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  • The 16 Smartest Things I Ever Bought For Less Than $10

    11/21/2014 7:52:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2014 | ASHLEY MARCIN, WISEBREAD
    I spend a lot of my time mulling over the large purchases in my life. And for good reason. Still, I tend to forget about the small, everyday things that matter most and have the power to make life a whole lot easier. The following household items are extremely useful and — better yet — each costs less than $10. 1. Chip clips I don't know why it took me so long to purchase a set of inexpensive chip clips for our kitchen. We end up using them for far more than just sealing bags for freshness. Use magnetic clips...
  • Marriott hotels placing envelopes in rooms to guilt guests into leaving gratuity

    09/15/2014 10:19:02 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 175 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014 | By Associated Press
    Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called 'The Envelope Please,' begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on the envelope along with a message: 'Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable....
  • IRS Offers Affordable Care Act Tips (Husseincare's Individual Shared Responsibility Payment)

    02/26/2014 5:18:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    KCSG ^ | 2/26/14
    (PHOENIX, Ariz) - The Internal Revenue Service is offering educational Health Care Tax Tips to help individuals understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect their taxes. **SNIP** • The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment – An Overview ─ Provides information about types of qualifying coverage, exemptions from having coverage, and making a payment if you do not have qualifying coverage or an exemption. • Three Timely Tips about Taxes and the Health Care Law ─ Provides tips that help with filing the 2013 tax return, including information about employment status, tax favored health plans and itemized deductions. • Four Tax...
  • White House offers cybersecurity tips (not satire)

    02/13/2014 4:51:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/14 | Kate Tummarello
    The Obama administration on Wednesday released a long-awaited framework for cybersecurity that is intended to nudge businesses toward strengthening their networks against attacks. The voluntary guidance, established by President Obama via executive order and developed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, gives critical infrastructure companies a guidebook for ways to prevent and respond to the growing threat of cyberattacks. The framework includes a “core” that outlines standards that companies can implement to identify, detect, respond to and recover from cyber threats. “The goal is not to expand regulation,” one administration official said. “Our goal is to...
  • Mercy and Confession: 10 Tips on How to Confess Well [Catholic Caucus]

    11/02/2013 10:24:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CE.com ^ | July 23, 2013 • | Fr. Ed Broom
     Mercy and Confession: 10 Tips on How to Confess Well by Fr. Ed Broom on July 23, 2013 ·  In the context of an Ignatian retreat it is always beneficial to prepare oneself to make an excellent Confession. To make a good confession demands prior preparation!  The better the prior preparation, the more abundant the graces and the more overflowing the river of peace in your soul! Following are ten short helps to make the best confession in your life!1.    IMPROVEMENT/UPGRADING THE RECEPTION.  As Catholics two of the most important actions we can accomplish are to go to Confession and to receive...
  • 97 New Ways to Save Money

    10/26/2013 4:17:18 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 94 replies
    Dough Roller ^ | March 23, 2012 | Rob Berger
    One year ago I wrote an article about 51 painless money saving tips. It was a simple enough article with a bunch of ideas on how to save some money without making huge sacrifices. The response was stupendous. There have been countless comments to the article, and the article has been viewed more than 65,000 times. But the best part of the article has been the money saving tips submitted by readers. Through comments and e-mail, readers have offered dozens of ways to save some money. So I thought I’d collect all those ideas and republish here. So in no...
  • DOJ solicits email tips in Zimmerman civil rights probe

    07/16/2013 2:00:28 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 112 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 7/16/2013 | Scott Powers
    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday afternoon appealed to civil rights groups and community leaders, nationally and in Sanford, for help investigating whether a federal criminal case might be brought against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, one advocate said. The DOJ has also set up a public email address to take in tips on its civil rights investigation. Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – who earlier in the day joined calls for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, said that later in the afternoon, she joined...
  • Restaurant bans tips; pays servers salary, benefits

    06/11/2013 8:52:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 30 replies
    upi ^ | June 11, 2013 | KRISTEN BUTLER
    Sushi Yasuda in New York City has maintained an excellent reputation for more than a decade, and now the restaurant is making headlines for banning tips. All the restaurant's servers are now on salary with paid vacation and sick leave. The high-end restaurant only seats 45 guests and the chef’s menu can cost more than $100, so the owners aren't worried about raising prices to make up for lack of tips. But customers have been confused since the policy went into effect earlier this year. Managers put a note in both the menu and receipt explaining the no-tipping policy, but...
  • Measure N: Voters Approve $13 Wage And Benefits For Long Beach Hotel Workers

