BBQs work: Cooking squirrel with blowtorch to cost Michigan tenant $2M after complex gutted

A woman whose boyfriend sparked a 2012 apartment fire using a blowtorch on a squirrel is on the hook for $2 million in damages to the Holland Township complex, the Court of Appeals ruled.

grey.squirrel.eatWednesday’s ruling reverses a lower court decision that held Barbara Pellow responsible for only $15,400 in damages caused by the Oct. 10 blaze that consumed 32 units at ClearView Apartments.

The woman’s boyfriend, Khek Chanthalavong, had been using a blowtorch to remove fur from the squirrel on a wooden deck. Owners of the complex claimed cooking a squirrel on the deck violated her rental agreement.

Even though her boyfriend caused the fire, Pellow is still liable under a lease agreement for what justices described as a “fur-burning escapade.”

“Because defendant signed the lease agreement, she is presumed to have read and understood its contents,” the three-judge panel wrote.

Dozens of people at ClearView Apartments in Holland Township lost everything in the fire. Insurance carrier Travelers Indemnity Co. paid out more than $2 million to repair the damage.

The boyfriend left the torch on the deck and went into the apartment. When he returned 15 minutes later, he discovered the fire.

‘You don’t poop where you eat’ so no Real Housewives of St. Louis

Andy Cohen had lots of reasons to look forward to a trip home to St. Louis over the weekend.

jake.allen.st.louisCohen, a Clayton High School alum who named his dog Wacha, threw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game on Friday with his parents by his side. He visited his cousin Josh Allen, owner of Companion bakery and cafe, at the bakery’s new Westport location. He even went to a fundraiser for Missouri senate candidate Jason Kander.

One thing Cohen didn’t have to do: hobnob with the brash and bold personalities of the Real Housewives of St. Louis.

That’s because there are no “Real Housewives of St. Louis,” which may seem odd once you realize that Cohen is the man behind the hit Real Housewives franchise. The closest St. Louis comes to having a RHOSTL is seeing Jim Edmonds and his wife Meghan bringing some St. Louis flavor to season ten of the Real Housewives of Orange County.

Cohen has said before he doesn’t want to start a franchise of his most famous creation in St. Louis. As the Bravo executive told the New York Times in 2010: “I’m from St. Louis. I know the real housewives of St. Louis. I don’t necessarily want to see them on TV. Please don’t let that be a slam on my hometown because it’s my favorite place.”

“You don’t poop where you eat,” Cohen said when asked why there’s no RHOSTL in an interview broadcast on the jumbotron for the whole stadium. “I don’t want to come back to St. Louis and have to deal with the Real Housewives of St. Louis.”

Go Blues.

Another reason to avoid private school: NY children ride bus filled with feces, urine and vomit

One group of schoolchildren were forced to endure a 90-minute ride to their private school in a bus that was defiled with every form of filth. And when the school and parents expressed outrage over the condition of the bus to the owner of the company all they got were denials, and a refusal to refund any of the transportation fees.

ac-dc-high-voltage-460-100-460-70Vincent Lopez and his wife chose the Lawrence Woodmere Academy on Long Island for their daughter Veronica hoping for a brighter future. They love the education she gets at her private, $32,000 a year school. But it’s getting to and from their Queens’ home that’s left them horrified.

Vincent describes the morning last month his 7th grader was picked up.

“Feces, vomit, urine, and on all the chairs,” Lopez recalled.

Eight children in all were picked up that day. School administrators confirmed teachers boarded the bus to document the filth, capturing photo after photo of vomit, feces, urine, discarded food, even surgical gloves.

Lopez was outraged at the hazards the children were exposed to.

“Feces on the ground. Vomit on the chair. Urine smelling. And the bus driver saying, ‘Get in!’ And eight children sitting on one chair because it’s filthy.”

Veronica still recoils remembering the day she endured the vile ride.

“There was a broom that had poop,” Veronica said. “I tried to go to sit in another seat, and it was sticky too. We all had to squish into the back!”

Cross contamination nightmare

From the Retail Hell Underground:

I work for a supermarket in the Fresh Fish department. I actually enjoy the job, most of the time that is, but everyone has horror stories. This was an amusing thing that happened shortly after I started the job.

