Coyote walks into downtown Chicago Quiznos
CHICAGO, April 5 (UPI) -- Customers and employees at a sandwich shop in downtown Chicago were surprised by a docile coyote that wandered into the store through a propped-open door.
Quiznos shop manager Bina Patel said customers quietly evacuated the restaurant and Animal Care and Control officials picked up the year-old animal about an hour after it arrived in the store Tuesday, The Chicago Tribune reported.
"It was kind of like a medium-sized dog," Patel said. "At first, we thought it was a dog. We don't get dogs walking in but it's more believable than a coyote."
Animal control officials said the coyote, which did not eat anything or harm anyone at the shop, may have been attracted by the smell of small rodents, rabbits or trash, the Tribune said.
Anne Kent, director of Animal Care and Control, told the newspaper an average of 10 to 15 coyotes are captured each year in Chicago. Most are found during April and May when the animals are most active.
Man makes 'Chitty Chitty' car for wife
LONDON, April 5 (UPI) -- A man in Britain's Isle of Wright has embraced his wife's love of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" by recreating the film's trademark automobile for her.
After spending thousands of dollars and four years transforming a Land Rover into a replica of the 1968 film's flying car, retail manager Nick Pointing completed his gift and presented it to his wife, The Daily Mail reported.
"I've also spent most weekends working on the car from dawn to dusk," the 41-year-old said of his efforts, "it's been a real labor of love."
His wife Carolyn, who knew of her husband's outlandish exploits, told The Daily Mail that the finished product was everything she dreamed it would be.
"It's like a dream come true," she said.
"When we told people we were working on a replica of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' they looked at us if were as mad as a box of figs," she added.
While the vehicle cannot fly like its movie counterpart, the couple told the newspaper that they plan on taking it on a four-month journey through Asia, India and Europe.
Crossdressing firefighter busted in bikini
MASON, Ohio, April 5 (UPI) -- A 46-year-old firefighter has been arrested in Mason, Ohio, after reportedly driving drunk in a park while wearing a bikini and woman's wig.
Police officer Scott Miller arrested firefighter Steven S. Cole Tuesday at Heritage Oak Park, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
"As Cole exited the vehicle, I observed Cole to be wearing a very skimpy woman's blue bikini with two tan water balloons taped to the top to simulate two woman's breasts and a pair of pink Speedo flip-flop sandals," Miller said.
Cole told the officer he was on his way to enter a talent contest at a nearby bar when he was arrested.
The firefighter, who was in the park with his family, was charged with drunk driving, disorderly conduct and public indecency, the newspaper said.
Eyewitness Troy Harphant told the paper he thinks Cole should lose his job.
"As far as I am concerned, anybody that works in public service -- firefighter, EMT, police officer, whatever -- it's unethical and it ought to cost him his job," said Harphant.
N.Y. doughnut shop set to take on Goliath
NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- A doughnut shop that has served the New York population for 43 years is set to sink its teeth into competition with a powerful franchise moving in nearby.
Donut Pub owner Buzzy Geduld told the New York Daily News that his 24-hour store was up for the daunting challenge that the opening of a Dunkin' Donuts store nearby would bring.
"It's the old David and Goliath," the 63-year-old said. "Having said that, we think we've got a good slingshot."
Fans of Geduld's store, which opened in 1964, credited it with an abundance of charm in contrast to the more regulated yet convenient franchise locations.
While Geduld bested a Dunkin' Donuts store years ago, he was hesitant to think that he could force this version to close its doors.
"They're more aggressive, better financed and certainly more sophisticated in their marketing," he told the paper. "We're just going to keep doing what we've been doing all these years and hope for the best."