    11/19/2012 10:07:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Long Beach Business Journal ^ | November 20, 2012 | Joshua H. Silavent
    Long Beach voters took to the polls on Election Day and overwhelmingly cast their support for a living wage (or minimum wage, depending on choice of terminology) of $13 per hour for workers in the city’s largest hotels. The earliest the law would likely take effect is December 21. “In terms of what message voters sent . . . it affirms that the City of Long Beach was ready to really look at how quality of life issues matter, regardless of what level of employment or which sector you work in,” Councilmember Suja Lowenthal told the Business Journal. As of...
  • Trending on Twitter: #ObamaDebateTips

    10/16/2012 3:46:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/16/12 | Nachum
    Some of the comments to help the President in tonight's debate: #ObamaDebateTips Have Hillary speak prior to debate saying that if tonight is a flop, it's her fault! Expand Think about this..Obama has been practicing with John Kerry on how to interact with normal people. #ObamaDebateTips #ObamaDebateTips Just do everything you did last time and you will do fine. This time, Mr. President, #SayNope2Dope before the debate begins!! #ObamaDebateTips #ObamaDebateTips avoid Benghazi, just like you did when they asked for more security. Borrow Hillary's balls. #ObamaDebateTips #ObamaDebateTips If it gets really bad just stick an empty chair in your spot....
  • Time To Kick The Habit

    09/07/2012 1:20:27 PM PDT · by Randy Larsen · 141 replies
    N/A | 7 September 2012 | Randy Larsen
    I've smoked since I was 15 years old. I turned 55 last March and now it's time to quit!
  • With the Return of the Occupy Movement, Crime.org has Tips for Planning a Successful Summer Protest

    06/01/2012 2:32:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/31/12 | Dewey Beach
    With the Return of the Occupy Movement, Crime.org has Tips for Planning a Successful Summer ProtestDewey Beach, DE (PRWEB) May 31, 2012 Warm weather is here and the Occupy Wall Street movement is back in force. But whether organizing an Occupy demonstration or protesting for another cause, the process can feel daunting. Crime.org founder Mike Mann said spearheading a protest is easier than it sounds. He had these tips: **SNIP** “Crime.org has used postcards, press releases and social media to promote protests,” he said. “Do whatever you can to get the word out about the protest so people show up...
  • Tips on Practicing (Not So) Random Acts of Kindness

    05/15/2012 6:46:30 AM PDT · by hawkins · 11 replies
    Church of Christ Articles ^ | 5/15/2012 | April Main
    Is there anyone who hasn’t heard the phrase “Random Acts of Kindness”? The phenomenon became popular in American culture in the 90’s and has since spread globally, inspiring movements, school projects, even a movie. Buying the coffee for the car behind you at the Starbuck’s drive-through, giving someone your parking space at the mall, or leaving an encouraging note at a restaurant are small gestures that can mean a lot to the recipient and foster a sense of community among our fellow passengers to the grave.But the concept of doing kind works is not new. It’s as old as, well,...
  • Banker’s Insulting Waitress Tip Incites Class Warfare Between the 1% and the 99%

    02/27/2012 12:04:08 PM PST · by Repeat Offender · 142 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Melissa Knowles
    Just when you may have thought the ongoing battle between the 99% and the 1% was dying down, it may have been reignited. A wealthy banker left a $1.33 tip on a $133 lunch at the True Food Kitchen restaurant in Newport Beach, California.
  • San Francisco Restaurants Propose Standard 25 Per Cent Tip

    10/16/2011 9:20:33 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 90 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 16, 2011 | Nick Allen
    San Francisco Restaurants Propose Standard 25 Per Cent Tip Restaurants in San Francisco have angered customers by proposing to make a 25 per cent tip standard with meals. According to a recent survey San Francisco diners are the worst tippers in America Photo: ALAMY By Nick Allen Most diners in the United States currently give a voluntary tip of between 15 and 20 per cent depending on the service and the quality of the food. But the new measure, which is reportedly supported by high class eateries, would be mandatory. According to a recent survey San Francisco diners are the...
  • Freep a Poll! (make 25% tip mandatory in SF restaurants? Added to bill automatically)

