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Three Friday Afternoon Human Interest Stories

It's mid-August and so many people seem to be taking a break during these lazy hazy days, I thought I would offer up some lighter stories, that reflect the admonition that we can't always judge the world by first appearances. The first one is a lucky 'piece' of work, by a saving earpiece

A senior police officer who met an internet date for sex while on duty was acquitted of wilful misconduct yesterday after explaining that he had worn his radio earpiece throughout the encounter.

Masood Khan, 41, a British Transport Police inspector, booked an official police room at Gatwick airport railway station for the 20-minute liaison. Mr Khan, who was responsible for passenger safety across the southeast of England, had contacted the 43-year-old woman for the first time the previous day on the website uniformdating.com.

The jury acquitted him in only 10 minutes, about half as long as the 'sexual encounter'.

The second story concerns one of the world's most well-known and richest writers who was mistaken for a vandal, in Alice Springs.


The third story is also a case of fame and mistaken identity, but a slightly more serious and embarrassing one. I have never been to Cancun, but it is probably wise to avoid it, because of tawdry incidents such as this, 'Hotel mistakes Nobel laureate for bag lady'

She was wearing a Mayan dress, the traditional attire of indigenous people in central America, and the hotel's response was also traditional: throw her out. Staff at Cancun's five-star Hotel Coral Beach appear to have assumed this was another street vendor or beggar, so without asking questions they ordered her to leave. Except the woman was Rigoberta Menchú, the Nobel peace prizewinner, Unesco goodwill ambassador, Guatemalan presidential candidate and figurehead for indigenous rights.
Please feel free to add any other stories you may have enjoyed, or thought interesting enough to pass on.

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