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Mum demands £450 compensation from babysitter who fed chicken nuggets to her vegetarian kids

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A babysitter fed two children a McDonald’s Happy Meal after their request, but their mum was furious because they are vegetarian.

The babysitter has refused to pay £450 ‘emotional support money’ to the mum after feeding her children chicken nuggets, because she wasn’t told they were vegetarian.

The 19-year-old babysitter has been babysitting for two years and was asked to look after two children from a new family.

The kids, nine and seven, were well-behaved while with the childminder who in reward for their good behaviour said they could have a Happy Meal after they requested one.

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Both children and the parents failed to mention the kids were vegetarians. It lead to a blazing row when the parents returned to collect their kids and found out they had eaten chicken.

The babysitter explained: “The mom came home early and saw her children eating chicken nuggets. She literally ripped the nuggets out of their hands and started screaming that I’m horrible for allowing her children to eat dead corpses and yelling at her children for eating the meat.

“She kicked me out without paying me and then later text me saying that I need to pay her $300 (£227) for each kid for the emotional damage I have caused them and if I didn’t she’d take me to court.

“I refused to pay the money and told her that she should have told me that she was vegetarian and I would have made sure to completely respect her family diet choice and since she didn’t tell me it’s not my fault.

“She said that I shouldn’t just assume everyone eats meat.”

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The sitter took to Reddit to ask how to handle the situation, unfazed by the legal threat as both her father and brother are lawyers.

One commented on the post: “It was her responsibility to tell you her kids were vegetarian. She still owes you money for babysitting. I’d be willing to bet she has pulled this stunt before to get out of paying and maybe try to get some extra cash.

“I find it weird that neither kid mentioned they didn’t eat meat and they wanted a happy meal.”

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A second said: “Give her contact info to your lawyers. Ask her when you can expect to be paid or if you should settle that as well in court”.

Another said: “Call her bluff. She’ll be laughed at in court.”

Who do you think is to blame in the situation?

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BMW drivers are most likely to be psychopaths, new survey says

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If you drive a BMW and you’re proud of it, look away now.

A new survey has suggested that those who drive a BMW car are the most likely psychopaths out of all drivers on the road.

The comparison website Scrap Car Comparison asked 2,000 drivers to complete a twelve question survey that measures the extent to which people have psychopathic traits.

Psychopathic traits measured included superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth and a lack of remorse or guilt.

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Scores between 0-18 indicated that there was no psychopathy while a score between nineteen and twenty-six. showed it was ‘possible’. Scores over twenty-seven, however, revealed that psychopathy was ‘likely’.

And, low and behold, BMW drivers scored the highest with an average 12.1 out of a possible thirty-six points.

Audi drivers narrowly missed the top spot with a somewhat worrying score of 11.7, with the overall average score for other drivers was 6.6.

The survey also looked at how fuel types, car colour and number plates link to psychopathy, with it finding that personalised number plate holders had double the level of psychopathy (13.8) than those with regular plates (5.3). That goes without saying though, doesn’t it?

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Dan Gick, managing director of Scrap Car Comparison, told LadBible: “The popularity of true crime documentaries has resulted in a worldwide fascination with psychopaths.

“So, we were curious to discover whether there was any correlation between the car you drive and where you might sit on the psychopath scale.

“While our findings might back up some existing stereotypes of drivers who are unsafe on the road, it’s worth noting that none of the levels seen in our study were any cause for concern, and while certain TV shows or films might trivialise what it means it be a psychopath, it is a condition that should be taken seriously.”

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Appeal for £30k to provide 1,000 beds for homeless people across Greater Manchester this Christmas

‘We will not rest until we have eradicated the need for rough sleeping from our city-region’

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A Christmas campaign is appealing for £30,000 in order to provide 1,000 beds for homeless people across Greater Manchester throughout the festive period.

A Bed Every Night was launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham back in 2018, and provides emergency beds for anyone rough sleeping across the city region, as well as vital personal support.

The campaign has been a tremendous success and, since 2019, has helped over 3,400 people and reduced rough sleeping by 57%.

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Despite its success however, homelessness continues to be a major issue across the region and, as the winter months arrive, those who sleep rough find themselves in steadily more perilous situations.

The charity also has concerns regarding the new ban on evictions, Universal Credit uplift and the Covid-19 furlough scheme coming to end, scenarios that could force many people out onto the streets.

So, in a result to keep homelessness numbers as low as possible over the festive period, A Bed A Night is appealing for £30,000 in donations to help provide 1,000 beds to those who need them the most.

Andy Burnham said: “Here in Greater Manchester our ground-breaking approach to rough sleeping and homelessness is working, and making a real difference.

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“The number of people sleeping on our streets is at its lowest since 2013. But we will not rest until we have eradicated the need for rough sleeping from our city-region.

“Please donate what you can to A Bed Every Night and help us raise £30,000 to provide 1,000 places of safety this Christmas.”

Vanessa Haworth, Head of the Charity, added: “We want to ensure that homelessness has no place in Greater Manchester. We have a responsibility to support those who are in need right now and are calling on the generosity of the Greater Manchester public to help us raise funds.

“£30 will help fund a bed for the night, but please donate whatever you can to help.”

For more information and to donate, head over to the 1000 Beds JustGiving page. You can also find more information over at the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity website.

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A miniature railway crossing is being built for endangered hazel dormice in Lancashire

The miniature railway will encourage dormice to find food, look for a new mate or to find better nesting sites

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Network Rail engineers are in the process of building a tiny railway crossing especially for endangered hazel dormice.

In a bid to combat the decline of the hazel dormice population, which is estimated to have dropped by 51% since 2000, Network Rail and wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) have teamed up to establish new dormouse populations across Lancashire. 

The £40,000 conservation project involves fitting a twelve-metre long shielded tree-top structure to provide protection from predators on the side of an existing railway overbridge.  

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The project also sees the construction of the ‘dormouse bridge’, a miniature railway track that will see dormice safely travel and live around the Furness Line, which is regularly used by freight trains that serve various industries on the Cumbrian Coast line.

The new mouse-sized climbing frame over tracks will connect populations and encourage them to find food, look for a new mate or find better nesting sites in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ecologists are also looking at how to improve the railway embankment to encourage dormice to use the new bridge to safely move from one side of the railway to the other. 

Rory Kingdon, senior sponsor from Network Rail, said: “We’re delighted to be contributing £40,000 to this dormouse bridge over the Furness line to encourage the breeding of hazel dormice populations in danger of extinction, so they have a fighting chance to thrive for generations to come.

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Clare Pengelly

“Network Rail is committed to improve biodiversity and protect habitats for the future. In fact, this work directly aligns to a major aim of the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow – to protect the natural environment and contribute to the conservation of nature.” 

Ian White, dormouse and training officer at PTES, added: “This year dormice made a welcome return to Lancashire when we reintroduced thirty individuals to the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“This new population has got off to an excellent start as we know at least twelve litters were born this year.”

Network Rail estimate that the ‘Dormouse Bridge’ will be completed next summer.

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