    10/14/2011 12:52:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    CBSlocal.com ^ | 10-14-11 | CBSlocal.com
    Are You For or Against a Tip Increase At San Francisco Restaurants? Yes, They deserve more money! No, Keep the standard the same! I don't tip at all...
  • San Francisco Waiters Push for 25% Tips

    10/14/2011 11:26:18 AM PDT · by toma29 · 72 replies
    Newser ^ | 10/14/2011 | Kevin Spak
    Are you tipping enough when you go out to eat? The San Francisco restaurant industry apparently doesn’t think so. A column from Ed Arnow of the Contra Costa Times reports that “there’s a move on” among local restaurant workers to “make 25% the standard tip in San Francisco.” Arnow says that several “high-class restaurants” have signed on to the idea, though he doesn’t list which ones—or, for that matter, how the restaurants would impose this new standard.
  • America, the Needy-ful

    08/18/2011 7:53:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2011 | Kathy Fettke
    “How can the government help me?” This seems to be a growing sentiment among the American middle class. “The land of opportunity” is quickly becoming the “nation of the needy.” Here’s a question I received from a reader just last week: “I am not happy with how things are going since the Bush Administration allowed tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. These cuts were supposed to end for those who just keep earning more off the middle class. My question is: I am told that investors can invest as little as $1000.00 in real estate, and make a living...
  • Strauss-Kahn 'rape victim' accused of being a prostitute...

    07/02/2011 10:16:31 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:38 PM on 2nd July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The hotel maid who claims former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn raped her has been accused of working as a prostitute. Allegations have emerged that the 32-year-old cleaner was was taking extra money from male guests at the hotel for sex. 'There is information... of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it's not for bringing extra f**king towels,' a source close to the defence investigation told the New York Post. The woman also had 'a lot of her expenses – hair braiding, salon expenses – paid for by men not related to her,' the source added....
  • Dunkin' franchisee sued over no-tips rule

    05/18/2011 4:37:38 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 52 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 18, 2011 | Globe Staff
    An employee has filed a lawsuit against a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee that alleges that the franchisee's no tipping policy violates the Massachusetts Tips Law. The complaint was filed today in Suffolk Superior Court by Ron Meshna, who works at a Dunkin' Donuts in North Reading owned by the Scrivanos Group, a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee, said Shannon Liss-Riordan, Meshna's attorney; the suit is seeking class action status. According to Liss-Riordan, the suit filed against Scrivanos Group raises a new issue --- that the Tips Law prohibits an employer from refusing to allow employees to receive tips.
  • TIPS Are Not An Investment

    05/09/2011 12:09:49 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 9 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 5/9/2011 | Shout Bits
    Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s Brett Arends published an article questioning why TIPS had a negative real yield. TIPS, US Government bonds that adjust their yield with changes in inflation, are currently so popular that Mr. Arends notes that some of them have a negative real yield(real yields are total yields less factors like inflation). Arends wonders why anyone would want a guaranteed loss of the real value of his investment. The answer is obvious to anyone besides Fed Chairman Ben Bernake –people are willing to pay to protect themselves from the coming storm of inflation. This concern for...
  • Web site exposes bad tippers in Brooklyn

    05/08/2011 10:38:25 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 8, 2011 | ANNIE KARNI
    Brooklyn food deliveryman Larry Fox, 20, received a $3 gratuity last month after delivering an $89 lunch order to the wardrobe department of the CBS show "The Good Wife." It was the tip that broke the cyclist's back. The grub-runner, who has worked for Mexican restaurants and upscale delis in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, launched a Web site called "15 Percent" (15percent.tumblr.com), where he posted receipts, names and addresses in an attempt to "out" the neighborhood's worst tippers. "It started as a public shaming, to call people out who were bad tippers," said Fox, who is paid $50 for an eight-hour...
  • Starbucks Tip Jars Lawsuit: Family sues coffee giant after tip jar scuffle leads to death

