Now That's a Real Whopper of a Fast-Food Meal

It's not always better with the King.

A South Carolina Burger King overcharged a woman $8,640 last week on her fast-food order, WYFF-TV reports.

Guadalupe Pequino ordered $8.64 of food last Thursday at the drive-through window of a Burger King restaurant in Fountain Inn, S.C., but staff charged her Visa bank card $8,648.64.

"It's caused her a lot of problems in paying her rent, paying her car payment, buying food," said her friend Richard White. "It's caused a lot of problems. I don't know too many people that can have $8,648.64 withdrawn from their account and carry on normally."

The restaurant said they reimbursed her account on Saturday, but Pequino said she wasn't credited until Tuesday.

"It was an honest mistake, and the store has done everything it can to credit the account," said Jimmy Gadagno, the restaurant's general manager.

So much for value meals.

Dine and Dash of Bridal Proportions

VIENNA, Austria (AP) — A wedding party fled from a restaurant in the southern Austrian town of Villach over the weekend without paying for their feast.

The group, consisting of the newlyweds and about 30 guests, suddenly got up before dessert and left, Austrian broadcaster ORF reported.

On Tuesday, authorities succeeded in tracking down the happy couple, who claimed that the food and atmosphere had not been to their liking.

For the innkeeper, that's hard to believe.

Before leaving, the group ate up plates of Wiener schnitzel, grilled meat and pork roast, ORF cited her as saying.

Update: Japan's Toilet Business Up in Flames

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese toilet makers issued a warning to electric bidet users on Wednesday, saying at least 105 units have caught fire or sent up smoke in Japan since 1984.

The government ordered an extensive investigation after Toto Ltd., Japan's biggest toilet manufacturer, offered to repair 180,000 bidet toilets last month, saying several had emitted flames in 2006-2007 due to faulty wiring.

The Japan Warm Water Bidet Council, which represents nine bidet manufacturers, reported at least 105 cases of incidents involving flaming or smoking bidet toilets since 1984, the Trade Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The council urged bidet users to be careful, saying on its Web site that units should be turned off immediately at the first sign of trouble. The council is further investigating the incidents, it said.

Flames scorched bathroom walls and ceilings in some cases, but there were no injuries, according to Trade Ministry spokesman Kazuhisa Kakui.

High-tech toilets fitted with warm water sprayers and dryers are a standard fixture in Japanese homes. Toto's problematic Z series of bidets also feature a pulsating massage spray, a built-in-the-bowl deodorizer and a lid that opens and closes automatically.

According to the council, 66 of the defective toilets were manufactured by Toto, Inax Corp. or Matsushita Electric Works Ltd.

The council did not disclose the makers of the other 39, saying that the cause of fire was unclear in those cases.

'Former Prez Who May Become First Man' a Puzzler

NEW YORK (AP) — What's a four-letter word for "words in some kvetching?"

According to former President Clinton, it's "veys."

The former president supplied the clues to a crossword puzzle on the Web site of The New York Times Magazine, appearing this week.

Jim Schachter, deputy editor of the magazine, said Tuesday that Clinton was given the grid with the letters and asked to provide clues for the words.

For "cent" he came up with "What you might get for your thoughts." For "arbs" it was "They're almost a food group on Wall St."

The puzzle is part of a special issue on "the new middle ages" — as in baby boomers, not medieval times — and several clues poke fun at the boomer generation to which Clinton belongs.

"Boomer's update of a song from 1951's 'Show Boat?"' That would be "Ol Man Liver."

All of the answers will be posted this weekend.

Tarmac the Wallaby Gets a New Home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A wallaby is settling into a new home in the Black Hills after getting out of its kennel during a flight change in Salt Lake City.

The 5-pound, 7-month-old male Australian marsupial escaped Thursday but had only a few minutes of freedom.

Roxy Bell, whose family owns The Roo Ranch near Deadwood, said vibration during the flight likely loosened buckles on the side of the kennel.

The wallaby — a smaller, stockier version of a kangaroo — did not kick its way out of the kennel, she said.

"I just don't want them to get a bad reputation. You know, 'Mean kangaroo gets out,"' Bell said. "They're not mean. They're very tame."

In fact, a young female wallaby in the same cage stayed put.

The pair arrived in Rapid City late Thursday, Bell said.

Airport workers caught the young wallaby within five minutes after it hopped across the tarmac, said Marissa Snow, a spokeswoman for SkyWest Airlines, based in St. George, Utah.

"It is a good reminder for people who are transporting live cargo to check their kennels and make sure they're in operating order," she said.

Bell said it was the first escape for any of the animals being shipped to the Roo Ranch.

It helped Bell find a name for the fugitive wallaby: Tarmac.

The Bell family plans to open the Roo Ranch, which has about 50 kangaroos and wallabies, on Memorial Day weekend. It would join other animal-oriented attractions in the Black Hills such Bear Country USA, Reptile Gardens and Trout Haven.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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