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Black Friday shopping can be hazardous to your health.
One woman apparently used a stun gun on another after an all-out brawl inside of the Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia.
Mike Napolitano was in the mall with two of his friends when they came up on the fight.
"It started out, one couple was fighting with another couple. They had words, the guys got into a fight and then the girls," said Napolitano, who videotaped the melee. "One couple, they were like a family and all, with a young child in a stroller."
The video shows the two women punching each other and someone in the crowd yelling, "No, stop."
After the two hit the ground, fighting, you can hear the crackle of what sounds like a stun gun and see fluorescent-colored sparks.
"One girl just brought out a taser," the 20-year-old said.
At that point, several people run up and pry the two women apart.
"Then security came over and I kinda left, you know, I was thinking, 'God forbid if somebody has a gun or something,'" Napolitano said.
Mall security confirmed that a fight did break out in the mall around 2:30 a.m.
In a statement to NBC10, mall general manager John Ahle said security acted quickly to take control of the situation.
"An isolated incident occurred in the early morning hours between two female shoppers, that was quickly stopped by our security team, and both women were escorted out of the mall," he said in the statement. "We are committed to the safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees and will not tolerate this unacceptable behavior"
However, the data also shows there was a drop in shoplifting incidents from 287 in 2011 to 265 the next year. Vehicle thefts and thefts of property from inside vehicles were also down.
The stun gun brawl wasn't the only fight during the holiday shopping kickoff. There were a number of incidents nationwide that resulted in injuries and arrests.
Police in Garfield, N.J. had to pepper spray a Wal-Mart shopper who was fighting with another man over a television.
In Southern California, a police officer was injured during a fight outside a Wal-Mart there. And a dispute over a parking spot outside a Virginia Wal-Mart led to one man pulling out a handgun. He was then stabbed in the arm.
From Reddit: I kid you not, nearly everything is on sale on Black Friday!
Custy's snubbing the bananas? Perhaps they are not low enough for the Black Friday Discount Rats!
Just like Depeche Mode sings in their classic song Everything Counts:
The grabbing hands grab all they can
All for themselves - after all
The grabbing hands grab all they can
All for themselves - after all
It's a competitive world
Everything counts in large amounts
From Huff Po:
A new Kmart commercial that depicts a group of men in boxer shorts shaking their booty to a commonly sung Christmas carol has some viewer's undies in a bunch.
The 55-second ad created an online maelstrom when it was aired on national TV.
The commercial, dubbed "Show Your Joe," begins with a wide angle shot of six men, who appear to be dressed in tuxedos, standing behind a curtain while ringing bells. However, a few seconds into the clip the curtain is whisked away, revealing the men's bottoms are clad in Joe Boxer underwear.
Racy? Not really, but it's what happens next that has some viewers up in arms.
The men squat down and begin shaking their booties to the song "Jingle Bells." The typical interpretation of their actions is that the men's testicles are swinging in their shorts, thus creating the bell sounds.
The commercial is part of a new advertising campaign for Joe Boxer, a brand of underwear and related apparel sold exclusively at Kmart and Sears, which are both owned by Sears Holdings.
The commercial has resulted in a flurry of criticism on Kmart's Facebook page, where words like "disgusting" and "distasteful" are peppered throughout many of the user comments."You can forget me stepping into any of your stores. Pull that ad off the air," one Facebook user wrote.
Another suggested the company find "someone to do better commercial writing."
However, not everyone is negative of the commercial.
"My daughter and I love the Joe Boxer commercial! Lighten up, people," said a mom from Columbus, Ohio.
One poster even called the commercial "Genius."
Contacted by The Huffington Post on Monday, a Kmart spokesperson said: "The Kmart 'Show Your Joe' commercial playfully showcases Joe Boxer's men's clothing available at Kmart. We regret if some people found the commercial offensive, as that was not our intent."
In regard to the most recent commercial, it appears Kmart has no plans to remove it, something Melissa Henson, national grassroots director for the Parents Television Council, said could hurt the company's sales.
