Beijing – Residential property managers in northern China have turned to butter in their battle against burglars as a cheap alternative to repairing their broken surveillance system.
They smeared 100kg of butter on the gas pipelines that run outside the buildings on the Mingdemen estate in the city of Xi’an, making them too slippery to climb, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.
“Natural gas pipelines are often used as ‘ladders’ by burglars and burglaries are rife here,” one Mingdemen manager was quoted as saying. About 1,200 of the 2,000 units are rented out, so it can be difficult to determine who actually lives there and “some bad guys may sneak in”, he said.
All the surveillance cameras were broken and the estate was facing an outstanding 60,000-yuan installation bill. “Using butter is the most economical way,” the manager said. – AFP
MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 13-year-old Milwaukee girl accused of fatally stabbing her step-grandfather because he poured her milk down a drain is being held on $150,000 cash bond.
The girl appeared Tuesday in Milwaukee County Children’s Court. She is accused of stabbing 48-year-old Robert A. Moon in the neck on Saturday after he allegedly poured out milk that she wanted for her cereal.
Public defender Joy Sherard says there’s a family history that has required intervention from county officials, but declined to elaborate.
The Associated Press previously released the girl’s name but is no longer doing so after Judicial Court Commissioner Kevin Costello banned the media from identifying her. Costello says he wants to protect her privacy because the case may get waived back to juvenile court.