Toddler drinks brake fluid for the second time this year. Claims not to be an addict; says he can stop any time

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THE parents of a 17-month-old baby boy who was admitted to hospital after allegedly consuming brake fluid for the second time this year will make a statement to Uitenhage police today.

The boy was in a stable condition at Culyer hospital intensive care unit in Uitenhage last night.

He was admitted to the hospital at the weekend. Doctors subsequently found traces of brake fluid in his body and asked for police intervention.

A case of attempted murder and child abuse was opened.

Police spokeswoman, Priscilla Naidu, said last night that no-one had been arrested.

“We are busy with investigations and still taking statement from both parents.

“The child is still at the hospital’s ICU unit and will be placed in the care of social workers when he has fully recovered,” she said.

According to inspector Naidu, it was the second time the child was admitted to the hospital for brake fluid consumption.

She said at this stage they were not sure if someone gave him the fluid to drink or an accident.

General manager at the hospital, Walter Kurten, said the child was in a stable condition but that he could not reveal more information as it would be a breach of patient confidentiality.

McDonald’s worker reveals secrets of fast-food giant (and warns against ordering grilled chicken)

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A McDonald’s worker has lifted the lid on  what it is really like to work at one of the restaurants in the chain in a  candid and hilarious Internet conversation.

The unnamed man claims that some staff at his  branch deal marijuana from the parking lot and that if somebody comes in high  they will ‘practically give you free food’.

Burgers and chicken are left to stew for ‘hours on end’ whilst staff moan about having to make Happy Meals as they are  time-consuming.

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Exposed: A McDonald’s worker has revealed what it is  really like to work at the fast-food chain; he claims that some staff deal  marijuana from the parking lot and that if somebody comes in high they will  ¿practically give you free food¿

Staff jokingly call their company ‘The Party’ after the totalitarian political group in George Orwell’s 1984.

And to get through the day they keep telling  themselves: ‘Never, ever underestimate the ignorance of the  customer.’

Contrary to popular myth, the worker also  claims he has never seen anybody put anything in the food – and says the tables  are wiped down every 10 minutes.

The man’s conversation appeared on Reddit.com and quickly went viral as it  confirmed some people’s worst fears about the company.

He has not revealed his identity or where he  lives but said he is leaving his restaurant – one of the top 500 in the country – in two months to go to college.

asdfRevelations: Staff at one McDonald’s branch get through  the day by telling themselves: ¿Never, ever underestimate the ignorance of the  customer¿ (file photo)

The worker said that the worst thing he ever  saw was his colleague selling marijuana to another employee just outside the  restaurant.

But he added: ‘If you came to our Mcdonald’s  high, we would practically give you free food.

‘Everyone makes mistakes, so yeah it might of  been embarrassing to screw up your change, but there is no way in hell anyone  would turn you in.

‘Our Mcdonalds parking lot is a notorious  spot for Ents (people who smoke marijuana) to hang out, because if you just sit  in your car and blaze, it simply (at night, at least) looks like kids just  eating food they just got in the drive thru. The perfect alibi.’

The worker claims that ‘nobody’ at his  restaurant messes with the food as it would be ‘the biggest d*** move  ever’.

Yet he tells people to avoid the double  quarter pounder with cheese as it is the unhealthiest thing on the menu with the  highest amount of sodium, carbohydrate and calories.

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Misery Meal: The worker writes that Happy Meals are the  biggest bore because you have to work out the toy, the drink and what dessert  goes with it

The worker claims that few people order the  grilled chicken items so it can remain there for two hours under a steamer set  on ‘high’.

And if a customer orders a Happy Meal staff  roll their eyes as they are ‘the biggest pain in the ass’ because you have to  work out the toy, the drink and what dessert goes with it.

Apart from Happy Meals, oatmeal and iced  coffee take the most time to make.

Burgers too can be left out for far longer  than people would like.

The worker writes: ‘I cannot stress enough  that things differ from location to location (Based on rankings, staff, overall  “prestige” if you will of the McDonalds), but for ours, 10 minutes tops (if  already made).

