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Nov. 1, 2011 at 5:24 PM   |   Comments

Bra store workers made to reveal sizes

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Current and former employees of a Swedish lingerie chain said their union is planning to sue over name tags listing their bust circumference and cup size.

The workers at Change stores in Sweden said they are required to list the information on their name tags and wear them at all times while working, The Local reported Tuesday.

"We have dirty old men coming into the shop looking at my cup size. Why should everyone get to know that? Guys selling underwear don't have to show their size," an employee said on condition of anonymity.

Change Chief Executive Officer Susann Haglund said listing the employees' sizes was an idea from workers and is an optional measure.

However, workers said they were told the tags were mandatory and they are issued demerits if they are not wearing them with all information visible when mystery shoppers come into the store.

The Commercial Employees' Union said it is suing Change for discrimination after negotiations fell apart. A union spokeswoman said officials are looking into whether the name tags are a violation of Swedish law.


Woman: Picture shows ghosts having sex

EUCLID, Ohio, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman said her 4-year-old granddaughter snapped a picture of two ghosts having sexual relations in her living room.

Dianne Carlisle of Euclid said her granddaughter, Kimora, 4, was playing with her cellphone in the living room and Carlisle later found one of the pictures she snapped depicted a pair of ghosts getting down and dirty, WJW-TV, Cleveland, reported Tuesday.

"I never seen anything like this," Dianne said. "I mean, ghosts still have feelings? (They're) having sex?"

Carlisle said she has had previous encounters with ghosts, including a voicemail message from her deceased sister.


Neighbors accuse man of feeding rats

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Residents of a New York neighborhood said a man has been filling the area with vermin by feeding bread to the rats.

Deborah Gonzalez said she believes Frank Calzarano has been tossing the bread near her Stanton Street window on the Lower East Side because of complaints she had lodged with police, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

"He walks around the neighborhood at 4 or 5 a.m. with bags of bread," Gonzalez said. "He shoves it down the drain or throws it over the fence in front of my window."

Some neighbors said they have spotted Calzarano allowing rats to climb his leg to eat out of his hands.

Calzarano said he is not purposefully feeding the rats, but instead attempting to feed the pigeons.

"I got a good heart. There's nothing wrong with doing it," Calzarano said.


Poll: PB&J is the 'All-American' sandwich

LAWRENCE, Mass., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A food company said its survey of U.S. adults suggests peanut butter and jelly is the preferred "All-American" sandwich.

Glutino, a Quebec company that conducted the survey to coincide with the release of its new Genius brand gluten-free bread, said the telephone survey of 1,006 adults Oct. 13-16 found 30 percent of respondents named peanut butter and jelly the "All-American" sandwich, compared to 17 percent for the BLT, 12 percent supporting grilled cheese and 9 percent backing the club sandwich.

The survey found 51 percent of those polled consider sandwiches to be the "classic lunchtime meal," vastly preferred over salad and soup, which were each cited by 17 percent of respondents.

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