Friday, March 28, 2008

Millionaire goes back to McDonald's job | Weird Facts

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A lottery winner has gone back to his old job serving burgers at McDonald's.

Luke Pittard, 25, shared a $2.85 million jackpot with his girlfriend 18 months ago.

After taking a break Pittard, who has since married his partner, has decided to go back to his old job part-time, where he earns just $192.40 for 15 hours' work a week.

Pittard, dubbed the McMillionaire, said: "I loved my work at McDonald's before I won the money, and I'm really enjoying being back there again.

"There are so many familiar faces that it was like coming back to a group of old friends.

"To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do. I'm only young and a bit of hard work never did anyone any harm."

[Via - News.Com.Au]

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Restaurant gives 25 percent discount for bugs found in food | Weird Facts

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DUBAI (Reuters) - A group celebrating a birthday at a Dubai diner were cheered by a 25 percent discount but not necessarily the reason: "Bug on food."

The restaurant cut the bill for seven customers at a birthday dinner after they found four insects crawling around their meals, the Gulf News reported on Tuesday.

"We were surprised when the receipt said 'bug on food' as a reason for the discount. I think they were trying to be funny," it quoted one of the disgruntled customers as saying.

An official at the restaurant defended the phrase saying it was "an inappropriate detail," the paper reported.

"It was a misunderstanding from our side -- the guys thought being friendly and having a joke about the environment would relax the diners because it was a birthday, but unfortunately it didn't," he added.

[Via - Reuters]

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lawsuit Settled Over Stolen Virtual Sex Toys In 'Second Life' | Weird Facts

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A legal dispute over the theft of virtual sex toys has resulted in a real-life slap on the wrist. A federal judge accepted the settlement Thursday of a lawsuit filed last year against a Texas man accused of stealing sex toys developed for the online world, "Second Life."

According to the settlement, Robert Leatherwood agreed not to copy, display or distribute any items sold by Eros LLC, a Tampa Bay-area company that creates virtual sex scripts in the "Second Life" universe. Leatherwood must also disclose the e-mail addresses of anyone he knows had access to his "Second Life" persona, known as "Volkov Catteneo."

The settlement does not involve money or any admission of wrongdoing, court documents show. It effectively ends the suit filed last year by Eros' owner, Kevin Alderman, of Lutz. He sued to stop the unauthorized distribution of Eros creations, which allow "Second Life" users to equip their online personas, known as avatars, with realistic genitalia. Products also allow users to engage in various sexual actions in the online world.

Francis Taney, a Pennsylvania attorney representing Eros, said the case remains one of the first real-world legal fights involving two "Second Life" users over their online conduct. The other is a New York case Taney filed on behalf of Eros. Reached at his grandmother's home in North Richland Hills, Texas, Leatherwood acknowledged he sold Eros products, but said the whole case had been overblown.

"I did it in private," he said. "I wasn't out to do a huge market thing. I was doing it for a little bit of money." Leatherwood said he agreed to settle the case because he is 19 and didn't have money for an attorney. He said he stopped selling Eros products online a year ago, and he rarely uses "Second Life" anymore. He said the whole case was "ridiculous," and likely cost Alderman thousands of dollars. He also said he thought it would be hard to hold him liable. "He had no evidence or proof of anything I did," Leatherwood said. Taney said Alderman is "moving on." He scoffed at Leatherwood's contention that there wasn't enough evidence to pursue the case, noting that he had previously publicly denied he sold Eros items. "Out of a nation of 300 million people, we tracked the kid down to his living room in North Richland Hills, Texas," Taney said.

While the case doesn't create legal precedent, Taney said it does seem to transfer some real-world principles to the online universe. "This is a technology that has to be dealt with by lawyers, by business people, by regular citizens," Taney said. "I think it fits quite nicely into existing concepts."

[Via - WFTV.Com]

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Oprah show sued over 'seat rush' | Weird Facts

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A woman has sued the company behind Oprah Winfrey's TV chat show, claiming she was injured when audience members rushed to find seats at a recording.

Orit Greenberg has demanded $50,000 (£25,100) in damages after allegedly being pushed down a flight of stairs.

She said this caused her "severe and permanent injuries" and claimed the crowd in the studio was not properly controlled by Harpo Studios staff.

The production company declined to comment on her allegations.

Harpo Studios told the Associated Press it did not make statements about impending legal cases.

Ms Greenberg claimed she was hurt in December 2006 while attending a recording of the programme in the US city of Chicago.

Audience members were told to sit wherever they wanted, which led to the rush, according to the legal documents she has filed.

[Via - BBC]

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