And finally

And finally… expensive cut

A man who tried to pass off expensive veal as cheap fruit at a supermarket self-service checkout has been fined nearly £185,000. The 58-year-old businessman, who remains unnamed, was convicted of theft and given a penalty based on his monthly salary of £21,000. The veal liver he tried to nab had been priced at £42. […]

And finally… hard cheese

Trade talks between the EU and Mexico have been held to ransom by Spanish cheesemakers and their Mexican competitors, who remain locked in a long-running dispute over allegations of cheese plagiarism. Cheesemakers in La Mancha, central Spain, accuse their Mexican counterparts of a “crude plagiarism” of their famous Manchego cheese. The Spanish cheese, made from […]

And finally… no strings attached

An award-winning musician whose €1 million cello was stolen at knifepoint has had the 18th-century instrument anonymously returned. French soloist Ophelie Gaillard was forced to hand over the instrument and her mobile phone in a terrifying robbery in a Paris suburb. Days later, she received an anonymous call which informed her that the instrument was […]

And finally… cheesed off

A lawyer has complained to police after more than 100 unwanted pizzas were delivered to his office at the behest of an unknown party. Guido Grolle, a lawyer in Dortmund, told the Ruhr Nachrichten: “It’s so irrititating, I don’t even get my work done any more.” He added that the unsolicited food deliveries have recently […]

And finally… bad rap

A rapper who halted motorway traffic to film a music video has narrowly avoided jail after promising not to do it again. Rap star Sofiana Zermani, 34, stalled traffic on a four-lane motorway near Paris to film a video that has now been watched 33 million times. He and friends set up restaurant tables and […]

And finally… cover up

A property developer has been ordered to pay nearly €5.5 million to a group of graffiti artists after destroying their work without warning. The street artists took to court after 45 separate artworks were whitewashed as a precursor to the redevelopment of a site. Judge Frederic Block, of the US District Court for the Eastern […]

And finally… duty of scare

A couple who purchased a $3.2 million mansion are suing the brokers for failing to disclose that it featured in a popular horror TV show — plus, they add, it is actually haunted. In 2015, Dr Ernst von Schwarz and Angela Oakenfold became the inadvertent owners of the Rosenheim Mansion at 1120 Westchester Place in […]

And finally… cop off

A new anti-speeding initiative involving a fake police officer turned out to be shortlived after the cardboard cop was stolen within hours. Police in Dundee, Scotland installed the cardboard cut-out of a police officer holding a speed gun near a school for disabled children. The two-dimensional officer, “Jim”, went on duty at 7.45am but was […]

And finally… sitting tight

A suspected gangster has spent 23 days in custody as police wait for him to go to the toilet and pass a suspected drugs stash. The man has been charged with two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply, but police have not yet recovered the alleged goods. Police in Essex have […]

And finally… stuffed

And finally… stuffed

Armed police responding to reports of a tiger on the loose were relieved to discover it was actually a large stuffed toy. A farmer in Aberdeenshire, Scotland called police after spotting the big cat lying down in his cowshed — but it turned out not to be real. Peterhead Inspector George Cordiner said: “Unusual as […]