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Massachusetts couple say they are 'traumatized' after being falsely accused of stealing fruit...
A black family has claimed they were racially profiled and falsely accused of stealing while on a Labor Day trip to an apple picking farm.
In a blog post which has gone viral, Reverend Manikka Bowman and Jeff Myers claimed that staff at Connors Farm in Danvers, Massachusetts, accused them of having 'concealed fruit' in their stroller and called the police.
The couple had been on an apple picking trip with their seven-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son when the mood 'dramatically changed.'
Massachusetts couple say they are 'traumatized'
Home appraisal increased by almost $100,000 after Black family hid their race
...racism is 'innate within the reality of white people'...
Porch piracy: Here's what we learned after watching hours of YouTube videos showing packages being pilfered from homes
Deliveries of groceries and packages are soaring as physical retailers close their doors and tens of millions of Americans “shelter in place.” Moreover, the need for social distancing may encourage more delivery workers to leave packages unattended on porches rather than risk an interaction with someone who has the coronavirus.
These conditions may be perfect for thieves, who prior to the pandemic were increasingly pilfering packages from homes across the country.
About 11 million homeowners reported having a package stolen in 2017 – and a separate 2018 survey found that almost a fifth of Americans said they had been a victim. Three-quarters of the 2017 thefts occurred during the day, and the average cost of the stolen items was close to US$200.
I led a recent study of “porch piracy” to better understand how it happens. I enlisted the help of two graduate students, Melody Hicks and Zachary Hutchinson, to help me review the videos, and my wife Amy Stickle, a math lecturer, performed a statistical analysis to ensure accuracy of the data collected.
Costco Will No Longer Let Hoarders Return Coronavirus Supplies
Last weekend, the New York Times wrote a piece about Matt and Noah Colvin, the Tennessee brothers who drove 1,300 miles across two states to buy thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packages of antibacterial wipes so they could resell them online at unconscionably inflated price points. (Matt listed those $1 bottles of Purell on Amazon for anywhere between $8 to $70 each.)
Amazon ultimately yanked Colvin's listings, citing the company's policy against price-gouging. And on Saturday afternoon, just hours after the Times' piece went live—and subsequently, viral—the Tennessee attorney general's office sent its own investigators to Matt Colvin's house to deliver a cease-and-desist letter, reminding him of the state's own law that prevents state residents from charging "unreasonable prices for essential goods and services [...] in direct response to a disaster." Before the weekend was over, Colvin was the subject of a state investigation, he'd been permanently banned from eBay, and the storage company where he kept his ultra-selfish hoard told him that he couldn't rent from them anymore. He was also essentially forced to donate all of the hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes that he'd bought, with a local church collecting the bulk of it, and the state attorney general's office taking the rest of it. All of the products will be redistributed to people who will actually use them, not profit from them.
A jogger trashed a homeless man's stuff. What happened next?
In September 2018, a UN report condemned Oakland's treatment of its homeless residents as "cruel and inhuman" and "a violation of multiple human rights".
"I've seen squalor, I've seen homelessness in countries around the world," said UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha said. "I've seen really horrific things. And I saw all of that in Oakland, but I also witnessed a cruelty there that might be unparalleled."
NYC has a penthouse problem, LA has a mansion problem, and Miami has a condo problem
Miami condos may boast ocean views and luxury living, but that's no longer enough to get them off the market.
Long a city for vacation homes and foreign buyers seeking safe investments, Miami is now faced with a surplus of condos, reported Candace Taylor for The Wall Street Journal. Its high-end real-estate market has slowed in recent years, with condo sales in Miami Beach decreasing by 24% over the past four years, she said.
The condo craze began in the early 2000s, Taylor reported. The market imploded during the financial crisis, but Latin American buyers — along with buyers from Europe and America — brought it back to life post-recession.
But what were once strong South American economies are now suffering, and Latin American buyers have less buying power in the US, according to Taylor. Their disappearance isn't the only factor driving the abundance of empty condos — the threat of rising sea levels and the preference for large houses are also shaping the trend, she said.
Low-Wage Workers Are Being Sued for Unpaid Medical Bills by a Nonprofit Christian Hospital That Employs Them
This year, a Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare housekeeper left her job just three hours into her shift and caught a bus to Shelby County General Sessions Court.
Wearing her black and gray uniform, she had a different kind of appointment with her employer: The hospital was suing her for unpaid medical bills.
In 2017, the nonprofit hospital system based in Memphis sued the woman for the cost of hospital stays to treat chronic abdominal pain she experienced before the hospital hired her.
She now owes Methodist more than $23,000, including around $5,800 in attorney’s fees.
It’s surreal, she said, to be sued by the organization that pays her $12.25 an hour. “You know how much you pay me. And the money you’re paying, I can’t live on,” said the housekeeper, who asked that her name not be used for fear that the hospital would fire her for talking to a reporter.
Restaurant owners furious over Grubhub billing revelations
This is gearing up to be one ugly food fight.
