Never answer a stolen mobile phone

A burglar in Overtornea, Sweden, broke into a home and stole a mobile phone and other items, and then called a taxi to take him to Kalix, 37 miles (60km) away. While he was waiting for the taxi, the phone rang.

It was the police. The thief apparently thought it was the taxi service, because they heard the thief swearing about the taxi being late.

“The thief answered the phone but then just put it away without turning it off,’ said Overtornea policeman Kurt Paavola.

The police tracked down the taxi and arrested the man late Monday. — Reuters

The man, who was not named in news reports, is today’s Stupid Person of the Day.

Drunk dropped on desert island

A man on a Monarch Airlines flight from Manchester, England, to Tenerife, Canary Islands, became drunk and began abusing the flight crew, and the captain diverted and threw him off the plane on Porto Santo, a tiny desert island.

The unidentified man swore at crew and passengers after being refused a bottle of wine on the four-hour flight from Manchester to Tenerife.

He became so abusive the fed-up pilot diverted the Monarch Airlines Airbus to Porto Santo island off West Africa.

After the plane touched down, the man was marched off by police and had his luggage dumped on the tarmac.

The plane and its remaining passengers then took off again for Tenerife, where it landed almost four hours late after the unscheduled stop. — BBC News

The man eventually did get off the island, after a day and a half of sobering up.

The man is said to have later travelled to Madeira and from there to Tenerife by flight for a holiday there. A police spokesperson in Madeira said he was charged by the police and he could face a prison term. Although he is in Tenerife, the legal process will continue, the police said. — Vip News

The problem? The crew cut him off after he drank too much. The man, who was unnamed in news reports, is today’s Stupid Person of the Day.

Two die from eating fireworks

Two men in Manila, Philippines, became the first Stupid People of the Day for 2006 after killing themselves by ingesting fireworks.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said two other people have died from ingesting a deadly brand of fireworks several days prior to New Year’s eve and appeared to be cases of suicide. — DPA

The two fatalities were both mentally disturbed adult males who swallowed firecrackers, it said. — AFP

You’re supposed to light the fireworks and then get away fast, rather than eating them.