Maintenance Man Repairs Company's Reputation

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Someone at the Brink's armored-car office in Brooklyn, N.Y., is feeling pretty relieved.

Last Wednesday, Stephen Bills, a maintenance worker at the Sunrise Mall (search ) in nearby Massapequa, found a pile of bundles of $20 bills — $12,400 in total — in an equipment closet, reports Newsday.

Bills took it to his boss, who in turn called police.

Nassau County police detective Alton Williams had a hunch. He called the Brink's office in Brooklyn, which maintains the mall's ATM machine.

"I asked them if they were missing anything," Williams told the newspaper. "They said, 'Yeah, we are missing something.' I said, 'I have good news for you.'"

Word got around among mall employees pretty quickly.

"How do you leave that sitting around?" asked Erica Lockhart, who works at the Nine West (search ) shoe store.

A manager at the Brink's Brooklyn office told the newspaper, "There is no comment."

Wrong Song Blamed for International Soccer Loss

There's a simple explanation for the Zimbabwean national soccer team's loss in the African Cup (search ), the country's information minister says — the wrong national anthem was played before the match.

Jonathan Moyo demanded an investigation after Zimbabwe's team lost 2-1 to Egypt in the tournament's opening game, reports the BBC.

"It was a cheap attempt by the organizers to demoralize our boys," Moyo said.

The Tunisian hosts made the mistake of playing Zimbabwe's old anthem, "Ishe Komborera Africa," instead of "Blessed Be the Land of Zimbabwe," the current song.

Moyo also complained about the refereeing, noting that "both of Egypt's goals were scrappy and the second one was dubiously awarded."

But he insisted Zimbabwe's anthem-deprived team were "not crybabies."

Cell-Phone Danger Alert Status Raised

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian man was shaken and scalded Tuesday after his mobile phone exploded beside him while he was sleeping, the national news agency reported.

Mohamed Radzuan Yasin said he was recharging his cell phone and placed it on his bed near him before he took a nap. Three hours later, he was jarred awake by what he described as a small explosion.

"The explosion scalded my buttocks, while there were burn marks on the mattress and the wall," Mohamed Radzuan told Bernama news agency.

"At first I was confused about what had exploded, but I realized it was my mobile phone when I saw it was shattered in pieces," he said.

Mohamed Radzuan, a 40-year-old electrician in Kuala Pilah district, about 50 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, said he had purchased a new battery for the phone a week ago.

He received treatment for the injury at a hospital and subsequently filed a police report concerning the incident, Bernama reported.

And They Say There's No Fresh Air in Jail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Instead of going over the wall, an inmate at South Central Regional Jail (search ) tried to go through it — without much luck.

Robert Anthony Hill was trapped for about four hours in a 6-inch wide, 3-feet high window after getting stuck at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, said Steve Canterbury, director of the state Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

Hill, 25, 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, had taken off his shirt and greased his upper body with soap, Canterbury said. He then broke a window and managed to get his head and one shoulder through it before his ribs became wedged in a diagonal position.

Even if Hill had managed to get through the window, he'd have had to jump from the second floor into an open field constantly monitored by guards and surrounded by a fence.

The inmate was freed from the window at 4:45 p.m. Monday and taken to a local hospital.

"It's nothing that won't heal," Canterbury said. "Obviously, we won't be able to heal his lack of judgment, but we'll be able to heal his wounds."

Mail Carrier Figures Out Less-Than-Informative Address

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Nothing stops the U.S. Postal Service from making its appointed rounds, not even a postcard addressed simply as "On Top of a Big Hill."

The postcard was mailed by a bookstore in Bridgeport to Helen English of Elkins, notifying her that a book she had ordered had arrived. It was addressed, "Mrs. English, On Top of a Big Hill, Elkins, W.Va. 26241."

English had mentioned to the bookstore clerk that she lived on a hill. She said the bookstore apparently did not have her address, so the clerk improvised.

"That little mail carrier, who else would do such things in the dead of winter?" English said. "They deserve a pat on the back, especially in this weather. It wouldn't happen anywhere else."

Elkins Postmaster Francis Scott said Carmen Tankersley, a rural route carrier since 1987 who serves 550 families, delivered the postcard.

"She's an outstanding carrier. Carmen's always done a good job and takes care of her customers," Scott said.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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