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    CHICAGO (CBS) — Only on 2. Last month, CBS 2 helped a couple get their money back from a wedding that never happened. READ MORE: Uber Driver Near Death After Being Shot In Cicero; Juvenile Suspect In Custody The venue suddenly closed. And now more people are coming forward who are fighting to get a refund. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports, one viewer said no one is calling her back. This at a well known hotel in a state park. A hotel that closes Tuesday. An hour north of Chicago, the Illinois Beach Hotel is an alluring location for a wedding. Allison and EJ Bertke planned to say their I-dos there before 200 guests. “We wanted to choose a resort type location that could accommodate the size of the party we had,” EJ Bertke said. “And we enjoyed the scenery there right by Lake Michigan and the beach.” The couple chose a date with some symmetry October 10th, 2020 — 10/10/20. But the pandemic made that an impossibility. “They could not host our wedding,” EJ Bertke said. “People couldn’t have...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The MTA and NYPD are in a subway safety dispute, as more people return to public transportation. As CBS2’s John Dias reported, they’re arguing over just how much of a problem crime actually is in the city’s subway system. READ MORE: COVID Impact: Jersey City Schools In-Person Learning Back On, But Some Parents Have Concerns About Phased-In Approach “It’s getting really bad out there,” Middle Village, Queens resident Gurhan Heinert told CBS2’s John Dias. He said it’s not the pandemic that scares him on the subway, but the violence. “I do not take it at night. I get in a cab or I’ll find another alternative,” he said. While NYPD stats show crime is down 53% in the subway year-to-date, MTA officials say since ridership has declined during the pandemic, crimes-per-rider have gone up and felony assaults spiked in March, as well. “The police is there, they’re doing a great job, but there is something else more that they need to do for homeless,” said Jackson Heights resident Nancy Viola. Now, the two organizations seem to...
    Companies in the U.S. are feeling increased pressure to bow to the "woke" left. With more businesses caving to cancel culture, Republicans are now calling out corporate America.   Dave Seminara, author of "Footsteps of Federer," told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, the "cultural revolution" the U.S. is "a sad state of affairs." He weighed in on the difficulties of being a conservative during this time period.  "We're having essentially left-wing politics crammed down our throats," Seminara said. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Seminara argued "woke" corporate America is more than just a quick fad.  "It’s increasingly clear that the sharp increase in corporate virtue signaling after George Floyd’s death wasn’t a passing trend but a sea change. Perhaps it’s time for conservatives to boycott companies that hate us." VideoThe former diplomat went on to criticize certain brands that he believes are isolating Americans by selling politics. "Really, I mean, does Coca-Cola want to be the official beverage of the Democratic Party or what are they going for here?" asked Seminara. "Tell me about your services. But please don't...
    (CNN) "So, you discriminate against people with health issues?" the maskless man said loudly, as if he was in a packed arena and not a coffee shop. The other customers looked away, backed up or retreated into the next room. I took a deep breath, trying to keep my voice steady and calm. "No, we don't discriminate," I said firmly, "but we require documentation for the said health issue or we require you to sit outside or at a table to order. We can't have you walking around the coffee shop without a mask if you do not have documentation."Emma AndrewsHe sneered, rolled his eyes. "If I call your manager right now, will he say the same thing?" he said, smirking, as if he highly doubted that I knew what I was talking about."Yes," I said without hesitating, staring right back into his patronizing gaze. I turned back to the espresso machine to finish the latte I was working on. My co-worker and I exchanged a look that said, we don't get paid enough for this. The man lolled off....
    100 arrested as spring break crowds hit Miami Beach despite the pandemic Manhunt: 25-Year-Old Suspect Took Infant Girl from Site of Quadruple Homicide, Say Police Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of stories from Insider's Business co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday. What we're going over today: Walmart's secret initiative in the war against Amazon. Travis Kalanick's kitchen startup is angering local residents. How Mark Zuckerberg's banker built a secret Silicon Valley empire. Goldman Sachs is telling interns they may be coming into the office this summer. © Walmart Walmart workers. Walmart Here's what's trending this morning: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the stimulus bill will get the economy back on track "quickly," with near full employment next year. America is running out of houses, so anyone who wants to buy a home right now is basically screwed. A deluge of horny ads is about to flood America, as companies try to cash in on a country starved for physical contact. A cannabis exec...
