Israeli company introduces weight loss wafers

Chocolate covered wafer 
By: Shifra Unger

A famous Israeli food company has introduced a line of healthy food such as weight loss wafers, toffees and chocolate fortified with vitamins.

The Carmit Candy Industries recently unveiled its original line of fortified confectionery products. The innovative wafers, candies and chocolates, are designed to help shed pounds, boost the immune system and promote healthy bones.

The innovation came out of necessity in following Jewish dietary laws which led the company to become the leader in dairy-free, dietetic and organic confectionery.

“Carmit Candy’s gluten-free confectionery is a spinoff of products we developed for the kosher-for-Passover market, where the use of wheat flour is expressly prohibited. Our non-dairy products are a spinoff from the kosher need for parve [vegan] products,” the company's CEO, Steve Grun, said.

“Since then, we have deepened our expertise and we are a supplier to leading brands around the world,” he added.

According to the Carmit Candy Company's website, the weight loss wafers are Gluten-free wafers coated with luxurious dark chocolate filled with cream containing glucomannan and potato extract, these ingredients are clinically proven to cause a feeling of full and satisfied. The perfect product for weight management without sacrificing great taste.

The healthy toffee is Sugar-free with Vitamin C, Echinacea and Zinc to support a healthy immune system. The tasty fruit flavors add a daily layer of immune support.

The chocolate coins are good for bone growth and development. The tasty milk chocolate is fortified with nutrients needed for healthy bone growth and development. Even picky eaters will have a hard time passing up a daily dose of Carmit’s new food products.

Woman sleeps with her mother's dead body for 8 months

Sofa bed illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A woman was caught sleeping with her dead mother for more than a half a year, according to press reports in Germany.

The grieving daughter could not bear the cost of the funeral of her mother so she decided to sleep beside her corpse for eight months, according to the reports.

The appalling living arrangement came to light on Thursday when bailiffs were sent to the apartment in Munich, Germany, to receive payments of the debts of the now dead 70-year-old pensioner.

After being asked to see her mother, the unnamed 39-year-old woman told the appraiser that she had died 8 months ago.
The woman showed the appraiser her mother’s decomposing body that was lying on a sofa bed in the bedroom of the house.

According to a local newspaper, the woman, who was living on unemployment benefits, did not know she could apply for $4,100 in state funds to help cover funeral expenses.

Police said that the woman had been admitted to a mental institution at her own request.
Officials are now investigating whether the daughter was fraudulently claiming pension payments from her mother during the period.

Police however, said that they do not believe that this was the reason why her lifeless body was harbored for so long, so the woman is unlikely to be prosecuted.

TSA agents find sword hidden in elderly in woman's walking cane

A sword found in a cane 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) An elderly woman was caught at an airport carrying a weapon in her walking stick.

Did grandma want to hurt someone or was it to protect herself?

The elderly woman passed security at the Washington Dulles International Airport, with the assistance of a cane. When she went through the security X-ray, officials realized there was something inside the cane.

When the top of the cane was removed, they discovered a long sword inside the hollowed cane.

At that point the elderly woman claimed that she had no knowledge of the sword being in the cane. She explained that she had bought the cane at an antique shop.

TSA urges travelers to unscrew the top of their walking cane and check to make sure if it is empty before reaching the airport as sword filled canes are not uncommon.

The woman was allowed to board the plane without the cane.

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Health food store charges $5 browsing fee

Celiac Supplies store policy 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down fro video) It seems like a new trend is emerging where stores charge people just for looking at their stuff for sale.

In an effort to increase its sales and serious buyers, one store is charging potential customers $5 just to browse the store.

With the increased sales online, the Celiac Supplies store manager in Brisbane, Australia, claims that many people use the store just to browse and then order the items online.

The Celiac Supplies store is a gluten free and wheat free store, with over 2,000 gluten free items under one roof, according to their video uploaded to youtube.

The $5 fee is meant to prevent people from "showrooming" which occurs when customers search items in a physical store, and then make the purchase online.

The five dollars is deducted from the final purchase price, so you'll get your money back if you buy something.

The store has a sign letting people know about the new policy, the sign reads:

As of the first of February, this store will be charging people a $5 fee per person for “just looking.”
The $5 fee will be deducted when goods are purchased.

The sign goes on to explain why they implemented this policy:
Why has this come about?
There has been high volume of people who use this store as a reference and then purchase goods elsewhere. These people are unaware our prices are almost the same as the other stores plus we have products simply not available anywhere else.
This policy is line with many other clothing, shoe and electronic stores who are also facing the same issue.

While most stores pay a lot of money on advertisement to attract customers just to walk into their store, this one seems to send customers away.

If products are not available elsewhere as the sign states then how are people ordering it elsewhere?

If customers are walking into the store they see inventory and they are not buying, then the store owner has to find out why they are not buying and adjust the prices or service accordingly.

Recently, a bridal boutique for the rich and started charging a fee for brides to try on wedding dresses.

Brides-to-be are usually very picky with their wedding dress, and they are willing to pay a nice sum of money so they can look their best on their big day.

Vera Wang’s boutique in Shanghai China, has started a new trend of charging money just to try-on a wedding dress. It reportedly requires customers to put down 3,000 yuan or $482 just to try on a dress.

After a bride has paid Vera Wang’s boutique to try on the dress, the bride is then given only a 90 minutes time slot to be in the dressing room.

The company claims that this 90 minute time slot policy is to deter imitations of their wedding dresses.

If the bride decides to buy the wedding dress she will get the full $482 credit towards the gown. If the bride walks out without buying a dress she loses the money.

A while ago, Dolce & Gabbana brand infamously banned onlookers from taking photos at its Hong Kong store, claiming it was trying to protect intellectual property.

With so many counterfeit product being made, companies are trying to protect themselves from falling victim to imitators.

The video below is an advertisement for the Celiac Supplies store which now charges $5 to browse their store.

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City boards up house leaving couple and their baby inside

A house boarded up 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A couple won a lawsuit against the state after their house was boarded up with them inside.

Tristan Ua Ceithearnaigh, 46, and Elisa Udtohan, 25, from Dublin, Ireland, were home resting with their four-month-old baby when they heard knocking at their door.

The couple decided to ignore the ringing bell since they did not expect any company and they did not want to be bothered by solicitors.

After a few minutes, they heard hammers banging against their wall at first the couple thought burglars were breaking into their home, then they saw 6 inch nails coming through their walls.

The couple started screaming to the men outside in order to let them know that they were inside the home. The also called emergency operators to report the incident.

The Dublin city workers asked the couple if they were squatters to which they replied that they are tenants in the home.
Both, Ceithearnaigh and Udtohan said they had been treated medically for emotional distress and had left the house shortly thereafter.

Dublin City Council denied the charges of falsely imprisoning the couple while they were at home or for defaming them, creating the impression that they were squatters, undesirable or be evicted.

Although they were boarded up in the house for a very short time, they were awarded roughly $98,000 in damages.

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