The Weird Week in Review
You Can't Fire Me Because I'm Drunk!
The highest court in Peru has ruled that the town of Chorrillos must reinstate Pablo Cayo as a janitor. The municipality had fired Cayo for being intoxicated on the job. The court said that the firing was excessive because Cayo did not offend anyone or hurt anyone. Local and federal officials are protesting because the ruling may set a dangerous precedent for future employees.
Cat Evicted from Post Office for Not Paying Taxes
A cat named Sammy was usually seen lounging in the window of the post office in Notasulga, Alabama until someone complained.
"They said 'This is a federal building and he doesn't pay federal taxes so he can't come in'," said postal worker Rochelle Langford.
But Sammy's supporters think they have found a way around the banishment. They have rented a post office box in his name!
Worker Shoots Himself Without a Gun
Howard Sheppard of Deltona, Florida went to a hospital with a gunshot wound in his arm. His first story was that a bullet discharged when he picked up a handful of ammunition. His second story was that the ammunition was on a shelf and may have discharged when he threw a hammer and a string trimmer on the shelf. His third story is that he had set the bullet in a vice, set a metal punch into the cartridge primer, and hit it with a hammer.
Snowplow Unknowingly Drags Car A Half Mile
A snowplow operator in Colorado City didn't realize he'd been in a traffic accident. He also didn't realize that the car that hit him was still attached until other drivers flagged him down! 70-year-old John Archuleta rear-ended the snowplow Monday morning and his car became entangled in the snowplow's sanding mechanism. Snowplow operator Fredrick Parrent, Jr didn't feel the impact and continued driving for about half a mile. No one was injured in the incident, but Archuleta was cited for careless driving.
Hearse Loses Wheels in Funeral Procession
A funeral procession in Hampshire, England was halted when the wheels fell off of the horse-drawn hearse. Officials believe the horse may have slipped on black ice, causing the hearse to swerve. The coffin, en route to Portchester Crematorium, was transferred to a motor hearse.
Best Job in the World Offered; Applicants Crash Website
Queensland, Australia posted a website with an offer for what they called "The Best Job in the World". They are searching for someone to live on an island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months, enjoy the attractions, and keep a blog about the islands. Hundreds of thousands of applicants in the first few days caused the website to crash, and parts of the site are still out of commission.
107-year-old Seeks First Husband
Wang Guiying of Chongqing, China is 107 years old and has never married. Despite having bound feet, she made her living as a farmer until she was 74 years old, when she moved in with a nephew.
Born in southern Guizhou province the child of a salt merchant, Wang grew up watching her uncles and other men scold and beat their wives and often found her aunt crying in the woodshed after an attack, the paper said.
"All the married people around there lived like that. Getting married was too frightening," she said of an era when Chinese women had few rights and low social standing.
As her nieces and nephews are becoming too old to take care of her, Wang has decided she is ready to take the plunge. Local officials advice her family to contact old people's homes to find a match.