Fish HeadSo we had a sale on Whole Salmon at £4 a kilogram (around $2.50 for a pound, give or take for Americans). It was an incredibly good sale, and whenever the sale is on the department is absolutely rammed with customers. I don’t really mind as the day goes quicker and our sales go through the roof. The vast majority of customers don’t want the Salmon whole as it is, and ask for it filleting, which we are happy to offer and do for them even if it takes a bit longer. I was just about to go for my lunch, but as we had a lot of orders for whole salmon that needed filleting I decided I would stay for longer and help my colleagues get through it. In comes a customer who looks absolutely bewildered, lets call him AB.

Me: Hello Sir, how may I help you today?

AB: The whole salmon, how much is it?

Me: It is on special offer at £4 per kilogramme.

AB: No, how much are THEY?!? I don’t work in kilogrammes. (Despite the fact that the retail sector has been using metric weights for over 30 years and the man didn’t look older than his 50s)

Me: Well it works out at under £2 per pound and they are each individually priced as you can see, they range from between £10 to £16 each depending on which one you want sir.

AB: Give me that one!

Me: Okay sir how would you like it? As it is whole or filleted?

AB: I would like it filleting… quickly please!

Me: I’ll try get through it as soon as I can sir, it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. Would you like me to pin bone it?

AB: I SAID FILLETING THANK YOU!!!

Me: No problem, I’ll have it ready for you as soon as possible.

The customer was being irate, but as it was a hot day I didn’t really think much of it as everyone seems to get more aggravated when the sun comes out. I quickly filleted the fish, not bothering to pin bone it as he stated he just wanted it filleting, bagged it up and left it in the back up chiller for when he came back to pick it up. He comes back, I gave it to him and he seemed happy enough. I didn’t think more of it and went for my lunch.

As I came back to the department after my lunch I barely had my apron on when he came rushing back to the department.

AB: There are bones in my fish!

ME: Well yes, you said you didn’t want it pin boning.

AB: CAN YOU REMOVE THEM! I’M NOT EATING MY FISH WITH BLOODY BONES.

ME: Sure thing, but in future when asked if you want it pin boning please reply yes.

AB: (muttering under his breath) …ohh, right.

So I pin bone the fish, but I notice it all crumbled up to the bottom of the bag and it is incredibly wet. My colleague is speaking to the absolutely bewildered customer, and he suddenly bursts out laughing. I’m not really listening to the conversation, but I finish pin-boning the fish and give it back to him and he looks rather embarrassed but thanks me really nicely, like a total mood change.

So I ask my colleague what they were talking about. Supposedly the customer had gone to the customer bathroom after he paid for his shopping, and dropped the salmon in the actual toilet by accident, and he ran the salmon fillets under the water in the sink to clean it as if that would magically get rid of all the bacteria.

This man had just dropped his salmon in the toilet, without telling me, and expected me to handle it again and use a clean surface to de-bone it. Cross contamination nightmare! Me and my colleague had a good chuckle as he got what he deserved.

And that is how I ended up spending the next hour disinfecting the hell out one of our work areas.

How these people manage in daily life is beyond me haha.

Hucksters abound: orangoutangs and gluten instead of real food safety

I learned so much from Dr. Jonny Bower, PhD’s KCRA segment on food safety for grilling.

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Too bad the good doctor didn’t mix in a thermometer. Or talk about cross-contamination.

I couldn’t get the video to embed, check out the full segment here.

This isn’t Rocky II and another reason to avoid private schools: Aust. rugby team practices by tackling sheep

In 1986, when I became editor of the University of Guelph student paper, The Ontarian, we were still using that old aggie joke, Guelph: Where men are men and sheep are afraid.

john.cleeseI taunted myself for using that line in a food safety video recorded in 2000.

Yet in Australia, in 2016, sheep do need to be afraid.

Farming and animal welfare groups have slammed a Sydney school after vision emerged of students tackling and wrestling sheep and rams during a rugby training camp.

The ABC obtained videos showing first and second XV players from Sydney’s prestigious King’s School in Parramatta chasing rams in a farm paddock and dragging them into designated squares before flipping them over.

The videos were reportedly posted on a Facebook page by teacher and coach James Hilgendorf and ex-professional Hugh Perrett, but were taken down when the ABC contacted the school on Wednesday.

RSPCA chief executive Steve Coleman was disgusted by what he saw.