"I think it is a bad move on Kmart's part. Kmart is one of those stores that has traditionally been considered a family brand ... The backlash can be pretty bad. The brand has been suffering and may have a hard time recovering from this if they alienate a lot of customers," Henson told HuffPost.
Henson also said the commercial is likely to create "a lot of awkward moments for parents."
While Kmart’s ad has obviously upset some viewers, the company has succeeded in creating a buzz. Only time will tell if that buzz has a positive or negative impact on the company.
...and interestingly, they ARE ALL OPEN ON THANKSGIVING DAY!
This summer, thousands of fast-food workers in the United States went on strike in cities across the country, demanding their wages be increased to $15 an hour and the ability to unionize. To no one’s surprise, they didn’t get it. As of 2012, an estimated 4.7% of hourly workers are paid at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. According to several groups, low- and minimum-wage workers are growing faster than any other group of earners.
Meanwhile, profits at many of the corporations that employ the most minimum-wage workers have risen. McDonald’s, Walmart and Target together employ several million Americans. While these companies' profits have grown in recent years, most of their workers continue to earn low or minimum wages. 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 companies that employ the most low- and minimum wage workers.
Companies that pay employees poorly fall into one of three industries: retailers such as Walmart and Sears, restaurant chains such as McDonald’s and Yum! Brands, and grocery stores such as Kroger. These industries are customer-facing and rely on a fleet low- and minimum-wage workers to take orders, stock clothing and goods and wait tables. “The service sector across the board -- the retail and restaurant industries -- those are the core of the low-wage labor market,” explained Jack Temple, policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project (NELP).
To reinforce the argument that the low wages these companies are paying are unfair, Temple points to the large compensations most of the chief executive officers at these companies receive. CEOs at nine of these 10 companies are paid more than $10 million annually, while Michael Duke and Howard Schultz, CEOs of Walmart and Starbucks, each receive more than $20 million per year.
Perhaps a fairer measure that may indicate whether a company can afford to increase its employees’ wages is the profitability of these companies. Net income in all but one of these companies has increased over the past five fiscal years. Kroger’s net income more than tripled since fiscal year 2008 to nearly $1.4 billion. Sears' net income, on the other hand, has declined significantly during that time. The company recorded a net loss of $930 million this year.
Temple explained: “Low-wage companies have choices. They can continue making a lot of profits, and can continue paying their CEOs an incredible amount of money by paying low wages to their employees. But they have the resources to operate profitably and pay high wages as well.”
Based on the methodology used by the National Employment Law Project in its 2012 report “Big Business, Corporate Profits, and the Minimum Wage,” 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 companies in industries that are primarily low-wage employers. Based on annual reports and proxy filings, we also reviewed the total size of the companies’ workforces, the recent performance of the corporations in terms of revenue and profit, and the highest executive pay at these companies. Included in our analysis were total U.S. employee figures, which we estimated when the figures were not provided by the company. In keeping with the NELP methodology, all employee figures represent systemwide employment, including employees of franchisees. To avoid double-counting low-wage workers, Starbucks is an exception, as many other low-wage employers are Starbucks licensees.
These are the companies paying Americans the least.
> U.S. workforce: 120,000
> CEO compensation: $28.9 million
> Revenue: $13.3 billion
> Net income: $1.4 billion
> No. of U.S. stores: 5,415/7,049/13,493
Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) employs 120,000 workers across the United States. Howard Schultz, the company’s CEO, has become a billionaire by turning Starbucks from a small coffee retailer into one of the world’s most famous brands. Last year, Schultz took home nearly $29 million in total compensation. Schultz is often viewed as a progressive executive, due to his support of gay marriage and his request that customers not bring guns into Starbucks locations. In an interview with CNBC in March, Schultz cautiously supported a minimum wage hike. However, according to Glassdoor.com, baristas at Starbucks are paid an average of less than $9 an hour. Schultz has downplayed the relevance of these figures.
9. TJX Companies
> U.S. workforce: 138,211 (est.)
