Bank clerk ‘who dumped cat in wheelie bin’ charged with animal cruelty

From The Daily Mail:

A woman who sparked international outrage after allegedly dumping a cat into a wheelie bin was today charged with animal cruelty.

Mary Bale, 45, hit headlines after she was apparently caught on CCTV stroking four-year-old tabby Lola before throwing her into a bin.

The cat was believed to have been trapped for 15 hours before her owners Stephanie Andrews-Mann, 24, and husband Darryl, 26, found her the following morning.

Miss Bale, a bank clerk, has now been charged with two animal cruelty offences by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

She will appear before Coventry Magistrates Court next month accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and not providing an animal with a suitable environment.

Both offences, which come under the Animal Welfare Act, can carry a prison sentence and a lifetime ban from keeping animals.

(via Boing Boing)

Hotel ousts couple after accusing them of writing negative TripAdvisor review

Fawlty Towers IRL:

A British couple says they were kicked out of their hotel after the hotel manager accused them of writing a negative review on TripAdvisor and called the police.

Adrian Healey, 33, tells the Blackpool Gazette that earlier this month, he’d booked a room a hotel in the seaside resort of Blackpool, England, to take his first vacation with his girlfriend Sherrie Andrews, 33, since being diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago.

But the Golden Beach Hotel’s manager asked them to leave two days into their paid, three-night stay, they told the Gazette, adding that the manager stormed into their room, accused them of writing an online review and called the police.

Oktoberfest 2010

From The Big Picture:

On Saturday, September 18th, with the tapping of the first keg by Munich Mayor Christian Ude and a cry of “O’zapft is!”, Oktoberfest 2010 officially started in Munich, Germany. While this year marks the 177th Oktoberfest to be held, 2010 is the 200th anniversary of the very first Oktoberfest in 1810 (some years were missed due to war or cholera outbreaks). The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates.

Prosecutors: Woman thought infant she stabbed was ‘antichrist’

From ChicagoBreakingNews:

An Elmhurst grandmother charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of her infant grandson told police she believed the child was the antichrist, prosecutors said at her bond hearing this morning.

Bond was set at $2 million for Sandra Clanton, 39. She has been confined to a hospital mental health ward over the last several days after trying to harm herself.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Fisher told DuPage County Judge Liam Brennan Clanton was in her kitchen Saturday with her boyfriend, the child’s mother and the 9-month-old infant “when she went into a rage.”

“She picked up the baby, slammed its head into the sink and took a large butcher knife and began slicing the child under an eye in a sawing motion,” Fisher said.
The infant’s mother grabbed the child and ran to the police station while the boyfriend wrestled Clanton to the floor, he said.

Clanton told police at the Elmhurst station that the “baby was the antichrist.”

Anybody else read the grandmother’s age and wonder how many generations of that family are still alive? The infant’s great, great grandmother may still not have reached retirement age.