    PALATINE, Ill. (WLS) -- It's a decades-old family recipe."We bake three times a day," said Suzy Cambell with Spunky Dunkers. "Our donuts are always fresh and we want them warm for our customers."For Campbell, it's a family tradition."We have been here since 1964," she added.Each handmade donut, along with the smell of hot and fresh coffee, is a staple in the Palatine community."Double chocolate is a hit [and] choc cream puff is a hit," Campbell said.For the past few days, business has been spotty at Spunky Dunkers."We were so dead. We had the storms and then obviously the pandemic," she explained.That's when the team took to social media, asking customers to please come in - and now those donuts are flying off the shelves."We were not even prepared for it," Campbell said. "So, we were calling like, 'Hey! Can you come in? Can you come in?' Everyone that can work we said, 'Get in ASAP.'"That post was shared thousands of times as the lines at the 24-hour donut shop stretched out the door.'When they posted, I was like, I am...
    Robinhood CEOs Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev.Source: Robinhood This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates. Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev spoke to CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin Thursday evening. Amid a wild week of speculative retail trading, Robinhood on Thursday restricted trading in thirteen equities, including GameStop and AMC Entertainment. The free stock trading pioneer only allowed clients to sell positions, not open news ones, in certain securities, raised margin requirements, and even said  it would close out some positions automatically if the client was at risk of not having the necessary collateral. Robinhood then said after the closing bell Thursday that it would allow limited buying of restricted securities on Friday. The broker's decision was met with outrage from its band of loyal retail investors; however, Robinhood explained that the move was made to comply with capital requirements mandated by the SEC for broker dealers. Robinhood, which is expected to go public sometime in 2021, reportedly tapped some of its credit lines, people familiar with the matter told CNBC. GameStop shares closed down 44% on Thursday after...
    BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) — The future of former President Donald Turmp, and whether it includes politics, is unclear. CBS3’s Matt Petrillo went to Bucks County to talk to Trump supporters and ask what’s next. Take a look inside the Trump Store in Bensalem. People can buy everything from Trump shirts to masks and more. And it saw a wave of customers Wednesday. “My son and daughter-in-law want a flag or something,” said Genie Mariano of Cheltenham. Mariano had to get some Trump merchandise for her family even though Trump is no longer in office. The Trump Store opened just 11 months ago. The owner says business has been steady, even after the election. “People are begging me to stay open. They say, ‘Please don’t close, this is our favorite store,’ and we have customers that come in every week,” owner Michael Domanico said. Trump suggested Wednesday, while he is leaving the White House, he may not be not leaving politics. “And I just want to say goodbye. Hopefully, it’s not a long-term goodbye, and we’ll see each other again,”...
    Texans’ Justin Reid done for season with hand injury Meghan and Harry Are the Most Tweeted-About Royals in 2020 COVID Totally Changed How We Spend Our Money For many people, the pandemic changed how we shop, where we work and what we’re spending money on. But it’s also changing the way we spend our money. © Creative Lab / Shutterstock.com Chase bank logo The Chase 2020 Digital Banking Attitudes Study emphasized the move toward digital banking, peer-to-peer payments and online fraud alerts. The study also showed a tremendous — and relatively sudden — shift in our interactions with paper money. Load Error “Consumers banked digitally more frequently during the pandemic than ever before, and that trend will continue into 2021 and beyond,” said Allison Beer, head of digital at Chase. “Consumers across all age groups trust that they can bank safely from anywhere, making it easier and safer for them to manage their money.” To track digital banking trends, Chase polled 1,500 people ages 18 to 65, with half being Chase customers and the other half non-Chase customers. See:...
