Un­lucky Bird Nearly Sings Swan Song

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Guests at Scot­land’s Macdon­ald Loch Ran­noch ho­tel were ter­ror­ized by Robert Fer­gus, 72, and his wife, Ruth, 69, in Fe­bru­ary when the Troon cou­ple ram­paged through the lobby with scis­sors and threat­ened to shoot other guests.

The i nci­dent ap­par­ently be­gan when Mrs. Fer­gus pounded on a ho­tel room door at 1:45 a.m., lead­ing the guest within to call front desk staff who, Mrs. Fer­gus told her hus­band, treated her “with hos­til­ity.” That’s when Mr. Fer­gus “re­acted dis­pro­por­tion­ately” by run­ning naked into the lobby with scis­sors, cut­ting com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­bles and shout­ing that he would “slit” and “kill” on­look­ers. Mean­while, Mrs. Fer­gus told staff she was go­ing to “get a gun and shoot you,” ac­cord­ing to prose­cu­tor Michael Sweeney.

Staff and guests ran out of the ho­tel, while Mr. and Mrs. Fer­gus re­turned to their room to pack and took off in their BMW. They were ap­pre­hend po­lice car to ac­cuse the ho­tel staff of abus­ing them, and Mr. Fer­gus could not pass a breath test. At their sen­tenc­ing on Sept. 1, their at­tor­neys blamed over­con­sump­tion of al­co­hol for their be­hav­ior, not­ing that Robert Fer­gus “had pre­vi­ously been of good char­ac­ter.” 4,100 pounds and or­dered to pay 800 pounds to cover the cost of dam­age to the ho­tel.

An anony­mous Aus­tralian tourist mailed back a small stone he lifted from the Cwmhir Abbey in Wales, a Cis­ter­cian monastery founded in 1176, in Au­gust. The thief in­cluded a note ex­plain­ing his re­morse: “I have been an avid fol­lower of the Welsh kings and their his­tory, and so I took this rock. Ever since, I have had the most aw­ful luck as if Llewellyn (sic) him­self was an­gry with me.” Lly­we­lyn ap Gruf­fudd, the last na­tive

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