Friday, January 13, 2012

Indian tax evader subjected to a 'load of rubbish'

Civic authorities in India's Bihar state have dumped heaps of stinking garbage outside a shopping complex to penalize its owner for evading taxes. Three truckloads of rubbish were emptied outside the center in the state capital Patna's Kankerbagh locality. Officials said they were forced to take the extreme step as the complex owner had not paid taxes for 12 years. Harishankar Prasad, senior deputy tax collector of Kankerbagh area, said that he had repeatedly asked Avinash Kumar, the proprietor of the JP Market complex, to clear his dues of 164,000 rupees ($3,175; �2,052)

On Tuesday, civic officials dumped the rubbish in front of the market gate, ignoring protests from local shopkeepers. "We had no option left after several reminders to him to pay the tax dues had went unheeded," Mr Prasad said. He said it was done to put pressure on Mr Kumar to clear his dues. Upset by the stench, residents of the nearby area protested by blocking roads against the "unusual way of embarrassing people into paying their tax dues".


"Why should people, who pay their taxes regularly, have to suffer the stench of garbage on the road?" asked Rajesh Kumar. "The stinking filth is unbearable and it forced us to remain indoors for the whole day on Tuesday." Mr Prasad said the civic authority was not planning to repeat the "unusual" punishment. "We've abandoned the exercise for the time being," he said. After a public outcry, the civic authority removed the garbage from the area where it had been deposited.

It is not the first time Patna civic officials have opted for unusual ways to humiliate tax defaulters. In 2006, municipal corporation officials hired a group of eunuchs to shame tax defaulters into paying their dues. Eunuchs - who are feared and reviled in many parts of India - gathered outside the shops or homes of suspected tax defaulters and sang "to embarrass" them into paying their dues. The scheme, however, was discontinued after some time following public protests.

New Zealand woman wants your tattoo on her bottom

A Lower Hutt woman says she has no nerves about a stranger paying to pick what she gets tattooed on her bottom. The Trade Me auction "YOUR tattoo on my Bum!!", listed by Tina Beznec, says the winner can get anything tattooed on her posterior for posterity.

"You might think I am crazy for doing this! But yes, the winner of the auction gets ANYTHING they like tattooed on my bum!" The 9 x 9 centimetre spot on either cheek could be used for a marriage proposal, business promotion or just "awesomeness", she said.


Twenty per cent of the winning bid would go to a charity of the bidder's choice and Tina would keep the rest. "I deserve it, I have been made redundant twice over the past year," she said in the listing. The auction runs until Friday, January 20.

Tina, 23, said she had decided on the stunt because she was in debt, planning on travelling to Australia in March and it was for a good cause. A framed photo of the completed design would be sent to the winner, who could watch it being done if they lived nearby.

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JOKE: Confused Bank Robbery

Two gay lovers fall on hard times and decided to rob a bank together.

The first lover plans the robbery and goes over the plan with the second lover in great detail.

The robbery begins.

The first lover drives up in front of the bank, stops the car and says to the other lover, "I want to make absolutely sure you understand the plan. You are supposed to be in and out of the bank in no more than three minutes with the cash. Do you understand the plan?"

"Perfectly," he said.

He goes in the bank while the other waits in the getaway car.

One minute passes, two minutes minutes pass - and the first lover is really stressing out.

Finally, the bank doors burst open and out he comes. He's got a safe wrapped up in rope and is dragging it to the car.

About the time he gets the safe in the trunk of the car, the bank doors burst open again with the security guard coming out.

The guard's pants and underwear are down around his ankles while he is firing his weapon.

As the guys are getting away, the first lover says "I thought you understood the plan!"

The second lover said, "I did! I did exactly what you said!"

"No, you idiot," he replied. "You got it all mixed up. I said tie up the GUARD and blow the SAFE!"

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