Sheriff LEGALLY pockets more than $750,000 meant to feed prison inmates and uses it buy a beach house

  • Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin took $750,000 from prison food funds
  • He used it to buy a lavish four-bedroom beach house with a pool and boat dock
  • Lawman claimed Alabama law meant he could keep ‘excess’ funds for himself
  • He even used a ‘food provision account’ to pay for getting his lawn mowed
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin pocketed $750,000 meant to feed prison inmates and used it to buy a lavish beach house  

A sheriff pocketed $750,000 meant to feed prison inmates and used it to buy a lavish beach house – and it was completely legal.

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin filed ‘more than $250,000’ of extra ‘compensation’ with the Alabama Ethics Commission from inmate feeding funds.

He claimed it under an obscure pre-WWII law allowed Alabama sheriffs to keep ‘excess’ prison food provisions for themselves.

The cash was used to buy this $740,000 four-bedroom beach house in the affluent town of Orange Beach near Pensacola

His windfall could be even higher as anything over $250,000 in a year does not have to be reported, according to the Birmingham News.

The cash was used to add a $740,000 four-bedroom beach house in the affluent town of Orange Beach near Pensacola to his $1.7 million real estate portfolio in September.

The house has 2.5 bathrooms, timber floors, a modern kitchen, wraparound porch, double garage, in-ground pool, and canal access with a boat dock.

Sheriff Entrekin and his wife Karen were able to amass at least six houses around the state despite him earning a salary of just $93,178.80.

The prison food funds came from federal, state, and local government taxpayers, but unlike other states did not have to be handed back if not used.

The lawman was so brazen about keeping the cash he paid Etowah handyman Matthew Qualls to mow his lawn with a cheque marked Sheriff Todd Entrekin Food Provision Account’.

The house has 2.5 bathrooms, timber floors, a modern kitchen, wraparound porch, double garage, in-ground pool, and canal access with a boat dock 
Sheriff Entrekin and his wife Karen were able to amass at least six houses around the state despite him earning a salary of just $93,178.80 

Sheriff Entrekin maintained keeping the money as he pleased was legal, despite growing condemnation and an ongoing statewide lawsuit.

‘The law says it’s a personal account and that’s the way I’ve always done it and that’s the way the law reads and that’s the way I do business. That’s the way the law’s written,’ he said.

‘In regards to feeding of inmates, we utilize a registered dietitian to ensure adequate meals are provided daily.

‘Alabama law is clear as to my personal financial responsibilities in the feeding of inmates. Regardless of one’s opinion of this statute, until the legislature acts otherwise, the Sheriff must follow the current law.’

Sheriff Entrekin’s opponent at this year’s sheriff election, Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton, said taxpayer funds should benefit taxpayers.

‘There’s been a tremendous amount of money left over that shouldn’t be used as a bonus check,’ he said.

 

 

Source  www.dailymail.co.uk

 

Pennsylvania woman gets $284bn electricity bill

It’s always the same when the cold weather creeps in – a gradual process that begins with ‘maybe I can get around this by wearing a few more layers’ and ends up with ‘just turn the fucking heating on, all the way up’.

By January we’ve got all the radiators on full blast and we’re googling employment laws to see if ‘hibernation’ counts as a valid reason to stay off work on full pay.

The downside to this is the lingering knowledge that your utility bills are escalating with every passing day until the sun finally returns. Still, you couldn’t do much worse than one woman in the US who received a bill for more than $284 billion (£211bn).

US domestic digital electricity meter. Credit: Kristoferb (talk) – Creative Commons

Mary Horomanski, from Erie, Pennsylvania, was informed that the entire amount would have to be paid by November 2018, with the first payment of $28,176 (£21,000) due in December. Dunno about you, but my personal chances of saving to meet those dates would’ve been pretty limited.

“My eyes just about popped out of my head,” said Mary, 58, to the Erie Times-News. “We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong.”