    03/14/2011 12:01:04 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 45 replies
    A Missouri family is suing Starbucks after a patron was killed while trying to prevent a tip jar robbery. Roger Kreutz was ordering coffee from a Crestwood Starbucks on March 3, 2008, when suddenly a 19-year-old thief snatched the barista tip jar from the counter, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Kreutz chased the man, later identified as Aaron Poisson, out of the coffee shop and the two had a physical altercation near the thief's car. Kreutz was thrown to the ground after Poisson, in his rush to escape, hit him with his car, the Dispatch reported. Kreutz later...
  • A Nice, Wholesome Hooters Girl for the Kids

    02/16/2011 5:35:59 PM PST · by Candor7 · 76 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Jan 12,, 2011 | Al Lewis
    <p>Becoming a Hooters Girl isn't something everyone in the family will understand.</p> <p>Chante Rivera did it a year and a half ago.</p> <p>"My mom was so excited," said Rivera. "She's like, 'You're going to have so much fun there. You are so pretty. I am so proud of you.' My dad, he said, 'I'm going to pray for you.'"</p>
  • TIPS Signal That Fed Is Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place

    10/26/2010 2:20:35 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 10-26-2010 | By Maulik Mody
    TIPS Signal That Fed Is Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place by: Bondsquawk October 26, 2010 By Maulik Mody During mid-August earlier this year, yield on 5-Yr TIPS fell to negative 8 basis points as investors bid up prices of the inflation protected security on concerns of inflation. A month after that, in mid-September, yields on the 5-Yr TIPS fell sub zero and has been trading in the negative zone ever since. For the first time yesterday, as investors anticipated positive inflation in the coming years on speculation that the Fed will launch another asset purchase program which...
  • Here's What It Means That The Interest Rate Was Negative On The TIPS Auction Today

    10/25/2010 1:38:20 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 10-25-2010 | Gregory White
    Here's What It Means That The Interest Rate Was Negative On The TIPS Auction Today Gregory White Oct. 25, 2010, 2:53 PM Image: AP Today's TIPS auction came in negative for the first time ever, with 5-year TIPS yielding negative 0.55%. TIPS are Treasury Inflation Protected Securities. The idea is you buy this version of a Treasury and it is hedged against inflation, with the CPI as the judge. It would seem that a negative TIPS number means deflation in the short term. But that's not quite true. What it means is that investors are betting the principal paid out...
  • Any tips on how to get a job (i.e. local mart, drug store, etc.)?

    03/22/2010 11:02:00 PM PDT · by GodSaveAmerica+Israel · 82 replies · 1,588+ views
    Hey my fellow FRiends :D This is a huge and wonderful forum with so many like minded people sticking together and helping each other out as well :) I am in my early 20s, still in college. I still live with my family and I want to get a job badly (like so many many other people)! I hate having to live off my parents, i feel really guilty, plus I want my own income and responsibility. Any tips you can give me to really get the job and/or make myself stand out? I know tons of you have experience!...
  • Woman Called Poor Tipper Procures Lawyer (North Carolina)

    02/26/2010 7:48:42 AM PST · by dennisw · 121 replies · 3,037+ views
    wxii12.--WINSTON-SALEM ^ | T February 24, 2010
    WINSTON-SALEM -- A woman who a local restaurant manager refused to serve claiming she is a habitually poor tipper told WXII Wednesday she is in the process of consulting an attorney. Monica Covington was recently banned from the Kanpai Japanese Steak and Seafood House on Stratford Road after manager Michael Lam said servers and chefs refused to serve her because of her less-than-expected tipping history at the establishment. Covington, who started a boycott petition against the restaurant, said the restaurant slandered her in the WXII report, which has set off a firestorm of opinions surrounding the issue of tipping. "At...
  • Frugal living isn't being cheap

    02/11/2010 10:06:15 AM PST · by hennie pennie · 132 replies · 1,685+ views
    Mpls Star Tribune Mobile ^ | February 7, 2010 | KARA McGUIRE
    Frugality. That's been the buzzword of the Great Recession.   Sliding home values, stumbling stock portfolios and a shaky job market brought with them a consciousness about spending that many of us misplaced during years of consumer overindulgence. Americans responded to the crisis by buying less, clipping coupons more and increasing savings to 4.8 percent of disposable income in December, up from near zero before the recession.   In the past year, blogs about frugality went viral. Everyone from Oprah to President Obama joined the frugality parade.   Now a new term is marching through the blogosphere: Frugality fatigue. But...
  • New political order tips against Obama to-do list

    01/20/2010 6:57:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 392+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/10 | Calvin Woodward - ap
    WASHINGTON – Among the winners in the new political order: independent-minded voters and the upstart newcomers they favor, whether they drive pickup trucks or not. Also on the rise: the few Republican moderates left in Congress, the tea party movement and, paradoxically, both legislative stalling and dealmaking. And it so happens that if you're inheriting a ton of money, you might just be a winner, too, tax-wise. Losers? Just have a glance at President Barack Obama's swollen to-do list. Instead of checking off his planned health care overhaul, climate legislation, energy priorities, judicial appointments and more, he might have to...
  • Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair.

