When 26-year-old Josh Grant buried his 59-year-old mother Anthea, he didn’t expect that he’d add a battle with tech giant Apple to his list of things to deal with.
At their mother’s funeral, Grant and his brother Patrick realized that they never asked their mother what her Apple ID password was so that they could get into her iPad. When Grant reached out to Apple to explain the situation, they denied his request for information, saying he needed “written permission” from his newly deceased mother.
Grant and his brother again attempted to explain that their mother had just recently died of cancer and that, obviously, she was unable to write them a letter. Apple then asked the brothers for a copy of Anthea’s death certificate, her will, and a letter from their solicitor. Apple later went even further and requested that the grieving sons get a court order to unlock the woman’s beloved iPad, citing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act as reason.
Grant, who is from London, wrote on his blog that although he was once an Apple fan, he is now turned off by their lack of compassion.
“I have always been a fan of Apple but this incident has changed my opinion of them completely,” Grant wrote on his blog Musnt’t Grumble. “Their utter lack of understanding and discretion in a time of great personal sadness has been astonishing. For a company that sells itself on the idea we are all part of one big Apple family, they have been very cold. Understandably, my brother has given up and we now have a redundant iPad. If anyone has any suggestions for an unusable iPad please do send them in. I’ve suggested illuminated placemat and shiny paperweight.”
Josh and Patrick Grant became executors of their late mother’s estate when she passed away on January 19.
Drivers in England were disgusted as a flatbed truck transported a rotting 50-foot giant sperm whale down a major freeway in broad daylight this week.
Driver Mark Stephens, 41, described the “unbelievable” stench coming from the carcass as it road fown the A2 towards Canterbury in Kent.
“There was a Land Rover in front and behind, flashing orange lights and this massive whale with its head and tail chopped off. There was blood and guts dropping off the back and everything,” Stephens told the Telegraph. “The smell was unbelievable. I’ve worked near an abattoir and that smelled bad, but this was something else.”
The whale was being taken to a landfill after it lay beached near Seasalter on the North Kent coast for a week.
“It was incredible really,” Stephens said. “You would have thought, given the state it was in, they would have transported it at night. I don’t think I’ll see anything like that again.”
Danny Groves, spokesman for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, told the Telegraph whale and dolphin carcasses are transported to landfills every year.
“It’s very hard to put an exact figure on the numbers, but it’s fairly common,” he said. “They have to be taken to landfill sites because they’re a health hazard. We advise people not to touch these animals if they come across them on a beach.”
A British man filed a formal complaint with a London borough council when a prostitute refused to have sex with him.
The unidentified man traveled from North London to the Borough of Harrow to visit a brothel. He filed the complaint with the Harrow Council after an eastern European prostitute he approached turned him down.
“The gentleman seemed very aggrieved,” a council source told the London Evening Standard. “He told us he believed he had been refused and was angry about the fact. He insisted that prostitutes shouldn’t be able to behave like that.”
“He filled in the form pretty seriously and gave us his contact details,” he added.
Officials, however, told him there isn’t a law that covers his complaint.
“Prostitution may be the oldest profession in the world, but a complaint of this sort is a new one on us. The trading standards manual doesn’t really cover it,” said Councillor Susan Hall.
Meanwhile, the brothel is currently being shut down.
“I would like the gentleman involved to visit Harrow again, but perhaps this time he could enjoy some of our more wholesome pursuits – like our wonderful open parks, leisure centers and historic churches,” Hall added.
A British woman diagnosed with schizophrenia won the right not to have her leg amputated, despite being infected with gangrene, which has a high probability of spreading.
The unidentified woman in her 60s was checked into a West Midlands hospital where her infected foot became mummified and fell off. Doctors wanted to perform a life-saving amputation, but a judge refused. Despite the fact that the patient “lacks insight” into her mental illness, she is “guaranteed by law” to make a decision that could result in her death.
Justice Peter Jackson ruled that choice is “a part of what it means to be human” and said a forced operation is a “criminal assault.”
Attorneys for the Heart of England National Health Services Foundation Trust appeared in court in London asking to carry out the procedure without the woman’s consent, arguing that she “lacked capacity” to understand the choice she is making.
Jackson ruled that her mental illness had not robbed her of the power to make a the choice.
"The freedom to choose for oneself is a part of what it means to be human,” Jackson ruled.
“Anyone capable of making decisions has an absolute right to accept or refuse medical treatment, regardless of the wisdom or consequences of the decision,” he said. "The decision does not have to be justified to anyone. In the absence of consent, any invasion of the body will be a criminal assault. The fact that the intervention is well-meaning or therapeutic makes no difference.”
