Fla. motorist arrested after five crashes
FORT MEADE, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man who crashed his sport utility vehicle into other vehicles in five separate incidents on a single day.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said deputies received reports of a Kia Sorrento driving erratically Monday afternoon and the vehicle finally came to a stop when it struck a parked patrol car while a deputy was putting out a spike strip in an attempt to stop the motorist, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.
Deputies said the Kia struck five vehicles, including the patrol car, before it stopped. No serious injuries were reported.
Curtis Gunter, 47, of Fort Meade was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and reckless driving.
Woman baffled by nightclub bans
WORCESTER, England, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A British woman said she has been repeatedly turned away from a trio of nightclubs due to the way she is dressed.
Lisa Woodman, 28, said she and her sister have repeatedly been turned away from the Mode, Tramps and Velvet nightclubs in Worcester, England, and a bouncer at Mode told her she would not be allowed inside due to her mode of dress, the Worcester News reported Monday.
"What's wrong with what I wear?" Woodman asked.
"I'm not hurting anyone am I? I am covering everything, and I just want to have a good time," she said. "We never cause any trouble and we've never been rude to the bouncers."
Dean Hill, the nightclubs' director, said the clubs employ "a responsible door policy."
"We expect people to make an effort and we have a dress code of smart casual," he said. "It is the venue managers who are on the doors, they make decisions on the doors based on our policies. They make judgments based on someone's behavior, their dress, if they're abusive, and whether they have ID. And that is to make sure all our customers have a good night. At the end of the day, it's private premises and we reserve the right to refuse entry for anyone."
Jilted lovers sell items online
NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A Web site based in New York is allowing jilted lovers to get rid of objects that remind them of their failed romances on neverlikeditanyway.com.
Annabel Acton, 28, said she was inspired to create the Web site after her breakup with her boyfriend five days before Christmas left her with unwanted jewelry, artwork and tickets to London, the New York Post reported Tuesday.
"All this pathetic 'Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all' was sappy. I wanted something spunky," Acton said. "I wanted it to be irreverent like 'Sex in the City,' or like what would happen if Beyonce got dumped, what would she do about it. They need to move on and not cry in a pile of tissues, eating ice cream."
Acton said Web site users are called on to post the "real world" price of their items, the "breakup discount," an image of the item and a description of the breakup.
Survey: Partners want love notes for V-Day
EDISON, N.J., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Zebra Pen Corp., based in New Jersey, said its survey indicates Valentine's Day revelers enjoy eating out, handwritten notes and home-cooked meals.
The company said the survey of 2,541 U.S. adults, conducted online Jan. 5-9 by Harris Interactive, found 57 percent of respondents were looking forward to going out to a nice restaurant for a Valentine's Day meal, while 44 percent said they are hoping to receive a handwritten note from their partner and 38 percent said they are planning to partake in a romantic home-cooked meal.
Zebra said 34 percent of males in the survey said Katy Perry is the female singer they'd most like to receive a love note from, followed by 29 percent for Taylor Swift, 21 percent for Beyonce, 9 percent for Lady Gaga and 6 percent for Adele.
Among the females in the survey, 45 percent said they would most enjoy a love note from Keith Urban, 24 percent said Bruno Mars, 19 percent picked Steven Tyler, 6 percent chose Jay-Z and 5 percent picked Justin Bieber.
Harris said the survey was not based on a probability sample and therefore has no calculable margin of error.