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strange but true

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Saarbrueken, Germany: A roofer is facing a big bill after emergency services mistook him for a suicide jumper.

Police sealed off a busy road and called out the fire brigade and negotiators to talk to Dieter Holmblutter, who was on the roof of a five-storey building. But the roofer was so busy talking on the phone to his girlfriend he failed to notice the commotion until she asked him what the sirens were for.

Once the mistake was realised, emergency services left the roofer to finish his estimate.

Officials say he will be presented with the bill for wasting time - reported to be several thousand pounds.

New York, USA: Labourer Justin Wear, who confessed to New York City police to forcibly licking the feet of up to 70 women, said he didn't mean to hurt anyone but just wanted 'to make them laugh and smile and talk to me'. He said: 'I get on my knees, grab their feet and bow. I compliment women.'

Clearwater, USA: Demolition worker Ray Cutler was arrested in Florida and charged with stealing motorcycle parts after police recovered photos of the items. At the bottom of each photo, the photographer's bare toes were visible and displayed the tattoos 'white' and 'trash' - matching Mr Cutler's feet.