QUIRKY WORLD ... No kidding! Goat wanders into California coffee shop and refuses orders to split

USA: Police say a goat apparently needed a caffeine fix when it wandered into a Starbucks in northern California.
QUIRKY WORLD ... No kidding! Goat wanders into California coffee shop and refuses orders to split

Rohnert Park police Sgt Rick Bates said dispatchers received several calls about a goat named Millie wandering around a mall on the city’s eastern edge.

Sgt Bates said employees who were opening the Starbucks tried to give Millie a banana, but she kept walking into the coffee shop and started chewing on a box. The officer captured the goat and later took it to animal shelter.

Pitch protest


Football players sat down on the field to protest against a decision to play matches during the day to help the government stave off an energy crisis.

The protests each lasted a few minutes and took place in at least eight stadiums over the weekend.

Players say they were not consulted about the change and warn that playing during the tropical daytime heat is dangerous and could lead to dehydration.

President Juan Manuel Santos has called on Colombians to contribute to an energy-saving plan to avoid having to implement rationing as drought-like conditions caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon dry out dams across the South American country.

Jetpack crash


An executive of a company that develops jetpacks is in hospital after crashing during a test flight of one of his products in Denver.

Police said Nick Macomber, vice president of Jet Pack International, fell about 3m-6m while using the hydrogen peroxide-fuelled backpack.

Company CEO Troy Widgery said Mr Macomber was testing changes to the machine. He said it crashed in an industrial park after control issues, leaving Mr Macomber with cuts.

Clinton’s car for sale


A retired White House gardener is selling Hillary Clinton’s 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass, which he bought at an auction for the residence’s workers and has been sitting in his Pennsylvania garage for years.

Mike Lawn told The Evening Standard he bought the car in 2000 to give to his daughter when she turned 16, but she thought it looked too much “like an old lady’s car” and wouldn’t drive it.

The four-door sedan, complete with 1990 ‘Clinton for Governor’ sticker on the back windshield and Arkansas licence plates, had only done about 46,670km when Lawn bought it. It currently has around 49,000km on the clock.

Caught in the act


A man in Tennessee has been arrested after he tried to rob a Knoxville police officer who was sitting in an unmarked police car.

Citing a police report, the Knoxville News-Sentinel says the officer was sitting in the driver’s seat of his car in a parking lot on Saturday when 22-year-old Brandon A Williams opened the passenger door and demanded money. Police say the officer identified himself and drew his weapon, prompting Williams to flee before being caught.

Mattress dominoes


Aaron’s, an appliance and electronics-leasing firm, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest human mattress domino chain. Guinness World Records released a video of the feat, showing 1,200 people holding mattresses behind them and falling backward into each other, one at a time, inside a Maryland, warehouse.

The attempt was aided by a dominoes expert and certified by a Guinness World Record adjudicator. The previous record had been 1,150.

The Atlanta-based company will donate all 1,200 mattresses to charity.

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