QUIRKY WORLD ... Killer heels: Safety trumps sexy for air passenger

USA: At the airport, safety is more important than sexy.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Killer heels: Safety trumps sexy for air passenger

That’s what a woman found out at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Officials say she was stopped on Sunday at a security checkpoint with a pair of gun-shaped stiletto heels.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says the stilettos had heels in the shape of handguns and faux bullets around the sole. They were in the woman’s carry-on luggage, along with bracelets lined in faux bullets.

The agency prohibits passengers from carrying “replica guns or ammunition” through airport security checkpoints.

Ms Farbstein says the woman was told that she could put the items in her checked luggage. The woman tried to check the items, but ended up leaving them with the TSA in order to catch her flight.

Deadly profit

ENGLAND: A sharp increase in the number of deaths in Britain in 2015 compared with the previous year helped funeral services firm Dignity post a 16% profit increase, the firm said.

Dignity said the 7% year-on-year rise in the number of deaths in England, Scotland and Wales represented a rate of change not seen for over 60 years.

“This has been an extraordinary year, with the number of deaths changing in percentage terms by a greater amount than any year since 1952,” the firm said. “As a result, the group’s funeral and cremation volumes were much higher than originally expected.”

A spokeswoman did not know the reason for the increase. She added that the broader trend was that the rate of deaths had been dropping since the 1970s and was forecast to start rising again in the 2020s.

Dignity said its underlying operating profit for 2015 was £98.7m (€128m), up 16% on the 2014 figure.

Honest burglar

USA: A New Mexico man is accused of breaking in to a convenience store for a pack of cigarettes — but also making sure to pay for them.

Police in Las Cruces say the 24-year-old man went to buy cigarettes early Sunday, but the business was closed.

Surveillance cameras show him pounding on the front door several times and then kicking and breaking the door’s lower panel.

Police say he went inside, grabbed a pack of cigarettes, then made sure the cameras captured him leaving $6.

A witness called 911, and police say they found and arrested the man. He faces a felony charge of breaking and entering.

Damage to the store’s front door is estimated at $80 (€73).

Football fracas

ENGLAND: A junior football match had to be abandoned after it was marred by clashes on the pitch involving both players and supporters.

Trouble flared during a league game between under-15 youth sides Leicester Nirvana Juniors FC and Thurmaston Magpies JFC at Hamilton Park in Leicester on February 28.

The local football association is carrying out an investigation and Leicestershire Police said they have launched their own inquiry after receiving reports of an affray.

‘Bieber’ wanted

ENGLAND: Police are seeking a man who bears a striking resemblance to singer Justin Bieber in connection with a theft.

Devon and Cornwall Police want to speak to the man following the theft of a £700 (€907) mobile phone from a shop in Plymouth.

The gold-coloured iPhone 6S was taken from the Vodafone store in New George St on December 5.

Bieber, 22, was on tour in Tokyo for his new album Purpose when the theft occurred.

Weddings warning

ENGLAND: Wedding venues must “play fair” over deposits and cancellation terms or risk enforcement action, the competition watchdog has warned.

The Competition and Markets Authority has advised more than 100 wedding and event venues that large deposits and cancellation charges could breach consumer law.

The authority said consumers who have to cancel or change their plans could face “considerable losses” because of potentially unfair terms after hiring venues at a cost which often runs to thousands of pounds and warned that customers must not lose large advance payments if they cancel, and venues should set sliding scales of charges to cover any losses.

Dodgy mechanic

GERMANY: A wrench-wielding prankster poked fun at Volkswagen during the Geneva Motor Show.

The prankster, dressed as a VW mechanic, crawled under a display car pretending to carry out a repair, apparently mocking the German car maker’s emissions scandal.

Marketing chief Juergen Stackmann told the audience: “It doesn’t need repairs, it’s a perfect car.”

The joker was whisked away by security guards.

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