You’d have to get your lights pretty drastically wrong to rack up a whopper of a bill that size. As the newspaper points out, it’s greater than the national debts of Hungary and South Africa combined.

Luckily it emerged that the figure was wrong – thank fuck for that – with Penelec, her electricity provider, later announcing that the fee was in fact $284.46 (£212).

Credit: PA

A spokesman for Penelec admitted that the company was unsure as to how such a vast miscalculation had occurred.

“I can’t recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars,” Mark Durbin told the Erie Times-News. “We appreciate the customer’s willingness to reach out to us about the mistake.”

Luckily Mary was able to see the funny side of the whole thing – probably easier at this point than when the bill arrived, you’d imagine. As the Daily Mail reports, she joked to her son that she now had a new entry on her Christmas wishlist, saying: “I told him I want a heart monitor.”

Still, I think I’d probably revert to the multiple-layers plan until spring rolls around, just to be on the safe side.

Source www.ladbible.com

Playboy Playmates Recreate Their Magazine Covers 30 Years Later, Prove Age Is Just A Number

Former Playmates collaborated with Playboy to recreate their iconic covers, and whatever you might think about Playboy itself, you can probably appreciate these images of body-positive, sex-positive and age-positive women.

Along with shooting the new portraits, the women reminisced on their time as Playboy bunnies, shared some of their fondest memories and revealed how they ended up getting the gig that would change their lives.

Kimberly Conrad Hefner, January Playmate 1988, Playmate of the Year 189 – Hefner told Playboy, “I moved to Los Angeles and – boom – there it was. Hef and I started dating, got married, had kids, and the rest is history.”

Charlotte Kemp, December Playmate 1982 – Kemp called her experience as a Playmate an “absolute whirlwind.” Kemp told Playboy, “I had a Playmate running team. We’d run marathons, all around the country, raising money for charities.”

3. Cathy St. George, August Playmate 1982 – “I had already been married and worked as the executive for a company. When I came to L.A., I wasn’t planning on being a model,” St. George told Playboy. “It was a totally new life.”

4. Monique St. Pierre, November Playmate 1978, Playmate of the Year 1979 – St. Pierre told Playboy she loved her experience. “Hef said, ‘Believe me, you pay your rent because you make all the girls feel comfortable when they come to the house.’” St. Pierre now runs a recovery house for women addicted to alcohol and drugs.

5. Renee Tenison, November Playmate 1989, Playmate of the Year 1990 – “When I did Playboy, there was a little bit of controversy because I was the first African-American Playmate of the Year and some women were saying I was being objectified,” Tenison told Playboy. “I see it as art. Not everybody sees it that way, but that’s how I see it.”

6. Candace Collins, December Playmate 1979 – On choosing covers, Collins told Playboy, “They were always professional and no sooner would they pay any special attention to a nude or semi-clad model than a milkman pays to his bottles.”

7. Lisa Matthews, April Playmate 1990, Playmate of the Year 1991 – Matthews shares with Playboy what interacting with fans was like: “The thing they’d always say is, ‘Your name is Lisa, right?’ And then they’d say, ‘I think I’ve seen you in a national magazine.’” Lisa told Playboy, “I’d sit there and say, ‘Oh, which one?’ If you have enough guts to come up and say something, then you’ve got to be able to say Playboy.”

These models prove Hef’s sentiment that there’s no such thing as a former Playmate. No matter what your age, as Hef once said, “Once a Playmate, always a Playmate.”

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Groundbreaking Philosopher Jim Carrey Calls Fashion Industry ‘Meaningless’

There’s nothing quite like an obviously prefabricated celebrity meltdown.

Over the weekend, onetime ubiquitous comedic actor and current “eccentric” millionaire with too much time on his hands Jim Carrey stopped by a Harper’s Bazaar party amid New York Fashion Week. According to THR, it was there that Carrey declared his ambivalence and contempt for New York Fashion Week and everything it stands for.

