Three calls to 911 over McNuggets

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A woman called 911 three times after McDonald’s employees told her they were out of Chicken McNuggets, authorities said.

According to a police report, 27-year-old Fort Pierce resident Latreasa Goodman told authorities she paid for a 10-piece portion last week but was later informed the restaurant had run out.

She said employees refused to give her a refund, saying all sales were final. A cashier told police she offered Goodman a larger portion of different food for the same price, but Goodman became irate.

Police say Goodman was cited on misuse of 911.

Barry Manilow vs. mall rats

The New Zealand city of Christchurch hopes that putting the American crooner’s smooth and gentle tones into the mix of music to be broadcast through the central mall district can pacify unruly teens who congregate there, or at least convince them to go elsewhere.

“The intention is to change the environment in a positive way … so nobody feels threatened or intimidated,” Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale said. “I did not say Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction.”

A group of several dozen young people regularly spread rubbish, spray graffiti, get intoxicated, use drugs, swear and intimidate patrons at the outdoor mall, he said.

The city council, police and local property owners covering 410 businesses agree that “nice, easy listening” music like Manilow’s might change the behavior of loitering teens.

But one 16-year-old said unfashionable music wouldn’t deter them.

“We would just bring a stereo and play it louder,” Emma Belcher said.

Lonsdale countered that the city would then hit them with anti-noise laws.

Short list for world’s ‘best job’

From a Canadian who staged a musical on a snowy city street to an Australian who showed off his best asset in a thong, 50 lucky people are now on a short list to become caretaker of a tropical Australian island — dubbed the “Best Job in the World.”

Officials with the tourism department of Australia’s Queensland state on Tuesday revealed the 50 finalists from a pool of nearly 35,000 applicants for the job — a 150,000 Australian dollar ($96,000) contract to relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing a blog to promote the area.

The finalists hail from 22 countries, including the United States, Germany, Greece and India. Applicants include an actor, a chef and a scientist.

The public can view their video applications on the job ad’s Web site, islandreefjob.com, and vote for a favorite. The top vote-getter and 10 other people chosen by the tourism board will be flown to Hamilton Island for interviews. The winner will be announced May 6, and the job begins July 1.

Associated Press

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