event held at Birmingham’s NEC this weekend.

Winning baker and self-confessed royalist Lara Mason, from Walsall in the West Midlands, said she decided on George as her muse as much for tactical reasons, as anything else.

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