“I wanted to find the most meaningless thing I could come to and join, and here I am,” he beamed to E! reporter Catt Sadler, who handles Carrey’s smug douchery with the stoicism of a seasoned war correspondent.

Okay, I realize that when your ex-girlfriend commits suicide and her family blames you to the extent that they literally take you to court, that messes with your head. So maybe Carrey isn’t thinking clearly.

Nevertheless, he’s acting like a complete dickhead here, and I’m not buying this freakout. My gripe isn’t so much with acknowledging the vapidity and narcissism of the fashion industry. Of course the fashion industry is very vapid, and very narcissistic. In other news, water is wet, kittens are adorable, and dirt makes a poor substitute for food.

Carrey pointed out the obvious, possibly thinking the rest of us would mistake the obvious for profundity, then doubled down with some freshman year mushroom trip metaphysics. Oh jeez, are we really all just “a field of energy dancing for itself”? Enlighten us further, Professor Bong Hit.

If Shitty Riddler wants to know how to pull of a proper phony celebrity meltdown, he should call up Joaquin Phoenix and ask for pointers. When Phoenix decided to not really freak out in the late ’00s, he came out the other end with a highly underrated mockumentary I’m Still Here. Plus, he did such an amazing job pretending to ruin his career, that Casey Affleck allegedly tried to legit ruin his own career by (again, allegedly) getting crazy weird and sexually harassing the bejesus out of every woman on the I’m Still Here set. (Allegedly!).

Eh, on that note, maybe Ace Ventura should look to Phoenix as an example of what not to do.

via The Hollywood Reporter

 

Welcome To Germany’s First Sex-Doll Brothel (NSFW)

There’s a Futurama episode that illustrates the potential implications of this emerging international trend.

I refer to the season three finale, “I Dated A Robot,” in which Philip J. Fry strikes up a romance with a machine that mimics the appearance and personality of real-life celebrity Lucy Liu. Robot/human relationships are somewhat frowned upon in Futurama’s 30th century, and the rest of the Planet Express crew shows Fry a vaguely Reefer Madness-esque propaganda film to explain the stigma:

The video dramatizes the tragic life of Billy Everyteen, who downloads Marilyn Monroe into a blank robot, just as Fry does Lucy Liu. Because Everyteen happily isolates himself to make out with his Monroebot all day, he never works, he never makes any effort to impress a human woman, and decades later, dies alone but content in the arms of his automated faux-celebrity companion. Eventually civilization crumbles because the rest of humanity also loses interest in anything aside from spending private time with their own respective robots.

Meanwhile here in reality, Vice recently published a profile of the aptly titled Bordoll, Germany’s first official sex doll brothel. But seventy similar institutions already exist in Japan, and while Bordoll is Germany’s inaugural rent-a-hump-toy business, it is not even the first in Europe.

So some people are already paying $90 per-hour for the X-rated version of Fry and Liu-bot’s TV-appropriate courtship. As the technology involved becomes more realistic and interactive (including male dolls which are quickly becoming more practical and effective for human women,) how long do we really have until full-blown relationships with high-functioning sex dolls become relatively commonplace?

“We get a huge range of people,” proprietor Evelyn Schwarz tells Vice. “From 18- to 80-year-olds, from unemployed people to prominent judges.” She continues to guesstimate that about 70 percent of customers who show up to Bordoll for the sheer novelty value of banging a silicon facsimile turn into repeat patrons.

Anyone who’s seen Blade Runner might second guess the idea that using programmable non-beings to fill emotional voids sounds like a healthy prospect. But then again, cigarettes, hamburgers, and ice cream are all pretty unhealthy too.

All I’m saying is when you find out your roommate or ex or mailman or whoever has sex with automated objects exclusively now, don’t be shocked. Because it’s way more common than you realize.

Source www.midnightpulp.com

This Woman Owns the Sun and Wants to Save the World’s Needy

For starters, she’s giving away 90 percent of her sun-related profits.

