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Starbucks has issued a nationwide ban on calling their 16oz size cups 'grandes,’ and now will refer to the medium size coffee only as ‘freediums.’ This comes days after the pop star Ariana Grande was caught licking donuts at a California shop, kissing her backup dancer boyfriend and saying, “I hate America, I hate America.”

Despite the fact that 'grande' actually means 'large' in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and French, at Starbucks a 16oz size grande drink is perceived as a medium.... Read More →

 

valentines-day-lawsuitA woman from Des Moines, Iowa is suing greeting card company Hallmark for creating Valentine's Day, the pressure from which she claims led to her divorce last year.

Alexandra Richmond, 36, is suing for $126 million in mental and physical damages stemming from her separation from her longtime husband. ... Read More →

 

uber_pricing_new_years_satireThe car transportation service Uber is requiring its riders to pay a minimum of $175 per ride on New Year's Eve.

Chief Operating Officer Travis Kalanick told Business Insider, “It’s just supply and demand.”

Uber uses a cell phone application to determine your location and have their drivers pick you up. The passenger then automatically pays through the Uber app, which needs a credit or debit card attached. It’s a seamless and efficient transaction which has led to the company being valued at over $40 billion.... Read More →

 

vitarettesTobacco company Marlboro has introduced vitamin-infused cigarettes called Vitarettes.

The company says it’s targeting the health-conscious smoker as the safer, more nutritious way to smoke.... Read More →

 

477759639In wake of another tragedy involving a Malaysia Airlines flight, the company has decided to incorporate an interfaith prayer segment into its pre-flight safety instruction video.

In an interview with the Eastern Times, the company said the 90-second video will ask passengers to pray to whatever god they believe in and ask that the aircraft arrive safely at its destination.... Read More →

 

458682625Managers at a Hobby Lobby store in Arkansas stoned to death an employee today for being gay.

According to a report in the Ozark Post-Gazette, the store’s management decided to execute Jeremy Gleason, 43, in an alley behind the store in accordance with the Biblical verse Leviticus 20:13, which commands believers to kill homosexual men.... Read More →

 

HobbyLobbyStowOhioHobby Lobby fired an employee yesterday for divorcing her husband without company approval.

33-year old Jennifer Silverton of Scottsdale, Ariz., spent seven years as a cashier at the arts and crafts retail giant and was promoted to assistant manager just two weeks ago.... Read More →

 

DimonMexicoAs the rhetoric in Washington, D.C. moves toward addressing income inequality, super wealthy Americans are expressing interest in moving out -- and going south of the border.

Mexican immigration officials reported that their website saw a massive surge in visitor traffic in the weeks following President Obama's executive order to raise the minimum wage. Data provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) showed that most online visitors originated from the United States' wealthiest Zip codes.... Read More →

 

walmart_5Walmart announced plans today to create its own payday loan business to support its financially strapped employees.

In a press release posted on its website, the nation's largest retailer said that it decided to launch the service after hearing complaints that workers often have trouble paying their monthly bills.... Read More →

 

blockbuster_1250The Treasury Department this morning quietly announced a massive bailout of Blockbuster Video.

According to a department spokesperson, the government will be injecting $2 billion into the ailing company in hopes of preventing its closure and saving thousands of jobs.... Read More →

 

dick-fuld-0062-e1379481350448The former CEO of investment bank Lehman Brothers was arrested this morning for purchasing medical marijuana in Boulder, Colorado.

In a statement to local media, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said it apprehended Wall Street kingpin Dick Fuld while raiding the Flatiron Herbal Wellness Center, a popular dispensary in this picturesque college town outside Denver.... Read More →

 

Goldman_Sachs-baby-foodFederal authorities announced today they are investigating Goldman Sachs for attempting to corner the baby food market.

According to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Goldman has been using shell companies to buy bulk shipments of baby food and keep it in warehouses until scarcity forces prices to rise. The Wall Street investment bank then sells back the baby food to retailers at a substantial profit.... Read More →