Weird news of the week (Aug 1-7)

Another Kopitiam employee sacked, a newborn found trapped in a public toilet, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Kopitiam employee fired for washing uniform in sink
Kopitiam employee fired for washing uniform in sink
08 Aug 2015

Kopitiam employee fired for washing uniform in sink

Another employee at food court operator Kopitiam has been fired for washing her uniform and apron at a sink at one of the food stalls. This is the third employee to be sacked for flouting hygiene rules in the last two months.  

A video showing her washing her uniform with washing liquid and soaking it in a container in the sink was captured by a member of the public. The incident reportedly took place at the Kopitiam’s Changi General Hospital outlet after the food court closed for the day.

According to the eye witness, the employee has been washing her clothes after work for the past three months. The same sink is used to clean dishes used at the eatery. A Kopitiam spokesman said the employee had been previously warned about soaking her personal items in food stall sinks.

Last month, an employee was sacked she was caught on camera using a knife to scrape dead skin off her fingers and in June, another employee got the boot for scrubbing her shoes in a sink.

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Newborn baby found trapped in public toilet
Newborn baby found trapped in public toilet
06 Aug 2015

Newborn baby found trapped in public toilet

A newborn baby was found head-first in a public toilet in Beijing on Sunday (Aug 2), after her mother apparently gave birth in the facility. According to local media reports, members of the public were alerted by the baby girl’s cries and found her trapped face-down in the sewer of squat toilet. The police officer who rescued the baby said her whole body had fallen into the sewer and she was almost trapped in the pipe.

Police are looking for the baby’s mother whom they believe to have abandoned the newborn after giving birth. The baby was taken to hospital and is in stable condition, said the Beijing Times. It added that she did not appear to have any birth defects.

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Dash for cash on the BKE
Dash for cash on the BKE
06 Aug 2015

Dash for cash on the BKE

Traffic came to a slow on the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) on Monday (Aug 3) evening as motorists rushed to pick up cash strewn across the road. The incident reportedly took place at around 6.20pm near where the Seletar Expressway (SLE) connects to the BKE.

In a 42-second video posted on Singapore Reckless Drivers Community’s Facebook page on Tuesday, vehicles could be seen parked along the left road shoulder as motorists helped themselves to the RM50 notes. It is believed that there was at least RM10,000 worth of cash. An eye witness, who was on a bus, said some passengers requested that the bus driver stop so they could alight to pick up the notes, but he refused.

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Passenger tries to strip woman as they fight it out for subway seat
Passenger tries to strip woman as they fight it out for subway seat
06 Aug 2015

Passenger tries to strip woman as they fight it out for subway seat

A young women was almost stripped off her top during a fight with a female passenger over a seat on the Wuhan subway on Sunday (Aug 2). According to media reports, the young woman, who looked to be in her early 20s, insulted the older woman who retaliated by attacking her.

A video, which was circulating online, showed the older woman pulling her opponent’s hair and yelling that she would “teach her a lesson”. She also relentlessly tugged at the young lady’s T-shirt, almost ripping it off before being pulled away by other passengers. 

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China accused of ripping off “Let It Go” for Winter Olympics theme song
China accused of ripping off “Let It Go” for Winter Olympics theme song
06 Aug 2015

China accused of ripping off “Let It Go” for Winter Olympics theme song

The composer of one of the official songs of Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics has been slammed for copying “Let It Go”, the hit song from Disney musical Frozen. Netizens noted that “The Snow and Ice Dance” by established songwriter Zhao Zhao sounds eerily similar to “Let It Go” - they have similar tempos, intros and even use the same chords at some parts. Since the song was released, it has been met with negative comments with netizens accusing the composer of plagiarism and “shaming” China.

“The plagiarism is very obvious,” said one netizen on Weibo. “This is an international sports event. If they can’t make their own music, they could at least hire some foreign producer to compose it.” Take a listen to it and decide for yourself.

Photo: Disney

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Man paints cliff green for ‘better feng shui’
Man paints cliff green for ‘better feng shui’
06 Aug 2015

Man paints cliff green for ‘better feng shui’

Some people will do anything for better luck. A Chinese man hired workers to spray paint a 900 metre-high cliff green because it gives his house nearby better feng shui. Yang Zhigang, who lives in Chongqing province, claimed the original colour of the rock was giving his home negative energy and decided to give it a makeover. Five to six workers were seen dangling on safety ropes and reportedly spent a week painting 2,000 square metres of the cliff. Local authorities are now investigating the case to determine the extent of the damage.

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Kellogg’s corn flakes invented to prevent masturbation
06 Aug 2015

Kellogg’s corn flakes invented to prevent masturbation

We will never look at Kellogg’s corn flakes the same way again. After enjoying corn flakes for breakfast for decades, it has emerged that the cereal was invented to curb masturbation (though there is no scientific proof that it actually does).

According to a report on Mental Floss, physician John Harvey Kellogg, who first created the cereal in the late 19th century, was uncomfortable about sex and considered masturbation “a crime doubly abominable”. Believing that plain foods could help purify the mind and body, he developed a range of plain cereals that would prevent a person from pleasuring themselves, and corn flakes was born.

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Cleaner’s leg amputated after getting trapped in escalator
Cleaner’s leg amputated after getting trapped in escalator
06 Aug 2015

Cleaner’s leg amputated after getting trapped in escalator

Another day, another escalator accident. A cleaner at a Shanghai shopping mall lost part of his leg after it got stuck in an escalator last Saturday (Jul 30). CCTV footage showed that the 35-year-old man, identified only as Zhang, was stepping on his mop to clean the top of the escalator when one of the stairs gave way, trapping his left leg. Though Zhang managed to push the emergency button to stop the escalator, part of his leg was shredded and had to be amputated.

An investigation into the accident is underway but the mall has claimed that Zhang could have caused the accident when he “improperly” stepped on his mop while cleaning and pushed it into gap.

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Runaway giant Minion causes traffic chaos
Runaway giant Minion causes traffic chaos
06 Aug 2015

Runaway giant Minion causes traffic chaos

A giant inflatable Minion caused traffic chaos after it escaped from a Dublin fair and landed on a busy road. Police were alerted about the incident at around 3pm on Monday (Aug 3) and with the help from members of the public, they deflated the popular character from the Despicable Me films. Though nobody was injured, Dublin city councilor Paul McAuliffe tweeted that the escaped Minion was a “despicable breach of health and safety”.

Photo: Facebook

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