> CEO compensation: $21.8 million
> Revenue: $25.9 billion
> Net income: $1.9 billion
> No. of U.S. stores: 2,355
The TJX Companies Inc. (TJX) operates Marshalls, TJ Maxx and HomeGoods in the United States. The company’s stores are off-price retailers, meaning they buy unsold inventory from manufacturers and other retailers and resell it at a discount. TJX’s sales have grown in the past four consecutive fiscal years as the retailer also boosted its operating profit margin. Despite the company’s success, sales associates at its stores earn less than $8 an hour on average, according to Glassdoor.com.
> U.S. workforce: 175,700
> CEO compensation: $13.8 million
> Revenue: $27.7 billion
> Net income: $1.3 billion
> No. of U.S. stores: 844
Annual revenue at Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) has risen slightly over the past four years, up from roughly $25 billion in 2008 to more than $27.7 billion at the end of its latest fiscal year. Macy’s, the second-largest department store in the United States, exceeded Wall Street's expectations this past quarter, posting large increases in sales and earnings from the year before. Earlier this year, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union ratified a five-year agreement with Macy’s that should help protect the benefits of nearly 700 Macy’s employees in Maryland and Washington, D.C. According to Glassdoor.com, associates are paid under $9 an hour on average.
7. Darden Restaurants
> U.S. workforce: 203,389 (est.)
> CEO compensation: $6.4 million
> Revenue: $8.6 billion
> Net income: $412 million
> No. of U.S. stores: 2,105
Revenues at Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI), the parent company of chains such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster, rose from just $7.2 billion in 2009 to $8.6 billion in fiscal 2013. According to Morningstar’s analysis, operating margins have been some of the best in the industry in the past few years. Additionally, instead of raising wages, the company’s funds have been used effectively “to fund growth concepts and enhance total shareholder returns.” Yet the results have not been enough for investors, some of whom have pushed for the company to split and continue to cut costs faster. In 2013, Fortune named Darden one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," citing access to low-cost health insurance for part-time employees. Still, pay for many workers at Olive Garden and Red Lobster is frequently less than $10.00 per hour, according to Glassdoor.com. However, many of these employees may receive tips in addition to their base pay.
6. Sears Holdings
> U.S. workforce: 246,000
> CEO compensation: $1.3 million (Louis D’Ambrosio, former CEO)
> Revenue: $39.9 billion
> Net income: -$930 million
> No. of U.S. stores: 2,073
Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD), owner of both Sears and Kmart, is in heavy competition with other department stores. The median hourly wage for department store workers was just $9.83 in 2012. At Sears, sales associates averaged slightly more than $8 an hour, while cashiers averaged $7.70 per hour. Kmart offered similar pay to its workers as well, with 105 cashiers and 75 sales associates reporting to Glassdoor.com that their hourly wages were less than $8.00. However, Sears Holdings may not have the necessary ability to increase its employees’ pay. Sales have slipped in the past few years, plunging from $47.8 billion in fiscal 2008 to less than $40 billion in the most recent year. The company has also failed to post an operating profit in either of the past two full fiscal years.
5. Yum! Brands
> U.S. workforce: 694,712 (est.)
> CEO compensation: $14.2 million
> Revenue: $13.6 billion
> Net income: $1.6 billion
> No. of U.S. stores: 18,069
Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM) CEO David Novak received more than $14 million worth of total compensation in the past fiscal year. The company’s revenue rose from $11.3 billion to $13.6 billion. Hourly wages for workers at its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains, however, are still often less than $8 an hour. Yum! Brands has continued to expand, opening more than five new restaurants a day outside the United States in 2012. However many American workers have expressed frustration that the company’s success has not led to an increase in their pay. This summer, fast-food workers at Yum! Brands and other fast-food chains staged protests across the country, demanding higher wages.
> U.S. workforce: 343,000
> CEO compensation: $11.1 million
> Revenue: $96.8 billion
> Net income: $1.5 billion
> No. of U.S. stores:
No. of U.S. stores: 2,418
The Kroger Co. (KR) employs 343,000 workers in 2,418 stores across the country. The company operates stores under several names, including Kroger, City Market, Dillons and others. A majority of Kroger’s employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements between the company and different unions. In the past few months, Kroger has agreed to terms with unions covering thousands of workers in Virginia and Texas. Kroger’s net profit was $1.5 billion at the end of the most recent fiscal year.
