'Tooth Fairy' leaves $3 per tooth in 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- California-based financial company Visa said its survey indicates the "Tooth Fairy" left an average $3-per-tooth for U.S. children this year.
Jason Alderman, Visa's senior director of global financial education, said the company's telephone survey of 2,000 U.S. adults indicates the amount of money left by the "Tooth Fairy" this year increased 15 percent over the average from 2011.
"The Tooth Fairy may be the canary in the economic coal mine. She's showing signs of life by leaving 40 cents more per tooth this year," Alderman said. "This is not only good news for kids, but an ideal teachable moment for parents to engage their children in thinking about how to budget their windfall by saving a portion."
The survey, conducted July 13-17, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Old Navy pulls erroneous NFL shirts
HOUSTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Old Navy said Houston stores will no longer be selling Houston Texans T-shirts erroneously claiming the team to be the "1961 AFC Champions."
Employees at Houston locations of the clothing chain said they learned Saturday the shirts contained the error. The Houston Oilers, now known as the Tennessee Titans, were the 1961 champions of the American Football League, the precursor to the AFC.
A spokesman for Old Navy owner Gap Inc. said the shirts are being pulled from the shelves, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.
"The NFL clothing sold in our Old Navy stores is created by a third party sports licensing company," spokesman Edie Kissko said. "It is our intention to always provide the best merchandise to our customers and NFL fans. We apologize for this error and are removing the T-shirts."
Thief causes 15-hour Internet outage
CLEVELAND, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- An Ohio Internet provider said a 15-hour outage was caused by a "very dumb criminal" who stole a length of wire from a utility pole.
Ken Johnson, company manager of Conneaut Telephone Co., said Saturday's lengthy Internet outage was caused when a thief climbed a utility police and stole a length of wire that has very little cash value, The (Ashtabula, Ohio) Star Beacon, reported Tuesday.
"Basically, from what I know of the situation, some goofball went up on the utility poles somewhere between Geneva and Cleveland and thought they would steal some copper wire," Johnson said.
However, Johnson said the cable did not contain any wire.
"Whoever it was cut the cable and took it, but it has no worth," Johnson said. "This was a fruitless endeavor by a very dumb criminal."
Johnson said the thief cost the company $10,000 to $25,000 in replacement and labor costs.
Train passenger sues for 'moral suffering'
KRASNOYARSK, Russia, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Russian court awarded $230 in compensation to a man who complained of "moral suffering" from having to listen to fellow train passengers use profanity.
The plaintiff, whose name was not released, successfully sued commuter rail operator Krasprigorod in a Krasnoyarsk court, claiming "physical and moral suffering" as a result of being stuck for two hours in a train station Oct. 31, 2010, when he was unable to make his way through the crowded station to board his train, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.
The man said his "suffering" included trouble breathing, having his feet stepped on, being pushed and having to listen to other passengers cursing.
Court spokeswoman Natalya Mishanina said a judge ruled the railroad operator was culpable because it had failed to provide safe and quality services to the plaintiff, who had originally sought $1,550, but was awarded only $230.
A spokesman for Krasprigorod said the company will pay the amount and will not appeal.