    01/14/2010 1:10:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 52 replies · 2,618+ views
    happiness-project.com ^ | January 6, 2010 | Gretchen Rubin
    Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair. Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Seven – maybe – tips for avoiding an office affair. A friend told me that when she started her job at a big company a few years ago, a family friend, who also worked there, pulled her aside to give her some advice. Many people in their workplace had affairs, he said, and he’d seen lots of marriages break up. He’d kept his own marriage strong by following five rules about the workplace, and he urged her to keep the same rules: 1....
  • Maybe This Wasn't Such A Great Cover Idea (Obama/T Woods Golf Digest Cover)

    12/02/2009 12:00:59 PM PST · by truthandlife · 80 replies · 4,367+ views
    Radar Online ^ | 12-02-09
    We’re sure the folks at Golf Digest thought they had a great cover when they put together the January, 2010 issue. After all getting the President and Tiger on the same cover of a golfing magazine is like a hole in one. But that was before the Tiger cheating scandals exploded nationally. Now the headline “10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger” is probably making editors at the mag cringe.
  • Citizen's tip leads to hidden weapons

    11/02/2009 3:22:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 527+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, USA
    Spc. Eric Marquez, an infantryman from El Paso, Texas, digs for hidden weapons as an Iraqi Army Soldier looks on during a combined weapons sweep in northwestern Baghdad, Nov. 1. Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. BAGHDAD — A concerned local citizen recently contacted U.S. Soldiers about a site insurgents used to store weapons here, just northwest of Abu Ghraib. With the help of local Iraqi Army Soldiers, the Fort Lewis-based troops assigned to Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, quickly sprang into action and dug up...
  • Vanity post about New York City

    09/22/2009 6:58:44 PM PDT · by mimi from mi · 40 replies · 1,021+ views
    I guess you might consider this a "vanity" post, but didn't know where to post it. Myself and five other gals are going to New York City for five days in Nov. for sight-seeing, shopping, Broadway shows, etc. Has anyone here ever bought/used the New York Pass and/or hop-on hop-off bus pass? None of us have been to New York City before (at least not in the last 30 years) and wonder if this is something we should purchase ahead of time, or is it a big rip-off? Thanks for any help you can offer.
  • Calif. court will not review Starbucks tips case

    09/10/2009 7:43:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 582+ views
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The California Supreme Court will not review a appeals court ruling that wiped out an $86 million judgment against coffee giant Starbucks over tip sharing at its stores in the state. . . . In 2008, a San Diego County Superior Court judge ordered Starbucks Corp. to pay millions in restitution to baristas who had to share their tips with supervisors. In June, the 4th District Court of Appeal reversed that ruling,
  • Real Moms Make Real Food

    08/04/2009 5:55:02 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 24 replies · 765+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 08/04/2009 | Stacey Winder
    I had a girlfriend who once said, "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'." We're talking about food, of course. Time is a commodity. Let's face it, we're all maxed out. Whether you're a working mother (who isn't), a single mother, a stay-at-home mom, or an empty-nester, we are all busy! Our busy schedules don't have to mean take-out or drive-thrus every night, though. Here are some tricks I've found that save time (and money!): 1. Since I don't grow my own vegetables, I have found that frozen or canned work just fine. 2. I don't make my own dough...
  • Tips for getting involved in national service

    04/21/2009 6:39:38 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 10 replies · 463+ views
    yahoo news ^ | Tue Apr 21, 3:04 am ET | associated press
    Several ways to get involved in national service:
  • Rick's Cabaret exotic dancer (aka stripper) didn't report $80,000 in tips, charges say