> U.S. workforce: 361,000
> CEO compensation: $20.6 million
> Revenue: $73.3 billion
> Net income: $3.0 billion
> No. of U.S. stores: 1,778
Target Corp. (TGT) had 361,000 employees working at 1,778 stores in the United States at the end of 2012. The average listed salary on Glassdoor.com for a cashier or an employee on the Target sales floor is less than $9 an hour. In response to Target opening on Thursday, in advance of Black Friday, Target workers drafted a petition last year to “save Thanksgiving.” More than 300,000 people signed the petition. This year, Target stores will open on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. That is an hour earlier than last year.
> U.S. workforce: 739,055 (est.)
> CEO compensation: $13.8 million
> Revenue: $27.6 billion
> Net income: $5.5 billion
> No. of U.S. stores: 14,157
In the restaurant industry, the hourly median wage was just over $9.00 as of 2012. However, many McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) employees are paid far less, with cashiers and crew members often earning only the minimum wage. In October, several McDonald's employees were arrested for protesting their wages at the Union League Club of Chicago, where McDonald’s President Jeff Stratton was giving a speech. Between 2008 and 2012, sales and profit margins at McDonald’s have increased. Despite the company’s growth, employees are still hurting. All but admitting the low wages, McDonald's encourages employees to enroll in food stamps and welfare programs.
> U.S. workforce: 1.4 million
> CEO compensation: $20.7 million
> Revenue: $469 billion
> Net income: $17.0 billion
> No. of U.S. stores: 4,759
There are 1.4 million Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) associates working at the company’s 4,759 U.S. stores. Walmart recently announced it would launch Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Critics of Walmart see this as adding insult to injury -- forcing retail workers who already earn low wages to cut holidays short. Criticisms like these have been part of an onslaught of claims that Walmart underpays its workers. Walmart disagrees, saying that “for tens of thousands of people every year, a job at Walmart
From Chickasha News:
A local man said he was asked by a janitor to leave the Chickasha Walmart around midnight Wednesday because of his sexual orientation.
Jonathan Pacheco said he and his boyfriend were shopping when a Walmart employee approached him and asked him a series of questions about homosexuality before he asked him to leave the premises.
"He told me that I wasn't allowed in his store," said Pacheco.
Spokesperson for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Kayla Whaling confirmed the company is investigating the incident.
"We are still in the process of talking to all who were involved," she said. "As soon as we are finished we will take the appropriate measures."
Pacheco said the employee told him prior to asking him to leave that in his Bible, "it is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."
"I just walked away," said Pacheco. "I wasn't looking for any kind of fight and we weren't acting inappropriately. I just wanted to buy some cookies."
Pacheco said he spoke to two store managers, but no information was taken.
"They didn't write anything down. They just kind of sent me away," he said. "I was so taken aback at what happened, I couldn't do anything but laugh all the way home."
Pacheco said the incident left him feeling conflicted about where he can go to shop in Chickasha.
"I feel like I can't go anywhere now," he said. "Out of all the stores I go to, Walmart is the one that is prejudiced against someone's sexual orientation. I mean, come on."
Chris Tuttle, a grocery store worker with Asperger's syndrome, was reportedly yelled at by a customer for ringing up her purchases too slowly Saturday night. But supporters of Tuttle got in the last word -- and then some.
Thousands have to come to the defense of Tuttle, 28, after his older sister, Jamie Tuttle-Virkler, posted an account on Facebook of what happened at the Wegmans supermarket in Clay, N.Y.
With the checkout lines growing longer, Tuttle, a 7-year employee, was removed from his usual maintenance duties to help out on the register, according to the retelling. A woman screamed at him for taking too long and left in the middle of the transaction to complain publicly to a manager, his sister wrote. When the customer returned to Tuttle's line, he was so rattled that he dropped and broke a candle she had purchased. A manager took him off the register immediately and explained Tuttle's situation to the customer, but the emotional damage was done.
Tuttle was so shaken by the incident that he was not able to let go of it, so his sister asked Facebook visitors to give him a "shout out" and let him know he is appreciated.
