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Town pays people for using proper potty

MUSIRI, India, July 8 (UP) -- A remote Indian town has come up with a government-backed plan to teach people health safety by giving them cash for using the toilet, a resident says.


Residents of Musiri in the Tamil Nadu state can earn 14 cents a month by going to the bathroom in a specially made potty, CNN reported Monday.

The amount of cash involved may not seem large but it could help needy families supplement their income by simply doing nature's business, the report said.

In addition to promoting good hygiene habits, the program is focused on providing waste to fertilizer-testing research efforts.

"We're motivating people to know the value of their urine. The urine that is collected goes into fields for paddy crops, and of course the feces becomes good compost in a matter of months," said Marathi Subburaman, who thought up the plan.


Mass. beach sex riles some

PROVINCETOWN, Mass., July 8 (UPI) -- Public sex and nude sunbathing are upsetting visitors to a Cape Cod beach in Massachusetts, officials say.

Complaints from family vacationers have Cape Cod National Seashore officials vowing to crack down on public sex acts in the Provincetown, Mass., area's beaches, the Boston Herald reported. The number of tickets handed out has shot up from an average of 40 per year to 132 last year, the newspaper said.

"This is not what we're interested in seeing," George Price, superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore, told the Herald.

Much of the open sex involves gays but heterosexual copulation also has been reported along the pristine national shore. Last year, a New Jersey family came upon couples and a large group of men having "sex in the nude, including oral and anal sex right out in the open" among the dunes, the Cape Cod Times reported last week.

"Families are upset and outraged," Price said. "It's really two issues, one is the nude sunbathing, which has been around since the '70s and '80s, and that issue is being addressed. But the issue that we're talking about today is public sex: It's a seashore problem and it's a town problem."


Man charged after stopping suspect

WEYMOUTH, England, July 8 (UPI) -- A Weymouth, England, man said he has been charged with assault after he detained a man who broke a business' window.

Steve Kink, 47, said he went outside his wife's bar when he heard an alarm go off in a nearby cell phone store and confronted two men standing near the store's broken window, The Daily Mail reported.

"I accused one of them of smashing the window and he said 'what ... has it got to do with you?'" Kink said. "He then took a swing at me and punched me just under my left eye. I grabbed hold of him and managed to sweep one of his legs from under him and I held him there by putting the toe of my shoe on his shoulder blade.

"There were lots of other people around at this stage and somebody had hold of the other bloke he was with. When the police arrived I stepped back and he kicked off at them. When he was put in the police car he tried to kick in the windows," he said.

However, Kink said the man was eventually released with a caution for criminal damage -- and a few days later, police showed up at Kink's home to arrest him for assault. A police spokesman confirmed the charge.


Man, 64, was refused smokes without ID

GALLIVARE, Sweden, July 8 (UPI) -- A 64-year-old Swedish man said he is boycotting a local supermarket after a cashier refused to sell him cigarettes without an identification card.

Karl-Erik Borg, 64, said he was enraged when a cashier at the ICA store in Gallivare refused to sell him a pack of Marlboros without proof he was over 18 years old, The Local reported.

"I was furious. I've never felt so insulted in my entire life. And I've never experience anything so ridiculous either," he said.

Borg said he was able to have a female acquaintance -- who had her ID with her -- purchase the smokes for him, but he is still boycotting the store.

"Seriously, if the cashiers can't tell the difference between an 18-year-old and a pensioner who has served in six U.N. battalions, it's enough to make you wonder if they can even tell the difference between a 500 kronor note ($83) and a 50 ($8)," Borg said.

The experience had what many might call an up side.

"The whole episode has made me so angry that I've decided to quit smoking for good," Borg said.

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