President of the NSW Farmers’ Association Derek Schoen said farmers would have watched the vision “with horror”.

“This is unacceptable animal husbandry practice. You’d never treat your stock like that and I would say most concerned farmers would view that with a bit of horror,” Mr Schoen said.

“It’s distressing to the animals. It will make future husbandry practices more difficult with the animals — they’ll remember what has happened in those yards.

“To have rams running around with a whole lot of school kids I think is just plain stupid.”

Understandably, viewers who saw the footage on ABC on Thursday night were outraged.

Despite this response, the school’s headmaster Dr Tim Hawkes said he had no problem with the practice.

“A strength and team-building exercise devised by the farmer involved the boys having to undertake a task not dissimilar to that undertaken by shearers,” Hawkes said in a statement to the ABC.

“The task was supervised closely by the farmer who gave instructions to the boys as to how this task should be done.

“The two rugby coaches involved were assured by the farmer beforehand that the activity was safe and all the more so because he would be supervising it carefully.

“No animals were injured in the exercise. Neither were any boys.”

To head-master Dr Tim Hawkes: Your title says it all.

Do it in the country, like it just fine, do it on the city, $20 fine

Goodyear Police in Arizona arrested CBS 5 journo Jonathan Lowe Monday afternoon while he was on assignment, reporting on a former Arizona State University football player who allegedly sacrificed the family dog by putting him in a smoker in order to appease an angry God.

poo-emoji-collectionThat doesn’t begin to explain the kind of day Lowe was having, however.

“Lowe chose to use the front yard of a residence to relieve himself,” Goodyear Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Kutis tells New Times. “An onlooker from across the street called it in to officers. They approached him, he said he’d had to relieve himself, and they arrested him.”

Lowe was handcuffed and taken to the Goodyear Police station, where he was booked, cited, and released. Kutis says Lowe was cited under Goodyear code violation 11-1-30, “public urination or defecation,” a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 or six months in jail. 

Goodyear police haven’t released the arrest report, but the department confirms that the citation was for defecation. Kutis says the arrest took place at about 3:10 p.m., and that at the time various media outlets had been “in the neighborhood of the home where the dog incident took place.”

News of Lowe’s arrest was reported by TV news industry gossip site FTVLive.com, which published a photo of the reporter being taken away in handcuffs beneath the headline “Cops Bust the Potty Reporter.” A subsequent article on the site claimed Lowe’s arrest “was the talk inside the Phoenix newsrooms” and that “two competing stations had video of Lowe being lead [sic] away.” 

Bizarrely, there was no further news about the former football player who smoked the dog to appease God.

Mum forced to pay to clean up son’s vomit in Australian restaurant

The six of us were returning from IAFP in San Diego in 2002.

It wasn’t a fun trip, and after returning I proclaimed, that’s it, we’re getting a divorce.

ARTICLEGLASSHOUSEBISTROBut before such bravado, we were waiting in line at the San Diego airport, and one of the kids hurled.

Everywhere.

It was a mess, and we helped clean up.

We all have those stories — maybe not the divorce part — but Imagine if that happened in a restaurant?

It did to an Australian family at The Glasshouse Bistro on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Mom Rebecca Harnett (right), from Toowoomba, posted a review on Facebook, outlining the “unpleasant experience”.

Ms Harnett wrote that her son became ill and vomited on the floor while they were waiting for their food.

She said she didn’t expect staff to clean it up, but she was left shocked when she had to pay extra to do it herself.

articleglasshousebistro2She wrote: “One of the waitresses gave me paper towel and a wet towel. I cleaned it up and she came back with plastic bags for me to dispose of. All fine with that.

“The lady in charge comes over after we’d finished eaten and said, I heard you had a little accident. The standard charge in any restaurant is $30 if you want us to finish cleaning up.”

Ms Harnett said she mopped the floor herself and claims when she went to pay her bill was increased by $10 as someone had to disinfect the mop.

“I was taken aback,” she told The Chronicle.

“They could have shown a bit of compassion.”

According to the publication a spokesman from the eatery said: “The incident caused us a loss of income because that section for the restaurant wasn’t able to be used for a period of time.”

The restaurant reportedly acknowledges the situation would have been embarrassing for the family, and that it was an unfortunate situation for both parties.

“We thought at the time that our nominal charge of $10 was fair considering we had to allocate a staff member to clean up the mess to our satisfaction after they left – to make sure the area was properly sterilised.”