In September 2010, a middle-aged housewife from a nowhere town in Spain claimed legal ownership of the sun. Inspired by the millionaire moon-owning American Dennis Hope, she just woke up one morning, sauntered into her local notary office and made it official.

Predictably, a lot of people questioned the veracity of her claim. Would she charge everyone for using her new property? Was she now liable for things like sunstroke and melanomas?

Three years later, Angeles Duran is still living in the same Spanish border town, but she’s markedly wealthier. And for a person who called dibs on the major life-giving force in our solar system, she’s also surprisingly happy to share her tips, with an upcoming book detailing the ins and outs of celestial property ownership. 

I couldn’t wait that long, so I called her up for a chat. 

VICE: Hi Angeles. Spain has signed the Outer Space Treaty, a key tenet of which states that they can’t claim ownership of the sun, moon or other celestial bodies. What do you think about that?
Angeles Duran: 
You know the treaty is not binding for citizens? It’s only for governments.

Doesn’t that still mean Spain has to support your claim and supervise anything you do with your sun?
No, my country does not have to monitor my property. This is not legal because no one nation has legal power outside of Earth. They don’t do anything, and I do not need the support of the Spanish government. However, I have offered about 90 percent of my profits to all governments to be reinvested in the following way: To [support] people who earn minimum pension, to educate youth who have no means to study, to [fund] medical research – do you know that Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in the world? I want to help the education, justice and health administrations. And especially help poor people.

You really offer 90 percent of your sun profits to Spain and all governments? Have you handed any money over yet?

I’m talking with a member of the United Nations and I have already had a meeting with a Spanish government representative. I’m waiting for the answer.

How do you keep track of the seven billion people who are using your sun daily?
I do not charge people for using the sun. I only want to charge companies that use solar energy without my authorisation.

That makes way more sense.
Every day, companies use my property. They will pay for the number of solar panels and per kilowatt-hour of generated energy. I ask €1 for each solar panel. They need a license from the government to install a solar panel, and governmental agreements are the only way I can keep track. If they refuse to pay, I go through a judicial inquiry and pre-trial in a court filing for the prohibition of usury solar panels. The companies must pay me. The companies have to sign a contract with me for using my property. I don’t want the companies to be rich with my property, and I want to share the profits with the people.

What about a place like Barrow, Alaska; which experiences perma-night from late November to early January?
They only pay for about nine months.

Holy shit, you even charge Alaska? How much money have you made?
I’m sorry but no comment for the money.

Every year 80,000 people die from skin cancer potentially caused by exposure to the sun. How do feel about the fact your product could be the worst mass murderer in history?
It is not the fault of sun. The ozone hole was created by humanity. Remember: Without the sun we don’t have life. Unfortunately, many people also die from medical negligence in hospitals. Or, for example, from speeding cars – but we can’t stop buying cars. Or from cirrhosis, but we don’t stop buying alcohol. Tobacco produces cancer but the people don’t stop it, and they still buy it. Do you know how many people die from government greed? Do you know how many people die because of the weapons that we produce?

No, but I try to stay happy. Why haven’t you advertised the proper way people should use your sun?
We know the way to protect ourselves. The media informs us about sunlight, so we know the consequences and what we have to do to avoid skin cancer or other diseases. Now we have the means to fight it and they must be used.

What if a solar flare from your sun destroys an expensive satellite in orbit and NASA gets mad?
I’m not worried, because they use my property – they stay in solar orbit, because the Earth stays in solar orbit.

That’s a good point. Has anyone actually tried to sue you because of your sun?
Yes, a man from A Coruña in Spain tried to sue me because he declared himself the owner of the universe, and then of the sun. But the court recognised me as the only owner in the world of the sun who possesses an official document, and then closed the case.

He could’ve tried to buy your sun from you?
Someone has already bought solar land on my webpage angelesduran.es.

