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Sept. 28, 2007 at 6:30 AM
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Tattoos cost couple an apartment

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A Texas couple learned an apartment complex has a dress code when their application was rejected because of the husband’s tattoos.

Gilbert Carrillo of San Antonio has tattooed arms with the tattoos covering about the same area that the sleeves of a long-sleeved shirt would.

Carrillo and his wife, Melissa, told the San Antonio Express-News they would never have bothered applying to the Villas at Medical Center -- and paying a $70 application fee -- if they had known the tattoos were a deal breaker. Rejecting a potential tenant for tattoos is not illegal because getting the tattoos is an issue of personal choice.

Managers at the complex agreed to refund the fee when a local television station did a story on the Carrillos. In the meantime, the couple has decided to stay in the complex where they live now because a larger apartment is now available.

"It wasn't the money. It's the principle," Melissa Carrillo said.


Wife sentenced for cutting hubby's manhood

JOHO BARU, Indonesia, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- An Indonesian woman was sentenced to six months in jail for slicing off her husband's penis, officials said.

Umidah Setu, 48, a canteen helper living in Joho Baru, pleaded guilty in magistrate court to a charge under the country's penal code related to causing grievous hurt, The Malaysian Star reported.

Police said Umidah cut off her husband's penis with a knife several weeks ago as he was about to go to sleep at a facility for construction workers in Taman Flora, Pulai. Qumarodin Bajuri’s screams awakened other workers, who rushed him to a hospital where doctors re-attached the organ.


Library fine collection supersedes death

HARRISON, N.Y., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Death excused a patron from overdue fines at the Harrison County, N.Y., Public Library, but a woman still had a hassle returning her late mom’s book.

Elizabeth Schaper was fined four bits when she returned a book that had been checked out by her mother -- who died before she could return it -- The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., reported.

"I was in shock," Schaper said. "This has rocked me to my core."

After she explained why the book, "The Price of Silence" by Camilla Trinchieri, was being returned late, Schaper said the library worker told her of the 50-cent late fee. She said several other library workers heard the conversation, but none intervened.

She paid the fine and left. A few days later, another library employee called her, apologizing for the incident and offered to return the fine.

"I told her that it wasn't about the 50 cents, it was about the principle. Any idiot would understand the principle -- it's about simple human decency," Schaper said.


DEA raids pot candy factory

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Treats manufactured at Tainted Inc. in Oakland, Calif., lived up to the company name, said federal agents who Thursday seized pot-laced food from the company.

Javier F. Pena, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge, said in a new release that search and arrest warrants were issued against Tainted Inc.

Agents seized hundreds of marijuana-laced products from the company, along with about 460 marijuana plants, a handgun, money and a truck, Pena said. Among the marijuana-laced items were chocolate candy bars in multiple flavors, cookies, ice cream, peanut butter, jelly, BBQ sauce, chocolate syrup, flavored energy drinks, granola bars, moon pies, brownies, chocolate covered pretzels and rice cereal treats.

“Tainting candy and other products with marijuana is not sweet, it is criminal," said Pena. "These items could have harmful effects on a user, especially the unsuspecting ones."

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