"Chris deserves better and if he's ever put a smile on your heart, could you let him know?" his sister wrote. "Could you leave a comment or the next time you go to Wegmans, could you tell him? I want him to have a better day."
One Facebook visitor put it succinctly: "Chris, you are AMAZING! She was just mean!"
Tuttle told the Syracuse Post-Standard in an interview (video above) that he has been approached by strangers with words of admiration; one woman even brought a card to the store that read, "Thank you for smiling all the time."
As for the store patron who made his life miserable, Tuttle said he still managed to utter a "Have a nice day" with a smile. "You have to kill 'em with kindness," he said.
People with Asperger's, a developmental disorder, can have trouble with coordination and communication.
The Complete facebook post:
Do you know this guy Chris Tuttle? If you do, I need you to give him a shout out! He is my little brother and yesterday at Wegmans, a customer yelled at him and then in the middle of her transaction, left to complain loudly to a manager, came back to his line and he was so shaken, dropped a candle she bought on the ground and it shattered. Luckily the manager took him off register immediately because clearly he was upset. The customer's problem? Chris was checking her out...TOO SLOW and she was furious. She yelled at him, the manager and anyone else who would listen.
Do you know Chris? He has Asperger's syndrome. He is the happiest guy you will ever meet-I say that because if you know him, if you have seen him at Wegmans, if he has helped you load your car with groceries, if he has helped you find popcorn on aisle 13, if he has checked you out on aisle 12, if he has taken your trash from the café or if he has mopped the floor after you've spilt a jar of pickles-then you already know that and I need you to let him know. Is he slow? Yes, probably. But as the manager explained to the womanyesterday, cashier isn't his primary job. He gets called to cashier when Wegmans is busy, so they put him on cashier to HELP out.
What this woman doesn't know is that 10 hours later, Chris told me the story as if it just happened, he was just as stressed and just as upset. She has no idea how damaging her actions were...to one person. Part of Asperger's is the inability to move on, to not be able to wrap his mind around the fact that this woman isn't worth it. To hear him tell the story, your heart will break. He doesn't understand why someone would be so nasty to him and for him, he takes it personal.
After much discussion with the whole family last night, he doesn't get that some people are just like that. Some people are just unaware of how their actions effect others and how their rudeness needs to be ignored and that it has nothing to do with him. I tell him all the time, some people will "get you" and some won't. The people that "get you" those people are your friends, focus your energy there.
Hugs and kisses to Wegmans for employing him for 7 years, for giving him a chance, for giving him a life, a job to look forward to everyday and understanding managers, despite his disabilities. xoxo
Chris deserves better and if he's ever put a smile on your heart, could you let him know? Could you leave a comment or the next time you go to Wegmans, could you tell him? I want him to have a better day!
From Daily Mail:
People from all around the country responded with loving comments, calling him an inspiration and urging him to keep up the good work. Other people with Asperger's even voiced their support.
'Chris I don't even know you but I want you to know that you are wonderful and I love you for who you are!' one woman commented.
Another man wrote: 'You Rock Chris. She is the one with the problem, not you.'
On Monday, Virkler expressed her gratitude to everyone who wished her brother well.
'Amazing how much love and support... Thank you so much to everyone, I just wanted to brighten his day and WOW you have done more than that!' she wrote.
Kmart is one of the biggest killers of Thanksgiving having practically started the trend with being one of the first department stores to open on Thanksgiving Day. Some of their employees spoke to Huffington Post about the nightmare shifts.
Huff Post also posted the Kmart photo above regarding days off requests. While we all feel sick about anyone having to work Thanksigivng, if you work in retail the notice above is nothing new. We used to get them stapled to our paychecks at The Big Fancy. Nobody gets any days off requests in November and December if you work in retail hell.
But then again, I didn't work for a store who was murdering Thanksgiving.... [At least they haven't yet...]
From Huff Po:
Tyler Seiger, a four year veteran of Kmart, described working on Thanksgiving last year as “utter chaos.” The 20-year-old ran around the store looking to please shoppers who would “actually get angry and yell at you because you can’t give them a deal ahead of time.”
