A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: June 19: Man on the moon


A reader spotted this on Google Maps and writes: "Bunch of guys going fishing in Green Bay, see Google car approaching, so one of them moons it. As car drives past it takes another photo of their faces. Classic." (If that's you and you want copies of the picture, email Sideswipe)

Desperately seeking Ivy

Policeman Warren Strand writes: "A local [New Lynn] resident has dropped in a package addressed to an Ivy Rose Silva, formerly of Hutchinson Ave, New Lynn. The package has been sent from her grandparents in the UK and contains photos of her father and grandfather. There is no return name or address on the package. I have been unable to trace Ivy Rose Silva. Would any of your readers know this person? If so, please call me at the New Lynn Police Station on (09) 8262454."

Very resourceful

Even though consumers are slowly realising that there is clean drinking water in their taps, Nestle has just launched a new bottled water called Resource. It's just plain old water but is apparently for a woman "who is a little more on the trendy side and higher-income side.

Resource is more than just a beverage, it's a reflection of who you are as a woman in the very deepest and most personal sense of your very being," explained the marketers.

Eat now, pay later 1

A reader writes: "I worked for nearly six years in a supermarket. As long as you are eating something that has been pre-weighed and has a barcode we can scan, and you DO pay for the item when you eventually get to the checkout, there is no harm. If we forced every customer to stop, purchase the item, then re-enter the store and continue with their shopping, we'd probably lose customers. 'Theft by consumption' technically refers to when people consume and then don't pay. This means eating some fruit, or anything else un-weighed, is theft, but drinking from a bottle or opening a packet to stave off hunger pains/satisfy an upset child, probably isn't."

Eat now, pay later 2

But Mike says: "The supermarket I worked at had a policy that until you paid for it the product remained the property of the supermarket and one could be prosecuted for shoplifting if caught eating it in the shop."

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