‘Otherwise, the patties can sit in the  steamers for up to an hour before they lose structural integrity (meaning, 1 out  of 100 people might be able to tell it doesn’t taste fresh).

‘Our McDonalds is one of the top 500 in  America though, so we go hard in the paint, so to speak. If you go to some  “s*****” one, maybe out in the boonies of nowhere, they could have their burgers  sitting out for hours on end.’

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Insider secrets: Contrary to popular myth, the worker  also claims he has never seen anybody put anything in the food

Over the course of the conversation on  Reddit, the worker claimed that the customers caused most of the problems, such  as the man who once tried to pay with board game money.

Another came in wearing white y-fronts and  nothing else whilst one man ‘nearly made it to second base’ with his girlfriend  whilst waiting in line.

Then there are the abusive customers, one of  whom threw and ice cream at him or screamed ‘I oughta mothaf***** kill  you’.

People who do not understand English also  pose problems as they hold up the drive thru line, although the man who drove up  in the exact replica of the Mystery Machine drew much mirth.

Then there were the two families who started  rowing in the parking lot, causing half the restaurant to go outside and  watch.

When the manager threatened to call the  police they went to a neighbouring parking lot and carried on  fighting.

Recounting one episode, he writes: ‘One time  I was working front counter when a mom and her kid were in the lobby filling up  their drinks at the drink station.

‘The kid was whining about something, and the  mom wasn’t really paying attention to the kid. Kid walks over to the sweet tea  container, and holds down the auto-lock handle. Me, just watching this ensue,  does not move, does not even say: ‘Hey! stop!’

‘I just watch the kid go unnoticed for about  20 seconds, draining 2 gallons of sweet tea onto himself, and onto the floor.  The lady turns around, flips s*** and I am still standing there with the same  expression on my face of ‘well, that kids a dumbass’.

‘2 gallons of sweet tea on the floor, I walk  over there and asked her if she wanted any napkins.’

On another occasion a customer who tried to  get behind the counter was stopped by a 6ft 4in maintenance man called ‘Big Tim’ who picked him up and took him outside.

Then there are the games they play to pass  the time, such as ‘guess the race’.

He writes: ‘Since we cannot see the people  (only hear them on the drive thru headset, until they pull around), all  employees play “guess the race” games most days.

‘I’ve personally gotten pretty good, certain  races order certain food items together, and combined with the makes of their  car, we are able to guess accurately before we see them face to face.

‘(Pontiac, dodge, or chevy are almost all  driven by blacks)’

In his final thoughts, the worker writes: ‘Never, ever underestimate the ignorance of the customer.

‘I know that sounds bad, but the key to  enjoying the job, is to keep calm, and be chill about everything.

‘The last thing you want to do is instigate  an argument by yelling or something, because that evens out the playing field.

‘If you act chill, and act like you ain’t  even mad about anything, everyone will respect you, and make your life (for the  most part) easier.

His appraisal of working at McDonald’s is  also surprisingly upbeat.

He writes: ‘If anything is to be taken from  this though, I’ve said honestly this has been the best job experience ever.

‘The workers and employees I’ve worked with,  have been the most diverse and colourful personalities I have ever met.

‘It’s been great job experience prepping  myself for the real world in/after college work life. Everything has been  amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If they fire me for the truth, so  be it.’

MailOnline has reached out to McDonald’s for  comment.

Sick infant dies, lies in bed for almost a day before mother can tear herself away from the Internet

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A woman whose baby boy lay dead for nearly a day while she  chatted on internet forums was arrested in Japan, media and police said  Friday.

Yumiko Takahashi knew that 19-month-old Neo was running a  high fever when she checked on him on the afternoon of June 24 last year but  left him lying on his bed untended, police said.

An autopsy revealed Neo died around 2:00pm local time June  26, police said. His mother found his lifeless body the following morning,  newspaper reports said.

Takahashi, 29, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of child  neglect and causing death, a spokesman for police in Otsu, western Japan said  Friday, adding that the lag had been due to officers “carrying out the necessary  investigations.”

Takahashi, whose first child died a few days after birth  and who lost another son in a fall from an apartment balcony, told police she  had been using chatrooms, media reported.

