Age does not matter when it comes to entertaining, says a report
Donning yellow trousers, shiny platform shoes, red lipstick and headphones, 80-year-old “DJ Wika” stands behind the decks, mixing party music in a huge Warsaw club, according to a Reuters report.
Instead of baby-sitting grandchildren, Poland’s oldest DJ Wirginia Szmyt packs her CDs, mixer and laptop, and heads off to spin for a packed dance floor of mainly senior citizens.
“I don’t care if someone likes it or not that I am dancing or jumping behind the console, because I cannot play and stay still,” said Wika, raising her hands to clap with her audience. “When I play, I feel the melody, I feel the rhythm.”
Aware of the rejuvenating quality of music for the mind and body, the self-trained Wika has been DJ-ing for Polish retirees for two decades, earning widespread respect in the trade.
Every Monday night, she entertains about 1,000 people at the Hula Kula club, smashing stereotypes and empowering seniors as she plays everything from disco and rock to samba and ballads.
Drugs Stuffed In Dead Rats For Inmates
Suspected organised criminals have been stuffing the bodies of dead rats with drugs, phones and cash and throwing them over the walls of a British prison to get contraband to inmates, a report says.
Guards at Guys Marsh prison in Dorset, southwest England, grew suspicious when they found the bodies of three rats with long stitches along their stomachs, government officials said, according to a Reuters report.
They discovered the animals had been disembowelled and filled with five mobile phones and chargers, three SIM cards, cigarette papers and a large amount of drugs including cannabis and a synthetic substitute as well as tobacco, they added.
“This find shows the extraordinary lengths to which criminals will go to smuggle drugs into prison, and underlines why our work to improve security is so important,” Britain’s prisons minister, Rory Stewart, said.
Snack Truck Thief “Not Hungry”
A man who stole a snack truck did not eat any of the stuff in the vehicle, says a report.
It appears the upstate New York man was not hungry when police say he stole a Little Debbie delivery truck, says the AP report.
Police say 38-year-old Joseph Tocco of Elmira swiped the truck from a loading dock. Police stopped it a short time later.
Police say Tocco told them he took the truck to visit relatives and friends. It did not appear any of the snacks were missing. Tocco is charged with possession of stolen property.
Man Finds Novel Way To Avoid Work
A man in the US found a new way to avoid work, says a report
Authorities say a Florida man didn’t want to show up for his shift at a Hardee’s restaurant, so he called 911 and reported he’d just been robbed, according to the AP report.
WFTS-TV reports that 32-year-old Brian Anderson of Dundee told dispatchers that two gun-carrying men took his necklace, money and his phone before jumping into a car and driving away.
Polk County sheriff’s deputies went to the scene and quickly realised that a robbery never happened. In a Facebook post, the agency said Anderson confessed, adding that “on the bright side, Brian didn’t have to go to his 11am shift at the restaurant.”
Anderson is charged with misusing the 911 system and knowingly giving false information to law enforcement.
Supermarket Chain Spirits Away Rumours
A New England supermarket chain is spiriting away rumours that one of its stores is haunted, says a report.
A spokeswoman for Market Basket said in a statement to The Boston Globe that “as far as we know all of our stores ghost-free” after someone posted on social media this month about seeing an apparition at a store in Wilmington, Massachusetts, says the AP report.
The person said the ghost was “an old Victorian era woman in her nightgown … near the frozen peas.” Hundreds of people weighed in, including others who claimed to have seen a ghost in the store.
A Market Basket spokeswoman said that if there is anything to the ghost story, it’s probably because she’s “attracted to our Victorian-era prices.”