There's nowt as queer as folks.
Four German pensioners aged between 61 and 80 were sentenced earlier this week for kidnapping their financial advisor, a former Wall Street professional, who'd apparently caused them to lose $4.7m after placing their money in Florida real estate-related investments. A Bavarian Court sentenced two men to four and six years in clink, and gave two women suspended sentences of 18 and 21 months.
57-year-old James Amburn, an American, was apparently gagged and bound, bundled into a box and forcibly moved from his home in west Germany by car. During the journey and his subsequent four day incarceration, Amburn is said to have suffered two broken ribs after allegedly being hit with a chair leg. He also says that he was tortured with lighted cigarettes.
The German kidnappers forced Amburn into transferring money back to their accounts from his own, and on one of the remittances Amburn included the message: 'Sell 100 Call Pol.ICE today please'. The bank apparently alerted the authorities, and a crack German commando unit eventually came to his rescue.
Finally, Gawker reports that it appears that there were actually 16 (presumably former) employees at US regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission who were outed in a probe into internet porn accessed in the workplace. One employee is quoted as confirming that he did view porn at work, but he limited it to 'no longer than an hour and a half a day'!'