A Swedish woman says she had to fly overnight from Europe to Tanzania next to a man who died after the plane had departed. Lena Pettersson, a reporter for Sveriges Radio, said the man was having convulsions before the Kenya Airways flight departed from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The plane took off anyway. The man died several hours later while the plane was in the air and Pettersson said she then had to sit across from the dead man for the rest of the flight. “Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss,” Pettersson told the Expressen newspaper. She later decided, however, to seek compensation. It took a couple of months of e-mails but she was finally refunded $713 — about half of the cost of her ticket.
Authorities say an employee at a fast-food drive-thru window in Southern California stabbed a customer after a dispute over his order. A Riverside County sheriff’s statement Friday said the man complained about his order to 28-year-old Gabriel Villalba, who worked at Del Taco in Hemet, shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday. The statement says the confrontation escalated until Villalba stabbed the customer in the abdomen with a knife. The customer, whose name was not released, was driven to the hospital by friends. His injury is serious but not considered fatal. Villalba was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $25,000 bail.
A dispute over dog poop is blamed for a confrontation in St. Louis that turned violent. Authorities say a man was walking his dog at Lucas Park Dog Park Tuesday morning when the dog did his business on the grass, near where a girl was lying on the ground. Her father confronted the dog owner and police say the dog owner responded by shouting racial slurs at the father. Eventually, police say up to five men became involved. Some in the group allegedly used rebar from a nearby construction site to hit the man and dog. Both had minor injuries. The girl’s father was arrested for peace disturbance, but the investigation continues.