    Who’s laughing now? A joke from Ryanair didn’t fly when the airline mocked President Trump for claiming early victory in the 2020 race, as frustrated customers called out the carrier for their missing refunds. “Trump declaring victory this early is like disembarking before the plane has landed,” Ryanair teased on Wednesday, tweeting a clip of the president declaring victory in multiple key battleground states, even though those states had yet to finish counting ballots. “We don't recommend," added the European airline, which also hashtagged the post with "Election2020." INTENSE SPOTLIGHT FALLS ON BATTLEGROUDNS IN 2020 RACE TO 270 Though the post received over 11,000 likes, the social media stunt largely backfired, as disgruntled customers seized the moment to demand answers on ticket refunds and other customer service issues exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. "I think we have all thought about disembarking early on a Ryanair flight,” one user teased. “To be fair now Ryanair ... if you thought you could save a few quid by not actually having to land, you'd probably disembark your passengers that early,” another joked. YOUTUBER FLIES TO ARIZONA TO...
    BROOKLAWN, New Jersey -- It was a typical Sunday at Empire Diner in New Jersey as Lisa Mollett served two of her favorite regular customers. But those "regulars" had an extraordinary surprise planned for the end of their meal: they were giving Mollett a car."Instead of them saying they want a raspberry iced tea, they had a copy of the keys and the title," Mollett said. "They said, 'This is for you.' I said, 'Oh my gosh!'"The couple, Lisa Ayala and Jason Medina, gifted Mollett their 2006 Nissan Altima. The act of generosity brought her to tears."There are a lot of nice people out there, but I don't think many people would give a server a car as a tip," Mollett said.The couple got to know Mollett two years ago when they came to the Camden County diner. They liked her kindness and attention to detail, and the three quickly became friends. So when Mollett started having car trouble, it came up in conversation."I had a car a couple of months ago and it broke down," she said. "When the...
    The topic of fairness among California electric customers seems to once again be up for debate. Recently, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl encouraged the state to relitigate a regulatory decision made to ensure equity among the state’s electric customers. If they are successful, it would allow Community Choice Aggregators to potentially skip out on paying their fair share of early investments made by all California ratepayers to develop and deliver clean power in the Golden State. That isn’t fair. Attempting to get a better deal for themselves while punishing California’s electric customers for making crucial – and yes, expensive – early investments in wind and solar is counterproductive and opportunistic. California’s progress toward a clean energy future shouldn’t come with winners and losers, and the CCAs should be working alongside all stakeholders toward shared solutions that benefit everyone. Decades ago, the Legislature recognized that California’s ambitious clean energy goals required massive investments in solar, wind and other renewables. These investments required long term contracts of 10 and 20 years be put in place...
    THERE was no better feeling at the end of lockdown than being able to sup a cold pint of freshly pulled beer. After months of enforced isolation we all deserved a drink. 4Jodie Kidd has experienced first hand how tough it has been for pubs to survive the pandemicCredit: Getty Images - Getty But for many of the nation’s pubs it has not been economically viable to reopen their doors since restrictions ended for them on July 4. Around a third of English boozers say that social distancing, even when it is just a metre, means they will either lose money or just break even. Many cherished inns remain closed. It is a dilemma I have been wrestling with over the summer as I try to figure out the best way to keep our country pub afloat in the age of coronavirus. While the Half Moon pub in West Sussex, that I co-own, provided a food and wine delivery service during lockdown, we have not yet unlocked the doors to let in customers. It is heartbreaking to go into this...
    Robin Lehner nearing long-term extension with Vegas Golden Knights The 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America Kroger CEO sees prices stabilizing, cooking demand lasting: Our customers actually enjoy it "We do not see the inflation the way it was earlier in the year," Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen told CNBC on Friday. McMullen said he believes the increase in home cooking sparked by the pandemic will remain. "For us the thing that gives us the most excitement, our customers are telling us they actually enjoy it," said McMullen. Kroger CEO on companys digital sales surge CNBC See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next How you can save $1 million for retirement USA TODAY How much the most populous states pay mail carriers GOBankingRates Creepy ways your company can spy on you while you work from home Veuer Major companies suspend social media advertising over online hate speech CBS News Women and retirement planning Money Talks News This bookshop survived earthquakes and recessions. But...
