Newsstand Barred From Selling Coffee After Starbucks Moves Into Building

Newsstand Barred From Selling Coffee After Starbucks Moves Into Building

If you’re a Starbucks fan, you’d probably be pleased when one of the coffee chain’s stores opens up in your office building. But does the existence of that new java joint mean that no one else in the building should be able to sell hot, caffeinated beverages? [More]

A Man Walks Into McDonald’s With Knife In His Back; There’s No Punchline

A Man Walks Into McDonald’s With Knife In His Back; There’s No Punchline

Imagine you’re just minding your own business, waiting in line for some fast food breakfast at your local McDonald’s when a man walks in. Something seems a bit off about him. Is it the way he walks? Perhaps it’s something about the conversation he’s having on his phone. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the huge, bloody kitchen knife sticking out of his back. [More]

Starbucks Can’t Fire Pro-Union Worker For Cursing At Manager

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When is it okay to for a Starbucks employee to use profanity within earshot of customers? You might say never, but a National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the coffee colossus was in the wrong for firing a worker for dropping some R-rated words when involved in pro-union protest. [More]

Comcast One Step Closer To Slapping Its Logo On Top Of 30 Rock

Our resident artist's rendition of what Comcast will do to the Prometheus Fountain at Rock Center (photo: Michael Colwell)

Comcast may have its global HQ inside the world’s tallest thumb drive here in Philadelphia — and it’s even building a huge middle finger right next door to reaffirm that Philly is Kabletown USA — but the real real-estate cherry in its portfolio has yet to be adorned with the Comcast logo: 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. [More]

Is It Wrong For A Restaurant To Tell Diners To Remove Google Glass?

Is It Wrong For A Restaurant To Tell Diners To Remove Google Glass?

The culture war (more of a slap-fight) over where and when it’s okay to sport Google Glass continues. A Manhattan restaurant is the latest to get caught up in the fracas after it asked a customer to remove her Glass device while dining, resulting in a burst of negative reviews from those who think the eatery crossed a line… and a backlash from those who aren’t impressed with the headgear and don’t see why anyone would wear one to dinner. [More]

Man Steals Bread Truck, Keeps Making Deliveries (Sort Of)

Man Steals Bread Truck, Keeps Making Deliveries (Sort Of)

My mom always said to me, “If you’re going to steal an in-use bread delivery truck, it’s only common courtesy to keep making the deliveries.” Of course, it doesn’t help if those deliveries are just to random businesses that didn’t order any of the bread. [More]

Airbnb Agrees To Hand Over Some User Info To NY Attorney General

Airbnb Agrees To Hand Over Some User Info To NY Attorney General

There’s been yet another development in the ongoing battle between Airbnb and the state of New York, with the online home rental service agreeing to turn over some data about its customers to the state’s Attorney General, but not to the extent that a subpoena from the AG’s office had originally sought. [More]

Dirty Hot Dog Vendors Avoid Cleaning Up By Changing Their Names

Dirty Hot Dog Vendors Avoid Cleaning Up By Changing Their Names

Look, we all know that there is a certain level of self-delusion involved every time we buy a hot dog from a street vendor, but we’d like to believe that any street-meat seller whose lack of cleanliness merits multiple Dept. of Health violations would be put out of business. Which is sort of true, in that the sketchy hot dog dealer merely can merely resurrect his business under a new name with a new license. [More]

Sprint Store Manager Accused Of Mailing $327,000 In Refund Checks To Himself

Sprint Store Manager Accused Of Mailing $327,000 In Refund Checks To Himself

A former manager of a Sprint store in Queens, NY, has been arrested for allegedly helping himself to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rebate checks that should have gone to customers. [More]

Are You OK With A Restaurant Googling You If It Improves Customer Service?

