An Uber driver was arrested yesterday and charged with battery for allegedly placing his hands down the shirt of a 25-year-old female customer.
The victim told police that she was en route last Friday night to meet her boyfriend at his Orlando residence when driver Ramy Botros “began driving in an odd pattern and back tracking several times.” The 28-year-old Botros, she added, made “comments to her about how ‘Attractive’ and ‘Pretty’ she was,” according to an arrest report.
At one point, the woman told cops, Botros stopped his Honda Civic and placed his hand down the front of her tank top and “touched her breasts in an aggressive manner.” The victim, police added, “was not wearing an undershirt or bra, so his hand touched her directly on her breast.”
“Do not touch my boobs or I will hit you in your face!,” the woman recalled telling Botros, an Egyptian immigrant. The passenger told investigators that while she was afraid of Botros, she “tried to play off his actions as harmless,” and even asked for his business card when she arrived at her destination.
During the ride, the woman used her phone to record part of her interaction with Botros, since “she had read several things about the ‘Uber’ drivers sexually battering women.”
After the woman yesterday picked Botros from a photo lineup, cops summoned him to police headquarters, where he agreed to an interview.
Botros, pictured above, told a cop that the victim was “wearing a revealing shirt with no bra.” He added that, in Egypt, if a “girl like her” dressed like the victim, “it means she asking for that.”
Despite that shaky rationale, Botros was arrested on the misdemeanor charge and booked into the county jail (from which he was released today after posting $500 bond).
In response to Botros’s arrest, Uber has suspended his driver’s account, according to a statement from the car service company.
Islam forbids Muslims from divorcing out of anger or for petty reasons, but this injunction did not stop a Saudi man from leaving his wife because she refused to close their car door, according to recent reports in local media and on social networking sites.
Her husband then called out for her to close the door, but she refused, saying he should do so because he was closer to it. Incensed at her reply, the husband reportedly said: “You are forbidden to me and should not enter my home if you do not close the door.”
The woman then reportedly left and returned to her father’s house. Many people have tried to reconcile the couple, but the woman has rejected all attempts, saying that she does not want to remain married to such an “irresponsible” man Arab News spoke to well-known Saudi Sheikh Asim Al-Hakim on the matter, who said that the divorce is valid based on the man’s actions.
Al-Hakim explained that there are direct and indirect divorces. Direct divorce can occur even if a person jokes about it. Indirect divorce is based on intent.
“Intention is very important in such cases, but such behavior is irresponsible.” He said Islam has given men a great deal of responsibility to act correctly under these circumstances. “So a man should be very careful about his actions,” he said.
He said a judge can issue a final verdict in such cases. He warned that people should not act hastily and in anger.
According to a study conducted by Aleqtesadiah newspaper, there are 2.5 divorce cases for every 1,000 men above the age of 15.
There were 30,000 divorces in 2012, averaging 82 a day, or three an hour. In earlier reports, the Ministry of Economy and Planning confirmed that while courts and marriage officials register around 70,000 marriage contracts annually, they also process more than 13,000 divorces.
The study also showed that the Kingdom ranked second among Gulf Cooperation Council countries in terms of divorces after Bahrain, where the rate is 2.7 for every 1,000 people. The same study showed an upward trend in divorce cases in 2012 compared with 2010, when there were 75 a day.
Fifty-one turtles found in a man’s sweat pants may have a brighter future after he was caught trying to cross from Detroit into Canada, authorities said.
Kai Xu was charged with federal smuggling crimes for trying to return to Windsor with the live reptiles tucked in baggies around his legs, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
Before he was stopped Aug. 5, investigators with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report watching Xu pick up a box labeled “live fish keep cool” from the UPS Customer Center on Hoover Street near 8 Mile Road, according to the complaint filed Tuesday and later unsealed. The box was from Alabama, which experts say is a popular area for turtle breeders.
Asked why anyone would smuggle turtles out of the United States, Gavin Shire with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which investigated the case against Xu, said it has to do with demand for turtles in Asia. And not necessarily for pets.
“There’s now a burgeoning Asian market,” he said, adding that there’s “a lot of both illegal and unregulated turtle consumption.”
The criminal complaint against Xu doesn’t indicate whether he gave a reason for taking the turtles.
It indicates that while he was at UPS, he went to his car and opened the box. Moments later, he was seen carrying a pair of scissors and a plastic grocery bag that appeared “weighted” with baggies and tape to an area between two UPS semi-trailers, according to the complaint.
Ten minutes later, he returned to his car with the scissors but no bag. Bulges were seen on his legs beneath his pants, the complaint reports.
“Xu returned to the back of his (Ford) Escape and wiped his hands with a paper towel, which he discarded on the ground,” according to the complaint.
He left UPS at about 5:30 p.m., and they followed him to the Windsor tunnel. Moments later, he was stopped trying to enter Windsor, and the turtles — pet-type breeds of eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders and diamondback terrapins — were found during a search, according to the complaint.
Xu faces three charges, including smuggling goods from the United States, trading in specimens illegally, and exporting fish or wildlife illegally, according to the complaint.
Donnie Cook, owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, said the pet-reptile industry is well aware of the demand for turtles abroad.
“A lot of the turtle-breeding farms here in the United States ship most of their turtles overseas for food,” he said. “They make food out of them.”
Cook said it takes five to 10 years for a turtle to reach adulthood, which could explain the Asian shortage. He’s never had someone ask to buy a turtle to eat; but if he was, he would refuse to sell.
“We’re definitely sensitive to it, and it’s not only from a business standpoint, like it’s frustrating sometimes because we can’t get turtles,” he said. “And the emotional aspect kind of causes a little distress. It’s less invasive than having dog and cat on the menu over in Asia, but it’s similar.”
Here’s a terrifying thought: What if no one was concerned with being polite during sex and instead said exactly what they were thinking?
In the video above, BuzzFeed gives us a glimpse of just how awkward sex would be if that were to happen. Some of the cringiest admissions? “This isn’t my O face. This is my holding-in-a-fart face” — and the one thing no man wants to hear right before sexy time begins: “Oh, cool penis!”
A gambler in Germany has been saved from prison by a one-armed bandit.
He had been ordered to pay a 710-euro ($910) fine or go to prison for 71 days after resisting police during a previous incident.
Police say that as officers informed the man that he faced arrest, the slot machine started to flash and the beaming 37-year-old won a 1,000-euro ($1,270) jackpot.
The man paid his fine on the spot – in cash.
Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza tells the Journal Inquirer that the Enfield High student acknowledged sharing the tainted lollipops, which were laced with THC, an active ingredient in marijuana. She said she received the candy in the mail from California.
The police chief says a 16-year-old girl was hospitalized overnight Monday after consuming one of the lollipops. But he says the student who brought the tainted lollipops to school denied giving any to her.
Because the student is being charged is a juvenile, she will not be arrested. Sferrazza says she’ll instead be referred to juvenile court.