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I'm wondering if this person is for real: Why You Shouldn’t Tip (At All)


Recently, a four year old blog post has been getting a lot of attention on social media. Sometime in 2009, a man named Bhagwad Jal Park posted an excoriation on tipping entitled, Five Reasons I Won’t Tip If You’re A Waiter. The responses to the original post were mostly negative, and the article is being shared on Facebook as an example of how shitty people can be.

What disturbs me isn’t that some people don’t tip, it’s the fact that to even criticize tipping is immediately met with such vitriol and hatred that one has to question why we’re so systematically inclined to agree with service industry employees. Doesn’t it alarm anyone that we don’t even question the act of tipping? Doesn’t it bother anyone that no one has taken a step back and looked at the other side of the conversation? Isn’t anyone concerned with the feelings of the customers? After all, it’s the customers that bring money into the restaurants. It’s the customers that pay for the meals, and ultimately, it’s the customers that pay the waiters rent.

I’m going to let you guys in on a secret. I am a customer. I eat out a lot, and sometimes, most of the time really, I don’t tip! It’s not because I can’t afford it, it’s because the waiters can. When I go out on Friday nights to get fucked up and YOLO at Chili’s with my gal pals, the simple act of not tipping is the only form of rebellion I’m allowed as a working mom. It’s the only “fuck you” to the man that I have left.

You see, waiters are already paid. They earn $2.37 an hour, a living wage, and most of the time, they are tipped on top of that. People love to make a point out of being good tippers. The entire industry is built on the pretense of altruism. Not only is someone bringing you food, but you get to act like a hero at the end when you round up to the nearest whole dollar.


Is this parody, or is she really that much of an asshole?

This Week in Delusional Conservatism: Paul Ryan Blames Poverty On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men


House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) previewed his upcoming legislative proposals for reforming America’s poverty programs during an appearance on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America Wednesday, hinting that he would focus on creating work requirements for men “in our inner cities” and dealing with the “real culture problem” in these communities. “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” he said.

Ryan also cited Charles Murray, a conservative social scientist who believes African-Americans are, as a population, less intelligent than whites due to genetic differences and that poverty remains a national problem because “a lot of poor people are born lazy.”

Ryan’s comments come a week after he released a 204-page report analyzing the effectiveness of the nation’s anti-poverty programs 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a national War on Poverty. The former GOP vice presidential candidate, who argues that federal anti-poverty programs have contributed to the nation’s high poverty rate and “created what’s known as the poverty trap,” is expected to offer reforms to the programs in his upcoming FY 2015 budget.


Pick your favorite Gwyneth Paltrow Death Scene - WARNING: SPOILERS

What was your favorite way to see her shuffle off this mortal coil onscreen?



Yeah, there's no point in guessing...

Maybe there's no wind Down South?

There, there. It's alright...

Wind and rain tempers the receding snows...

Ice and frigid chills abate, revealing tufts of sleeping grass.

The early frosted Spring awaits, giving hope to rebirth and coming of warmer climes.

Days lengthen and the rising sun gathers with excitement in the early eastern sky, only to wane with us a bit longer still.

Rise up and signal with beating heart and depth of breath, yet do not mourn for Winter's impending demise.

She only sleeps to give way to her fragrant and vibrant sister. Nourished by the melting snows and destined to revive the spirit.

Come yet, Spring, the hearts and flowers grow.

Bad Cop, No Donut - 11 Mar 2014: Cops on Steroids

Former Manatee deputy arrested in steroids probe

By Elizabeth Johnson

MANATEE COUNTY - A former sheriff's deputy who played a significant role as a confidential informant in an undercover steroids investigation has been arrested.
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James "Jac" Choate, 40, was arrested Thursday on three counts of possessing steroids with intent to distribute. Choate acted as a confidential informant in the undercover steroids investigation that netted nine other people, including sheriff's deputies and firefighters. Photo provided by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Photo provided by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office

James “Jac” Choate, 40, faces three state-level charges of possessing steroids with intent to distribute.

Choate acted as a confidential informant in the multi-agency investigation, which has led to the arrests of two firefighters, three Manatee County sheriff's deputies, a personal trainer and three others. The investigation also led to the termination of a fourth deputy who spoke with Choate about buying steroids but never purchased the illegal items.

Choate, arrested Feb. 27, is one of three people to face state charges. The other two, former deputies Tom Frank and Chris Tucker, who opted to enter pre-trial intervention programs to avoid trial and becoming convicted felons. Frank and Tucker were charged with possession of steroids.

Choate is the only person facing distribution allegations to not face federal charges.

Former deputy Tom Peel; Wayne Faulkner, of West Manatee Fire and Rescue; James Sevier, whose employer is not listed on his arrest report; Aaron Larkin, whose employer is not listed; Andrew Cleveland, a personal trainer at Crunch Fitness on University Parkway; Gregory Waldo, of Parrish Fire District, and his wife, Stephanie Waldo have entered guilty pleas to federal charges.


I've been looking for an indication that cops are so violent today because many of them are on steroids... Here we go!

Inez Foxx - Let Me Down Easy

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