Put It On the Tab

There's a bar in Scotland where everyone could soon know your name — and everything else about you.

Bar Soba (search), an ultra-hip Asian fusion bar and restaurant in Glasgow, is offering regulars a "digital wallet" — a microchip implanted in the upper arm that transmits unique personal information to a radio receiver on the premises.

The size of a grain of rice and implanted by a medical professional, the chip guarantees entrance to the bar on crowded nights and keeps track of your bar tab, as well as other relevant information.

"By the time you walk through the door to the bar, your favorite drink is waiting for you and the bar staff can greet you by name," Brad Stevens, owner of the venue, told The Observer of London.

The concept's already caught on with customers at two trendy joints in Barcelona, Spain, and Rotterdam, Netherlands.

"The main benefit is that you can go out without having to carry a wallet, which can get easily lost in a nightclub," said Steve van Soest, one of more than 100 people "chipped" by the Baja Beach Club (search) in Barcelona.

Stevens of Bar Soba acknowledges there are risks involved.

"There is a danger that, if a person's not carrying cash, they could just keep on drinking," he admitted. "But we're looking at ways of setting a limit on how much can be spent."

Privacy advocates are understandably alarmed.

"The chip contains your name and ID number and, as this could be read remotely without your knowledge, that is already too much information," a spokesman for NoTags (search), a British group dedicated to fighting the spread of such chips, told the Daily Telegraph of London.

Barcelona club-goer van Soest had no such qualms.

"It would be great if this catches on and you could put all your personal details and medical records on it," he told the Observer. "If I was involved in an accident, doctors could simply scan me and find out my blood group and any allergies."

— Thanks to Out There reader Peter L.

Daredevil Kid Takes School Bus on Joyride

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy took the wheel of a school bus after locking out the driver and went on a spin that left behind a trail of smashed mailboxes and broken utility poles.

No one was injured in the Jan. 13 incident, officials said.

"I think we're all blessed in this one," said Terry Babbitt, superintendent of Mona Shores Public Schools (search).

The boy, a student at Ross Park Elementary School (search), was being taken home from school when he got off the bus at the wrong stop, Babbitt said.

The student ran up a driveway and into a garage. After the driver and a transportation aide got out to chase the boy, he dashed back into the small bus and started driving.

With another student still on the bus, the boy drove about two miles, plowing into mailboxes and striking two utility poles before coming to a halt.

The bus driver and aide were suspended pending an investigation.

The boy faces school disciplinary action, but police said they did not expect to file charges.

— Thanks to Out There reader William D.

Honestly, It Was a Really Hot Day

OZARK, Ark. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy was fired after his wife posed nude next to his patrol car.

A computer disc containing photos of Damon Gregory's wife posing near the patrol vehicle surfaced at the Franklin County Sheriff's office in early December.

Gregory was fired Dec. 14, and the reason was released Jan. 13.

A supervisor who knew of the photographs was demoted from sergeant to road deputy.

"As soon as this came to our attention, the sheriff took action," said Chief Deputy James Hamilton.

Gregory said he won't appeal his firing for violating department policy and conduct regulations.

"The sheriff's department wants to apologize to each and every citizen for any embarrassment or loss of confidence," Hamilton said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Nancy B.

Drunk as a Skunk, But Very Clean-Smelling

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A woman who admitted drinking three glasses of mouthwash had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit when she was arrested for drunken driving, police said Friday.

The woman, identified by police Sgt. Mike Shadbolt as 50-year-old Carol A. Ries, was arrested Sunday night and released on personal bond the next day. She was to be arraigned late next week on a misdemeanor charge of operating under the influence of liquor, Shadbolt said.

Police also found an open bottle of Listerine in Ries' car, and asked Lenawee County prosecutors Friday to authorize a warrant charging her with having an open intoxicant in a motor vehicle, Shadbolt said. Calls to the prosecutor's office were not answered after business hours.

Ries showed signs of intoxication after her car rear-ended another vehicle Sunday, Shadbolt said. She told police she had not consumed any alcohol and also passed a Breathalyzer test, but "there was something not quite right about her," Shadbolt said.

She failed a second test using different equipment and, under further questioning, admitted to drinking three glasses of Listerine earlier in the day, Shadbolt said.

According to Listerine manufacturer Pfizer Inc.'s Web site, original formula Listerine contains 26.9 percent alcohol, more than four times that of many malt liquors. Other varieties contain 21.6 percent alcohol.

No telephone listings for a Carol Ries could be found.

— Thanks to Out There reader Daniel H.

Alleged Drunk Driver's Lawyer Allegedly Drunk

McKEAN, Pa. (AP) — An attorney was arrested for drunken driving as he left a hearing for a client accused of the same thing, state police said.

During the hearing Jan. 12 in a McKean district justice's office, a state police trooper noticed attorney Wayne G. Johnson Sr. might be drunk, said Trooper Robert Thompson.

The trooper, who was testifying in the DUI case against Johnson's 20-year-old client, called a state police barracks. By the time backup arrived, Johnson was in his car, Thompson said.

Johnson failed field sobriety tests and was charged with drunken driving, Thompson said. His blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest was not available Friday, state police said.

Johnson's receptionist said Friday he had no comment.

A Jury of One's Peers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorney Leslie Ballin called it the "jury pool from hell."

The group of prospective jurors was summoned to listen to a case of domestic violence. Right after jury selection began last week, one man got up and left, announcing, "I'm on morphine and I'm higher than a kite."

When the prosecutor asked if anyone had been convicted of a crime, a prospective juror said that he had been arrested and taken to a mental hospital after he almost shot his nephew. He said he was provoked because his nephew just would not come out from under the bed.

Another would-be juror said he had had alcohol problems and was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover officer.

"I should have known something was up," he said. "She had all her teeth."

Another prospect volunteered he probably should not be on the jury: "In my neighborhood, everyone knows that if you get Mr. Ballin [as your lawyer], you're probably guilty." He was not chosen.

The case involved a woman accused of hitting her brother's girlfriend in the face with a brick. Ballin's client was found not guilty.

Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.

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