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Lost your goldfish? Or maybe your leg?

Countless forgotten items from [New York] subways and buses are brought in weekly.

The commonplace include backpacks, books, cell phones and other electronic devices. There are gloves, wallets, keys, eyewear, umbrellas and a growing collection of canes. Then there are the not-so-conventional articles: dentures and a denture maker, Bibles, a bowling ball, an amplifier, a computer monitor, bicycles (lots of them), luggage, undergarments, musical instruments — and a prosthetic leg.

The lost-and-found center is a busy place. Last year it took in more than 11,000 items.

February 13, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lost your goldfish? Or maybe your leg?

Hate telemarketers? Here’s your chance.

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When André-Tascha Lammé was granted a judgment of $3,500 last month in a Sacramento, Calif., small claims court, he heard gasps.

“You could hear people in the courtroom saying, ‘You can sue telemarketers?’” he said. You can. In fact, you can make some decent cash for your trouble.

Lammé started getting pelted with calls from mortgage brokers last year, just as his adjustable rate mortgage was about to reset. Like many consumers, he quickly reached the boiling point over the frequent interruptions. But unlike many consumers, the computer programmer took the time to educate himself – perhaps owing to the spirit of his grandmother, a lawyer for several decades – and quickly discovered the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

“It specifically deals with unwanted calls,” he said. “For each violation, there is a $500 penalty.” Who gets that money? The call recipient. Lammé read on and found he didn’t have to hire a high-priced attorney to pursue the penalty fees – he could file the case himself.

So far, Lammé has won $6,000 in judgments against telemarketers in three cases. He’s not a lawyer, but by filing in small claims court, he’s spent no more than $100 in court fees and scarcely more than an hour of his time on any case. Now he wants you to do it, too.

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Into the wild blue yonder…almost

A two-year-old girl managed to sneak onto a plane to Egypt after running off from her parents at a German airport. The parents of two-year-old Ana Miele raised the alarm as soon as they noticed she was missing as they were about to board their flight to Tunisia at Nuernberger airport.

Air traffic control put out an alert to pilots after a search of the airport failed to locate the child, and a stewardess on the Egypt bound flight reported a short while later that the two year old had taken a seat on her plane.

“She took a seat as good as gold and strapped herself in. No one had any idea that she was alone,” the stewardess said.

The plane that was about to take off had to abort its start and the girl was returned to her parents.

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