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If you apply for a job, you can rest assured that someone will Google your name or look you up on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and elsewhere before hiring you. If you meet someone via an online dating service, he or she has probably (and wisely) made repeated efforts to look you up on publicly available social media sources in order to make sure you’re not a suspected serial killer. But when you make a reservation at a restaurant, you probably don’t expect anyone there to do any research about you. [More]

The Pros & Cons Of These Helpful-But-Illegal Subway Signs

The Pros & Cons Of These Helpful-But-Illegal Subway Signs

If you’ve ever been a regular user of mass transit, you quickly come to learn exactly where to stand when waiting for a train, subway, trolley, tram, monorail, etc., so that you can get off in just the right spot to swiftly exit the station, or make your transfer. Nowhere is this more true in the U.S. than New York City, where some commuters guard the secrets of the subway like treasured family heirlooms. That’s why a new effort to share this sort of information with everyone is both helpful and problematic. [More]

Armed Mugger Disappointed By Victim’s Old Phone, Returns It

Armed Mugger Disappointed By Victim’s Old Phone, Returns It

Dear criminals of the world: Stealers can’t be choosers. If you’re going to go around indiscriminately robbing people of their phones in public, you can’t always expect to walk away with a spanking new Galaxy S4 or an iPhone 5S. No, sometimes you’re going to get a 3-year-old LG Windows phone that is so much of a letdown you’ll feel compelled to return it to your victim. [More]

Sick Of Husband’s Gambling, Wife Alerts Authorities To $600K Super Bowl Pools At Local Bar

Sick Of Husband’s Gambling, Wife Alerts Authorities To $600K Super Bowl Pools At Local Bar

All around the country, local bars operate betting pools where patrons pay a set fee to buy a shot at taking home everyone else’s cash. At lots of bars, the price for a box is reasonable, but some pools charge thousands of dollars to check off a single box. These pools often go ignored by police and other authorities, but after the wife of a Staten Island gambler complained to the state about the large sums being wagered at a local bar, that establishment is no longer accepting bets. [More]

Domino’s Hires Back 25 Workers Fired During Wage Dispute

Domino’s Hires Back 25 Workers Fired During Wage Dispute

Last week, a Domino’s Pizza franchisee in New York City terminated the employment of 25 workers who had filed complaints about being underpaid. That’s kind of against the law in New York, and so after receiving a little talking-to from the state Attorney General, the franchisee has agreed to re-hire the previously dismissed employees. [More]

Amtrak Train Headed For NYC Ends Up In Philly Suburbs Because Aren’t Surprises Fun?

Amtrak Train Headed For NYC Ends Up In Philly Suburbs Because Aren’t Surprises Fun?

Passengers aboard an Amtrak train that departed Harrisburg, Pa. were probably looking forward to taking in the sights of New York City, considering that’s where everyone on the locomotive thought they were going (do they still call them locomotives or did my grandfather just take over my brain?). But never mind the Empire State Building, aren’t the Philadelphia suburbs charming? [More]

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NYC May Eventually Require Residents To Compost Food Scraps In Citywide Program

Are you gonna eat that? No? Mind if it just stick in this here bucket, let it sit for a bit and then dump it on my garden? That’s what we call composting (in a nut shell) and it’s been on the mind of New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg lately. His administration tested out a pilot program recently and is now looking at requiring all city dwellers to take part eventually. [More]

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Appeals Court Hears Arguments On NYC’s Fizzling Big-Soda Ban

It’s been three months since a judge tossed out New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, calling the regulation “arbitrary and capricious.” Today, a state appeals court panel heard arguments for and against the ban, but it doesn’t look good for Mayor Mike. [More]

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NYC Judge Gives Green Light To Taxi Riders Using Apps To Hail Cabs

Times used to be, the person who could stick a couple fingers in her mouth and whistle down a yellow cab on the streets of New York City was envied by the silent, cabless masses. But now that a judge has smacked down a lawsuit against a new “e-hail” program in the city, anyone with a smartphone will be able to hail a cab with nary a sound. [More]