Wait, you’re selling tracts of sun now under a trading name?
The Space Treaty is very clear, and doesn’t say that I can’t sell it. A company can buy the sun because a company is not a country. My first sale was on eBay for €1 per square metre. Buyers feel it is an investment for the future. Also I sell the Tarzan shout.

Oh yes, you also claim to own the sound Tarzan makes. Isn’t that a Hollywood sound effect that is already a trademark of the studios?
First, they have only registered the movie and the soundtrack, but they have never been able to transcribe the shout of Tarzan as it was in musical notes. I managed to write down the notes and then make a recording no one had ever made.

That is next-level. Have any businesses tried to buy your sun from you?
Yes. A Japanese company wanted to buy solar plots in exchange for moon parcels, however I am not interested in the proposal as someone in a different country had already bought those plots on my web page.

Do you realise a man called Virgiliu Pop already claimed ownership of the sun in 2002?
Yes, I have heard of him, but only after the publication of my articles on the property of the sun. He says: “I’m a Romanian space lawyer,” and he has claimed the property of the sun on a register called Archimedes Institute. First, this institute is a private non-profit organisation which has no legal authority and competence, and therefore has no authority to validate any extra-terrestrial property. Like everyone else – other than me – he has never been able to show any kind of legal document. Mr Pop publicly acknowledged that he isn’t the real owner in a newspaper called La Voz de Galicia. He said, “I’m an expert in public space,” but I say that his knowledge is very limited. He said that Spain has no jurisdiction over the sun, and on this I do agree, but I say: “Neither Spain norother nations.” According to him, to possess property, “You must have been to the place.” I’m sorry that he failed to attend school and missed lessons on Roman law.

Isn’t that true, though? Don’t you have to have been making consistent physical use of something for 40 years in order to claim it as yours?
He is wrong because it is still the notary who has proven that property law applies to the sun based on the Roman law of usucapione and electromagnetic contact. He says he did all this to show how ridiculous it can be. I’m sorry that I am so “ridiculous”, but I’ll tell you what is serious – his lack of knowledge of civil and Roman law. When he speaks of the Space Treaty of the UN signed by almost all the nations in the world, he forgets something very important: Me, Angeles Duran. I am not a country, I’m not a nation and I never signed any agreement or treaty or convention.

I would not like to offend Mr Pop, but I want to remind him that Article 2 of the mentioned treaty says: “Extra-terrestrial space including the moon and other celestial bodies can never be the subject of national ownership and sovereignty, use, occupation or other form…” but this always refers to nations, not to people. I wanted to remind Mr Pop that the method of acquiring property is accepted and recognised by all the laws of all the countries of the world, as the roots of the law comes from Roman law. I say, “Come potest nemo contra factum proprium.”

This is a universal rule of law based on the principle of Bona Fides (Digest 1, 7, 25). At this point it is obvious that when Mr Pop speaks about me, he speaks without any knowledge of the law and without any legal basis. Thanks to this law, I was able to acquire the property of the sun as established by the Civil Code and laws recognised worldwide.

You really do technically own that sun, huh.
My actions are legal; he did not have any legal value. In the same newspaper he claimed to have written a book called The Man Who Sold The Moon, but he is a liar because this book was written in 1950 by Robert A Heinlein and was awarded the Hugo Award Retro in 1951. I’m sorry for him, because I‘ve found a way to be the legal owner of the sun, and he never will.

 

Source www.vice.com

Most Ridiculous Album Covers Of The Century

We all know how important first impressions are, as they are what essentially form our initial opinions and judgments. Call it superficial or whatever you’d like, but that’s just the way the world works. So, let’s take the art of music, for example. There’s so much more to a melodic masterpiece than just a pleasant tune and a catchy beat. Musicians that aspire to be legendary, must also perplex the art of engaging the public eye. To do so, they must brand their music with extra unique and compelling album covers (ugly or not), so that their music may never be forgotten.

