A GIRL can be sued over accusations she ran over an elderly woman with her training bicycle when she was four years old, a New York Supreme Court justice has ruled.
The ruling by King’s County Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten stems from an incident in April 2009 when Juliet Breitman and Jacob Kohn, both aged four, struck an 87-year-old pedestrian, Claire Menagh, with their training bikes.
Menagh underwent surgery for a fractured hip and died three months later.
In a ruling made public last week, the judge dismissed arguments by Breitman’s lawyer that the case should be dismissed because of her young age. He ruled that she is old enough to be sued and the case can proceed.
The decision also will allow for the lawsuit to proceed against the Kohn family for the incident.
“For infants above the age of four, there is no bright-line rule,” Wooten wrote, adding that the girl had been three months shy of turning five.
Wooten also disagreed with the lawyer’s assertion that Juliet Breitman should not be held responsible because her mother was supervising the children at the time.
“A parent’s presence alone does not give a reasonable child carte blanche to engage in risky behaviour such as running across a street,” Wooten wrote. He added that “the term ‘supervising’ is too vague to hold meaning here.” —Reuters.
A CHINESE groom who works for a heavy machinery company used a fleet of mechanical diggers instead of wedding cars to save money.
Zhang Zongqiang, 35, admits it took some persuading before his bride, Ye Yuzi, 26, agreed to his plan, reports the Dahe Daily.
But he says his idea was a big success with scores of people coming out to watch the happy couple pass by — in the bucket of the lead digger.
All six diggers were decorated with ribbons and balloons for the wedding in Pingdingshan, central China’s Henan Province.
Zhang said, “Our company sells excavators, so I was able to save quite a lot on renting the wedding cars — but I never expected it to attract so much attention.
“The main idea was to save some money on the cost of the wedding but it turned out to be very special in the end.”
Ye said she was completely against the idea at first but Zhang won her around by convincing her how memorable their wedding would be.
“Standing in the front bucket of an excavator was freezing, but it was all worth it. I was so excited I had to hold his hand tight so I didn’t slip out of the bucket,” she said.
The couple handed out wedding sweets to policemen along the route to help make up for the extra traffic congestion.— Orange news.
A GROUP of Czech students who lost their jobs in the credit crunch have set up their own naked cleaning agency. Now they are buffing up their clients’ furniture with their Crazy Cleaners business — and charging £50 per hour for their services.
Founder Katka Kopecka, 21 — who studies economics at Charles University in Prague said: “We needed to find work and couldn’t find it so we thought of this.
“Nobody likes cleaning and everyone likes to look at a good body.”
The firm — which now has 15 male and female students on its books — can provide cleaners prepared to work in their undies, topless or even fully naked.
“Quite often the people asking for our services are busy business people who want to relax,” Katka said.
“Watching someone clean your house in underwear is a nice way for them to relax. But this is not a prostitution service, it’s just a cleaning service.” — Orange news.