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From Huff Po:
The punishment may not quite fit a crime committed at an Ohio coffee shop, but the owner isn’t all that concerned.
After a thief was recently caught on a surveillance camera stealing from the tip jar at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar & Roaster in Stow, the shop knew it could file a police report, but decided to take a different route. Instead, Nervous Dog chose to host a food drive for the guy at its two locations, WKYC reported.
The staff figured that anyone who has to resort to stealing a few dollars from a low-paid server must be pretty down and out.
So the store took to its Facebook page to announce that it would be collecting food items for the man.
The first person to make a donation was the barista from whom the thief stole.
The man in question still hasn’t been identified, and if he doesn’t come forward the shop said that it will give the collected items to the Akron Food Bank.
While some lauded Nervous Dog’s generous response, others felt that the thief doesn’t deserve such a kind gesture.
“I hope this is a joke,” one Facebook commenter wrote. “Why would you support someone who steals? Being poor is not an exscuse [sic] to rob people.”
The initiative certainly isn’t a joke, and a number of other open-minded people around the country have also found it in their hearts to help out someone who had to stoop to stealing.
When Jessica Robles had nothing to feed her three kids, she made the desperate decision in October to shoplift $300 worth of groceries from a Miami supermarket, WSVN reported. Officer Vicki Thomas caught the struggling mom in the act, but once Robles shared her story, the cop decided to help out.
Thomas charged her with a misdemeanor and a notice to appear in court, but then also bought Robles $100 worth of groceries.
"The only thing I asked of her is, when she gets on her feet, that she help someone else out," Thomas told the news outlet, "and she said she would."
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KOMO News, PORTLAND, Ore.
You can tell right away that Madison Root has a shrewd business sense.
She launched a small business on Saturday morning with all the right ingredients for success.
Portland Saturday Market -- where the crowds are.
Mistletoe -- perfect for Christmas.
Hand-wrapped and tied with a red bow.
Madison, 11, even cut and chopped the mistletoe herself from her uncle's farm in Newberg.
She's hoping to raise money to chip in for her braces. The dentist says they'll cost $4,800.
"I felt like I could help my dad with the money," she said.
Madison and her dad bagged up the mistletoe and started selling them next to the Skidmore Fountain in Downtown Portland on Saturday morning.
That's also where the Portland Saturday Market holds its weekly venue.
A private security guard asked Madison to stop selling because city ordinance bans commerce like that without proper approval.
"I wouldn't think I'd have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place," said Madison.
And she's right -- to a point.
In fact, we saw people protesting, hold signs, playing music, and begging all over the area on Sunday morning as well.
The Saturday Market is incredibly diverse.
You can buy whistles, order crepes and sign a marijuana petition all without walking more than ten steps.
But you can't open a business without going through the market's formal application process. The market sets rules for vendors which Madison agrees make sense.
Begging is different.
That's a form of free speech, protected under the First Amendment, explains Mark Ross, spokesman for the Portland Parks Bureau, which manages the city park and rents it to the Saturday Market.
The guard, hired by the market from a private security firm, told Madison she could sell her products on city sidewalk outside the park's boundaries or simply ask people for donations for her braces.
"I don't want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg," said Madison.
"It's crazy. People can get money for pot. But I can't get money for braces. I'm working for this! They're just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot."
A vendor selling ceramic bowls told KATU News she wishes the rules made an exception for children.
"They should have a caveat for children trying to create options for commerce, especially this time of year," said Sharon Steen, co-owner of Perfect Bowls. "We encourage it. We want them to grow up and be entrepreneurs."
After Madison's story appeared on KATU News at 5:00 pm on Sunday, a viewer already called to order 30 bags of mistletoe.
"I want to do something for a good cause," said Madison. "I don't want to beg."