“I have sought solace in chatting on the internet to get  connected to other people for three years since I got depressed for losing my  son in an accident,” broadcaster NHK quoted her as saying. “Child raising is too  much hassle.”

Banan-ART! Masterpieces recreated on fruit as artist uses pin to ‘tattoo’ skin

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Since Michaelangelo many artists have taken  inspiration from the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect who  created some of the most seminal works in the history of Western art.

And until now few would have thought to etch  copies of his masterpieces onto the skins of any kind of fruit.

But American Phil Hansen has used his  background in pointillism to re-create some of the Sistine Chapel painter’s most  instantly recognisable artworks on the skins of bananas.

Likeness: Phil tattoos Michelangelo's Creation of Adam onto a a banana

Likeness: Phil tattoos Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam  onto a a banana

 

Artistic: Phil Hansen has re-created Ballet dancers by Edgar Degas by painstakingly inserting a pin into the skin of a banana

To the point: Phil Hansen has re-created Ballet dancers  by Edgar Degas by painstakingly inserting a pin into the skin of a banana

Phil, from Seattle, Washington spends hours  painstakingly making the ‘fruit tattoos’ by pushing a pin into  the banana  enough times to make an image.

He has done Michaelangelo’s The Creation of  Adam and a depiction of his David as well as paintings by other celebrated  artists.

These remarkable photographs show the banan-art interpretation of the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and Edgar  Degas’ famous dancers.

But Phil revealed that his favourite ‘tattoo’  was his reproduction of the Skull with Burning Cigarette by Vincent van  Gogh.

Speaking of how he discovered his new  fruit-art fusion Phil said: ‘I was sitting around one day doing some drawing,  and my wife handed me a banana to eat as a snack.

Training: Phil uses his background in pointillism to create his fruity masterpieces

Training: Phil uses his background in pointillism to  create his fruity masterpieces

Fruity: David by Michelangelo tattooed on to a banana
Van Gogh's smoking skeleton tattooed on to a banana by Phil Hansen
 

Influential: Michelangelo’s David (top) is one of the  artist’s most celebrated works but Phil’s favourite banan-art is Van Gogh’s  Skull with a Burning Cigarette (bottom)

‘They are not my favourite to eat so I  decided to draw on the banana with my pencil instead.

‘A little later, I realised that the browning  in the banana could make a quality image.’

Phil revealed how his  background in pointillism – where an artist creates images with small dots of  paint – helped him to apply a similar practice to bananas.

The 32-year-old spends up to two hours on  each piece and after they are completed he leaves the fruit to rot and go  completely black.

 

Detailed: Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli probably never imagined that his Birth of Venus would appear on a banana

Detailed: Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli probably  never imagined that his Birth of Venus would appear on a banana

 

He added: ‘I’ve poked a lot of bananas making  anything from simple designs and messages to masterpieces and people’s  faces.

‘I let them sit until they become  completely  blackened. It’s a unique experience to watch something you  created being  destroyed throughout the week.

‘At first, I just ate the bananas but after  eating too many, but now I also make banana bread.’

College student, 23, indicted by grand jury for making explosives in her Georgia home

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A federal grand jury has indicted a  23-year-old college student on charges of making explosives and possessing  illegal firearms in her home.

Celia Alchemy Savage who unabashedly admits  ‘it’s my hobby to blow things up’ expressed no remorse following a raid of her  Cornelia, Georgia home on May 30 revealing multiple explosives, guns and illegal  drugs.

‘Making bombs is serious, and the combination  of explosives and drugs creates a situation that law enforcement cannot ignore,’  U.S. Attorney Sall Quillian Yates responded to the Atlanta  Journal-Constitution.

Charged: College student Celia Alchemy Savage, pictured, has been indicted on federal charges of making explosives and drug possession after several were found in her rural Georgia home among other weapons and illegal drugs

Charged: College student Celia Alchemy Savage, pictured,  has been indicted on federal charges of making explosives and drug possession  after several were found in her rural Georgia home among other weapons and  illegal drugs

The Gainesville State College student was  charged Thursday with three counts of making and possessing explosive devices  and possessing firearms while being an unlawful drug user.