    VIDEO3:4203:42Kroger CEO on company's digital sales surgeClosing Bell Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen said Friday the pandemic-related spike in food prices is subsiding, while the at-home cooking trend is here to stay even after the coronavirus situation improves.  "As we look forward, we see lower inflation than what it's been over the last several months. It's one of the reasons why we didn't pass through all of the inflation that we incurred in the second quarter," he said on CNBC's "Closing Bell."  "When you look at meat especially, and some of those areas, ... we do not see the inflation the way it was earlier in the year as the plants come back on," he said. "There's plenty of raw materials supply out there. It's just a matter of the plants being able to process it."  On the other hand, McMullen said he believes the increase in cooking that was sparked by the Covid-19 outbreak — as restaurants were forced to shutter their dining rooms and lockdown orders kept families cooped up at home — will outlast the health crisis.  "When we talk to our...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City’s top casino is accusing a rival of poaching a half-dozen of its top marketing executives in an attempt to “cripple” it by using secret details about its best and most profitable customers. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Nevada, the Borgata casino says the Ocean Casino Resort hired six marketing executives, despite non-competition agreements that bar at least two of the highest-ranking ones from working for a competitor for a year after leaving. At particular issue is a cellphone one of the executives is said to have taken with him from Borgata to Ocean, containing priceless information on Borgata’s top customers — including their personal cellphone numbers, gambling preferences, likes and dislikes including favorite foods and beverages, how much the casino might be willing to discount large losses for them, and instances in which the casino might change the rules of some games for these players. Ocean declined to comment, saying it does not discuss ongoing litigation. The high-stakes battle comes as the Atlantic City market undergoes a reshuffling, upended by new...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man in a bulletproof vest with a gun on his hip might look like a police officer, but outside Imperial Jewelry Monday it was actually the owner of the store, just trying to protect his business from looters. Owner Terry Te spoke with CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot and said he does not feel safe. He had his windows replaced just two weeks ago after the first looting incident. In a video taken at 3:30 Monday morning, three young men are captured on video walking back and forth in front of a window at the store at 1 N. Wabash. One of them tries to break the window with a large rock, but it doesn’t work. A second try does the trick, but the alarm goes off, too. About 30 minutes later, Te arrives at his story. He surveys the damage done by the extremely large rock. At that moment a young man runs back to the broken windows while Te is standing there. “He actually ran to get the other boulder outside,” Te said. “I...
    IT’S the best news BAR none - boozers across the country are getting ready to reopen their doors this weekend after more than three months shuttered. But they will need to follow some very strict guidelines, with many relying on one-way systems, reduced seating, one-use pint glasses and a heap of hand sanitiser. 23The popular Princess of Wales pub will no doubt be in high demand at the weekendCredit: Oliver Dixon - The Sun 23Cousins Gamy Hayre (left) and Bera Mahli (right) have fitted screens upCredit: Paul Tonge - The Sun Now landlords and landladies across the country have shared how they're prepping for July 4 - and the extreme measures they've gone to to ensure it's a success. With a one metre distance rule, seated service only and punters having to share their contact details if they want a pint, it's going to be a whole new pub experience. And while many can rely on huge gardens to accommodate their thirsty clientele, others are fearful a ban on live music and the strict requirements they must now adhere to could...
    A well-known LA Taco chain has been forced to close after its employees repeatedly experienced harassment when asking customers to wear a mask. Hugo's Tacos, which has two popular taco stands located in Atwater Village and Studio City were forced to close on Sunday. The company said workers, many of whom are Latino, had been targeted with racial slurs and had food and water thrown at them during the pandemic.  A statement from the company read: 'Our Taco Stands are exhausted by the constant conflicts over guests refusing to wear masks. Staff have been harassed, called names, and had objects and liquids thrown at them. 'A mask isn't symbolic of anything other than our desire to keep our staff healthy. Hugo's Tacos (pictured) which has two popular taco stands located in Atwater Village and Studio City were forced to close on Sunday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Nature at its most cruel: One-day-old giraffe is killed and... BREAKING NEWS: European Union REFUSES to open its borders to... Share this article Share 'Both of...
