Suffolk County Police
A fake front seat passenger, complete with briefcase and baseball cap but no seatbelt, was riding in a car that police pulled over Thursday morning,

Stubbornness pays off for coffee-serving man and his mule

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho man and his mule who serve coffee to hikers and bikers in remote areas of the popular Boise foothills trails have sidestepped federal regulatory rules by getting permission from three private landowners.

The Idaho Statesman reports in a story Thursday that Matt Bishop and his mule, Richard, received permission from the landowners who provide easements for the Ridge to Rivers trail system.

The deal means Bishop can accept tips and donations and there’s no limit on how many beverages he can serve.

Bishop began serving coffee in May but the U.S. Forest Service denied his request for a permit, limiting him to no more than 75 coffee servings.

Bishop and Richard are currently taking a break but plan to be back on the trails July 30.

Woman uses dummy passenger with briefcase in carpool lane

DIX HILLS, N.Y. — Authorities in New York say a woman has been ticketed for driving in a carpool lane with a fake passenger — who even had a briefcase.

The driver was pulled over during Thursday morning rush hour on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills. Suffolk County police say the woman was driving in a high-occupancy vehicle lane, which is restricted for travel during busy times unless a driver has a passenger.

Police say the dummy was made with a pile of clothes topped with a baseball hat.

The fake front seat passenger even had a briefcase.

However, the dummy was not wearing a seat belt in photos issued by police.

Associated Press

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