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Oregon Bartender Tipped With A Lottery Ticket Wins $17,500 (...)

and tries to give it back to the customer who tipped her. He refuses. She gives him a percentage. Good feelings all around. Yay people!

http://consumerist.com/2013/10/07/oregon-bartender-tipped-with-a-lottery-ticket-wins-17500/

I lost my job today...

Sequester and uncertainty caused by government shutdown (company does mostly government contracts).

Yay Republicans!

Dairy Queen Manager Kicks Cash-Stealing Meanie Out Of Store, Redeems Humanity

http://consumerist.com/2013/09/19/dairy-queen-manager-kicks-cash-stealing-meanie-out-of-store-redeems-humanity/

Let’s say that you’re in line at Dairy Queen behind a blind man, who drops his cash and cards on the floor. While he scrambles to pick everything up, you pick up a $20 bill from the floor. Not to be helpful, though: to steal. Then the Dairy Queen cashier kicks you out of the store, and…gets fired for it? No!

For once, someone standing up to a jerk got well-earned praise, not punishment. The exchange described above really did happen at a Dairy Queen in Minnesota. The woman who picked up the money claimed that it had been hers all along, and the manager, then working the cash register asked her to leave. He then took $20 out of his own pocket, took it over to the blind man’s table, and simply said, “Here, I think you dropped this.”

That would end the cashier’s day of Being an Awesome Human Being, but it gets even better. A customer watched this entire exchange and wrote a letter to the owner, which was posted on the restaurant wall.


Awesome story, the whole letter is worth a read.

X-Post from GD: "Now... Some random moments of kindness:"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023693224

Ex-addict apologizes to store he robbed 11 years ago, returns money. Store owner forgives him.

http://www.nashvillescene.com/bites/archives/2013/09/06/interasian-market-receives-apology-note-300-from-person-who-robbed-the-store-11-years-ago

Obama administration backs prayer at local government meetings

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and congressional Republicans have found something to agree on: Town councils should be allowed to open their meetings with a Christian prayer.

Lawyers for the administration and two groups of lawmakers from the House and Senate, nearly all Republicans, separately made that argument in briefs to the Supreme Court this week. The high court should relax the constitutional limits on religious invocations at government meetings, they argued.

Two residents, one Jewish and one an atheist, had complained for several years that the prayers were offensive and inappropriate. Until they sued in 2008, only Christians had been invited to lead the prayers.

The case has drawn attention because it could provide the court's conservative majority an opportunity to alter a legal rule that dates to the 1980s and a set of opinions by then-Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Her decisions said government actions would violate the 1st Amendment if they appeared to "endorse" religion. That rule has been followed in cases saying that government agencies cannot display the Ten Commandments in their buildings or host Nativity scenes at Christmas.

The administration's filing was "a surprisingly conservative brief, and it came as a pleasant surprise," said Ken Klukowski, a lawyer for the Family Research Council, who filed the brief for the House members. "It's gratifying that even the Obama administration recognizes that courts are not qualified to censor prayers."


Much more at link, I couldn't really capture the essence of the article well in 4 paragraphs. It's worth a read. This case could change a lot of accepted case law and result in even further encroachment on the First Amendment and separation of church and state. I liked the way the Michigan Atheists mailing list put it: "Disgusting News".

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-prayer-20130809,0,6470966.story

(GD X-Post) This Guy Moved Into His Parents’ House So a Homeless Family Could Live in His

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023443605

Amazing

x-post from GD - I saw a man's life saved today

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023288102

Can someone please explain SELinux to these folks?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023214681

The article and comments are just silly. I tried my best in there, but I'm not sure how clearly I was able to explain it.

Lottery Winner Grabs Burger In Canadian Midwest, Leaves $10,000 Tip (plus more!)

http://consumerist.com/2013/07/01/lottery-winner-grabs-burger-in-canadian-midwest-leaves-10000-tip/

It's not just that. If you read the articles linked from there (especially the Vancouver Sun one), he really seems like an amazing guy.
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