Two years on the toilet

When I first read this article, I couldn’t believe what I was reading – a woman Kansas spent two years sitting on a toilet.  Her boyfriend eventually got help and she was taken to hospital to have the seat removed.
Apparently he took her food and drink and repeatedly asked her to leave the bathroom.
But aside from the legal implications now being discussed, I have a few unanswered questions:
– did no-one miss her in all this time?  I mean, her boss, colleagues, family, etc.?
– where did her boyfriend go to the toilet for the last two years?
– what did they tell visitors to the house?
OK, perhaps that’s all none of my business, but it’s got me wondering, all the same…

Rule 240? I like it!

I’ve been reading on the MSNBC Website about an interesting piece of consumer protection called “Rule 240” for airline customers in the US, and I have to say that I like the sound of it.
I recommend that you read the full article, but to summarise: if your flight is cancelled, you may have the right for the airline to fly you at their expense on another carrier’s plane.
Now we do have consumer protection laws for these things in Europe, indeed the EU standardised them a few years ago for air travel, but they are all very much based on compensation for delayed or overbooked flights. All very well and good, but what use is compensation if you can’t fly on holiday or end up with less time at your resort?
The idea that the airline has an obligation to fly you there with someone else’s flight sounds like a very good idea!

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