From the mouth of...
"Australia is becoming a high-wage, high-cost, high-tax, low-productivity economy.”
- Andrew Thorburn, Chief Teller at the NAB, on Tuesday.
W&D rarely applauds bank CEOs, but this time this CEO nailed it.
Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...
At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve
Briton Jacqueline Patrick, 55, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in December for the 2013 murder of her husband, accomplished by spiking his wine with anti-freeze.
To cover her crime, she handed over a note the husband had supposedly written, requesting that if tragedy struck him, he wished not to be resuscitated, preferring to die with “dignerty” [sic].
Suspicious, police asked Patrick to spell “dignity,” which, of course, came out “dignerty.”
Another fail for the the British education system.
Things to worry about
Joaquín García, a Spanish civil servant, was due to collect an award for two decades of loyal and dedicated service, but didn't show up.
Only then did anyone realise that he had not, in fact, shown up to work for at least six years – and possibly as many as 14.
Nice work. If you can get it.
Only in America
Christopher Lemek, Jr., was arrested in Palmer, Massachusetts, in January and charged in a New Year’s Eve hit-and-run accident that took a pedestrian’s life.
Lemek emerged as a suspect a few days after the collision when police, visiting his home, noticed freshly-disturbed earth in his backyard. Eventually Lemek confessed to literally burying the evidence: using a construction vehicle to crush his truck and an excavator to dig up his back yard and drop the truck into it.
Have a wry and dry weekend