She faces up to 10 years behind bars and a  fine of up to $25,000 per count.

She is currently held without  bond.

Savage seems to enjoy something of a double  life, with photographs on social networking sites showing her toting guns,  riding motorcycles, skydiving – and posing provocatively for the  camera.

In other photographs on Facebook, the  Gainesville State College student dons boxing gloves – before switching to her  barely-there bikini to become a ring girl.

The profile page also admits to her love of  blowing things up – and her loathing of the law.

Double life: Celia Savage
Double life: Celia Savage
 

Double life: Photographs on Facebook show the student  toting guns – but others show her looking glamourous

Stash: Officers allegedly found weapons, including a revolver, and drugs including meth and pot

Stash: Officers allegedly found weapons, including a  revolver, and drugs including meth and pot

‘I  despise all law enforcement and any  governing authority,’ she writes. ‘I am not  one for  selective targeting but mass destruction.’

The weapons were discovered after an  army of  law enforcement officers – from the federal Bureau of Alcohol,  Tobacco,  Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, the Georgia Bureau of  Investigation and local  law enforcement officers – searched Savage’s  home in  the woods.

Authorities discovered two pipe bombs, a  selection of firearms – including a Taurus .454 calibre  revolver – suspected  illegal drugs – including meth and pot – and drug paraphernalia.

Savage allegedly told an FBI agent  she has  made up to seven pipe bombs as ‘manufacturing explosive devices  and detonating  them for recreation was her hobby’, an ATF report noted.

She added that she likes to blow up toilets  in the woods, as a video uploaded to YouTube shows.  Her father Tommy confirmed she appeared in the video, Channel  2 reported.

‘I didn’t even mean to hurt them': Moment boy, 14, burst into tears in the back of a police car minutes after killing parents

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A teenager who was sentenced to 20 years in  prison for shooting dead both his parents regretted his actions immediately  after and said he ‘didn’t even mean to hurt them’.

Alex Crain, now 15, from Naples, Florida, was  arrested at his home in December 2010 for the slayings and has never spoken  publicly or given any reason as to why he killed them.

Now a video has been released of a  14-year-old Crain sitting in the back of a police cruiser, wailing and crying to  himself and shouting things like ‘I swear I didn’t mean to kill them’, ‘I’m  sorry’ and ‘I didn’t mean to hurt them’.

Crain’s admissions, recorded on a dashboard  camera tape, are the first – and only – insights into the former Palmetto Ridge  High School student’s state of mind after he shot his parents, Thomas and Kelly,  in their bed in December 2010.

Throughout his court case, Crain never gave a  reason as to why he shot his parents and has never explained his actions to  anyone.

Slain: The bodies of Thomas and Kelly Crain were found in the master bedroom of their Florida home around 9am in December 2010

Slain: The bodies of Thomas and Kelly Crain were found  in the master bedroom of their Florida home around 9am in December 2010

Upset: Alex Crain can be seen wailing and crying at the back of a police cruiser after he was arrested for shooting his parents dead

Upset: Alex Crain can be seen wailing and crying at the  back of a police cruiser after he was arrested for shooting his parents  dead

 

Regrets: He twice shouts at the police who are standing outside the vehicle before lying down and remaining silent for a prolonged period of time

Regrets: He twice shouts at the police who are standing  outside the vehicle before lying down and remaining silent for a prolonged  period of time

In April, the teen was charged as an  adult  and pleaded no contest to two charges of manslaughter before being handed down  the 20-year sentence.

In the video, Crain can be seen banging his  head against the car window  and shouting: ‘I shouldn’t have done it. What the  f*** is wrong with me? I shot my own parents for no f***ing reason.’

He twice shouts at the police who are  standing outside the vehicle before  lying down and remaining silent for a  prolonged period of time.

Another tape supposedly shows Crain in the  interview room, according to NaplesNews.

When he is being fingerprinted he is heard  asking: ‘You’re testing for gunshot residue, aren’t you?’

Other than that he is said to have shown no  emotion.

Crain is currently serving out his sentence  at the Department of Corrections’ Reception and Medical Center but will be  transferred to another prison soon.