On that note, Popular Everything has prepared a corky assemblage of the ugliest and most ridiculous album covers ever published, which are a captivating blend of both distasteful and amusing. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Queen down to her last million due to courtiers’ overspending, report finds

The Queen’s household finances were at a “historic low” with just £1 million left in reserve, MPs said on Monday. Her courtiers were advised to take money-saving tips from the Treasury.

report by the Commons public accounts committee found that the Queen’s advisers were failing to control her finances while the royal palaces were “crumbling”.

MPs said her advisers had overspent to such an extent that her reserve fund had fallen from £35 million in 2001 to just £1 million today.

The Royal household had made efficiency savings of just 5 per cent over the past five years compared with government departments, that are cutting their budgets by up to a third.

MPs on the committee said the Treasury must “get a grip” and help to protect the royal palaces from “further damage and deterioration”.

Margaret Hodge, the Labour chairman of the committee, said: “We believe that the Treasury has a duty to be actively involved in reviewing the household’s financial planning and management — and it has failed to do so.”

Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are reported to be in urgent need of repair. Staff must catch rain in buckets to protect art and antiquities, while the Queen’s old boilers were contributing to bills of £774,000 a year.

Mrs Hodge said: “The household must get a much firmer grip on how it plans to address its maintenance backlog. It has not even costed the repair works needed to bring the estate back to an acceptable condition. Again, the Treasury has an oversight role here.”

In April 2012 the Sovereign Grant replaced the old way of funding the Royal family through the Civil List and various Government grants.

The Sovereign Grant represents 15 per cent of the net surplus income of the Crown Estate, land holdings that generate money for the Treasury.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the sovereign grant had made the Queen’s funding “more transparent and scrutinised” and was resulting in a “more efficient use of public funds”.

He said that repairing the royal palaces was a “significant financial priority”, and that the Royal household had almost doubled its income to £11.6 million since 2007.

The spokesman said: “The move to the Sovereign Grant has created a more transparent and scrutinised system, which enables the Royal household to allocate funding according to priorities. This has resulted in a more efficient use of public funds.”

A Treasury spokesman said: “The new arrangements established by the Sovereign Grant Act have made the royal finances more transparent than ever while providing the long term stability necessary for good planning.”

 

Source www.telegraph.co.uk

eBay launches “the world’s first subconscious shopping experience”

Online shopping giant eBay has teamed up with specialist retailer Saatchi Art to create an experimental shopping experience, which brings together art and technology to uncover shoppers’ subconscious desires.

For just 48 hours, the two retailers invited a select number of guests to attend a personalised shopping event, called The Art of Shopping.

Before entering a gallery filled with artworks, all guests were hooked up to headsets incorporating electroencephalogram (EEG) technology – which monitors electrical activity in the brain.

This “mind-tracking technology” – supplied by tech company MyndPlay – was able to locate moments when the wearer was inspired by what they saw in front of them. It used this to create personalised shopping carts.

Robb Hattrell, vice president of eBay UK, described the technology as “the future of shopping”.

“Shopping has always been intensely personal,” he told Dezeen. “It’s an expression of what makes you, you.”

At The Art of Shopping, guests were taken through a series of gallery spaces. In the first, they were asked to interact with games on an iPad to help “warm up” their brain.

In the second and third spaces, they were encouraged to browse artworks and were asked to stand in front of the 10 pieces they liked best for at least 20 seconds. The paintings, sculptures and installations featured were all hand-picked for the project by Saatchi Art’s chief curator Rebecca Wilson.

At the end visitors were presented with a personalised report showing which pieces of art triggered the strongest brain activity, and a digital shopping cart containing the items based on their subconscious preferences.

“Using the backdrop of the ultimate place of inspiration, an art gallery, we opened the first subconscious shopping experience, enabling people to shop authentically, and creating shopping carts that reflected what makes them, them,” said Bradford Shellhammer, who is head of personalisation and engagement at eBay.