    01/09/2009 9:58:48 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 70 replies · 3,729+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 1/09/09 | Lora Pabst - Staff Reporter
    A former exotic dancer who allegedly made about $80,000 in tips during one year is now facing multiple felony charges for failing to report the money as income. Stephanie Antes, 28, of Albertville, is charged with five felony counts and one gross misdemeanor count of failing to file and pay income taxes and filing a false income tax return, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Antes worked as an exotic dancer and waitress at Rick's Cabaret in Minneapolis between 2004 and 2006. A tipster called the Department of Revenue to report that Antes had made around $80,000 per year...
  • Workers Reach a Tipping Point

    01/07/2009 9:58:14 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 48 replies · 2,135+ views
    Portland Tribune ^ | 12/31/2008 | Peter Korn
    Servers suffer as gratuities, and their incomes, plummet with the economyNobody is sitting at the rack at Mary’s Club on a Friday afternoon. The rack is the counter that lines the stage at Mary’s, an institution among Portland strip clubs, at 129 S.W. Broadway Ave. Customers who sit at the rack, up close to the dancers, are expected to tip dollar bills or more throughout the performances. In fact, there’s a sign in Mary’s Club that reads, “If you’re watching and not tipping, you’re stealing.” But it’s easier to watch and not tip from seats further back or at the...
  • Tips slow to trickle for (NY)city's doormen (Liberals discover trickle-down economics)

    12/25/2008 5:42:17 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies · 1,138+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/25/08 | EDGAR SANDOVAL
    When the rich get a sniffle, their doormen get pneumonia. Doormen say their tips are down drastically this holiday season as well-heeled residents deal with the stock market crash and waves of layoffs on Wall Street. "A lot of people who live here work in the banking industry and on Wall Street," said Luis Delgado, a doorman at a building in West End Ave. and W. 81st St. "They have been hit. Many faced layoffs." Delgado keeps careful track of who tips him and how much - for his finances, of course. Only 30 of the 90 names on his...
  • Tips story: Fact or Fiction

    11/01/2008 7:56:04 AM PDT · by conservativesister · 12 replies · 518+ views
    11/1/08 | Conservativesister
    I heard this story and can't find it anywhere please fill in my blanks. " Sitting in a restaurant, the server, a young man wearing an Obama tie, the person dining told the young man - your tip because you are wearing an Obama tie and he believes in spreading the wealth - I'm going to take down and give it to the homeless man on the corner. Since you are voting for Obama you need to know that the money you earn is not yours and it needs to be spread to those that need it more." Was this...
  • New York's top restaurants plagued by tip trouble

    09/19/2008 9:02:24 AM PDT · by restornu · 12 replies · 246+ views
    Times of Malta ^ | Thu Sep 18, | By Christine Kearney
    New York's top restaurants plagued by tip trouble Seasoned travelers know that waiters in the United States expect tips of 15 to 20 percent -- $60 on a $300 dinner for two at one of New York's top restaurants. What is less well known is that the money doesn't all go to the waiters and more lowly staff. In lawsuits filed in the last three years, staff have accused dozens of New York restaurants, including many well-known ones, of stealing tips and cheating them out of wages. Among those named in the suits are celebrity haunt Pastis; three New York...
  • Coalition Forces in Iraq Seize Bomb-Making Components

    09/07/2008 2:21:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 170+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2008 – Iraqi citizens of Babil province yesterday led U.S. soldiers to the seizure of a huge amount of components suitable for the construction of deadly explosively formed penetrator-type bombs, military officials reported. Acting on a tip from local Iraqi citizens, the U.S. soldiers discovered more than 2,500 bomb-making components at three separate locations in an area southeast of Samrah Village in Babil province. Officials believe this discovery will significantly disrupt explosively formed projectiles attacks within central Iraq. U.S. soldiers found the cache after a group of local Iraqi citizens informed them of a suspected cache location...
  • Sneaky restaurant tricks: Ten to watch out for

    05/15/2008 6:27:23 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 63 replies · 197+ views
    Walletpop ^ | May 15, 2008 | Carol Vinzant
    Restaurants are feeling the pinch in two directions. With money tight, consumers are cutting back on how often they dine out. Meantime, food costs more. Way more. Egg prices have doubled in the last six months. Dairy, chicken, beer and bread crumb prices are all climbing higher. Even when the core commodity escapes the trend, packaged ingredients and other restaurant supplies are more expensive as the costs of transportation climb due to higher fuel prices. When people do go out, they are ordering less. "Appetizer sales are down. Dessert sales can almost disappear," says Dan Simons, principal at Vucurevich Simons...
  • College Knowledge Check List

