Posts Tagged ‘Government and Legal’

Neighbors Are Mad At Guy Who Got $300K House For $16

18 Jul

That unappealing smell could be the stench of jealousy, after a man uses the law to his advantage and snags a $300,000 house in Texas for a mere $16. Now his high-falutin' neighbors are all cranky that he might get away with such a steal. out of Texas brings us the story of the man who moved into a foreclosed home and filed some paperwork, along with a $16 fee, in the town of Flower Mound, and could end up with his McMansion if he lives in it for three years.

Kenneth Robinson's new neighbors say he's a squatter, but he says he is just using the law to his advantage. After the previous owners walked away from the house when it was in foreclosure, the mortgage company went out of business. So Robinson moved in after researching "adverse possession," a little-known Texas law.

He printed out an online form and filed it at Denton County courthouse for $16 and was granted rights to the house. The home has no electricity or running water, but Robinson just set up camp anyway. The law says he gets exclusive negotiating rights with the original owner. If they want him out, they have to pay off the mortgage debt and the bank would have to file a lawsuit.

Robinson doesn't think that's likely, and after three years, he can ask the court for the title to the home. In the meantime, he posted "No Trespassing" signs after his neighbors tried to get him arrested for squatting. Cops can't remove him because home ownership is a civil, not criminal matter.

"If he wants the house, buy the house like everyone else had to," says one neighbor. "Get the money, buy the house."

Or, just pay $16 and still get the house.

Stranger moves into foreclosed home, citing little-known Texas law []


Theater Owners Don't Want You To Know A Large Popcorn Is Like Eating 3 Big Macs

23 Mar

The FDA is reportedly set to announce a decision that would force movie theater operators to post calorie counts next to their items in the same way that restaurant chains must. Not surprisingly, the theater owners are popping mad about this possibility.

According to a piece in today's L.A. Times, the National Association of Theatre Owners has been lobbying the FDA and congressional staff members to exempt movie theaters from the nutritional labeling requirement.

"We're not restaurants where people go to eat and satisfy themselves," the group's general counsel told the paper. "It's dinner and a movie, not dinner at a movie."

Of course, movie theater food is often more expensive than dinner... and profitable for the theater chains.

The Times quotes the CFO of Regal Entertainment Group as saying, "We sell a bucket of popcorn for about $6. Our cost in that $6 bucket of popcorn is about 15 cents or 20 cents. So if that cost doubles, it doesn't really hurt me that much."

But it might be hurting the people that eat the popcorn. A 2009 study by the spoilsports at the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that a large popcorn serving contained upward of 1,460 calories, almost as much as downing three Big Macs (approx. 1,600 calories).

Should theaters have to post calorie counts just like everyone else, or is movie theater food somehow different than restaurant food?

What's in the popcorn? Cinemas would rather not have to say [L.A. Times]