Believe it or not

Cash machine prank backfires

Jackass-style pranksters got more than they bargained for after setting up fake cash machine robberies to see how passers-by would react.

Each time the trio carried out ATM heists and mock muggings in Sydney, Australia, have-a-go heroes piled in to rugby tackle, thump and pull them to the ground. And one of them ended up with a broken nose when a passer-by stepped in and gave him a straight right to the face.

More than 585,000 people have watched the video by the group, who call themselves Reckless, on YouTube. Daniel Maran, 19, Robert Milazzo and George Proestos, both 16, had wanted to film by-standers’ reactions as a hooded-robber attacks Maran as he took cash out of the machine. Warning. The video includes some graphic footage of the bloody injury suffered by Mr Proestos.

Police lost password for eight years

Police in India have failed to act on hundreds of corruption complaints because they lost a computer password – for eight years.

Officers in Delhi were unable to access a portal holding more than 600 complaints, reports the Indian Express.

The lapse at India’s anti-corruption agency, the Central Vigilance Commission, had gone undetected since 2006.

But two senior police officers have now been trained in the system, and can access the 667 cases that have piled up since the portal launched.

One officer told the paper the oversight was “a technical problem”, and complaints were now being addressed.

Despite the confusion, police in Delhi “remain committed to public grievances”, a senior officer told the newspaper.

Bungling workers in school sign gaffe

Council workmen painted road markings outside a school – after failing to notice it had been knocked down more than a year ago.

Highway workers in Liverpool put down markings outside the former Gateacre school, which was shut to pupils two years ago before being demolished.

The council admitted its staff had made a mistake and said it was now checking that the gaffe had not been repeated outside other knocked down schools.

Local residents and councillors said they were amazed the workmen had not applied some common sense, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Liberal Democrat councillor Malcolm Kelly said he couldn’t believe it when he saw the fresh coat of paint.

“The council keeps saying it has to prioritise things and then goes and spends money on doing this,” he complained.

Woman joins search party looking for her

A ‘missing’ woman on holiday in Iceland managed to unwittingly join a search party looking for herself.

It happened after a tourist group traveling by bus to the volcanic Eldgja canyon made a pit stop near the canyon park.

The woman in question went inside to freshen up and change her clothes at the rest stop, and when she came back “her busmates didn’t recognise her”.

Word spread among the group of a missing passenger, and the woman didn’t recognise the description of herself.

A 50-person search party – including the ‘missing’ woman – was soon canvassing the area, and the coast guard was mobilising to deploy a search party of its own.

It wasn’t until 3am that someone finally figured out that the missing woman was actually in the search party, albeit in different clothes, and the search was called off.

Post published in: World News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *