<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:33:32 -0400 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:33:32 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Says He Released Pink Chickens to "Make People Smile"]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:58:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-27-at-8.39.49-PM1.jpg

Two chickens dyed pink were spotted roaming the Portland, Oregon, waterfront park on Thursday, leaving many wondering why were they pink and who let them loose.

The mystery didn't last long. The day after a Multnomah County Animal Services picked up the chickens, their owner, Bruce Whitman, claimed the birds on Friday.

"I wanted to make people smile," Whitman told NBC Friday. "I thought it would be fun for people when they get up and have a cup of coffee to be able to smile when they wake up."

Whitman said he soaked the chickens in beet juice and food coloring to get the vibrant color. He then lef the nameless chickens in a tree, where they would have plenty of bugs to eat and water to drink as they roost, he said.

When Whitman arrived to the animal shelter, he said he was met with laughs and some head scratching. While employees were curious as to what the charade was about, they were happy to find out the chickens had a safe home to go to. 

Whitman was charged with a standard impound fee for the time the chickens were at the shelter. He was also informed about the dangers of releasing birds in public places, an MCAS spokeswoman said, according to NBC affiliate KGW.



Photo Credit: Multnomah County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Pink Chickens Roam Portland]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:03:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-27-at-8.37.41-PM.jpg Pink Chickens Roam Portland

Photo Credit: Multnomah County Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[School Assistant Barricaded Student]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:27:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lemon+grove+academy.JPG

An after-school assistant in California was arrested after some bizarre behavior, including barricading several students into a classroom, taking off her clothes and upending desks, according San Diego County Sheriff's officials.

At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Linda Lira, 31, started acting strangely at Lemon Grove Academy and shut herself into a room with students.

After several minutes, the children became scared by her behavior, so they used her campus radio to call for help and alert other teachers.

Staff fought Lira to get inside the classroom and get the children out, sheriff's officials say.

They told authorities Lira showed signs of being on narcotics or a hallucinogen. As she struggled with staff, she took off her clothes.

By the time deputies arrived, Lira had barricaded herself in the classroom again. Deputies say she was throwing things, toppling over desks and putting on and removing her clothes over and over again.

“She wasn’t threatening to harm the children, but her behavior was dangerous for those kids to be in the classroom,” explained Lt. Christopher May of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. “At one point she actually threw an object through a class window at the fire department, so that was a dangerous situation for the kids to be in.”

Law enforcement was eventually able to take Lira into custody, and she was first transported to the hospital for evaluation.

On Thursday, investigators returned to the school and interviewed students to count her offenses. Lira was taken to Las Colinas Woman's Detention Facility on 14 felony counts of child endangerment and 14 felony counts of false imprisonment.

The suspect could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

The Lemon Grove School District had social workers and therapists at the campus for those affected by the incident. Lemon Grove Academy is a seventh and eighth grade school located at 7885 Golden Avenue.

On Friday, NBC 7 spoke with Lemon Grove School District Superintendent Ernie Anastos about the odd occurrence, which he said happened in a classroom where children attend an after-school homework club. The children in the club are between nine and 11 years old.

“It was unsettling and upsetting for the kids. This happened over a period of 20 to 30 minutes,” Anastos said. “The attendant was acting strangely. She started saying things that were unusual and she started acting in a behavior that scared the kids.”

“She was saying they don’t have to follow the rules anymore. She maybe referenced Satan,” Anastos continued. “She was behaving strangely and was clearly not herself.”

“One of the little boys in the class had the sense to take the walkie-talkie and press the button down so everyone else could hear what was going on. Once that decision was made, everyone arrived on the scene,” he added, praising that student’s quick thinking.

Anastos said Lira had been working for the school district for two months. He said all staffers, including Lira, undergo an extensive background check before employment that includes a physical exam, drug testing and fingerprinting. Lira was completely cleared through that process, Anastos said.

“What happened in the last couple days is beyond explanation that I might have,” he added. “This was unexpected, baffling behavior.”

The superintendent said the principal of Lemon Grove Academy met with parents following the incident and all parents of children in the after-school program were given details on what happened in that classroom.

Anastos said the 14 children involved in the incident were doing well on Thursday when they returned to the after-school program.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Driver Tied Cat to Hood of Car]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:12:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/NC_catoncar0324001.jpg Ohio police search for driver spotted with cat tied to the hood of her vehicle.]]> <![CDATA[Hay Creature on the Loose in Philly?]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:09:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HayManCover+copy.jpg

It's a sight you may expect to see in the fall, around Halloween --  a person encased in hay walking the streets.

But, this hay creature was seen strolling along Tustin and Frontenac Streets in the Rhawnhust section of Philadelphia on the first weekend of Spring.

"I had to do a double take, because we didn't even know what it was," said NBC10 viewer Ashley Vizak who took photos and video on Sunday. "There were kids outside playing and basically stopped playing to look and they were waving as well."

Another viewer, Lev Libkind, sent video revealing that there was a person in the hay suit who seemed to attract a friendly neighborhood dog. Could it be a woman in the suit?

Now, Vizak, Libkind and other residents in the area want to know who was in the hay suit and why. The identity of the person remains a mystery.

We'll be sure to let you know if we hear more about the mystery creature.



Photo Credit: Ashley Vizak]]>
<![CDATA[Jet Gets Stuck in Mud at Delaware Airport]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:55:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Frontier+Jet+Stuck+in+Mud+Wilmington.jpg

An off-roading passenger jet carrying families bound for Walt Disney World got stuck in the mud at a Delaware airport late Sunday.

Frontier Airlines flight 1435, carrying 105 passengers bound for Orlando, Florida, was taxiing at New Castle County Airport at 9:30 p.m. when the pilot veered off the concrete taxiway and onto a grassy area filled with mud, airport officials tell NBC10.

The Airbus A319 jet couldn't propel itself out of the mess and was left slightly tilted with its front and right-rear landing gear stuck. The passengers were led off the plane and the flight canceled, officials said. No one was hurt, but one passenger said his daughter was bummed that the hiccup delayed their trip to Disney World.

Service members from the Delaware Air National Guard were brought in on Monday morning to help pull the plane from the mud.

Just like you would do with a car, the guardsmen dug around the tires and placed plywood underneath the 70 ton jet's wheels. They then towed it back to solid ground, officials said.

The passengers were eventually flown to Orlando using a different jet.



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<![CDATA[Couple Weds Around the World]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:16:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wedding-world-kiss.jpg

It's going to be tough for this couple's honeymoon to top their weddings.

Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard didn't want the average wedding, so they packed their bridal dress and suit and left on a world tour. They've held ceremonies at locations around the world — in front of waterfalls and aqueducts, in an ancient temple, with a giraffe -- taking eye-catching pictures at each one.

The Los Angeles couple had gotten married 21 times as of Saturday, March 21, and they plan on tying the knot 17 more times before May 2, Platt said.

The icing on their wedding cake: They say that getting married around the world has saved them money, compared to the traditional, one-day affair.

The average American wedding costs more than $31,000, according to a recent survey conducted by wedding publication The Knot. Despite traveling to six continents, the couple said their trip to six continents cost less.

"It has been amazing talking to others who see the world the same way and are so excited to create their own wedding experience," the couple said in an e-mail to NBC4.

To the bride, Rhiann Woodyard, the most memorable ceremony so far was being married in India's centuries-old Ajanta Caves, a Buddhist temple carved into a mountain.

"It is such a surreal experience," Woodyard said in an e-mail.

For Platt, it was "riding camels across the sand, then standing in the ancient Egyptian desert and marrying the love of my life in front of the pyramids of Giza."

Both professional acrobats, Woodyard and Platt met at a gathering for acrobatics enthusiasts, the couple told Buzzfeed.

Their registry, posted on honeyfund.com, doesn't consist of the usual pots, pans, plates and dishware -- instead, they listed elephant rides, a Spanish hot-air balloon ride, snorkeling and flights to every corner of the globe.

Couples from around the world have reached out after hearing about their decision, they told NBC4.

And while they caution that their wedding isn't right for everyone, they believe every couple should think about what would make a wedding perfect for them.

"If you are open to changing tradition and exploring other options, you can absolutely create (and afford) the perfect wedding for YOU," said the couple, who signed their e-mail CheeRhi.

The couple does plan a ceremony for their immediate family in Big Bear, a small mountain-top town near LA.

"Nothing will change with the wedding itself, but we can't wait to share it with our family," they said.



Photo Credit: Courtesy Cheetah Platt]]>
<![CDATA[Sea Lion Pup Climbs on Surfboard]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:42:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sea+lion+surfer+1.jpg

Dan Murphy was surfing Cardiff By-the-Sea when a wiggly little creature jumped on his board and crawled up his back.

At first, the Cardiff resident thought he was being attacked. But as he turned around, he saw a sea lion pup hugging him, as if the animal were scared.

Murphy, a longtime surfer, was amazed. On that Sunday morning off the shore of San Elijo Campground, a friendship was formed, he said.

“You see a lot of wildlife. You see those pups around this time of year,” he said. “I’ve never seen them interact with people like that.”

Murphy said the pup did not appear malnourished and suspects he was one of the sea lions rehabilitated by SeaWorld trainers and then returned to the wild, as the little guy appeared so comfortable around humans.

The pup held on to Murphy for about 20 minutes before crawling into his lap “like a puppy,” he said.

“He spent well over an hour on my board,” Murphy said.

Murphy spent the next hour floating on his surf board with the sea lion pup, as his friend, Eileen Quintela, grabbed her camera from the shore and began snapping pictures.

When their human-sea lion bonding experience was over, Murphy said he had to nudge the pup off his board and say goodbye.

“I was literally in tears,” he said. “I waved to him.”

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<![CDATA[Texas Church Vandalized, Robbed]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:34:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fw-church-vandalism.jpg

A Fort Worth church community is reeling after being targeted three separate times in one week by vandals and thieves who have decapitated a statue of Jesus and stolen several memorial markers.

“It’s very disturbing that something like this would happen,” said Steve Murray, senior warden of Christ the King & All Saint on Lackland Road in the west side of the city.

Monday night, someone came to the church – a relocated and refurbished building originally built at the turn of the 20th Century in the now-defunct community of Buckner – and tore electrical conduit wire off of the back of the building, overturned playground equipment, started a small fire in the parking lot and badly damaged or destroyed several concrete statues located in the church memorial garden.

Among the statues damaged was a six-foot-tall statue of Jesus. Vandals used a rock to knock off the head and one hand from the statue. The head was then stolen from the site, according to church members.

In addition, the person responsible also stole a concrete statue of an angel which was a dedicated memorial to a former church member, Lana Athey, who was murdered in 2001.

“I can’t imagine anything lower than stealing and tearing up things at a church,” Murray said.

Following Monday’s crime, church member Devan Breedlove stationed a video camera to capture any and all activity in the church memorial garden, in the off chance the vandals would return.

Breedlove could not help but feel satisfied when he checked the video the next morning.

“I have to be honest. The first thing I felt was kind of excitement. I actually caught someone,” Breedlove said.

His camera recorded two men, both on bicycles, ride up directly into the memorial garden. Then, while one appears to circle the property in an attempt to play "lookout," the other is seen stealing several brass plaques that serve as memorial markers in the garden.

The cremated remains of 24 church members are interred in a stone columbarium in the garden. The markers list the names of those members, as well as their years of birth and death.

Of the 24 name plaques, only nine remained as of Thursday.

For many of the church members, the theft is far more than a crime.

“It is very personal, because this is where Pete Peterson was,” said Steve Murray, as he knelt and pointed to the blank space where a plaque was once placed. “Pete was my brother-in-law and was probably the closest thing to a saint that lived on the earth.”

“It’s not just taking something,” Breedlove added. “It’s violating someone’s memory of a loved one.”

To make matters worse, at least one thief is seen on camera returning to the garden for a third straight day – Wednesday – to steal more of the memorial markers.

The brass plaques cost approximately $190, but as scrap they will fetch around $1 a piece, according to Murray.

Fort Worth police detectives have been given copies of the surveillance video Breedlove shot and are investigating the series of crimes.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Man Fundraises to Party With Strangers in Philly]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:24:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/223*120/Capture5.PNG

A Washington man is set to travel to Philly after he was accidentally invited to a stranger's bachelor party.

Joey DiJulio of Seattle says it all started with an unexpected email back on February 11.

Joey received an invite to Jeff Minetti's bachelor party in Philadelphia. There was only one problem. Joey had no idea who Jeff was.

“I was trying to make sense of it," Joey said. "I was so confused. I was looking through different addresses and didn’t know who anyone was. I looked and saw my name on the CC and realized it was a typo. I was getting entertainment while being a fly on the wall.”

Jeff explained the mixup to NBC10.

“About fifty people had been in the email, so no one really noticed that anything was wrong,” Jeff said. “I sent a list over to my brother Michael, someone had made the mistake, I’d be happy to throw him under the bus for this one."

For a while Joey kept quiet and was amused by the numerous emails he received about some of the events for the weekend. This included gambling, shuffle board competitions and some other festivities as well. Then it all came to a quick hold.

Jeff's brother Michael Minetti, who sent the initial email, wrote a new message, saying he needed a headcount to give the bartender for the venue. As he was calling out people he hadn’t heard from, Joey finally replied with the following message:

Hi All,

So, I have no idea who any of you guys are, but I have been enjoying being a fly on the wall hearing about the plans for this bachelor party over the last few months.

I'm assuming my E-Mail address was added to the list by mistake (perhaps a typo of someone else?).

I live out in Seattle, WA and although for a moment I thought it might be funny to just show up and be that guy nobody knows but everyone wonders "who is that guy?", buying a plane ticket for a cross-country flight just to crash a bachelor's party might be a bit over the top (although it would be epic!).

Nonetheless, I do hope you guys have a great time and I'd like to take a moment to wish the best of luck in life to the groom!

Cheers!
Joey DiJulio
Seattle, WA

To his surprise, responses in the email started storming his inbox. Despite him being a complete stranger, everyone wanted Joey to go the bachelor party, including the groom.

"I'm overnighting you a wedding invite," Jeff said. "You show up at the bachelor party and I'll make you my best man. You can give the toast even."

A friend of the groom replied, "I say everyone forks up an extra $20 and we get Joey a plane ticket to Philly!"

As everyone was throwing out ideas for how to get him to the party and wedding, Joey took matters into his own hands and created a GoFundMe page.

He posted the description and the entirety of the story and started receiving donations.

"I was putting things on my Facebook about the random bachelor party I wasn't going too," Joey said. "This is totally something so crazy. People thought it was awesome. I promoted it a little and created it myself, and figured let's see how it goes."

Joey eventually reached his goal Wednesday, raising $1,655, well above the $1,264 he estimated it would cost for the entire trip.

"The momentum just kept going, as I realized the first part of this could definitely happen and as we built a following, maybe we can use this small platform for Jeff and his bride to be, and could use some of this money for a really nice wedding gift," Joey said.

Jeff and his friends said they would welcome him with open arms.

"I'd welcome Joe to come and we are the city of brotherly love so we would love to show him a good time," Jeff said.

"If he came, it's gonna be funny, I'd have a million questions to ask him," said Jeff's brother Christopher.

Amy Lee, the bride to be, told NBC10 she's also excited about Joey's visit.

"I'm all onboard and everything happens for a reason," she said.

Lee also said her plans for the bachelor party have changed.

"The first part of festivities I am welcome too," she said. "While I was going to let the boys have fun, after this story, I would have to meet Joey. The brides are crashing the bachelor party!"

The bachelor party is set to take place on March 28. We'll let you know if Jeff follows through on letting Joey become his best man.

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<![CDATA[Intoxicated Woman Swipes 12-Pack From NJ Home: Police]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:50:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Beer+Bottles+Theft+Egg+Harbor+Barbara+Webb.jpg

A resident in a South Jersey community heard a loud bang coming from a neighbor’s home on St. Patrick’s Day then saw a blonde leaving a home with a 12 pack of beer before jumping in her car and driving off.

The resident called Egg Harbor Township Police and described the car seen driving off from the Club at Tilton off Hingston Avenue in the Farmington section of the township around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers responding to the burglary saw the suspect’s car passing them along Hingston Avenue. The officers pulled over the car and found blond-haired Barbara Webb behind the wheel.

Officer arrested Webb on suspicion of DWI, theft, burglary and related charges.

Further investigation revealed that someone through a lawn chair through the rear sliding glass door of the Club at Tilton home.

Municipal Court Judge H.R. Switzer sent Webb to county jail after she was unable to post $25,000 bail.



Photo Credit: Egg Habor Township Police/Stock Image]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Presumed Dead in House Collapse Found Alive]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:38:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Bruno+Found+Collapsed+House+Kensington.jpg

It's been said cats have nine lives, but a chihuahua named Bruno has proven to be just as lucky as the agile felines.

The small brown and black pup was presumed dead after his owner's Philadelphia home collapsed over the weekend. But three days later, he was found alive in the rubble.

The three-story brick house along the 2000 block of East Sterner Street in the city's Kensington section came tumbling down in the rain just before 5 o'clock Saturday morning.

Homeowner Eric Carrol, 43, broke his back in the collapse. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he remains.

Two pets -- a dog named Paws and a gray cat -- were found among the debris. Both were rescued by Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. The team also searched for Bruno, but after two hours, the volunteers assumed he had been claimed by the collapse.

That is until Monday.

"The father of the dog’s owner went to the house and called for Bruno and he crawled out from under the rubble," Red Paw Founder Jen Leary tells NBC10.

Bruno was dehydrated from the ordeal and Red Paw is taking him to the University of Pennsylvania's Veterinary Hospital to be checked out.

Carrol is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday. He has a 50 percent chance at being left paralyzed, according to the man's brother-in-law Jose Feliciano.

“We’re all hanging in there and praying for the best," he said adding that Carrol is awake and in good spirits.

Feliciano and his family is caring for Bruno, while the other two animals will be boarded by Red Paw until the owner has recovered, Leary said.

Red Paw is accepting donations to cover the cost of caring for the animals.

The Department of Licenses & Inspections is investigating the cause.



Photo Credit: NBC10 / Red Paw]]>
<![CDATA[Meth Lab Discovered in Ind. Walmart Restroom]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 17:32:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Walmart-Generic1.jpg

A restroom at a Walmart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside.

State police say a Walmart employee alerted police after seeing a man he described as suspicious enter the restroom about 11:30 p.m. Thursday with a backpack and leave without it. The Star Press reports that members of a state police meth suppression team removed the dangerous chemicals.

Delaware County Health Department inspectors closed the restroom and a nearby women's restroom until they could be "decontaminated" by a professional cleaning company.

State police say people who make methamphetamine are leaving "the deadly explosive chemicals in public places to return later to get the finished product," rather than risk explosions and contamination at their own homes. 

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<![CDATA[Bride From India Leaves Groom Over Math Problem]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:19:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/henna-482150043.jpg

An Indian bride walked out of her wedding ceremony after the groom failed to solve a simple math problem, police said Friday.

The bride tested the groom on his math skills and when he got the sum wrong, she walked out.

The question she asked: How much is 15 plus six?

His reply: 17.

The incident took place late Wednesday in Rasoolabad village near the industrial town of Kanpur in northern Uttar Pradesh state, local police officer Rakesh Kumar said Friday.

The groom's family tried persuading the bride to return, but she refused. She said the groom had misled them about his education.

"The groom's family kept us in the dark about his poor education," said Mohar Singh, the bride's father. "Even a first grader can answer this."

Local police mediated between the families and both sides returned all the gifts and jewelry that had been exchanged before the wedding, Kumar said.

Last month, another bride in Uttar Pradesh married a wedding guest after the original groom had a seizure and collapsed at the wedding venue.

The groom's family had not revealed that the groom was epileptic. While the groom was rushed to a hospital in Rampur town, the bride asked one of the wedding guests to step in and married him.

Most marriages in India are arranged by the families of the bride and groom. Except for brief meetings, the couple rarely gets to know each other before the nuptials.



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<![CDATA[Handgun Handbag Pulled From Stores]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:08:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/handgun+handbag.jpg

A provocative purse is being removed from the racks of a New York-area clothing chain following an NBC 4 New York investigation into one shopper's complaints.

The controversial clutch, sold by fashion chain Easy Pickins, has a realistic-looking 3-D imprint of a handgun that could make it look like the wearer is holding a real firearm.

"If I saw a woman walking down the street with this purse I might look at her and say, 'Oh my god, that girl has a gun in her bag,'" said Natalia Perez, a former news reporter who told NBC 4 New York about the pocketbook.

Fernando Cacoillo, head of operations for Easy Pickins, said he was unaware his chain carried the pistol-themed bag and quickly ordered more than 20 stores to stop selling it.

"We’ll take it off the shelves right away,” Cacoillo said. “I would go out to the manufacturer of this handbag and have them take it off the market completely.”

Easy Pickins uses an outside company to choose and purchase merchandise and store managers were not immediately able to determine who manufactures the $18 handbag.

Perez says she is concerned a police officer responding to a crime in New York City might see a purse imprinted with a pistol and mistake it for a real gun.

“All of these things we’re seeing in the media about Ferguson, shootings, and police brutality — this is just not the message you want to send to young women to just go out and look cute with a gun in their purse," she said. "That looks crazy.” 



Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Employee Worked in Pee-Soaked Pants]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:29:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SodaBan.jpg

A Wendy’s restaurant employee in Southern California has filed a claim as a precursor to a lawsuit against the restaurant franchise, claiming her managers implemented a “no bathroom breaks” policy during the lunch rush, aggravating a medical condition.

In her claim, the woman, Maria Rivas, says she was denied access to the bathroom at a Wendy's in Sanee between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in October 2014. Rivas — who is on medication that makes bladder control difficult — she repeatedly asked her supervisor to leave her work station to use the restroom, but was told she could not. 

Rivas said she accidentally urinated on herself and the supervisor forced her to work in soiled clothes for the remainder of her shift, despite potential health code concerns.

In Spanish, Rivas told NBC 7: “He didn’t care and none of the other managers cared to tell me, ‘Mari, go to your house and change.’”

Rivas said her medical problems — diabetes, high cholesterol and thyroid disorder — make frequent bathroom breaks necessary.

Reached for comment, the Wendy’s manager told NBC 7 he was unable to speak on camera, but confirmed a written version of events that he drafted for the restaurant’s attorneys.

In it, he stated that Wendy’s policy is that no one can move from their positions unless an operation leader approves it during the three-hour lunch rush.

In the email, the manager wrote he was unaware of Rivas’ accident until she told him about it at the end of her shift.

NBC 7 also reached out to Wendy’s corporate offices and the HR director sent a statement, and said because it was a personnel matter, the company couldn’t comment on the specifics.

“This is an isolated situation involving one employee at one restaurant,” said Donna Townsend “Our franchise strives to provide a positive working environment for all employees. We promptly investigated complaints arising out of this situation and believe that is was handled appropriately. When an employee request to go to the bathroom, permission is granted, as it is here.”

Rivas’ attorney has filed a claim to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, alleging that the restaurant denied Rivas a reasonable accommodation for her medical condition.

The attorney told NBC 7 that Wendy’s has offered several settlement offers, but Rivas has refused the offers because they were not satisfactory amounts. She remains employed at the restaurant.

Asked why she couldn’t just go to the bathroom anyway or quit, Rivas said she simply cannot afford to be fired or unemployed.

“I depend on this job,” she said. “I don’t have another one.”



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<![CDATA[Local Team's Doughnut-Hot Dog Combo Needs Name]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Krispy+Cream+Donut+Dog+Wilmington+BlueRocks.JPG

A Delaware minor league baseball team is taking ballpark food to the next sweet and savory level, but needs help coming up with a name.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Kansas City Royals affiliate that plays just south of Philadelphia, is introducing a "Donut Dog," and it's every bit as interesting as you might think.

What's in this glazed menu item, you ask? It's a hot dog wrapped in a Krispy Kreme doughnut bun, topped with raspberry jelly and chunks of bacon. According to CSN Philly, If you don't like raspberry jelly, the team's FaceBook page says you can swap it out for mustard or ketchup.

This potentially palatable creation does not yet have an official name, but that's where fans and viewers alike can chime in.

On the Blue Rocks website, the team is hosting a contest to name the culinary creation. The winner will earn four tickets to Opening Night, a chance to throw out the first pitch at the game, and $50 to spend in concessions at the stadium. Five other finalists will receive tickets to a 2015 Blue Rocks game.

But don't delay; the contest ends at noon on March 17. Voting on the six finalists' names will begin that day and run for a week.



Photo Credit: Wilmington Blue Rocks]]>
<![CDATA[Worker Struck by Falling Ham]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ham-Generic.jpg

A worker was flown to the hospital after officials say he was struck by falling ham.

The unidentified man was working at Hatfield Quality Meats, a pork meat packing company, on the 2700 block of Clemens Road in Hatfield, Pennsylvania Wednesday night. As he was working, a “pallet of ham” fell on top of him, according to officials.

The worker was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital. Officials have not yet revealed his condition.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

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<![CDATA[Weird News Photos: Raccoon Gets Head Stuck in Tree]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:42:17 -0400 knot in a tree. ]]> knot in a tree. ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Raccoon+Stuck+in+Tuckerton+Tree.jpg Check out these weird news photos from around the world.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Giant Octopus Tries to Climb Out of Tank]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:08:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/168*120/giant3.JPG

A video shows Seattle Aquarium's giant octopus "Ink" trying to crawl out of his tank, prompting online speculation as to whether he was attempting an escape or simply exploring his new surroundings.

Ink didn't get too far. An aquarium staffer helped the animal back into its enclosure. LiveLeak posted the footage Wednesday, which immediately became fodder for online blogs and sites. The Huffington Post and Gawker wondered whether there was a "worldwide octopus uprising" going on.

Just a few days ago, another octopus grabbed a camera from a researcher and turned it on him, and the post went viral on Reddit. 

There were also reports about an octopus that jumped out of the water to snatch a crab.

As for the Seattle octopus, Reddit commenters wondered what could have prompted it to scale the tank. 

Seattle Aquarium officials told the local Seattle Fox affiliate the "video has been blown out of proportion." “It’s a new octopus 'Ink' in a new exhibit exploring his boundaries,” officials said. “In the video that’s been shared by the public it’s one of our staff members helping Ink bank into his exhibit after exploring the edge.”

The aquarium holds daily octopus feedings, where visitors can watch the giant Pacific octopus consume crabs, clams and even other species of octopus. 



Photo Credit: Seattle Aquarium
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