Some of the strangest news stories from around the world
USA: A University of Connecticut student faces criminal charges over a confrontation with a campus food court manager who wouldn’t let him buy macaroni and cheese with bacon and jalapeno peppers.
A nine-minute, obscenity-laced video clip shows first-year student Luke Gatti arguing with and eventually shoving the manager inside the university’s student union in Storrs.
Police and the manager said Gatti had been refused service for carrying an open alcohol container.
The video shows the apparently intoxicated 19-year-old questioning why in the US he can’t have beer in the building.
He uses a gay slur against the manager and repeatedly demands, “Just give me some (expletive) bacon-jalapeno mac and cheese.”
After shoving the manager, Gatti is tackled by another employee, is arrested by a police officer, and spits at the manager before being led out of the building.
Gatti, Bayville, New York, is charged with breach of peace and criminal trespass and is due in court next week.
Railing against Potter
Police are warning of the dangers of trespassing on railway lines after tourists were spotted taking photos on a viaduct that features in the Harry Potter films.
During the summer, a couple with a young child were seen running on the railway line near the Glenfinnan viaduct in the Highlands while two men were also spotted on the track taking photographs.
The viaduct is on the route of the Jacobite Steam Train and featured in several Harry Potter films when the Hogwarts Express crossed over it.
Poop bags or pay up
Dog walkers who leave home without “poop bags” could face fines of up to £100 (€136) — regardless of whether their pet fouls or not.
Daventry District Council in Northamptonshire said owners should have to prove how they would clean up after their dogs to cut down on the problem of fouling.
Those who fail to pay the £100 fine under the new powers — to be introduced on December 1 — could face a penalty of up to £1,000 if the case is taken to court.
45kg pumpkin found
A giant pumpkin that was brazenly stolen from the garden of a house in South Dakota has been found and returned.
Matthew Murraine said that a man found his 45kg pumpkin in a rural area near Spearfish and returned it to him last week. Murraine said whoever took it had tried to carve it.
On September 18, someone drove a vehicle up to Murraine’s house and made off with one of the two large pumpkins he had been growing at his home all summer. The theft drew national attention, which surprised Murraine. He said he just wanted people in Spearfish to know. Murraine followed his original plan and donated the pumpkin to another family.
A 53-year-old man has been charged with burglary and harassment after he was found asleep in an empty bedroom of someone else’s Missouri home.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Gregory Trent Cole was charged this week.
Authorities say Cole entered a home in the St Louis suburb of Wentzville and went into a bedroom while the people who lived in the home were in another room. They say he removed some of his clothes and went to sleep. Police say the man was discovered around 8am, wearing only underwear and a shirt.
Cole was taken to the St. Charles County Jail, where he is jailed on $15,000 (€13,330) bond.
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