The spokesperson reportedly said the cost to the restaurant was more than $10 and the staff member who sterilised the area after the family left felt unwell and had to sit outside.

“If we were given that set of circumstances again, we probably wouldn’t charge $10 but just accept it as our lot,” the spokesperson reportedly said.

In response to the news, the Sunshine Coast Daily asked other restaurants of their policy and found many were surprised by the bistro’s decision to charge a customer extra for cleaning after her child vomited on the premises.

Dion Spadaro, general manager of The Boat Shed at Cotton Tree, was shocked to hear that a Montville bistro had charged a customer for the loss of space and staff time while the mess was cleaned up.

“It’s not something that we would do. It’s not like we don’t have buckets and cleaning equipment,” Mr Spadaro said.

mr.creosote.monty.python.vomit“We look after our customers whatever their needs are.

“If customers make a mess in the toilet, we clean that up. If someone makes a mess elsewhere, we clean that up, that’s what we do.”

Gavin Murray, of Murray’s Cafe, at Cotton Tree, said there was “no way in the world” he would charge a fee for cleaning up after a child had vomited at his business.

“On the weekend, we had a mum whose little girl was sick at the table. She made it to the toilets but must have made a bit of a mess. The mum was very apologetic and we said it’s not a problem,” Mr Murray said

“We ran out, grabbed the mop and bucket and between us, got it done and got back to work.

“We’ve all been there, we’ve all got kids.

“There’s no way we would charge someone for their child being sick. It’s something that no-one can predict. You just deal with it.”

Michael Mulhearne, the owner of Tides Waterfront Dining at Caloundra, said the restaurant business was about customer service and he would not charge a fee to clean up after a customer.

“I understand it but I wouldn’t do it,” he said.

“They are going to lose that customer for life, they have lost a heap of other customers. They are not going to get anything good out of it except for their name in the paper.”

Another restaurant figure, who declined to be named, was also surprised at the fee.

“We would never do that in our restaurant. If the mum helped clean up, even better, but we would never charge them,” she said.

Five people shared their thoughts with the Sunshine Coast Daily on cleaning up after unfortunate incidents involving bodily fluids:

  1. Andrew Hebron said his work in public transport exposed him to some unforgettable things.

“Let me tell you about cleaning up other peoples’ mess,” he said.

“Name an orifice and I’ll paint you a picture.”

Mr Hebron said making a mess was an unfortunate consequence of life.

“We eat, we poo and sometimes things don’t go to plan in between … and out it all comes to much fanfare (in my case) and colour,” he said.

“I have had people offer to clean up their mess and very reluctantly decline, because I’m the one in charge.

“I’m the one with the keys. I’m the one who will get it done in short order and put out the yellow cone.”

  1. Miranda King: “I work in a chemist and every time a child vomits or wees, which is disgusting, we are the ones who clean it. While dry retching.”
  2. Bev Wilson: “I work at a school as a cleaner and we always have to clean up vomit.”
  3. Alicia Williams: “I clean up my kids vomit at the shops.”
  4. Jenna Lubbock: “I work at Woolworths and I clean it up as well as feces and wee.”

‘I’m a sympathetic vomiter and can’t handle the smell’ Dad texts mom after kid pukes

I used to be a sympathetic vomiter; like Lard Ass Hogan style.

And then I had kids, and cleaning up vomit became a daily event.

A few years ago Jack puked on a plane. The flight attendants responded quickly, and provided me with plastic bags to contain the pukey clothes and coffee pods to manage the smell. Because there are some sympathy yackers out there.

Like the dad who texted an excellent kid puke-driven narrative to his wife that went viral today.

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It is called barfblog.

Romper writes about listeria, misses some context

Romper, a site targeting new moms (from the same folks who run Bustle) deconstructs recent listeria events and sorta misses stuff, but there are some gems for the nerds:

Listeria is a wild bacteria

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As opposed to the domestic ones.

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Huh?

Want to ensure listeria doesn’t live…refrigerate.

Uh no. Not quite

If you feel icky about bacteria, forget about what your grandma said and toss that pasta. If not, go for it. Just microwave them at least.

Probably not the best cooking source because of the uneven heat.

At least they got this correct:

Different kinds of food are processed, cleaned, and distributed in many places.

Yep.