    Coronavirus — In which patients is convalescent plasma used? 27:14 . –– At least 107 cases of coronavirus have been linked to a bar in East Lansing, Michigan, health officials told CNN. The Ingham County Health Department asks customers who visited Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, June 12-20, to quarantine and report cases of covid-19, the Department said in a statement. Of the more than 100 positive cases, 12 are of secondary transmission, Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail reported Monday night. The number of cases linked to the bar has increased rapidly since it was first reported on Tuesday. Initially, 14 infections were reported, then jumped to 34, on Wednesday. By Saturday, the number had risen to around 85, Vail told CNN. The bar followed employee safety guidelines, capacity guidelines, and table spacing, Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub said in a June 22 statement on Facebook. Harper’s reopened at 50% capacity on June 8, in accordance with the Governor’s decree, and welcomed our employees and numerous customers to our restaurant and brewery. The extraordinary and exuberant...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Fuming mad over masks. Some retail experts say the increasingly hostile pushback from some customers who rebuff the face covering requirements are putting business owners in a no-win position. “It’s very important for the health and safety of both the employees and the customers,” says Gary Huddleston, Grocery Industry Consultant and spokesperson for the Texas Retailers Association. And yet, Huddleston admits that employers are not pushing workers to confront those customers who refuse. “When there’s that confrontation at the front door, it doesn’t turn out very well.”​ Over the weekend, one of the latest meltdowns over masks unfolded at a Dallas Fiesta grocery store and it was caught on camera. A witness tells CBS 11 that the customer had worn a mask into the store; but, then later removed it as she waited in the checkout line. The woman refused to replace the face covering when a manager approached her and then unleashed a profanity laced tirade, all while flinging her groceries from the cart all over the floor. Woman upset about store’s mask enforcement (credit: Omar...
    Getty Co-Founder and Govt Chair of Reddit, and Companion at Y Combinator, Alexis Ohanian (L) and co-editor at TechCrunch, Alexia Tsotsis seem onstage throughout TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 – Day three at The Manhattan Middle on Might 6, 2015 in New York Metropolis. s for TechCrunch) Reddit has up to date its insurance policies on hate speech and banned roughly 2,000 subreddits, or teams, on the location that it discovered violates the brand new insurance policies. A type of banned subreddits was a Trump-related group with which the president has no affiliation, known as r/The_Donald. In line with Enterprise Insider, the pro-Trump subreddit had 790,000 customers. Reddit defined why it banned the group in a letter to its customers: All communities on Reddit should abide by our content material coverage in good religion. We banned r/The_Donald as a result of it has not carried out so, regardless of each alternative. The group has constantly hosted and upvoted extra rule-breaking content material than common (Rule 1), antagonized us and different communities (Guidelines 2...
    Nearly all of Microsoft’s remaining 82 retail stores will permanently close in what the company is calling a "strategic change in retail operations." The tech chain’s three remaining New Jersey stores in Bridgewater, Paramus and Freehold are still closed following COVID-19 shutdowns. Final decisions have not been made regarding whether or not these locations will ever reopen before their permanent closure, officials said. “Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President David Porter said in a statement. “We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online and with our retail sales team at Microsoft corporate locations.” Meanwhile, Microsoft’s employees will assist customers from remote and corporate locations. “We deliberately built teams with unique backgrounds and skills that could serve customers from anywhere," said Porter. "The evolution of our workforce ensured we could continue to serve customers of all sizes when they needed us most, working remotely these...
    Nearly all of Microsoft’s remaining 82 retail stores will permanently close in what the company is calling a "strategic change in retail operations." The tech chain’s three remaining New Jersey stores in Bridgewater, Paramus and Freehold are still closed following COVID-19 shutdowns. Final decisions have not been made regarding whether or not these locations will ever reopen before their permanent closure, officials said. “Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President David Porter said in a statement. “We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online and with our retail sales team at Microsoft corporate locations.” Meanwhile, Microsoft’s employees will assist customers from remote and corporate locations. “We deliberately built teams with unique backgrounds and skills that could serve customers from anywhere," said Porter. "The evolution of our workforce ensured we could continue to serve customers of all sizes when they needed us most, working remotely these...
