January 9, 2014
Brewery Responds To Starbucks Letter With $6 Check
St. Louis (AP) A small Missouri brewery has responded to a cease and desist letter from Starbucks by sending the coffee chain a check to cover what it calls the profit from use of the word “Frappicino”‚ a check for $6.
Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in the St. Louis suburb of Cottleville named one of its brews the Frappicino, with one c instead of the two that Starbucks uses for its blended beverages. That prompted an attorney for Starbucks Coffee Co. to send Exit 6 a letter on Dec. 9.
The letter from attorney Anessa Owen Kramer noted that the Seattle-based company “is the owner of a number of world-famous trademarks, including the well-known FRAPPUCCINO trademark.” It said that the words are “phonetically identical” and that Exit 6’s use of Frappicino “is likely to cause confusion, mistake.”
In his sarcastic response letter, Exit 6 owner Jeff Britton also wrote that the brewery “never thought that our beer drinking customers would have thought that the alcoholic beverage coming out of the tap would have actually been coffee from one of the many, many, many stores located a few blocks away.”
Exit 6 posted the letter on its Facebook site and responded with a letter to “Mr. Bucks.” The letter said Exit 6 would no longer use the term “Frappicino” and would instead refer to its beer as the “F Word.”
Britton said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he brewed up a new batch of “The F Word” last Friday. By then, the dispute was already drawing attention on social media, and the beer sold out in three hours.
Starbucks spokeswoman Laurel Harper said the company was glad the brewery agreed to stop using the name.
“This was a respectful request asking Exit 6 to refrain from using the term ‘Frappicino,’ which differs by only one letter from our ‘Frappucino’ product,” she said by telephone. “We always prefer to resolve trademark disputes informally and amicably, and we appreciate them respecting our request to avoid confusion among customers.”
Diapers In Dump Truck Trigger Radioactive Alarms
Vienna (AP) Austrian hazmat specialists called in after Geiger counters showed alarmingly high readings for a dump truck arriving at an incinerator have found the problem‚ radioactive adult diapers.
After unloading the truck, firefighters from the hazardous materials unit of the city of Linz found nearly two dozen diapers from a hospital that had become contaminated with radioactive iodine. The substance is swallowed during some medical and diagnostic procedures.
While radiation levels were substantially above normal, unit leader Dieter Jonas says no one was in danger during Tuesday’s incident.
Austrian officials, however, are tracing the truck’s route. And the truck will stay in a metal container at the incinerator for eight days‚ the time it takes for the emissions to reach safe levels.
It’s Even Too Cold For Polar Bears In Chicago
Chicago (AP) It’s even too cold for Chicago’s resident polar bear.
The city’s Lincoln Park Zoo says its polar bear, Anana, was kept inside Monday because of the record-low temperatures.
Zoo spokeswoman Sharon Dewar says that while the below-zero weather might be comparable to what polar bears experience in the wild, Anana doesn’t have a thick layer of fat that bears typically get from eating things such as seals and whale carcasses.
That extra insulation would make it uncomfortable to live in Chicago during the rest of the year, so Anana gets a different diet.
While she stayed inside, Anana lounged in her comparatively balmy indoor climate that’s kept at 40 to 50 degrees.
Anana usually has access to both an indoor and outdoor area.
She’ll be allowed to venture outside Tuesday.
Naked Aussie Freed From Washer With Olive Oil
Sydney (AP) A naked Australian man who became stuck in a washing machine as part of an ill-planned practical joke was freed from the appliance with the help of an unusual rescue device: olive oil.
The 20-year-old man, identified only as “Laurence,” told Australia’s Fairfax Radio that he was on his way to take a shower on Saturday when he decided to climb into the top-loader to have a bit of fun. The fun quickly evaporated, however, when he realized he couldn’t budge.
He called out to his friend for help, who rang the police. They responded to the scene, along with firefighters, paramedics and a search and rescue squad.
“He was very well wedged in there and we were concerned for his health and well-being,” Shepparton police Sgt. Michelle De Araugo told the Shepparton News. “It was just a game gone wrong. It would be fair to say the gentleman was very embarrassed.”
Rescuers tried in vain to pull Laurence from the machine. But when it became clear he was seriously stuck, they grabbed a bottle of his favorite olive oil to help lubricate his escape. The oil worked, and he popped out.
“I was quite disappointed they used my good olive oil,” Laurence told Fairfax Radio. “As soon as the washing machine went on its side, it was a bit like a birthing.”
NC Politician Writes Resignation Letter In Klingon
Indian Trail, NC (AP) Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.
On Thursday, David Waddell used the Klingon language to write his letter of resignation from the Indian Trail Town Council in North Carolina.
Waddell says he opted to use Klingon, the language of a warrior race on the “Star Trek” TV shows and movies, as an inside joke.
Mayor Michael Alvarez is calling the letter unprofessional.
Waddell says he is resigning at the end of this month. His four-year term expires in December 2015.
Waddell says he also needs to devote time to mounting a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party’s platform against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.
Too Cold, Escaped
Inmate Turns Himself In
Frankfort, KY (AP) Just how cold is it in Kentucky? Apparently cold enough for an escaped prisoner to decide to turn himself in.
Authorities said the inmate escaped from a minimum security facility in Lexington on Sunday. As temperatures dropped into the low single digits Monday, officials say the man walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police.
Robert Vick, 42, of Hartford told the clerk he wanted to turn himself in and escape the arctic air, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
“This was definitely of his own volition,” she said. “It’s cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in.” Vick would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a jacket when he escaped, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said. Wind chill readings were 20 below zero Monday in Lexington.
The Lexington Fire Department treated Vick for hypothermia Monday evening, Roberts said. A call to the department was not immediately returned Tuesday morning.
Vick was serving a six-year sentence for burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument at the time of the escape from Blackburn Correctional Center.