Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day from Across-the-Board!

Chances are you've dated a co-worker...

CareerBuilder.com's annual office romance survey found that about half of workers said they have dated a co-workers. And it isn't just among peers.

Twenty-one percent of workers admitted they have dated their boss, up from just 14 percent last year. Nearly four in 10 said they have dated someone with a higher position in their organization. In some cases, it pays off in terms of advancement.

Twenty-five percent of men who dated the boss said the relationship helped move their careers forward. Only 13 percent of women said that. CareerBuilder.com noted that dating in the office can have drawbacks.

"Policies on office romance vary from company to company, and it's the responsibility of the worker to know where their employer stands," said Rosemary Haefner, a spokeswoman for CareerBuilder.com. "It's important to remember that even if both sides are willing participants, office relationships could have repercussions."

CareerBuilder.com said 10 percent of the people it surveyed said they were asked to leave their job because of an office romance. In addition, a breakup can make the workplace uncomfortable, to say the least. The survey found that co-workers said they were most likely to couple up while working together on a project, with 22 percent of workers saying their relationships began that way.

Here are the other top situations where office romances found their spark, according to CareerBuildercom:

*Running into each other randomly outside work (11 percent)
*Happy hour (10 percent)
*Love at first sight (8 percent)
*At lunch (8 percent)
*Working late-night together (7 percent)

Spit & urine in the coffee at Dunkin Donuts

Two Dunkin' Donuts employees face criminal charges for spitting and urinating in coffee they served to patrons of the North Street shop where they worked, authorities said.

A six-day investigation by Barnstable police - who thought fellow officers might have swilled the spiked joe - led to felony charges against Rodrigo Rodrigues, 22, of Centerville and Junior DaSilva, 26, of Hyannis, who worked at the Dunkin' Donuts.

Each faces one count of distributing food intended or expected to cause injury. At least one doughnut shop employee told police she heard DaSilva threaten to spit in a customer's coffee and heard Rodrigues encourage him.

On one occasion, the woman heard DaSilva ''make a spitting sound while the coffees were in front of him,'' then saw him serve the drinks to a customer, according to the police report.

The day before DaSilva's arrest, he told police he witnessed Rodrigues spit in a customer's coffee, put a lid on the cup, then shake it. DaSilva then gave the cup to a customer at the drive-through window, police said.

On another occasion, DaSilva pretended to spit in the coffee of patrons who said their order wasn't filled properly, he told police. But he said he knew nothing about coffee with urine added to it, police said.

Police indicated that both men, who are originally from Brazil, may have been in the United States illegally. If convicted, Rodrigues and DaSilva could face up to five years in prison. WTF? Article here.

Paris Hilton to play the role of Mother Teresa?

Newindpress has confirmed that the well known Malayalam director T. Rajeevnath, is looking for an actress to play Mother Teresa in his upcoming film. His top pick he is trying to get is Paris Hilton. This guy claims he was impressed that she declined to pose nude for Playboy. I swear to God this is not a joke, check the source. I am ready to have a seizure.

This chemically imbalanced directory said: "My agents in California have contacted Paris Hilton."

He continued with: Although there are several actresses willing to play the role of Mother Teresa, the most widely respected and loved person, the history of the actress who is finally chosen for the role would have to be analysed thoroughly before she is chosen."

[via Darkhat]

Woman carrying human head on plane arrested

Airport baggage screeners found a human head with teeth, hair and skin in the luggage of a woman who said she intended to ward off evil spirits with it, authorities said Friday.

Myrlene Severe, 30, a Haitian-born permanent U.S. resident, was charged Friday with smuggling a human head into the U.S. without proper documentation.

Customs and Border Protection officials found the head Thursday, after Severe arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on a Lynx International Airlines flight from Cap Haitien, Haiti, said Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.

"It still had teeth, hair and bits of skin and lots of dirt," Gonzalez said.

Severe told authorities she had obtained the package in Haiti for "use as a part of her voodoo beliefs," ICE Special Agent Erick Hernandez wrote in an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint.
Severe, who also was charged with failing to declare the head and transporting hazardous material in air commerce, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted of all charges, prosecutors said. Severe remained held Friday in lieu of a $100,000 bond. She is due back in federal court March 2.


Eww, gross. Probably should of let the authorities know you had a human head in your suitcase… not exactly your typical carry-on. Article here.

