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Kiwi-Bob hits Norway sell-by date jackpot

A crafty Norwegian who has become famous for demanding cash for goods that have passed their expiration date has managed to rack up a 40,000-kroner ($6,700) profit in the last three weeks alone.

Kiwi-Bob hits Norway sell-by date jackpot
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Bob Mellemstrand, widely known as Kiwi-Bob, has earned around 1.5 million kroner over the last ten years through actively hunting for goods that have gone out of date at the Kiwi chain of supermarkets, newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reports.

Mellemstrand’s ruse involves scouring the shelves for out-of-date goods. If staff at the store can find him a fresh equivalent, he gets the new goods for free. Otherwise, Kiwi policy obliges cashiers to pay the customer the equivalent in cash.

“In the past 23 days, I’ve earned around 40,000 kroner in cash from goods that have gone out of date,” he told the newspaper.

The real bonanza came when he found 50 crates of out-of-date beer at a Kiwi store in Bryne, pocketing 11,700 kroner in the process.

“The Kiwi manager was a little bit annoyed,” said Mellemstrand.

Always armed with a log book, Mellemstrand treats his activity as a job, travelling from store to store and making notes on products that are about to reach their expiry dates.

Generally, he will return after that date to have another look. If the goods are still on the shelves he can quickly cash in.

Kiwi’s cashiers can relax this weekend, the newspaper said, as Mellemstrand heads to Sørlandet to stay at his new cottage, a purchase that was partly funded by Kiwi cash.

But on Monday he’ll be back in action, prowling the aisles in the ongoing hunt for everything from dodgy potatoes to vintage beer.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

READ ALSO: You can now get married at this famous Norwegian beauty spot

The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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