Police: Shoplifter returned to ask for job
COLNE, England, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- British police said they arrested a man who showed up for a job interview at a store he had stolen from three days earlier.
Investigators said Simon Holden, 22, applied for a job at a Colne, England, Asda supermarket and was recognized by the manager when he arrived for an interview, The Sun reported.
Store bosses said closed-circuit TV footage depicts Holden stealing four boxes of lager from the store three days before his interview. They said Holden ran off with two more crates of alcohol after he discovered he had been recognized.
"It must have taken some brass neck for this man to apply for a job at the store he stole from just days earlier," an Asda worker said. "Normally employers have to check job references when it comes to looking at CVs -- not check CCTV footage to see if their candidates might have been spotted shoplifting there a few days beforehand. As applying for jobs go this one ranks with having the most breathtaking cheek ever."
Holden was arrested hours after the aborted interview and charged with breaching a suspended jail term for a house burglary.
Police take items to teach safety
LONDON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Officials in a London borough said police have been instructed to remove valuables from unlocked cars to teach the owners about safety.
David Williams, the Richmond council's cabinet member for community safety, said the borough council agreed to the plan after statistics showed a sharp increase in thefts from vehicles between April and July, the Daily Mail reported.
"We have the lowest level of crime per head of any borough," Williams said. "However, one problem we have got is too many thefts from motor vehicles. The main reason for this is sheer thoughtlessness and carelessness by car owners."
He said police are removing items including purses and satellite navigation devices from cars with unlocked doors or open windows and replacing them with notes informing the owners which police station is holding their property. He said police will only resort to taking custody of the items if they cannot find the owner of the vehicle.
Williams said motorists who leave their doors unlocked but don't have any valuables on display will only receive notes asking them to be more careful.
Decimal error results in high tax bills
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Officials in a Florida town say about 20,000 property owners received tax bills 10 times higher than they should have been due to a decimal point error.
Palm Beach Gardens Finance Administrator Allan Owens said the city's debt tax rate is .149, but the rate was mistakenly calculated at 1.49, meaning the correct amount owed by property owners is one-tenth of the number shown on the bill, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported.
"I've received many calls," Owens said. "The good news is I can tell people they will pay less than what's on the bill."
Owens said his own bill displays a $345.08 balance, meaning he actually owes $34.50. He said officials have been calling and e-mailing residents to inform them of the mistake.
City spokeswoman Donna Guiliana said the error will be corrected by the county property appraiser office before the final tax bills go out in November.
Man outraged by 'sexy' candy wrapper
PONTEFRACT, England, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A British man has complained to candy maker Haribo about a candy wrapper he described as sexually charged.
Simon Simpkins of Pontefract, England, said the Haribo Maoam wrapper depicts a "male" lime character engaged in a "sexy clinch" with a cartoon lemon, The Sun reported.
Simpkins said in his complaint to the company that the lime bears a "lurid and distasteful" facial expression, the British tabloid reports.
The candy maker said the image was not intended to be interpreted as sexual.
"At no point was it intended to create sexual images," a representative said.