This year is likely to be much worse.
Kmart announced this week that it’s going further than competitors to get shoppers into stores during Thanksgiving and Black Friday, one of the most profitable periods of the year for retailers. Kmart stores are opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open for 41 hours straight.
Kmart opened on Thanksgiving last year as well, but closed for a few hours that evening and for a few hours before reopening on Friday morning.
This year's schedule means workers like Seiger will have trouble taking time off on Thanksgiving if they want to.
Georgette Griffith, a permanent employee who works part time at an Alabama store, said managers denied her request for Thanksgiving off.
One Chicago-area Kmart worker offered a similar story and emailed a photo of this sign, which she claimed is posted in employee offices, to The Huffington Post.
Kmart told The Huffington Post it is trying to accommodate time-off requests from regular staffers and hopes to rely on seasonal and "volunteer" workers on Thanksgiving. "All associates, both seasonal and volunteer, are compensated with holiday pay," company spokeswoman Shannelle Armstrong said. She said the Chicago-area sign "appears to be a rogue and unauthorized posting."
For Seiger, who makes about $8.75 an hour, the Thanksgiving marathon likely means work shifts so exhausting he’ll miss Thanksgiving altogether.
“By the time that we get home on Thanksgiving, we’re just going to be passing out and then we have to wake up the next day to work a 12-hour shift on Black Friday,” said Seiger, 20, who works about 40 hours a week while going to technical school for an HVAC license. “It gets way out of hand.”
Kmart may need the grueling holiday schedule to lure shoppers back into its struggling stores, according to Brian Sozzi, CEO of Belus Capital Advisors. The retailer’s same-store sales have been weak over the past two years.
“They have to pull out all the stops to get people reconnecting with Kmart brand,” Sozzi said.
Kmart competitors are also open on Thanksgiving Day, but not for as long.
For Griffith, the Alabama worker, pulling out all the stops means missing a Thanksgiving celebration she’s been looking forward to for months. The 41-year-old lives in Montgomery, Ala., hundreds of miles from relatives in New Orleans. Every year, the family gathers there, going from house to house visiting relatives who remain in the city after Hurricane Katrina.
But this year, Griffith said she probably won’t be able to make it because she has to work. “I have a 2-year-old who asks every day to see my brother in New Orleans, so I was really looking forward to being able to get down there,” Griffith, 41, said.
Despite the personal difficulties that can come with working on Thanksgiving, one 49-year-old employee stocking shelves at a Manhattan Kmart said Wednesday it wasn't too much to ask, given the competition in retail. He worked the holiday last year and doesn’t have a problem doing so again.
“All the retail stores are open on Thanksgiving,” said the worker, who asked to remain anonymous so he wouldn’t jeopardize his job. “The window of opportunity is so short. As you can hear, the holiday music is already playing and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.”
Thanks to calendar quirks, the holiday shopping season is six days shorter this year than in 2012.
Still, one Kmart veteran of several years said she wished her employer would sacrifice a day of profit for the benefit of workers like her.
“It’s stupid,” the employee, who also asked to remain anonymous to protect her job, said. The 51-year-old said she’s not sure about her hours yet, but if she ends up working Thanksgiving morning, as she expects, her daughter will have to keep track of all the food to make sure it’s ready for her family’s holiday meal. “They don’t let people have a life.”
Even before Kmart vowed to stay open for almost two days straight, the company’s Thanksgiving schedule was too grueling for some.
William Talley, who worked at Kmart for seven years, said he almost quit his job during his Thanksgiving shift last year.
Within minutes of showing up, “there was this onslaught of people,” with very few staffers to help them, according to Talley, who said he made about $50,000 a year working full time for the company. The worst part of the ordeal, though, was leaving his family at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. “My mother passed away this March, so that was my last Thanksgiving with her and I had to cut it short.”
The experience ultimately pushed Talley, 50, to find a new job at RadioShack.
“They’re closed on Thanksgiving,” he said.
Reddit: My personal result of Walmart's website glitch.
A Target custy posted this to Reddit wondering if it was "A note from a factory worker?"
