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March 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

Hungry bus driver pulls over for sandwich

LEAMINGTON SPA, England, March 10 (UPI) -- A hungry bus driver in Britain allegedly pulled over with a bus filled with passengers to get a sandwich, onlookers said.

The bus was en route to University of Warwick's Coventry campus when the driver stopped to get a snack from Greggs bakery in Leamington Spa last week, Sunday People reported Saturday.

Passenger Tom Duncan took a picture of the driver as he exited the bakery and posted it online with the caption "Bus driver genuinely just stopped the bus to go get himself a Greggs."

"You'd think drivers were given a lunch break," another onlooker said. "Why on Earth are they going to a Greggs in the middle of a route? It seemed very odd."

The bus' operator, Stagecoach, said Friday: "The bus was on time and passengers weren't disrupted or delayed in any way."


Ill. lawmaker concerned about lion meat

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 10 (UPI) -- An Illinois lawmaker is trying to ban the sale of lion meat in his state, which he says is sold in at least two places statewide.

Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, has proposed legislation to ban the sale and slaughter of lion meat in the state of Illinois, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

"There are people that have them and raise them, but you're going to raise them and eat them?" Arroyo said, "It's just inhumane. Those are zoo animals. Then you talk about eating elephants, eating all kinds of zoo animals. There's other meats we can eat besides the lions."

Arroyo said he knew of at least two places in the state that lion meat was available for purchase.

Under his legislation, anyone caught selling lion meat for human consumption could be sentenced to up to one year or fined up to $25,000.

The state House of Representatives will review the bill during the spring legislative session.


Man finds dead bird sewn into slipper

BLACKBURN, England, March 10 (UPI) -- A British man said he discovered a dead bird sewn inside a pair of slippers he recently bought from a Primark store in Blackburn.

Jonathan Gregory, 27, said he had been wearing the slippers for about a month -- he bought them in January -- when he made the discovery, The Sun reported Sunday.

He said he noticed something rubbing against his foot in one of the slippers and initially thought it was a piece of plastic, but then saw that it was a beak attached to a head.

Gregory cut through the lining of the slipper and found the rest of the bird.

"The worst thing was I was in the middle of making my tea when I found it -- it put me off my pork chops I was so disgusted," he said.

"I've even put my bare feet in those slippers after I've had a bath," Gregory said. "I washed my feet with bleach after I found that bird -- who knows what diseases it has?"

Gregory brought the slippers back to the Primark store where he bought them and was given a refund.

"Primark cares about its customers very much. The company is carrying out an urgent and detailed investigation and apologises to the customer concerned for any distress caused," a Primark spokesman said

The store said, however, that "the last recorded sale of the product in question was in Blackburn was over a year ago."

Gregory said: "I can't believe I've only been given a 4 pound ($5.97) refund, it's outrageous. And now they're trying to say I bought them a year ago. I think I'd remember if I'd had them a whole year."


N.Y. teacher fired for topless email pics

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) -- A New York teacher got canned for using a shared school email account to send out shirtless pictures of himself to potential hook-ups on Craigslist.

Matthew Maleski, 32, was fired Tuesday from PS 183 after another teacher in the special education department found the emails in an account teachers shared for the purpose of communicating with parents, the New York Post reported Saturday.

The other teacher said she changed the password on the account and notified the principal.

Maleski -- a former male model who the Post said posed for the gay social network application "Hornet" before he became a teacher -- said he used an email application on his phone that syncs up multiple accounts, including the school account, and didn't realize others with access to the school account could see his other personal emails.

No inappropriate emails were sent to parents or teachers, the report said.

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