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City 'taps' fake cabs for anger therapy

Plus a driver swerves to avoid a moose and still ends up in an accident, a tourist in Wales is rescued by a real-life Prince Charming and more of the week's oddest stories in News You Can Lose.

Taxi drivers with legal taxi licences in a Chinese city were recently given a means of retribution against their illegal taxi driving brethren when they were allowed to destroy a number of fake cabs.

According to CarNewsChina.com, authorities in Hefei, in Anhui Province, confiscated 156 illegal taxis and ordered them destroyed. Some regulated taxi drivers were given clubs and sledge hammers to wail away on the fake taxis, which usually have cheaper fares but could be unsafe and often were operated without insurance. Professional car recyclers finished the job.

 

Collision tough to bear

A Norwegian driver thought he was out of the woods as he swerved to avoid a moose on a road, but instead hit a bear that had also wandered onto the asphalt.

According to Reuters, the unnamed driver was on a stretch of road near Hanestad, 225km north of Oslo, around midnight last week. He escaped uninjured but his car is damaged. It's thought the bear wasn't so lucky, either.

"We are currently tracking the bear and we have found traces of blood indicating internal injuries," said Svein Erik Bjorke of the local wildlife authority.

The country has a population of about 5 million people and is also home to about 100,000 moose and 150 brown bears, according to authorities.

 

Not gambling, winning

A casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is suing a group of gamblers who won US$1.5 million at its tables because a deck of cards was unshuffled.

The 14 players won 41 consecutive hands of mini-baccarat after noticing the same sequence of cards being dealt over and over at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City casino. Nine of the players were allowed to cash out $558,900 worth of chips, while the others were refused, according to the website nj.com. Casino officials suspected the group was cheating.

Incidentally, the casino is also suing the supplier of the decks of cards, which are supposed to come from the factory shuffled.

 

William to the rescue

A Canadian woman hurt in a fall on the Welsh island of Anglesey was saved by a real-life Prince Charming.

Darlene Burton, 58, of Barrie, Ontario, fell down a rocky incline and broke her tibia. A rescue helicopter was sent, piloted by none other than Prince William, who is based at nearby RAF Valley.

"She was in a lot of pain but having the prince rescue her had to ease the pain somewhat," wrote Patti Jameson, the sister of Burton's partner, on Facebook.

 

Finger on the problem

An inmate in a French prison who wants a move to another facility found a dubious method to attract the attention of the justice minister.

The unnamed inmate mailed a part of one of his fingers to Minister Christiane Taubira, along with a letter pleading for his transfer to a prison nearer to his family. "It's a sad affair, there are many inmates asking for transfers," said spokesman Olivier Pedro-Jose.

France is battling an overcrowding of its jails, with a prison population of 67,000, according to Justice Ministry figures.

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