You know whether you should go to the boys' room or the girls' room ... but an Irish pub thinks it's funny to send you to the wrong one.
Confusing signs on the bathroom doors at McGuire's Irish Pub have played jokes on customers for years, sending women to the men's room and vice versa, the Associated Press reported.
But the father of a girl who was interrupted by a man in the women's room and Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation don't find the signs funny.
The agency recently threatened the Florida Panhandle tourist landmark with closure for "Lack of signage properly designating bathrooms."
The state took action after the father filed a complaint, which said his 15-year-old daughter was embarrassed and left the restaurant crying after the bathroom incident.
General Manager Billy Martin has removed the signs at his Destin pub, but left them at his original pub in Pensacola.
"We're not trying to be malicious," Martin told the Northwest Florida Daily News. "It's an Irish joke kind of thing."
More than 3,000 pub patrons have signed a petition to bring the signs back.
The men's room sign has large print that reads "Ladies" and smaller text clarifying women shouldn't go in there because it's the men's room. The women's room has a similar sign.
The signs have been up for 10 years in Destin and 30 years in Pensacola.
Sending Doo-Doo Is a Big No-No
AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — A man who allegedly included dog feces along with his payment for a parking ticket has been charged with disorderly conduct. The 22-year-old man was charged with the misdemeanor May 11 in a criminal complaint filed in Mower County District Court.
The man's vehicle was ticketed on April 18 while it was parked in front of his residence. He put an envelope containing his payment and dog feces in a drop box at the law enforcement center, the complaint stated.
On April 25, an office employee for the Austin Police Department smelled a rank odor as she gathered envelopes from the box. Opening the envelopes, the woman noticed one leaking a brown fluid, which got onto her hands and her desk, according to the complaint.
The next morning the woman awoke with a headache and vomited repeatedly. She was hospitalized for about two days with an undetermined illness.
The man allegedly admitted putting his dog's feces in the envelope because he was upset at the time, the complaint stated. He told police he immediately regretted doing it because he realized a secretary would probably open it.
The man has been summoned to appear in court June 15.
Love: It Strips You Bare
WHITEHAVEN, England (AP) — Plans for the wedding have been sunk — along with the prospective groom's clothes, CDs, DVDs and his van.
Police in northwestern England have arrested Emma Thomason, 24, after she allegedly packed her partner's possessions into his van, drove to the harbor and left off the hand brake Sunday. She was charged with aggravated vehicle-taking without consent and released on bail.
The incident reportedly followed an argument between Thomason and Jason Wilson, 24, her partner of seven years and the father of her two children.
"She put every single last item of clothing I had in the back of the van. All I was left with were the clothes I was wearing," Wilson told reporters.
"I haven't told her yet that the wedding is off, but I think she can put two and two together."
The van was pulled out of the water on Monday.
"The recovery operation was quite difficult, they had to partly drain the harbor to get the vehicle out," said Inspector David Gartland of Cumbria Police.
Don't Count Your Chickens ...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A thief rejoiced too early and was caught red-handed while counting his loot not far from the place where he had snatched a woman's handbag.
The thief was emptying the stolen handbag by the roadside in Kuantan city in eastern Malaysian when his victim caught him with the help of bystanders, The Star newspaper reported Friday. It didn't say when the incident happened.
The thief had walked into the victim's office and grabbed her handbag, containing close to $88 and a cell phone, The Star said.
It said the woman chased after him but failed to catch him. She was then heading to the police station with a colleague on a motorcycle when she saw the man by the roadside behind two parked trucks, emptying her purse.
On seeing the woman shouting at him, the thief threw away the bag and tried to flee. But several truck drivers, who were resting there, managed to catch him, The Star said.
The police officer responsible for the case was not available for comment, a police spokeswoman in Kuantan said.
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