As expected this is getting lots of comments on Reddit and there appears to be many different interpretations of what the Chinese message says. Here's a smattering of hilarious responses with the last two being my favorites.
What does the Target mirror say?
I'm a little rusty but something about soda being contaminated with urine? I think they're trying to expose unsanitary factory conditions. The first line must be some idiom I don't understand, something about making a joke?
My best attempt at a translation:
Me make prank
Into your cola, I expel urine
maybe somebody with more knowledge than me can give it a shot
PeePee in your Coke. Old Chinese joke.
"Me Chinese! Me play joke! Me put pee-pee in your coke!"
I work with someone who speaks mandarin. she said its messy but it says something to the effect of "the frame is broken and mirror is broken. please see me."
I used to package and manufacture soap right after finishing highschool. The first day I worked with a guy who had just came to the states from Ukraine. He knew very little English. Long story short. One day we had an order to fill for his hometown. He wrote a message saying he was trapped in the soap factory in a cage and the Americans had him as their slave.
I work with someone that reads mandarin. she said its crystal clear and says something to the effect of "help me! i have been trapped in this mirror by the ghost of chairmain mao. please free me."
Just some normal words written to describe crafts of the stuff on which they were written. Translation: "It's just OK Note: Frame scratched, glue overflew, ...., bubble discovered, etc. Fix the problems above! ... Ma (someone whose family name called Ma), Jun 10th"
Roughly translated I can see its a message from Egg Shen discussing David Lo Pans intentions. It mentions the five Chinese hells.
The Hell of Being Cut to Pieces The Hell of Boiling Oil The Hell of the Upside Down Sinners The Hell Where People are Skinned Alive The Hell of the Oily Dragon (not Horny Dragon, as has been suggested)
I work with someone who does not speak Mandarin and she said that it says "Help, I'm trapped in this mirror. You must find the Amulet of Reflection before time runs out. Go see the Great Wizard. He will help you.
So angry shoppers have taken to Facebook to bitch about K-mart's early opening....
But like I stated in my last post about Black Thanksgiving, it won't matter.
Backlash means nothing to these retailers desperate for sales. It's become publicity.
The Big K is going to shrug their shoulders and open the doors at 6am to a hoard of shoppers.
Did everyone forget Kmart did the same thing last year???
This is their ad from 2012
Sad to say, Thanksgiving is lost. This newest development oddly reminds me of Princess Dianna's death. Remember how every one was up in arms about gossip magazines and paparazzi? Even after she was hounded by photographers causing a horrible accident that resulted in her death, nothing happened. People continued buying gossip magazines, it has all moved online, and the paps are just as aggressive as ever.
The only way these stores will give Thanksgiving back is if people won't shop, and last year proved the custys don't care as they showed up in big numbers....
What will happen this year?
From Huff Po:
It's been less than 24 hours, but Kmart's decision to open at the ungodly hour of 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day is already eliciting online outrage.
Angry shoppers took to Facebook Monday and Tuesday to complain, with some declaring that the move would push them to stop shopping at Kmart during the holiday season. Here's just a smattering of the complaints.
Kmart responded to some of the angry customers with a Facebook post of its own.
That wasn't enough to satisfy everyone though:
Based on the large number of retailers that are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day, it seems extending Black Friday -- traditionally one of the most profitable periods of the year for retailers -- just may be too good of an opportunity to pass up.
This year the rush to get shoppers into stores is especially urgent this year, as a calendar quirk means the holiday shopping season is losing six days, according to a recent report from Adobe Digital Marketing.
But none, not even Sears, which is owned by the same parent company, are opening as early as Kmart. Officials decided to open the stores earlier this year after customer feedback indicated shoppers wanted more flexible shopping hours during the holiday, Kmart spokeswoman Shanelle Armstrong wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
"Kmart has been a destination for early-bird shopping and last-minute entertaining needs on Thanksgiving Day for 22 years," she wrote. "We staff with teams & seasonal associates when possible, giving them the opportunity to make extra money during holiday."
Kmart probably knew the backlash was coming. After all, the retailers who decided to open on Thanksgiving last year dealt with quite a bit of backlash of their own.