Hospital bound? Cough up first

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Hospital bound? Cough up first

A Chinese restaurant in Australia that slapped a customer with the bill as he was being loaded into an ambulance has defended its actions. Onlookers called paramedics when the man suffered an apparent seizure while enjoying dumplings with his friend at the Shifu Dumpling Express, Melbourne. As the man was being put into the ambulance and his friend climbed in to join him, a waiter handed the friend the bill. The manager, Kevin Tian, said: "My opinion is that they ate in our restaurant, they have to pay." (Source:

Intellectually challenged

A reader spotted this on a friend's Facebook wall about uni students talking about how smart they are: "One girl says to an extraordinarily eager friend: 'So, I like totally wanted to do psychology, but I didn't have space, but like this year I was like Oh My God I could do it, so I'm totally doing a psych paper this year ... I'm going to be a psychic!"'

Queer view a fag for straight guy

Andrew writes: " spokesman Jay Bennie took offence at TVNZ's Peter Williams use of the word 'fag' to describe a cigarette. He then went on to say that the use of the word by non-gays was ill-advised and the popular use of the word 'feeds into homophobia'. So when the word is used on TV3 on Monday afternoon [Queer Eye For The Straight Guy], that's OK, but I'm supposed to be able to differentiate between them using it and a straight person using it?"

Leader of the building trade

A reader writes: "Masterton plywood company Plyguy has created a new title for the manager's business card - Plyminister."

No rest for the ... um ... wicked?

Ken writes: "Thanks, Auckland Transport, for being generous enough not to charge a public holiday surcharge on the $200 ticket you issued me on Anzac Day morning for failing to display the registration correctly. Evidently no trading ban for you."

Mea culpa from Vodafone

In response to the item on Vodafone's hard sell, the telco writes: "We're sorry. We agree some things should be sacred, and public holidays are pretty dear to everyone's hearts. The company that runs our sales team doesn't usually door-knock on public holidays - we have an unwritten rule which wasn't followed over Easter. You can be sure that we won't come knocking on any other national public holiday in the future."