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Customer returns to Starbucks with apology note, $50 after rude treatment of barista
Courtesy of Andrew Richardson (NEW YORK) -- One California Starbucks barista got a surprise on March 21 when a customer returned to apologize for her behavior from the day before.Andrew Richardson, 20, was floored when he received a handwritten card and $50 bill from his customer named Debbie, whom he admits he didn’t even think was that rude.“On the 20th, this woman, Debbie, came through the drive through while I was working. She was extremely pleasant, and we had some friendly conversation while her drinks were being made,” Richardson, of Bishop, California, told ABC News. “She had multiple drinks, and...
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Jobless claims jump to 258K
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims spiked higher last week, increasing by 15,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending March 18, the number of people filing for benefits jumped from a revised level of 243,000 the previous week to 258,000.Now at 240,000, four-week moving average also increased by 1,000 from last week’s revised average of 239,000.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Tax Tip: What happens when you can't pay the IRS?
iStock/Thinkstock You've gone through your receipts, crunched the numbers, checked them twice and now you're ready to file your taxes. But there's one problem: You can't pay everything you owe Uncle Sam. Certified public accountant Richard Lavina says don't panic. "If you can't just shell out one check, you know, a huge check for hundreds of thousands of dollars, what you can do is set up a payment plan," he says. "There are plenty of CPAs that can do that. It's a nice option, as opposed to saying, 'Uh, ok, here's $10,000 right here.'" Just make sure you keep the...
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Virgin America will disappear into Alaska Airlines in 2019
Virgin America (SEATTLE) -- The Virgin America name is embarking on its final voyage.The parent company of Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday that it would be phasing out Virgin’s name following the merger of the two companies last December.“After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska's name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019,” a statement said. However, the combined airline will adopt many of the brand elements that Virgin America enthusiasts love about their favorite airline, including enhanced in-flight entertainment, mood lighting, music and the relentless desire to make flying a different experience for guests....
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Starbucks to open 12,000 new locations by 2021
Starbucks (NEW YORK) -- If you already feel like there's a Starbucks on every street corner, get ready to see a whole lot more of the coffee chain's stores.The company announced on Wednesday plans to open 12,000 new stores globally by 2021, 3,400 of which will be in the U.S.The new locations will amount to more than 240,000 jobs around the world, including 68,000 positions in the U.S. alone. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Cheerios' free flower seeds become thorny issue
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- General Mills' heart was definitely in the right place when it took its Honey Nut Cheerios spokes-insect “BuzzBee” off its boxes, to raise awareness of declining bee populations. However, botanists are decrying a "bring the bees back" campaign that had consumers sending away for free packs of wildflowers to plant because some of the seeds will grow into invasive plants that aren't bee-friendly. The company reportedly gave away some 1.5 billion seeds as part of the campaign, which actually began in Canada."At worst these things can potentially introduce weedy plants where they might not currently exist,"...
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Italian grandmothers taste test pasta at three price points
Grace Wong/ABC (NEW YORK) -- Ease and affordability make pasta a perennial favorite, but today artisans have turned this humble pantry staple into nouvelle cuisine.By using ingredients like spring water, quality semolina flour and pushing the dough through a bronze extruder, a pound of gourmet spaghetti could cost 10 times more than the average price of supermarket spaghetti. But does pricier mean tastier? ABC News' Good Morning America asked Luca Donofrio, head pasta maker at Eataly in New York City, to create a blind taste test comparing dried spaghetti at three different price points: $1, $2.50 and $10 a pound.Donofrio...
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Tax Tip: How moonlighting can affect your taxes
iStock/Thinkstock A lot of people are doing the side hustle these days, working a second job -- or more -- in addition to their full-time career. But when it comes time to file your taxes, that extra money may cost you. "We saw a lot of independent contractors -- they either drove for Uber or they listed a property on Airbnb, and they're getting for the first time income into their household outside of their W-2," says certified public accountant Richard Lavina. "Little did they know at the time that they've got to pay a tax bill because there are...
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This Texas company lets you spend spring break driving real tanks, firing rounds and blowing stuff up
iStock/Thinkstock (UVALDE, Texas) -- Deep in the heart of South Texas, visitors are getting the chance to fire a real-life war machine.DriveTanks.com has set up shop at an 18,000-acre ranch in Uvalde, Texas, about two hours west of San Antonio, where people can take control of real tanks on battlefield courses set up with special effects to recreate scenes that seem right out of “Saving Private Ryan.”Watch the full story on ABC News "Nightline" tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET.The company is the brainchild of Todd DeGidio, a former Houston police officer and Green Beret.His collection has tanks from various countries,...
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Uber ensures drivers their happiness is one of the company's priorities
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Uber has pledged to improve service to its drivers on Tuesday amid increased negative publicity about driver experience, according to BBC News.The announcement also follows the departure of the company's former president Jeff Jones, who said Uber's company values were "inconsistent" with his own.The company admitted policies are "stacked against drivers" and going forward, drivers will have more ability to defend themselves against rider complaints.Rachel Holt, the manager of Uber's operations in the US and Canada, says the company is undergoing a fundamental re-examination of "everything we do."Holt adds, ""We need to bring more humanity to...
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Google promises to crack down on “hateful content”
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) – Google promises to “take a tougher stance on hateful, offensive, and derogatory content” in response to major companies pulling online advertising from the Google-owned YouTube, according to a BBC News report.Marks and Spencer, Audi, RBS, and L’Oreal are just some of the major companies that have gone forward with removing advertising.The move also comes after an investigation revealed advertisements from high profile companies appeared alongside content from extremist group supporters on YouTube.Google’s Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler wrote in a blog post: "We have a responsibility to protect this vibrant, creative world - from emerging creators...
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New airplane electronics rules stem from ISIS-associated threat
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- New aviation security measures restricting electronic devices on flights from certain overseas airports were prompted by new threat intelligence obtained earlier this year indicating that ISIS associates were working on smuggling explosives-laden electronics onto U.S.-bound flights, ABC News has learned.The U.S. government has deemed the threat information “substantiated” and “credible,” according to one source familiar with the intelligence.Sources said that the airports – in eight Middle Eastern and African countries – affected by the restrictions were not directly named in the most recent threat intelligence gathered by authorities, but determined through intelligence analysis paired with other government...
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