One hell of a party theme outfit:

Let your dog take a dump inside your house

PET-a-POTTY is a very interesting "potty" system for dogs.

Choose from either soil-less grass or synthetic grass, and your dogs can enjoy an unique ‘indoor bathroom experience.’
Cleanup is simple because it has a concealed water trap pan that allows for urine and water to be collected so that the sod does not disease itself by sitting in acidic fluids.

Pretty cool, yet simple concept. One of these bad boys will set you back about $200. Click here to buy one.

Completely free-standing, no tape or anything!

Arm stuck in drain after dropping cell phone

It was an unusual rescue for about 20 firefighters at a Brevard County gas station.

An unidentified employee at the Hess Mart on Wickham Road in Melbourne dropped her cell phone down a drain late Saturday night. When she reached down to retrieve it, she got stuck.

Rescuers had to remove a four-foot section of an outside wall so they could access the pipe and the woman attached to it.

More than four hours later, the woman was released and taken to the hospital to have the pipe removed from her arm.

Wow, talk about embarrassing. One hell of a story, but really embarrassing I bet at the time. Article here.

Koza, the lion cub is kick-ass

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House wrongly valued at $400 million

A house erroneously valued at $400 million is being blamed for budget shortfalls and possible layoffs in municipalities and school districts in northwest Indiana.

An outside user of Porter County's computer system may have triggered the mess by accidentally changing the value of the Valparaiso house, said Sharon Lippens, director of the county's information technologies and service department. The house had been valued at $121,900 before the glitch.

County Treasurer Jim Murphy said the home usually carried about $1,500 in property taxes; this year, it was billed $8 million. Most local officials did not learn about the mistake until Tuesday, when 18 government taxing units were asked to return a total of $3.1 million of tax money. The city of Valparaiso and the Valparaiso Community School Corp. were asked to return $2.7 million. As a result, the school system has a $200,000 budget shortfall, and the city loses $900,000.

Officials struggled to figure out how the mistake got into the system and how it could have been prevented. City leaders said Thursday the error could cause layoffs and cost-cutting measures.

Lippens said the outside user changed the property value, most likely while trying to access another program while using the county's enhanced access system, which charges users a fee for access to public records that are not otherwise available on the Internet.

Our government employees hard at work. Article here.

This is what girls do at sleep-overs :)

Dude crashes car into house then leaves scene

A driver plowed through a woman's garage in Winter Park, Florida and then took off. When police got to the scene, they discovered the car with no one inside and found a very surprised homeowner.

Barbara Phillips was unaware someone had slammed into her garage door until police knocked on her front door to tell her about it. "Well, first I thought about the person that was in the car, mainly because I was worried the person might be hurt, injured or something," Phillips said.

But the person behind the wheel took off, left the keys in the ignition and a mess in the garage.

The registered owner of the silver Nissan that crashed into Phillips' home is 24-year-old Pavel Amelishko. Troopers tracked him down and questioned him, but no arrest was made.

Apparently, troopers said, Amelishko told them that he asked a female he had met at a nightclub to drive him home. He said that she slammed into the garage and said both left the scene. Troopers said, since they can’t prove who was behind the wheel, they are charging Amelishko with failure to immediately report a crash.

Wait, let me get this right, so the dude had a chick drive him home from the bar, and she was the one who wrecked the car? They both decided, hmmm- we just crashed into a house- I think we should just walk away. Sounds a little fishy to me don’t you think? Something tells me this guy found a legal loop-hole somehow. Interesting to know incase you ever crash into a house. Article here.

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86-car pileup in Michigan because of ice

An intense snow squall cut visibility nearly to zero and caused an 86-vehicle chain reaction pileup, stacking cars four deep on an icy western Michigan freeway and injuring 25 people.

No one suffered life-threatening injuries, police said Monday. Some vehicles caught fire and one woman panicked, witness Laurie Devries said.

"Her car was on fire and she couldn't get out so she just passed the baby through the window," Devries said. "We kind of got him up to the hill and helped some other people out of their car."

The series of wrecks started Sunday afternoon when the lake-effect squall created whiteout conditions on a low-lying section of highway along the Lake Michigan shore. Cars were stacked four deep for about 300 yards, Fire Department Chief Mark Johnson said. "It looked like they played pinball off the side guardrail," he said. Article here.