The Odd Side – March 7, 2017

Teen With CPR Training Saves Toddler

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a Tennessee teenager who learned CPR at school used the training to save the life of an unresponsive toddler.

Kaela Eads said she was just finishing her shift at a fast-food restaurant in Bristol on Tuesday when a woman ran up to the drive-thru window holding a small child. Eads said she told the workers that her son wasn’t breathing and asked if anyone knew CPR. Eads said instinct took over and she ran outside to help.

Darrell Mears, a Bristol Tennessee Fire Department paramedic, told the Bristol Herald Courier that the CPR administered by Eads before emergency crews arrived saved the child’s life.

Eads said she visited the boy at the hospital the next day and he was doing better.

Eads, who is 18, said she doesn’t consider herself a hero, but hopes anyone who sees someone in need would help them.

She says the experience will stay with her and she’s considering a career in the medical field.

“It touches my heart,” Eads said. “From seeing that blank stare in his eyes to seeing him at the hospital, it was a total change for the good. It’s something I’ll remember forever and I’m glad that I got the opportunity to help save a life and to know that he’s doing OK makes it even better.”

Staff at Italian Hospital Suspected Of Shirking on Grand Scale

(Reuters) – Doctors and nurses are among 94 hospital workers from Naples who have been placed under investigation on suspicion of repeatedly skipping work, police said.

One supervisor at the Loreto Mare hospital was instead found working as a chef in a hotel, while an on-duty doctor was spotted playing tennis and going shopping. Two health workers were caught clocking in 20 colleagues each day to make it look like they were on the job.

Police said 55 of the suspects had been placed under house arrest. There was no immediate comment from the hospital.

In a bid to tackle shirkers in the notoriously inefficient public sector, the government signed into law last year a measure to immediately suspend people caught dodging work, pending an investigation into whether they should then be fired.

Managers who fail to comply with the new rules risk being fired themselves.

City Employee Busted for Makeshift Bedroom at Work

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) – An employee of a Rhode Island city wasn’t sleeping on the job — it appears he was sleeping at his job.

WPRI reports that a Cranston Highway Department worker who had just sold his house set up a makeshift bedroom on the second-floor of the department’s building.

City Administration Director Robert Coupe confirms that an employee has been disciplined. He says the bedroom was in use for a short period of time and the setup has ended.

The worker’s name has not been made public.

Feds Probe City Ban of Service Horse

BENTON CITY, Wash. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development tells KING-TV that it is investigating Benton City’s actions as a possible fair housing violation.

Tim Fulton said that his horse, Fred, senses when Fulton is about to fall, gets in front and lets Fulton lean on him for support.

“I fall down from time to time,” Fulton said. “It’s really a pain.”

Fulton said Fred is slightly taller than a large dog but much stronger and able to give Fulton the stability he needs.

But Benton City officials say Fred isn’t allowed in a residential zone and has issued Fulton a $100 fine. So Fred is staying at a ranch outside city limits.

The city’s attorney, Eric Ferguson of Kerr Law Group, in a statement, questioned the validity of the documentation for a service animal, noting it was from a nurse practitioner basing the recommendation on what Ferguson said wasn’t firsthand knowledge.

Ferguson also said Fred is a Shetland pony, not a miniature horse. Ferguson said allowing Fred to remain would “fundamentally alter the nature of the City’s zoning scheme with no facts to show that it is ‘necessary’ under the law.”

David Carlson, director of legal advocacy at Disability Rights Washington, said the city’s decision is illegal.

Washington animal law attorney Adam Karp said he believed the city’s argument “would fail in court.”