Could there be a better place for a shopaholic to spend the night than in a department store? A woman fell asleep in the toilets of a BHS store in Reading and awoke to find herself locked in – but then suffered the embarrassment of being rescued by fire crews via a first-floor window.
A retired lawyer did not hesitate when a 7ft alligator snatched his dog. Steve Gustafson, 66, was at home in Orlando, Florida, when Bounce the west highland terrier wandered too close to a nearby pond. He heard the dog yelp, looked up and saw his pet being carried away in the alligator’s jaws. “I leaped on the gator, like you do some silly belly flop in a pool. The only difference was I landed on top of a gator.” Steve grappled with the alligator until it released the dog. Bounce – and his owner – escaped with only minor injuries.
A short-sighted shopper paid £527 for two pork chops because she used a supermarket self-service checkout without her glasses on. The 57-year-old thought she was paying £1 and didn’t see that a technical glitch had caused a huge price rise at the Asda store in Poole, Dorset.
Sergei Hodirev, 29, fell in love with a motorist whose car ran him over, breaking his leg. “Despite being in pain he was completely charming,” said driver Elena Muhametshina, 29, of Chelyabinsk, Russia. The couple now live together after striking up a friendship while Mr Hodirev was treated in hospital.
Smitten Patrick Erzer tried to propose to girlfriend Sonja Wyler by putting up a poster outside their flat made up of 1,700 pictures of them – but she didn’t spot it for a week. The 28-year-old finally got a ‘yes’ when Sonja, 26, noticed a crowd taking photos of the collage in Basel, Switzerland.
Even a bomb and pistol are no match for an angry 82-year-old woman who knows how to use a handbag. Herta Wallecker sprang into action when a masked man demanded money at a bank in St Egyden am Stenfeld, Austria. As he shouted, “I’ve got a bomb – I only want the big notes,” Wallecker walloped him with her handbag and then pulled off his mask. He threated her with a pistol but Wallecker just hit him again and told him: “That is the bank’s money. If you want money, then get a job, you lazy devil.” Police later arrested a 62-year-old man.
A mayor put his neck on the line to marry two giraffes. Dragan Palma cancelled a meeting to wed buck Jovance, five, and bride Ema, nine. “Boring meetings can wait for a couple in love,” said the mayor of Jagodina, Serbia.
Some people go on cruises for the food or the sightseeing: others like to see a bit of action. Two women in their seventies have been bailed by police in Sweden for collaring a burglar in their cabin. According to officers in Haninge, the women, who both admit being “portly”, forced the thief up against the wall in an armlock – a technique they had learnt from watching police dramas – and called security staff.
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