The woman had an ulcer on her foot last May and it gradually grew worse. She was admitted to a hospital on New Year’s Eve.
"Her right foot was now entirely mummified and, by the end of January, it had come off, leaving an unresolved wound,” the judge said.
"Many who suffer from mental illness are well able to make decisions about their medical treatment and it is important not to make unjustified assumptions to the contrary,” he concluded.
Jamie Lee collided with a fellow skydiver earlier this month when they jumped out of a plane over Wiltshire County in England.
Lee was knocked unconscious before he pulled his parachute and started free-falling 12,500 feet.
Fortunately, two other skydivers noticed his chute had not opened and staged a daring mid-air rescue in which they pulled his parachute. The incident was captured on a video (below) by a camera attached to Lee.
Lee started to regain consciousness after his chute was opened. He only suffered minor injuries to his head and neck, but did not recall the accident.
According to HyperVocal.com, Lee is no amateur, he has made 1050 skydiving jumps.
"I am very glad that everything unfolded how it did," Lee told The Telegraph. "This is not something you are taught to do or practice for as it is very uncommon. I think my mum and girlfriend are more relieved than I am."
"It hasn't put me off [skydiving] at all," added Lee. "I have not jumped too much lately because of the weather, but will be back in the sport this season."
So far the video, which was uploaded today, has over 700K views on YouTube.
The trial of an IT worker accused of bestiality was briefly halted after a judge was forced to reprimand some members of the jury for laughing.
“I well understand that there are aspects of it that are unusual and amusing,” Judge James Patrick said. “If you can try to get over your laughter over lunch that would be great.”
61-year-old Paul Lovell was committing sexual acts with a cow and sheep near Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground in North London when a nearby couple on a picnic reported him.
The couple was enjoying their meal when they saw Lovell lying on the ground with his shorts off. Then, he approached a cow and tried to place his genitals inside the animal’s mouth.
“He did not successfully penetrate the mouth of a cow,” Prosecutor Robert Hutchinson said. “He then moved on to another part of the field and tried his luck with some sheep.”
Jury members seemed unable to control their laughter when Patrick asked a witness to demonstrate what Lovell was doing to the sheep. Patrick added that the witness would be assured that there were no sheep in court.
Lovell was charged with outraging public decency, including fellatio with a cow, which he denies.
New surveillance footage released by West Midlands County, England police shows a man being brutally attacked and robbed.
The victim of the robbery is 51-years-old. The man wishes to remain anonymous. On film, he is seen walking home late at night on December 15th. As he is walking, a ceramic plate hits him in the arm and crashes to the ground. The man turns around to see who threw the plate before continuing to walk.
Seconds later, another attacker rushes up to him and punches his head. The victim is knocked unconscious and immediatley falls to the ground. The attackers proceed to senselessly kick and beat him before rummaging through his pockets. They then leave him knocked out in the road.
Several cars pass by the man before a worried witness pulls over and calls police. The victim was taken to the hospital and required many stiches for the wounds suffered during the attack.
The victim released a statement through the West Midlands Police Department asking for all witnesses to tell police everything they know about the attackers.
"I urge you to come forward and furnish the police with information which could assist and lead to the conviction and imprisonment of these perpetrators and cowards,” he said. "This community will not tolerate or accept crimes such as the one inflicted on myself and people should be safeguarded from these thugs."
Speaking directly to his attackers, the man said “The community abhors your crimes and looks forward to you being caught, convicted and removed from our streets."
Here is the shocking footage of the attack:
An officer recently pulled over a man he suspected was smoking marijuana, but the tables were turned on him when he then wound up being arrested for drunk driving.
Andrew Seston was out patrolling one day last April when he pulled over 35-year-old Irfan Mehrban, who was turning onto his street after picking his son up from school.
“I had just turned into my street after picking my son up from school, and this copper flagged me down,” recalled Mehrban. “He asked me to get out of the car, so I did because I was at home. I asked him why he stopped me, and he said he thought he could smell cannabis. It was then I smelled his breath and I was like ‘whoa’. He stank of alcohol. I don't drink and I don't do drugs, so I started arguing with him because he was drunk. It was then that he called for backup and I rang the police myself. When the other police turned up and arrested him, it was the absolute definition of justice.”
“At first the other officers were only interested in me, they checked my insurance and tried to see if they could smell cannabis on me,” continued Mehrban. “But they talked to him for a bit and then they realized he was drunk. They breathalyzed him and put him into the back of a van. I gloated a bit, but I think I deserved to. He was trying to make my day miserable, and got what was coming to him.”
