Pump error costs gas station owner $21,000
WILMINGTON, Calif., May 17 (UPI) -- A computer mistake that led to a California gas station selling premium gas for $1.10 a gallon led to a huge rush of business, the unlucky owner says.
Within 4 hours Sunday, the Valero station in Wilmington was out of premium, The Torrence Daily Breeze reported. Kenny Nguyen, who owns the station, was out $21,000, based on his calculation that 7,000 gallons were sold at a price about $3 less than it should have been.
One problem for Nguyen is that in an era of Facebook and text-messaging, word of mouth travels at the speed of light. Huge lines formed at the station, and police arrived for traffic control.
On Monday, premium was going for $4.29 a gallon and everything was back to normal.
Nguyen said the problem began with a price change. For some reason, the price did not take and the computer controlling the display on the pumps defaulted to $1.10.
An attendant who was working the cash register in the convenience store and trying to keep an eye on the pumps did not notice the mistake.
Man arrested for graduation tp toss
DES MOINES, Iowa, May 17 (UPI) -- Police said a University of Iowa student was arrested after trying to "lighten up" a graduation ceremony by throwing toilet paper into the crowd.
Investigators said Robert Koehler, 22, who was not graduating, was arrested after tossing toilet paper into the crowd of students during the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony Saturday, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported Tuesday.
Koehler told the Press-Citizen Monday he was trying to "lighten up the erroneously long graduation ceremony and stimulate a unified celebration for all the graduates at the commencement."
Koehler has pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.
Study: Smell affects nightclub enjoyment
DELFT, Netherlands, May 17 (UPI) -- A researcher in the Netherlands says fragrances in nightclubs can affect how patrons rate the music at the facility as well as their own moods.
Dr. Hendrik Schifferstein of the Delft University of Technology said he and his colleagues found fragrances in nightclubs can affect the experience of visiting the facilities in the same way lights and sound contribute to the atmosphere.
The findings, published in the online journal Chemosensory Perception, stated the introduction of scents to the nightclubs caused visitors to three clubs to give higher ratings to enjoyment, music and mood on questionnaires. The researchers said they also noticed an increase in dancing activity when the fragrances were introduced.
"Given that visitors gave a better evaluation for the clubs, felt more cheerful, and showed more dancing activity when scents were diffused, environmental fragrancing may be expected to have a positive effect on visitor return rate and future revenue for clubs," Schifferstein said.
Fake doctor used toothpicks on patient
NILES, Ill., May 17 (UPI) -- Police in Illinois say a man reported someone posing as a doctor used toothpicks for acupuncture and gave him expired medication.
Niles police said the man responded to an ad in a Bulgarian-language newspaper April 23 and met with the man claiming to be a doctor at a closed medical clinic, Chicago Sun-Times Media reported Tuesday.
The victim told police the man used toothpicks to give him acupuncture on his chest and gave him pills labeled "Prosperous Farmer Dietary Supplements," which had expired in February 2002.
The man paid $200 for the appointment, police said.
Police said the man returned to the clinic April 30 and saw the suspect flee the building.