#OddlyEnough:  Battle Brewing Over Swiss Coffee Plan

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Coffee is not essential for human survival, says the Swiss government, according to a report.

Switzerland announced plans to abolish the nation’s emergency stockpile of coffee, in place for decades, after declaring the beans not vital for human survival, though opposition to the proposal is brewing, says the Reuters report.

Nestle, the maker of instant coffee Nescafe, and other importers, roasters and retailers are required by Swiss law to store bags of raw coffee. The country stockpiles other staples, too, such as sugar, rice, edible oils and animal feed.

This system of emergency reserves was established between World War I and World War II as Switzerland prepared for any potential shortages in case of war, natural disaster or epidemics.

According to the plan released for public comment, coffee stockpiling obligations would expire by the end of 2022, with companies free to draw down what they store in their warehouses.

Firefighter Dares To Bare In Shop

A firefighter who police say walked naked into a Rhode Island convenience store on a dare has been placed on leave, says a report.

Police responded to a 7-Eleven in Middletown for a report of a naked customer. The owner said the man with a “smile on his face” purchased a soda and left in a car, says the AP report.

The car, with two fully clothed occupants, was pulled over. The 29-year-old passenger said she “dared” her boyfriend to go into the store nude because he said it was legal in Rhode Island.

Police say 60-year-old John Walsh, of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, was charged with disorderly conduct.

Man Finds Stranger On Kitchen Floor

A man in the US got a shock when he went to the kitchen after waking up, says a report.

Police say the Pennsylvania man awoke to find a stranger sleeping on his kitchen floor surrounded by torn-up sanitary napkins, according to an AP report.

Altoona police say they arrested 60-year-old Brian Smith. The Altoona Mirror reported Smith was unconscious and surrounded by destroyed sanitary napkins.

The homeowner told police it also appeared someone had eaten some of his Krave cereal. He told police all his doors and windows were locked when he went to sleep, but he noticed one of the doors was wide open the next morning.

Police say Smith told them he used methamphetamine within the last two days, and was unable to explain how or why he entered the house.

Setting The Field On Fire To Dry It

A man thought he was being very smart when he dumped petrol on a wet baseball diamond and set it on fire to dry it, says a report.

Authorities say it could cost over $50,000 to repair the Connecticut baseball diamond where somebody dumped petrol and set it on fire to dry out the infield, says the AP report.

Police are investigating the fire in Ridgefield in which 25 gallons of petrol was poured on the field.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi said that 75 to 100 people watched as it happened, with some recording video on their cellphones. The town’s high school baseball team had been planning to host Amity on the field.

Home Invasion Shock For Police

Deputies in Portland, Oregon, responded to a possible home invasion, but the intruder they found wasn’t alive or a person.

It was a robotic vacuum cleaner. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported a house sitter in Cedar Hills called 911, saying someone was inside the bathroom.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says deputies entered the home and ordered the burglar out, but nothing happened.

Deputies then opened the bathroom door with guns drawn and discovered the automatic vacuum cleaner.

Thieves Return Lion Statue

Two thieves who snatched a statue of a lion from outside a home in a Philadelphia suburb had a change of heart after police posted surveillance video of the heist, says a report.

The statute was taken from the West Chester residence. Police posted a video of the thieves returning it. They also left behind a bouquet of flowers and a card.

Police say it was a “smart move to return the property” and the owner was grateful.


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