    03/23/2008 5:31:50 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 34 replies · 1,062+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 23, 2008 | Deborah Lambert
    College Knowledge Check List by: Deborah Lambert, March 21, 2008 Longtime radio talk show host Dennis Prager has some advice for aspiring college students and/or their parents. Before plunking down wads of cash for that life-changing campus experience, you might want to ask a few questions about prospective schools that include the following: 1. “Can one obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree at your college without having to read a single Shakespeare play, one Federalist paper or one book of the Bible?” 2. "Does the college allow military recruiters on its campus?" 3. "What is the ratio of Democrats to...
  • Tips ruling is made to order for baristas (coffee Servers in California)

    03/21/2008 6:49:28 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 33 replies · 942+ views
    LA Times ^ | 21 March 2008 | By Roger Vincent and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
    In a San Diego County class-action lawsuit, a judge ordered the coffee giant to pay back tips, with interest, that the company had handed over to shift supervisors. Some baristas (coffee servers) could receive more than $10,000, according to their attorney. The ruling was met with cheers by California baristas. "I'm stoked," said Leekeisha Smith, who makes coffee drinks in the Starbucks at Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. "Wow. I'm just shocked that we'll get that [money] back." Smith, 23, said she found out about the lawsuit from a letter sent to employees. Starbucks Corp. said...
  • Iraqi Citizens, Soldiers Work Together to Eliminate Insurgent Safehouse

    12/09/2007 9:09:17 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 179+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky
    A Concerned Local Citizen pulls back part of an armchair revealing unknown bulk explosive inside the cushion, Dec. 4, in an insurgent safehouse in Arab Jabour. The building was destroyed by a joint direct attack ammunition bomb once it was found to be booby-trapped. Photo by Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — An insurgent safehouse in Arab Jabour was rendered useless, Dec. 4, by two joint direct attack ammunition bombs. Although dropped by an Air Force F-16 Falcon jet, the operation was a combined effort conducted on the ground...
  • Iraqi Citizens Step Up to Confront al Qaeda, General Says

    11/07/2007 3:46:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 77+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2007 – Decreased violence in Iraq is the result of ongoing U.S. surge operations and Iraqi citizens’ increasing willingness to confront al Qaeda insurgents, a senior U.S. military officer said here today. Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham, the Joint Staff’s director for operations, provides an operational update during a news conference at the Pentagon, Nov. 7, 2007. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “No matter how you categorize it, you cannot deny that multinational force operations against al Qaeda in Iraq have had significant effect,”...
  • Iraqi citizen leads Coalition Forces to EFP factory (HUSSEINIYAH)

    11/02/2007 1:58:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies · 68+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | November 2, 2007 | Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    HUSSEINIYAH, Iraq – A citizen of Husseiniyah led Coalition Forces to a building where explosively formed penetrators and improvised explosive devices were being constructed Oct. 31.Soldiers of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Fort Lewis, Wash., discovered a large cache of explosives at the home, including about 10 fully assembled EFPs of various sizes including one 12-inch EFP – the largest found in Iraq – approximately 90 copper plates of various sizes, more than 200 pounds of C-4 explosive, other explosive materials including TNT and numerous other materials used in...
  • Tip from Concerned Iraqi Citizen leads to large EFP, explosives cache

    10/24/2007 12:43:42 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 209+ views
    Multi-National Corps &#8211; Iraq ^ | October 24, 2007 | Multi-National Corps &#8211; Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    KHAN BANI SA’AD, Iraq – A concerned citizen led Coalition Forces to a largeweapons cache yesterday in a home in Sa’ada Village, Iraq.This cache is one of the largest discoveries of explosively formed penetratorsfound in at one location in Iraq. The find included more than 120 fully-assembled EFPs,more than 150 copper disks of four different sizes used in making EFPs (including 12-inch disks – one of the largest ever discovered in Iraq), 600-plus pounds of C4 andother explosive materials, 100 mortar rounds of various caliber, approximately 30107mm rockets, two mortar tubes and 20 claymore-type mines.“A find like this helps keep...