Monday, June 03, 2002

Monday's episode of (646) Guy is up with my apologies on the delay. And make up for it are TWO news articles for your pleasure...

Ticketless Baby Refused Entry to Game
Mon Jun 3, 8:18 AM ET

SAPPORO, Japan (Reuters) - An eight-month-old Canadian baby was denied access to the Sapporo World Cup stadium for Germany's 8-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia because he did not have a ticket, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday.


"My son was not yet born when we bought tickets to the game. We had been told that the baby could enter the stadium even without a ticket," the mother, not named in the Mainichi Shimbun report, was quoted as saying.

According to the report, the baby was refused entry on Saturday even though his mother said she had been told by officials that she would be permitted to take him to the match.

The paper quoted an official of the local organizing committee as saying: "It has been decided, as a rule, not to allow those without a ticket -- regardless of age -- to enter a stadium or ride the shuttle buses. It's stated clearly on ticket application forms."

"I know nothing about this incident with a baby," said FIFA's local media officer Francois Manardo. "No-one has spoken to me about it."

The organizing committee official said the mother and son were refused permission to board a special shuttle bus to the dome because they had only one ticket.

The mother abandoned attending the match and instead watched it on a giant screen installed at a public area in Chuo-ku, said the newspaper.

The baby's father went to the match alone.


Shots Fired in Naked Guy Car Chase
Mon Jun 3, 8:10 AM ET

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A naked man in a Jeep caused a truckload of trouble for police in front of a shopping mall on Sunday, running over one motorcycle officer before surrendering after police opened fire in a car chase.


Officers surrounded the sport utility vehicle at about 5:30 a.m. PDT near a San Diego shopping mall after briefly pursuing the driver for committing an act of indecent exposure -- riding naked in the open Jeep.

After stopping briefly, the driver sped off, striking the motorcycle officer, who was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Another officer followed the driver and fired several shots, shattering the vehicle's windows but not striking the man.

The man was pulled over a short time later and arrested.

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