April 1st, 2010
And these are not April fool's jokes.
A Belgian father of five children who were killed by his ex-wife has been told to pay 72,743 Euro ($97,000 or £65,000) in legal costs.
The mother, Genevieve Lhermitte, killed their five children in February 2007. Now the father is expected to pay the legal costs for the trial, the court fees and fines.
Not only did Bouchaïb Moqadem, the father of five children, lose his children in a traumatic manner, but also the cold bureaucratic legal system churns on to destroy him financially.
His lawyer has sent a request to the Finance Minister Didier Reynders, hoping that some human somewhere will see the absurdity in this traumatic tragedy and write off the “debt.”
Selling a goldfish - a serious crime
A 66-year old great-grandmother has a criminal record for unwittingly selling a goldfish to a 14-year old boy in her pet shop. She has to pay a £1,000 fine and wear an electronic tag for two months. The 14-year-old boy was taking part in a trading standards 'sting' operation.
Have the authorities so little to do that they waste time on an unethical undercover entrapment operation, using a 14-year-old who looks like a 16-year-old to fool a great-grandma.
Entrapment is when a person is encouraged by someone in some official capacity to commit a crime. What did the 14-year-old learn, being used by the authorities to break the law? Surely this should be illegal in Britain. If I as a private person encourage someone to commit a crime, then I am also guilty and will be taken to court.
With the cases of child neglect and child abuse in the UK that social workers turn blind eyes to, it is obviously easier to harass little old ladies than pathologically dysfunctional young adults with children.
This is absurd news.
A tramp known as Tin Can Kurt in the Swedish city of Skelleftea has left a fortune of nearly £1million in stocks and shares and gold bars worth £240,000 was revealed after his death.
The 60 year-old spent his days picking up tins to sell to shopkeepers for recycling and to a recycling plant.
What nobody knew was that he was a shrewd investor who, over three decades, made a fortune buying stocks and shares after saving his recycling savings.
When he was not collectiing tin cans and scavenging for food, which mostly consisted of old sandwiches and half-eaten burgers in fastfood restaurant wastebins, Kurt would spend his time in the city library studying the financial pages. He also saved by not buying the newspapers.
Kurt had a good relashionship with a cousin. The rest of the family did not want to be associated with the destitute tramp. That is until the contents of his will became known. Then the family creapt out of the woodwork and tried to scavenge from Kurt's estate. Kurt left it all to his friendly cousin.
Finally it went to court. Fittingly, outside the courthouse, on the sidewalk, the cousin and an uncle agreed to share Kurt's wealth. They both said that they were "satisfied" with the outcome of their settlement.