Sunday, December 11, 2005

Offbeat news

Headlines you may have missed

Santa Sacked for Being Too Nice to Children (Agence France Presse)
A British Santa got the sack and was booted out of his grotto by bouncers for spending too long chatting to children.

Mizuho Loses $224 Million on Typing Error (Reuters)
Japanese brokerage Mizuho Securities scrambled to clean up the mess left by a trader who mistakenly offered tens of thousands of shares for 1 yen apiece, costing the firm at least $224 million.

New Zealand Man Tries to Rob Bank by Phone (Associated Press)
A man who robbed a New Zealand bank was so disappointed with his haul he tried again — this time by phone.

Man Opens $500,000 Bar in No-Alcohol County (Associated Press)
Bar owner Mike Bolognue goofed. He's invested more than half a million bucks in his Legends Sports Pub and Grille in northeast Ohio. But he learned too late that he picked a dry district for his new tavern.

With thanks to Agence France Presse, Reuters and The Associated Press.

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Rose said...

There's something to say about businesses doing market surveys before opening new companies. Prime example of knowing what the customer wants...

Deb S. said...

Very true, Rose. It appears the bar owner (or his representatives)didn't even seek out some basic information about the community - such as what it takes to obtain a liquor license or who the competition would be. That man invested some serious money without knowing the county was dry. Go figure.

Alina said...

Investments done with the head in the clouds..Yup, that must be the worst mix ever! :)

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Totally funny stories. Great way to start my work week.


DCS said...

Kayla and Dr. Deb: Some of these stories beg the question: "What were they thinking?" LOL
Thanks for stopping by.

Kat said...

Well...these are kind of stranbge news...don't really know what to say about it but the made me grin and shaking my head.

Deb S. said...

Kat, I think that's all we can do - grin and shake our heads. :-)
There seems to be no end to these strange stories. Thanks for stopping by.