    SAN ANTONIO – Trader Joe’s announced it will extend its store hours next week to better accommodate customers. Beginning Monday, June 29, all stores nationwide will remain open until 9 p.m. The grocery chain said it will also continue to dedicate the first hour of store operations to senior customers over the age of 60 and customers with disabilities. “Given the measures we’ve put in place to care for our crew and customers, effective June 29th, we are extending our store hours until 9:00 p.m. daily to better serve our communities,” Trader Joe’s said in a statement. On May 28, Trader Joe’s announced that it was implementing policies that follow health guidelines to better serve customers during the outbreak of COVID-19. To learn more about these policies, click here. To find the hours for a Trader Joe’s store near you, visit the grocery store’s locations page. RELATED: H-E-B limits toilet paper, paper towels as COVID-19 cases rise in San Antonio Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    Redwood City is joining the street dining crowd. A new initiative called “Eat, Sip & Be in RWC” will allow businesses in the city’s restaurant-rich downtown to expand to the streets and sidewalks with tables for open-air dining. From now through Sept. 30, restaurants and their customers are taking over a number of streets including Theatre Way, Broadway between Middlefield Road and Main Street, and Main Street from Broadway to Middlefield Road. Sidewalk cafes have been added to several other blocks, including Broadway from Middlefield to El Camino Real. Other features include parklets and temporary parking spots for grab-and-go customers. “Open-air dining is an incredible opportunity for the city and its local businesses after the ups and downs these resilient companies have faced,” Amy Buckmaster, executive director of the Redwood City Improvement Association, said in a statement. “We combined our efforts with the Downtown Business Group, the City of Redwood City and the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce to create an experience that helps our local businesses begin to recover from the last few months, while also bringing our community together to support each other...
    WKNIGHT94 TALK [CC BY-SA 3.0 (HTTPS://CREATIVECOMMONS.ORG/LICENSES/BY-SA/3.0)]Tampa Electric Co. and TECO Peoples Gas said Thursday they have extended through July a suspension of service disconnections when customers do not pay bills. The companies, which are subsidiaries of Emera, Inc., initially suspended disconnections in March as the coronavirus hit the state. The virus caused businesses to shut down or scale back and spurred massive job losses. While they have suspended disconnections for non-payment, the companies said in a news release Thursday that they are encouraging customers to pay what they can afford to avoid accumulating large balances. “We are committed to continuing to doing the right thing for our customers, which is why we’ve been working to help residential and commercial customers who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship,” Nancy Tower, president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric, said in a prepared statement. “We hope the temporary extensions that we offered over the past several months have helped relieve some of the pressure.”  Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to...
    Microsoft said the decision will result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $450 million, which the company will record in its current fiscal quarter. “It is a new day for how Microsoft Store team members will serve all customers,” said Microsoft corporate vice president David Porter. “We are energized about the opportunity to innovate in how we engage with all customers, maximize our talent for greatest impact, and most importantly help our valued customers achieve more.” The decision to close its retail stores comes in the same week that Microsoft shared plans to shut down its Mixer streaming service.
    A BLACK British barista was sacked by an Aussie café after being told locals were “a bit racist” and wanted their coffee made “by a white guy”. International student Ayokunle "Ayo" Oluwalana had just finished his fifth shift at the Australian café when he was pulled aside by the manager and told he no longer had a job. 4Ayokunle Oluwalana took to social media with claims he had been fired because locals wanted their coffee made 'by a white guy'Credit: Instagram 4The café manager was eventually sack after he allegedly fired Ayokunle Oluwalana because he was blackCredit: Instagram Mr Oluwalana, 25, took to social media claiming he had been sacked because of the colour of his skin. In the video – which originally appeared on Instagram and was then shared to Twitter – he explains he had been working at XS Espresso in Bondi for a few weeks and it was going “well” with “no complaints”. But he claims after one of his shifts, the manager, who is also a person of colour, pulled him aside and told him he had...
    MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Long Islanders can finally eat inside a restaurant, get a massage for their aching muscles, get a tattoo, or have their nails done. Safety rules in place, of course. At Safie Spa in Massapequa, the line was building at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday for the first day of Phase 3, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported. “They love that they’re back. I’m putting their touch-ups on, I’m cutting their hair. I’m making them feel beautiful again,” another person said. MORE: Not All Youth Sports Will Be Back July 6, And That Has Many On Long Island Wondering Why The spa went through months of renovations to reach this day. “Thermometers, we have our hand sanitizers and then we have masks,” owner Danielle Kaplan said. “These are out sneeze guards making sure the clients and our staff stay safe and we also have our big safeguard blocking the two stations.” CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Ask Dr. Max Your Health Questions How Make Your Own DIY Face Mask...
    MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- Some of the most famous luxury brand stores in the country opened their doors once again for the first time in three months Wednesday, and shoppers will see big changes.Saks Fifth Avenue employees are back on the job after being furloughed."This marks our last store to reopen," Senior VP of Stores John Antonini said. "So now, every one of our Saks Fifth Avenue stores across the country are now reopened today."Antonini would not comment on how many of their 1,500 workers were returning for the reopening, but any progress is good news.The company had encased their Manhattan flagship location in barbed wire and plywood with guards stationed outside during rampant citywide looting during protests over the death of George Floyd."We have this crown jewel of an asset that we took action to protect," he said.Now, the boards are gone and customers will be greeted with a welcome message in the windows.Saks says customers can expect to be accompanied by an associate as they shop to maintain social distancing, and there is also extra cleaning including ultraviolet...
    AMC Theaters will require its customers to wear face masks after catching backlash for its initial reopening plan, which did not include making masks mandatory out of fear of "political controversy." The popular theater chain debuted its “AMC Safe & Clean” policy on Friday, designed to allow for a safe reopening for its customers after shutting down theaters in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the initial plan did not make the use of masks mandatory despite numerous health experts saying they're an essential step to curtail the spread of COVID-19. However, after some intense public outcry, AMC reversed its decision later in the day. MOVIE THEATER CHAIN AMC WARNS IT MAY SHUTTER PERMANENTLY BECAUSE OF PANDEMIC “This announcement prompted an intense and immediate outcry from our customers, and it is clear from this response that we did not go far enough on the usage of mask,” the company said in a statement provided to Variety. “At AMC Theatres, we think it is absolutely crucial that we listen to our guests. Accordingly, and with the full support of our scientific advisors,...
    New York (CNN Business)AMC Theatres will require all of its customers to wear masks when it reopens its theaters next month, the company said Friday. It was a quick reversal for the world's largest movie theater chain, which said on Thursday guests would be required to wear masks only in areas of the country where masks are mandatory. The company was harshly criticized on social media following remarks from CEO Adam Aron to Variety, in which he said that the chain would not require masks to avoid being "drawn into a political controversy."Aron echoed that sentiment in an interview with CNN Business on Thursday, saying "we want to keep the politics out of our theaters" and "we didn't want to step into that controversy.""So what we're doing is we're encouraging people to wear a mask, but not necessarily requiring it," Aron said on Thursday to CNN.Read MoreAMC Theatres CEO says hell wear a mask when he goes back to the moviesOn Friday, AMC and Aron admitted that the company made a mistake."This announcement prompted an intense and immediate outcry from...
    Coping with COVID-19 guidelines means masks, gloves, social distancing, fewer tables, fewer hugs, and a myriad of unknowns, but Saratoga businesses are learning to cope. “Business is not what it used to be in almost every respect,” says Patrick Rupert of Uncorked Wine Sales in Saratoga Village. “It’s about adapting to circumstances out of our control. This is an incredibly challenging time. The businesses that will survive this latest crisis are ones that become creative.” Uncorked takes phone orders, and retail customers are served via front door delivery. Rupert is grateful for Uncorked’s wine club and a strong supportive customer base. “We’ve survived various ups and downs, and we plan on surviving this one. We hope our wine bar will reopen in August.” uncorked-wines.com Starbucks is adapting: Only six people are allowed in the lobby at a time, napkins are requested to wipe the door handle, and arrows and lanes help with social distancing. Starbucks customers order online and come into the store wearing masks just long enough to “grab and go,” says manager Auggie Martinez. “All employees are masked...
