Strange Stories

Swedish CEO says he'll work for free


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN --- Lars G. Nordstrom isn't the only CEO being criticized these days for earning too much money during the world financial crisis. But he might be one of the few who has reacted by deciding to work for free.

Since becoming head of the Swedish postal service in July, Mr. Nordstrom has been paid $110,000 a month, and that is on top of the millions he receives in a retirement package from his previous job as chief executive officer of the banking group Nordea AB.

The Swedish media have criticized Mr. Nordstrom for making more money as CEO of Sweden's Posten Sverige AB than 45 letter carriers combined, and seven times more than Sweden's prime minister.

On Saturday, Mr. Nordstrom said in a TV interview that he will give back all the money he has earned with the postal service and work for free from now on. He said the debate over his pay has been damaging to the company and its staff, and he just "doesn't like indications that I am greedy."

Nude pictures on phone left at McDonald's get online

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. --- Here's some food for thought: If you have nude photos of your wife on your cell phone, hang onto it.

Phillip Sherman of Arkansas learned that lesson after he left his phone behind at a McDonald's and the photos ended up online. Now he and his wife are suing McDonald's Corp., the franchise owner and the store manager.

The suit filed Friday seeks a jury trial and $3 million in damages for suffering, embarrassment and the cost of having to move to a new home. The suit says Mr. Sherman left the phone at the Fayetteville restaurant in July and that employees promised to secure it until he returned.

Manager Aaron Brummley declined to comment, and other company officials didn't return messages.

Man will try to cross gorge with help from jet pack

DENVER --- A daredevil hopes to propel himself across a Colorado canyon with a jet pack powered by hydrogen peroxide.

Eric Scott told the Rocky Mountain News that he's never traveled as far as he wants to Monday with the jet pack: 1,500 feet.

The Royal Gorge is more than 1,100 feet deep.

Mr. Scott works for Denver-based Jet P.I., which developed a jet pack for stunts and promotions based on one developed in the 1960s for the military.

The original could fly for only about 20 seconds. The new one can go for more than 30 seconds at faster than 70 mph.

Police place ad for snitches

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Albuquerque Police Department has turned to the want ads for snitches.

An ad last week in the alternative newspaper The Alibi asked "people who hang out with crooks" to do part-time work for the police.

It reads in part: "Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK."

Capt. Joe Hudson said there were more than 30 responses in two days. He said one tip was a "big one" but wouldn't elaborate.

An informant whose tip helps officers arrest a drug dealer could earn $50. A tip about a murder suspect could bring $700.