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Google Maps Street View has photographed what could be, at first glance, a very normal shop in Westerham, Kent. But inside the Ruach Kitchens store is an absolutely terrifying sight sitting at a desk. There seems to be a ghoulish-looking figure behind the computer as though it were the most normal thing in the world. Their face is completely white, their lips are black and their eyebrows are alarmingly thin.

What’s more, the eyes are unlike any human eyes and seem to have no life behind them.

The figure has long red hair and is sporting a black top hat as well as a black cape or jacket.

To further add to the mystery of the scene there is a blonde woman sitting next to the strange figure, again seemingly acting as though nothing is out of the ordinary.

Interestingly this woman’s face has been blurred out to protect her identity but yet the creepy figure remains unblurred. Why is this?

Thankfully there is a more rational explanation to the spectacle than the otherworldly – though questions do still remain.

It would appear that the ghoulish figure is in fact just someone wearing a costume mask – and is, in fact, human.

However, absolutely no explanation is given as to why the person is working in such a strange get up.

The blonde woman appears to be a customer, but she could arguably be a colleague who is in on the joke.

Unfortunately, Google viewers can only guess as to the reasons behind the very strange scene.

This is far from the first time strange masked figures have been caught by the Google camera.

On occasion a bizarre Google Maps Street View snapshot showed what looks to be a man, judging by his body, yet instead of a human head, the man had a horse head sitting atop his shoulders. 

In the image, the man is standing next to a woman on the side of the road and both are looking off in different directions.

A car can be seen to one side so perhaps their car has broken down and they are waiting for help.

The woman seems completely unperturbed by her companion’s unusual physical appearance.

In fact, apart from the horse head, the image seems like nothing out of the ordinary.

Of course, it’s far from likely that the man actually has a horse’s head. The more realistic explanation is that he’s simply donned the bizarre mask for effect.

However, there seems to be no purpose for the odd fashion choice – the woman does not seem to find it funny.

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American woman faces $2,800 parking bill after leaving car in Toronto during pandemic

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Parking in the city can be costly, but one American woman is learning just how bad it can be after being unable to retrieve her car for nearly a year.

Detroit resident Kim Richardson left her 2004 Honda Element at the Park2Sky lot by Pearson airport in March 2020 before flying out to Europe for a medical procedure. She originally planned to retrieve it within two weeks but partway through her trip, the Canada-US border got closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

Richardson’s return flight was rerouted to Detroit and she’s been unable to return to Toronto since.

What was originally a $100 bill has now inflated to $2,800 as the lot’s owner says he has a business to operate and is owed payment for 11 months of storage. However, Richardson believes she’s being extorted for an issue beyond her control.

Park2Sky personnel claim that several Americans who found themselves in similar predicaments have had their cars shipped home.

“I don’t understand, I don’t know what’s going on here. Business is down, I’m not making any money at all. People who leave their car are paid. She’s the only one that hasn’t paid,” said the owner to CBC News this week.

The stalemate is expected to last a while longer as travel restrictions remain in place and Ontario Provincial Police have said they won’t get involved in a civil matter.

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All systems are go for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in 2021

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KINGSTON — Despite Canada’s newly extended cruise ship ban, Canadians still have a small-ship cruising alternative in 2021 with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines.

The small-ship operator, which sails on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, has confirmed operations for 2021, with overnight cruises on both rivers from May 20 to Oct. 24. A variety of cruises ranging from four to seven nights will depart from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City, sailing exclusively in domestic waters with stops at select ports in Ontario and Quebec.

On Feb. 4, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra announced that Canada’s cruise ship ban will be extended until Feb. 28, 2022. This measure, which effectively prohibits cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers from operating in Canadian waters, does not impact the small-ship operations of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines and its 32-stateroom CANADIAN EMPRESS.

“We are excited to offer travellers a small ship option for the 2021 season,” said President Jason Clark. “Our overnight cruises stay close to shore in Canadian waters and our COVID-19 Health and Safety program has been recognized for its high standards.”

This past December, the cruise line was awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) for adherence to global standards of health and hygiene. The program includes a wide range of safety measures, including reduced passenger loads, masking, physical distancing and hospital-grade electrostatic disinfecting for both private staterooms and shared spaces. Plus, all staterooms have access to fresh air, climate controls and views of the river.

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Here’s How Canada’s ‘Screening Officers’ Will Check On Travellers During Quarantine

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The federal government is reminding all travellers in Canada that “Screening Officers” may pay them a visit post-arrival.

In a statement about the country’s latest travel restrictions, Transport Canada confirmed that newly-trained officials would be tasked with checking up on travellers during their two-week quarantine period.

The role of the Screening Officers will be to visit travellers’ quarantine locations to “establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada.”

This is to make sure individuals are complying with Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement.

The checks will be conducted across 35 Canadian cities, having already started in Montreal and Toronto back in January.

The officials will provide “compliance education” and will be able to issue verbal warnings, but stronger enforcement action will be referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and then law enforcement for follow-up checks. 

Failing to comply with the Quarantine Act or with Screening Officers’ instructions could result in fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

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