No puppies in the post

The UPS store has many informative flyers, signs and brochures. One is a Ghostbusters’ circle with a line through it to indicate, no animals: UPS will not courier pets.

I asked the woman who was preparing my package if the sign was really necessary and she said, yes. Some people try to mail pets elsewhere; on a UPS truck, in a box.

A 39-year-old Minnesota woman was charged with cruelty to animals after she allegedly tried to post a puppy to a relative from one side of America to the other.

Last week Stacey Champion sealed the dog, a male four-month-old Schnauzer called Guess, in a box and was outted only when the cardboard box containing the dog fell off the counter when she was trying to pay for ‘high priority’

Mrs Champion, who had paid $22 for Guess to be posted, wanted to transport the puppy quickly, using two-day priority.

Mrs Champion was charged with animal cruelty. She now apparently wants the dog back.

It’s not scores on doors if the restaurant inspection result isn’t posted

The Brits like to call their restaurant inspection disclosure system ‘scores on doors’ but consumers in Wales are unanimously disappointed and probably a little baffled that results won’t actually have to be posted.

But let a spokeswoman from the U.K. Food Standards Agency explain:

“The scheme is neither intended to punish non-compliance nor be an additional enforcement tool for local authorities. There are other, more appropriate, enforcement options available.

“We believe that as awareness of the national scheme grows, consumers will make their own judgments about a business failing to display its score and that this will encourage businesses to display them.”

Abby Alford of WalesOnline reports that FSA maintains “the display of scores had been opposed by industry, would be an unwelcome delay in introducing the scheme and was not in line with the principle of better regulation.”