The Hamptons on Less Than a Dollar a Day

The Hamptons really are cheaper in the off-season.

At least one couple in the pricey resort area at the eastern end of New York's Long Island has taken that maxim to an extreme, reports the New York Post.

A local homeowner came home at sunset Sept. 19 to catch a man and woman having sex on his property — and then discovered they'd been living for free in his house.

They "were having sex in the garden, on the lawn, behind some bushes," the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the Post.

As many year-round residents do, the man had rented out his house for the summer to upscale city dwellers willing to pay the price — in this case, $2,000 a week or $30,000 for the entire season for a three-bedroom ranch house a short walk from the beach in the village of Amagansett (search).

But he made the mistake of letting some time elapse between his tenants' departure and his return, and that's when the freeloaders apparently stepped in.

The couple, both blond and in their 30s, told the homeowner they'd been staying next door and had just taken a dip in the neighbors' pool.

The pair then pulled on shorts and T-shirts, got on a bicycle and rode away.

"I kicked them off the property," he said. "They were the most lackadaisical people I had ever met. Bohemian. They just casually sauntered off."

But when the homeowner walked into his home, he found the back sliding door ajar, cigarette butts on the deck, the makings of a salad in the kitchen and the clothes dryer running.

"They left in shorts," he laughed. "I've still got their wardrobe."

In fact, his wasn't the only house they'd used. They'd been hanging out in the neighbors' as well — but in both instances had brought their own food, not taken anything and, perhaps most important to owners of rental properties, not smoked indoors.

"I wish I could retroactively charge them," the man chuckled. "They had a nice week in the Hamptons, for free."

FBI Agents Take Over Empty Frat House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new fraternity of sorts has moved in on the Greek row at Louisiana State University (search): the FBI.

About 50 New Orleans agents displaced by Hurricane Katrina will be living in the red-brick home once occupied by a fraternity exiled for hazing violations.

"They've been jokingly referred to as Phi Beta Iota," Special Agent in Charge Jim Bernazzani said Monday. "We even had T-shirts made up."

The home has been empty since the Sigma Nu (search) fraternity lost its charter in 2004 after an investigation into allegations of hazing. The fraternity has been barred from campus until the fall of 2006.

The FBI spent $90,000 renovating the house, which had been vandalized.

The federal agency's own New Orleans headquarters building was severely damaged by Katrina. Repairs could take as long as eight months.

With a lot of the agents suddenly homeless and housing space hard to find in Baton Rouge, the agency jumped at the offer of the fraternity house.

Mice Scare Elephants, and Maybe Airplanes Too

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Passengers were buckled up when a crew member spotted a mouse darting across an aisle, triggering a chase that grounded a Qatar Airways (search) plane at Manila airport for more than 12 hours.

The airline asked the 243 passengers to disembark, unloaded hundreds of pieces of luggage and brought the Airbus 330-200 to a hangar for a two-hour fumigation, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star reported.

The rodent was never found, so it either escaped or there's a dead mouse aboard the plane.

"There was an incident before with a cockroach, but it's the first time that we had to deal with a mouse, and it delayed a flight," Octavio Lina, operations chief of the Manila International Airport Authority (search), was quoted as saying.

He explained that rodents are a danger to airplanes because they can chew up important electrical wiring.

Man Siphons Gas, Falls Asleep Before Finishing

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A man fell asleep while siphoning gasoline into a 55-gallon tank that had been installed in the back of a van, police said.

The manager of the Swifty station on the city's south side noticed the white van parked on its lot when he arrived Tuesday morning and called police.

Inside the van, officers reported finding a man asleep next to a 55-gallon tank and a battery-operated pump. A hose from the pump led to the gas station's underground tank.

"That's a lot of gas," Police Chief Joe Winkle said. "I'm sure he felt like this would be a pretty good heist for himself."

Firefighters were called to disconnect the hose, and the man was arrested on charges of theft and possession of a firearm without a permit, Winkle said. He was being held in the Delaware County Jail (search).

Winkle said investigators were working to confirm the man's identity.

With regular unleaded at the station selling for $2.67, the tank would have held nearly $150 worth of fuel.

Not Too Easy to Swim While Handcuffed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — David Douglas Griffy II's alleged escape from authorities seemed to be going well when he broke free from deputies and jumped into the Kanawha River.

But deputies weren't too worried: Griffy was still handcuffed behind his back. Authorities waited for him on the riverbank and took him into custody again.

Police believe Griffy, 23, smashed a Dollar General store window with a tire tool so another man could steal cold medicine used to make methamphetamine.

He was charged with breaking and entering and fleeing deputies, both felonies. He was being held in the South Central Regional Jail (search) on Tuesday on a $45,000 bond.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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