A Poquoson man who said he fell after stepping in dog feces at a PetSmart store has filed a $1 million negligence lawsuit against the company. Robert Holloway alleges in his lawsuit in U.S. District Court that he badly injured his back, struck his head and knocked out four teeth when he slipped in January 2009 at a Newport News PetSmart. He alleges that PetSmart and its manager should have protected him from a hazardous condition created when they allowed animals to defecate on the floor. In court documents, Phoenix-based PetSmart denied the negligence allegations. ***MARLAR: How do you deny dog-doo on the floor? Wouldn’t it be obvious if it was there or not?
With wobbly legs but no red nose, the first of 19 expected reindeer calves has been born at an Alaska farm that’s the only reindeer research facility in North America. Workers discovered the 17-pound newborn calf Thursday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks research farm. The other 18 pregnant does are expected to give birth within a week or so. ***MARLAR: As expected, on safety rule on the reindeer farm is “No Grandmas Allowed.”
In Mascoutah, Illinois, 13-year-old Megan Coulter got her day in court. Actually she got her day with the school board. Megan, an eighth grader, had been given detention for hugging her friends goodbye for the weekend thus violating the school’s no public display of affection policy. Her outraged parents got a meeting with the school board of which the dad, Dean Coulter said, “Our whole purpose of the meeting was to get them to talk to us and discuss what changes needed to be made and if the policy could be improved.” Without releasing specific details, apparently they resolved their differences and Dean added, “I just feel like we’ve accomplished what we wanted to accomplish, and that was for them to talk to us.” ***MARLAR: And to give them a great big hug.
Does a bear puddle in the woods? Not necessarily. Employees at the Park N’ Shop grocery store in Olean, New York, were startled when a black bear sauntered through the automatic doors. The bear didn’t stay long — but he left a little reminder. Store clerks say the bear left two puddles on the floor and left through another door. The bear wandered around town for a bit, then took a break in a tree. Game wardens advised police to leave the bear alone. After a few hours, the bear climbed down from the tree and ambled back into the nearby woods. ***MARLAR: Grocery store workers then had to go clean up the bear necessities.
A survey by the American Psychological Association found that 48% of Americans say they suffer sickness and lack of sleep due to stress. ***MARLAR: So stress is ruining our health. Great, one more thing to worry about.
A recent survey of Glamour Magazine readers resulted in 50% of Glamour readers saying they would throw a “divorce party.” ***MARLAR: Which is even shallower than actually reading Glamour Magazine.
A skin care clinic in Bangkok, Thailand, was raided by the Public Health Ministry for allegedly prescribing superglue as an acne remover. ***MARLAR: Good call; I’d think Super Glue would make your zits more permanent!
A survey by the American Psychological Association found that 48% of Americans say they suffer sickness and lack of sleep due to stress. ***MARLAR: Ironically, stress is caused by sickness and lack of sleep. I’m doomed to forever feel like crud.