    A South Jersey movie theater has closed after being ticketed by police for defying Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order and reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Tilton Square Theatre in Northfield reopened on June 5, after more than five weeks of being closed due to COVID-19.  The theater implemented several safety measures including customer limits, requiring masks, installing sneeze guards and more. Police mailed the theater a summons for each day it was open (5), and officers gave the theater a verbal warning along with a copy of the governor's executive order the day it opened, Police Chief Paul Newman said. On June 11, the theater announced it had no choice but to close. "We received an onslaught of citations and threats of legal action against us, despite providing a higher standard to keep our customers and our employees safe compared to other businesses that are permitted to operate," the theater said in a statement Thursday. "We believe we have been unfairly targeted and denied the right to engage in lawful business activity while other businesses are able to operate legally. "This...
    A South Jersey movie theater has closed after being ticketed by police for defying Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order and reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Tilton Square Theatre in Northfield reopened on June 5, after more than five weeks of being closed due to COVID-19.  The theater implemented several safety measures including customer limits, requiring masks, installing sneeze guards and more. Police mailed the theater a summons for each day it was open (5), and officers gave the theater a verbal warning along with a copy of the governor's executive order the day it opened, Police Chief Paul Newman said. On June 11, the theater announced it had no choice but to close. "We received an onslaught of citations and threats of legal action against us, despite providing a higher standard to keep our customers and our employees safe compared to other businesses that are permitted to operate," the theater said in a statement Thursday. "We believe we have been unfairly targeted and denied the right to engage in lawful business activity while other businesses are able to operate legally. "This...
    Restaurants on Long Island will have a new look when they open back up as the region enters Phase 2 of reopening the economy on Wednesday. As of Wednesday, June 10, Long Island will enter Phase 2 of its recovery from novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which will allow restaurants to begin serving customers again under strict guidelines. In Phase 2, restaurants can serve patrons outdoors, though tables will be socially distanced at least six feet apart. All servers, cooks, and other workers must wear masks, and customers will be required to wear face coverings when they aren’t seated. Employees will wear gloves, and restaurants will feature disposable paper menus when possible. If non-disposable menus are used, they must be cleaned and disinfected between each party’s use. Silverware must be pre-packaged or pre-rolled by employees wearing masks and gloves, and all condiments will be provided directly to customers in single-use disposable containers or reusable containers that are regularly disinfected. Before reopening, officials noted that the state has to be provided with a safety plan by restauranteurs. Once open, patrons sitting...
    New York (CNN Business)Major restaurant chains are trying to make it easier for customers to get their food without touching anything but their own phones.It's a trend that started before the pandemic hit and has only accelerated as consumers and restaurants adjust to a new normal, where contact with others is discouraged. Now, restaurants are betting people will want to peruse digital menus instead of physical ones and opt for mobile ordering rather than paying at the register with cash or credit card. "The handling of cash creates consumer concerns about the spread of viruses," Starbucks (SBUX) CEO Kevin Johnson wrote in an open letter in early May describing the company's plan to reopen. He noted that Starbucks is adding new features to its app to include voice ordering through Siri and more opportunities for rewards. The app already shows which restaurants have mobile order and pickup so that customers can plan their visits and manage expectations before they get to the store.Johnson predicted that "the mobile app will become the dominant form of payment." Starbucks' CEO predicts that the...
    Fashion retailer Primark has announced that it is reopening all of its stores in England on June 15, according to its owner. Its parent company Associated British Foods said that it expects 281 stores to have reopened by that date adding that "safety has been our highest priority in our detailed preparations to welcome our customers and employees back to stores." In a statement, the group said: "Social distancing protocols, hand sanitizer stations, perspex screens at tills and additional cleaning of high-frequency touchpoints in the store are among the measures we are implementing." Employees will also have personal protective equipment made available to them, including masks and gloves. Primark said there would be limits on the number of customers allowed in store "at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance in between customers and employees, following government guidelines." A statement from Primark also said that there would be: "Clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees and additional security staff, to guide customers through the store in a way that limits contact with others." The statement...
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