When the officers arrived and first noticed that Seston was intoxicated, Mehrban took out his phone to capture the incident on camera. He posted the video on YouTube this week, and thousands of people have already viewed it.
Seston, 44, was banned from driving and fired from his job at the Thames Valley Police Department as a result of the incident. As an officer, one’s responsibilities include working with teams to patrol and fight crime, along with assisting police officers with incidents.
Thames Valley Police released a statement regarding the incident, saying, “Andrew Seston is no longer employed by Thames Valley Police and so as he is not an employee, we would not comment.”
Mehrban says he feels that justice was served in this situation.
“He shouldn’t be stopping people if he’s drunk, and he definitely shouldn’t have been driving,” said Mehrban.
A passenger airplane flying near London’s Heathrow Airport came in close contact with an unidentified flying object last year, according to the delayed publication of a pilot’s flight report.
The incident took place on July 13th, 2013, when the pilot was flying an Airbus A320 approximately 20 miles west of Heathrow airport.
Although UFOs are typically depicted in popular culture as alien-piloted flying saucers, it’s actually quite common for pilots to report near-misses with unidentified objects. Despite closing a Ministry of Defence government hotline for reporting UFO sightings in 2009 due to an influx of calls from paranoid public, among other concerns, the British government still takes reports of unidentified flying objects in its airspace seriously.
The UK Airprox Board investigates each pilot-reported UFO sighting to better understand why the object may have been in the airplane’s flight path. According to the board’s report, the pilot involved in this incident believed he was going to collide head-first with the object.
“He was under the apprehension that they were on collision course with no time to react. His immediate reaction was to duck to the right and reach over to alert the FO (First Officer); there was no time to talk to alert him. The captain was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact with a conflicting aircraft,” the report reads, according to Yahoo News.
The pilot described the UFO as being silver, metallic and having a “rugby ball-like” shape.
According to The Telegraph, the UK Airprox Board was unable to determine the origin of the UFO, ruling out meteorological balloons, toy balloons and military radar operators as possibilities due to data records and the altitude at which the object was sighted. The report also suggests that the pilot may have believed he saw an object due to the reflection of the sun through the windows.
While the public may postulate the existence of alien species whenever a UFO sighting occurs, the more pressing issue is the fact that unidentified flying objects are potentially threatening the safety of passenger aircrafts.
Dr. David Clarke, UFO consultant for the UK National Archives, explained the importance of passenger safety in investigating these reports.
“The aviation authorities obviously think this is something they should continue to look into and if you are a regular air traveller, you are likely to agree,” Clarke said.
Ciarah Bennett, 15, experienced a horrific attack by a friend’s Pit Bull and has undergone a three-hour skin-graft surgery just to close one ugly scar where the dog grabbed her leg and ripped her flesh. She is still a long way from recovering, with over 20 severe bites on her arms and legs.
The teenager from Higher Broughton, Salford, in North West England, told the Mirror, “I was in the bedroom when it came running through and grabbed my leg. I thought I was going to die. I was crying and trying to fight back. I kept getting dragged to the floor. It was really strong.”
She managed to free herself from the dog’s jaws long enough to get into a closet, but the Pit Bull pushed the door open with its nose, this time latching onto her arm and causing extensive damage. Ciarah said she was begging, “Help me, help me.”
Her friend was finally able to grab and twist the dog’s head to get it to release its grip on Ciarah. The teenager was rushed to hospital where she required a three-hour skin graft operation on a deep wound to her right leg.
Ciarah, from Higher Broughton, Salford, UK, told the Mirror,.”I thought I was going to die. I was crying and trying to fight back. I kept getting dragged to the floor. It was really strong."
She said when the dog got into the closet with her, "It jumped up and got my arm. It dug its other paw in me and tried to get my throat." She said she got out of the closet with the dog still was biting on her arm. Then it grabbed her leg and dragged her for another 10 minutes while she tried to hold onto the bed.
Ciarah spent nine days in the hospital. Besides the bite wound to her leg, she had suffered nerve damage to her right leg and bites to her right arm. Her right leg and arm are still in a cast and she has to use crutches to walk. She will also need physical therapy, reports the Mirror.
She said she is still in a lot of pain and has had nightmares since the attack. Her mother Chantel Bennett, 35, told the Mirror that this has had a big psychological impact on her daughter.
Police confirmed that they had seized a Pit Bull from the house under the Dangerous Dogs Act on November 25. An investigation is ongoing but no charges or arrests have been made.