Restaurant owners have been digging into their Grubhub billing records and demanding their money back since reading The Post’s exclusive report Monday about how the food delivery giant has been racking up fees for non-existent orders — potentially for years.
Nicky Perry, owner of two Manhattan hot spots, found 260 questionable charges going back to 2017 after reading The Post’s exposé.
But instead of refunding her money, Grubhub has been giving Perry and other restaurant owners indigestion by offering them limited refunds of 60 or 90 days — unless they happen to be big, powerful chains, sources said.
“They are putting us out of business!” Perry, owner of Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery, fumed to The Post.
The Super Rich of Silicon Valley Have a Doomsday Escape Plan
Years of doomsday talk at Silicon Valley dinner parties has turned to action.
In recent months, two 150-ton survival bunkers journeyed by land and sea from a Texas warehouse to the shores of New Zealand, where they’re buried 11 feet underground.
Seven Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have purchased bunkers from Rising S Co. and planted them in New Zealand in the past two years, said Gary Lynch, the manufacturer’s general manager. At the first sign of an apocalypse — nuclear war, a killer germ, a French Revolution-style uprising targeting the 1 percent — the Californians plan to hop on a private jet and hunker down, he said.
FDA declares youth vaping an epidemic, announces investigation, new enforcement
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday declared youth vaping an "epidemic," and said the agency will halt sales of flavored electronic cigarettes if the major manufacturers can't prove they are doing enough to keep them out of the hands of children and teens.
Republicans admit they’ll slash Medicare, Social Security to pay for their tax cuts
Slowly but surely, Republicans that supported the trillion dollar Trump tax bill are revealing their true motivations: slashing Medicare and Social Security.
During a Sunday interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) urged entitlement reform as the deficit continues to balloon as a result of the GOP tax cuts.
“I do think we need to deal with some of our spending,” Stivers said. “We’ve got try to figure out how to spend less.”
This Is the Face of a Girl Who Just Ordered $350 Worth of Toys From Her Mom's Amazon Account
We've all heard of kids ordering stuff from their parents' Amazon Prime accounts, but it's often just a false alarm — shipments thwarted in the nick of time. That wasn't the case for Caitlin, a cunning 6-year-old in Arizona who, after being allowed to order one Barbie doll for her birthday, asked her parents if she could log back on to the site to see when her gift would arrive.
That's when the little girl helped herself to dozens of toys, video games, and board games.
The TSA Is Coming for Your Munchies
If your summer plans include air travel, take note: The snacks you've cleverly stashed in your carry-on could complicate things when you go through security.
The Transportation Security Administration has rolled out new screening procedures in recent months that include the request that travelers remove snacks — along with electronic devices and liquids — from their bags and put them through the scanner in a separate bin.
In March, snack removal incidents began to make news (see here, here and here). At that time, the TSA tweeted, in response to a query about the confusion, "There's no new policy regarding the screening of food. However, removing these items may assist our officers in getting a clearer view of the bag, reducing the number of additional inspections needed." The TSA linked to its official policy, listed here, and you can get more information about which foods are allowed on flights here.
Lately, though, the TSA seems to have ramped up the snack removal, both the Washington Post and the New York Times report.
Millionaires Flee California After Tax Hike
According to new research released by Charles Varner, associate director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, California lost an estimated 138 high-income individuals following passage of the Proposition 30 income tax increase championed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and approved by Golden State voters in 2012.
This new research by Varner updates a previous paper released six years ago that looked at domestic migration to and from California following a 2004 income tax hike.
This visionary sci-fi author sees the destruction of human civilization: predatory capitalism
The political theorist Frederic Jameson once observed that "it has become easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism." But what if predatory capitalism finally destroys life on earth? That's the question posed by science fiction writer Ted Chiang, who argues that in "superintelligent AI," Silicon Valley capitalists have "unconsciously created a devil in their own image, a boogeyman whose excesses are precisely their own."
In Musk's hypothetical, the destruction of human civilization follows the logic of the free market.
"Consider: Who pursues their goals with monomaniacal focus, oblivious to the possibility of negative consequences? Who adopts a scorched-earth approach to increasing market share?" Chiang continues. "[The] strawberry-picking AI does what every tech startup wishes it could do — grows at an exponential rate and destroys its competitors until it’s achieved an absolute monopoly."
Rising Rents Are Pushing More Tenants Past the Breaking Point
Rents have increased rapidly across U.S. housing markets as the share of renting households has risen faster than the number of new units. Now, in a survey published Thursday by an apartment-listing service, nearly one in five respondents reports struggling to make the monthly payments.
While big landlords seem to be succeeding at finding tenants who can keep up, the survey, by Apartment List, suggests escalating housing costs may be straining renters’ resources. Eighteen percent of respondents couldn’t pay the full rent due in at least one of the past three months, according to the poll of 40,000 renters. Of those who have registered for the listing site this year, 3.3 percent said they had been evicted in the past, up from 2.8 percent in 2015.