Sideswipe: Wednesday

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Stacey Arnold writes: "This washing label on my daughter's T-shirt [from Thailand] seems to suggest I can set the garment on fire, but NO CHICKEN. Huh?"

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Maybe Westpac Rescue has taken on a new triage strategy?" says Rob Cooke. "I suggest anyone visiting New World, Franklin Rd, to press the big yellow button after they have put their coins into the children's Westpac Rescue helicopter ride by the exit. My 2-year-old was delighted his $2 bought him the ability to strafe innocent store shoppers with the unmistakable sound of an M60 machine gun. I suppose they must edit that bit out of Piha Surf Rescue."

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An Auckland reader says he's gobsmacked at the meanness of a medical specialist who saw his teenage son for an initial consultation. "It was surprising enough that the bill came to $375 for an appointment lasting just over an hour, but what really got up my nose was that we were told that if we wanted a receipt when we posted in our cheque, we would have to send a stamp and an envelope too. I kid you not!"

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A German real estate agent was shocked to find himself described on TV as one of the most wanted men in the world. Frank Amsel, from Munich, saw a picture of himself and wife Edith on the local equivalent of Crimewatch.

He was described as "a ruthless Mafia godfather who has been a killer since he was a teenager". The FBI had mistakenly released the picture of Mr and Mrs Amsel on holiday in Taormina, Sicily, instead of airing of a picture of crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, 79, and his wife Catherine Greig.

Frank said: "Mr Schmidt, my neighbour, came around with a bottle of beer, said he didn't know I had a sideline, while my mother-in-law took it as an opportunity to tell my wife of 30 years what a mistake she had made in marrying me."

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Trent Martin thought he would check out Seddon Park's rules for what you can/can't take into the ground for the cricket test starting in Hamilton today. On the list of items that are NOT permitted - Animals, with exception of seeing eye dogs. "I was thinking, who would take a seeing eye dog to a cricket match? Answer: Billy Bowden."

- NZ Herald

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