The algorithm used to match customers with artworks was developed by behavioural psychologists. It is designed to be used with the billion items on sale on eBay’s virtual marketplace.

Shellhammer – whose previous ventures include online design stores Bezar and Fab – claims the technology could be a game changer for companies like eBay, to better predict what customers are interested in.

“With over one billion items for sale at any one time on the eBay global marketplace, we know that we have something for everyone,” he said.

The eBay team embarked on the project after commissioning a report on the neuroscience of what motivates buyers.

The report investigated the difference between two types of buyers, ‘shop-y-cats’ who impulse-buy to fit in with trends, and ‘inspired shoppers’ who prefer to discover unique items.

The data showed that the former group found the shopping experience draining and quickly tired, whilst the more inspired shopper could browse for longer and experienced a prolonged emotional high at checkout.

“We know that inspired shopping delivers a prolonged adrenaline high at checkout, comparable to a Formula One driver finishing a circuit,” added Shellhammer.

eBay isn’t the only company exploring ways of offering personalised experiences to consumers – there are also designers looking into the idea.

Others include Dutch designer Merel Bekking, who is designing furniture based on the subconscious style preferences of her clients, while British designer Matthew Plummer-Fernandez has used an algorithm to create personalised driving companions.

 

Source www.dezeen.com

Organs for sale: a heart costs R1.5m

Cape Town – The illegal sale of human organs is being advertised on the side of the road in Cape Town.

According to pamphlets being distributed by the New Day Clinic, you can get the body part you want within a week, while transplants are offered at their “world-class medical facility”.

The Daily Voice accessed the clinic’s website, where a price list for organs – including kidneys, livers, hearts, derms and veins – are displayed.

It claims you can buy a kidney for just over R3.5 million, while a patch of skin will set you back R140 per square centimetre.

Eyes are apparently easy to come by, because they sell for just R2 000 each, while a second-hand spleen will cost R7 000.

After being alerted by Daily Voice, authorities are now investigating the trade, which is illegal.

A member of the public came into possession of one of the pamphlets being handed out at the intersection of Durban and Tyger Valley roads in Tyger Valley last week.

A shocked motorist tells the Daily Voice a “Nigerian woman” dressed in a surgical mask and white latex gloves handed out the pamphlets.

“This place does not exist, yet the number provided is in use by a man who deals with these human organs. Illegal, first of all, but most alarming is wondering where do these people get fresh organs at request?” the motorist says.

The pamphlet reads: “Need organs? We can source organs within 168 hours; healthy, reliable and fully tested. Transplants take place in our world-class medical facility. Whatever you need, we can find: kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, corneas and skin. Contact us today for a free consultation.”

A website address and contact number is provided, but no physical address for the clinic is listed.

On the website, it states “Life is a gift”, followed by: “ONE THAT YOU DESERVE. So why languish in poor health when the poor could be used to help you live long and prosper? Our buildings, doctors and equipment are all top of the line. Our scrub-garbed professionals keep your care as their top priority; they only live to serve. For a hassle free experience, choose the right medical services – choose New Day Clinic.”

The Daily Voice called the number provided, and was greeted by a voice message.

Picture: Daily Voice

A male, with a French-African accent, states: “Thank you for calling the New Day Clinic. Your solution to bypass the system. Please leave your contact details and our consultants will return your call. Your health, and anonymity, is our priority.”

The Western Cape Health Department says it has alerted police, as the buying and selling of human organs is illegal.

Spokeswoman Emerentia Cupido explains: “Dealing in organs is not legal and contravenes the Health Act and Human Tissue regulations.

“Organ donations and transplants are performed via the Organ Donor Foundation in various facilities ensuring a stringent process of verification.

“The Western Cape Government Health takes this matter very seriously. The services as advertised are not within any legislative framework.

“The matter is currently under investigation by the South African Police Service.”