Gun range lets customers shoot at humans
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A Florida gun range says it is allowing customers the chance to shoot at each other in simulated combat scenarios using soft rubber bullets.
Dave Kaplan, owner of Combat City in Orlando, said he meets with all customers before they are allowed to enter the combat zone, WKMG-TV, Orlando, reported Thursday.
"First thing, when you get here, everybody's checked. No guns, knives, ammunition on them," Kaplan said.
Kaplan said he replaces the barrels of customers' weapons to allow them to shoot the rubber rounds instead of live ammunition.
"A revolver would work the same, semi auto, the action actually cycles. There's full recoil with the weapon. The assault weapon fully cycles," Kaplan said.
The owner said customers are outfitted with protection for their heads, necks and groins.
Kaplan said the rubber bullets are not deadly, but are more painful than paintballs.
"There is supposed to be a degree of pain so that you do learn from it," he said. "Someone's trying to hurt you. You learn how to be as tactical as a civilian can be."
Manager fired after giving birth in hotel
NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A former manager for a New York hotel has filed a lawsuit alleging she was fired after giving birth in one of the business' rooms.
Tara Tan, a former manager at the Standard Hotel, said her problems at the accommodation began after she gave birth to her second child in a hotel room while she was working, the New York Post reported Thursday.
Tan said she returned to work three days after the birth and was told she would be docked pay for the time she missed. She said she soon found herself being stripped of responsibilities and was falsely accused of stealing boxes.
Tan said a superior fired her, saying she didn't fit into the "culture of the hotel."
The lawsuit alleges the superior meant "that she did not possess the physical attributes to work at the hotel because at over 40 years of age and having recently given birth to two children she was, so far as defendants were concerned, not young, thin of model-like proportions, or one of 'the beautiful people' desired at the hotel."
The discrimination lawsuit is seeking $10 million in damages.
A representative for the hotel declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Son admits taking dad's retirement pay
ATLANTA, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- An Atlanta man admitted collecting more than $53,000 of his father's retirement pay after the former school principal died.
Eugene Wimbly Jr. was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts of theft by taking, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.
Prosecutors said Wimbly collected $53,525.95 in payments from the Teachers' Retirement System of Georgia following the September 2008 death of his father, Eugene Wimbly Sr., who had been collecting the retirement payments since 1982 and had given control of his checking account to his son during his final year of life.
The judge gave Wimbly credit for 120 days served and ordered him to serve the balance on probation. He was also ordered to pay $49,829.13 restitution to the retirement system, which prosecutors said he has already paid.