This is a story of a news story. It may look like a story about a man, too much alcohol, a woman, a vibrator and a car, but that's secondary to my point.
The story starts in Vancouver, British Columbia where Kristopher Lind appeared in court accused of impaired driving. Searching the internet for this story I came across this in AZCentral, the only non-firewalled version and apparently the copy forwarded to US newspapers:
VANCOUVER - A man says it wasn't the 10 beers and a double cocktail that caused his car to weave before being pulled over by police. Kristopher Lind says his attention wasn't fully on his driving because his wife had a sex toy bought that day at a sex show in Vancouver. At his impaired driving trial in B.C., Lind testified he and his wife were driving in Vancouver when they decided to check out the sex toy. The package proved difficult for his wife to unwrap, so she handed it to him while he was driving. He said he opened the package with one hand, using his knee to help steer the car, and did the same again to insert batteries. Once the device was working, he said, his wife took it He was arrested after he failed a roadside breathalyser test. Lind denied he was driving while drunk. The judge will render his verdict March 28.That's the version, in its entirety, that appeared on US news services as fed by the Canadian Press service.
Now, here is the version that appeared in Canadian newspapers this morning, fed from the same news service. Reprinted from CP-Canwest:
A B.C. man offered a novel defence at his impaired driving trial to explain why his car was weaving on the freeway, causing him to be pulled over by police. Kristopher Lind said it wasn't the 10 beers and a double cocktail he'd consumed earlier. he said his attention wasn't fully on his driving because his wife was using a vibrator bought that day at a sex show in Vancouver. "Would it be fair to say that you found this distracting?" asked defence lawyer Bruce Ralston. The accused, a 28-year-old car rental employee from Langly, agreed. "She was really enjoying it," Lind testified. During his cross-examination, Crown prosecutor John Caldwell asked: "It never occurred to you at any point to stop over on the shoulder?"Note the glaring difference. Why? Surely the Canadian Press isn't trying to shield Americans from the truth!
She couldn't get the package open?!
This is Canada. Of course she was using the vibrator!