Here's an Update from KATU:
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The saga of the 11-year-old entrepreneur and her box of mistletoe prompted the mayor to say he'll review city laws and the Saturday Market to invite the little girl back.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales confirmed Tuesday morning he met with Commissioner Amanda Fritz to discuss why city code would ban a child from selling mistletoe from a public park while allowing begging, pan-handling, singing, and protesting.
A spokesman for Mayor Hales said he plans to contact the staff at Portland's Saturday Market to better understand what happened and whether procedures could be tweaked to allow kids to sell.
Late Tuesday afternoon, an executive from Portland's Saturday Market also contacted KATU with an invitation: Madison Root, 11, can come back, apply to be a full member, sell her mistletoe, and she won't need to pay the standard fee for vendors.
Young entrepreneur Madison thought it would be a success if she sold a couple dozen bags of her mistletoe on a chilly Saturday morning next to the Skidmore Fountain.
A few days later, she suddenly has far too many orders to handle coming in from all over the United States.
"There was never enough mistletoe for this," said her dad, Ashton Root, who helped his daughter collect and bag the mistletoe from oak trees growing on his brother's farm in Newberg.
Madison's saga started on Saturday morning when she was banned from selling the mistletoe she collected in downtown Portland because city code forbids unauthorized sales activity in public parks, which is where vendors hold the weekly Saturday Market.
KATU News aired a story about the 11-year-old on Sunday night after her dad called its newsroom.
By Monday, KATU viewers had placed hundreds of orders and a local entrepreneur even donated $1,000 in seed money to help Madison grow her business.
Meanwhile, officials in City Hall were silent, refusing to return phone calls or speak on camera about the city code that appeared to encourage begging rather than selling.
By Tuesday, television and radio stations across the country aired KATU's report for their own local viewers.
National television networks and news websites also picked up the report of the little girl from Oregon who was told she's allowed to beg, but not sell, including FOX News and The Washington Times.
People from all over the country have been contacting KATU's newsroom trying to reach Madison Root to order mistletoe.
The newsroom has heard from CEOs, Army captains and people in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Virginia, South Carolina, Colorado, Massachusetts, California, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, California, Texas.
And those are only the people who happened to mention where they live.
"Never beg for anything - and never give up - why are we teaching our children the wrong thing?" wrote a woman named Constance in an email to KATU reporter Dan Cassuto.
Some people aren't pleased.
"I find it quite offensive," wrote another viewer, upset with Madison's message that laws should encourage working, not begging.
The legal issue is somewhat complicated.
Portland City Code 20.12.020 outlaws soliciting or conducting business from city parks without proper permits or permissions. This includes giving away a product with the "intent or expectation" of receiving money.
Begging and protesting are allowed, says a spokesman for the Portland Parks Bureau, because those are activities considered free speech and protected by the First Amendment.
The Portland City Attorney did not return repeated phone calls requesting an official position on the
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I don't think I have to ask if this will be a hot seller! Bloody Marys are about to get spicy!
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phillips Distilling Company (Phillips) today announces the launch of UV Sriracha Vodka, the first sriracha flavored vodka to hit the market. UV Sriracha Vodka is a bold blast of spicy flavors and the ultimate vodka for anyone who wants to add a kick to their cocktail.
UV Sriracha is infused with a proprietary blend of chilis, garlic and vegetables. These flavors honor the traditional sriracha hot sauce, named after Si Racha, Thailand; the city where it was first created. Everyone is craving the wildly popular sriracha, which some claim as the world’s favorite condiment for anything. Snacks, candy and numerous food products are riding the sriracha craze; however UV is the first vodka to satisfy fiery flavor fans.
“UV Sriracha is not too hot, not too spicy and the ideal vodka to punch up a bloody mary or any savory drink,” said Jim Aune, Phillips director of research and development. “The nose has a blend of chili peppers, including the hotter red chili pepper and the more subtle green chili pepper. UV Sriracha has a pepper character that hits you right up front, which is very quickly followed by the hot pepper. The hot stays mainly on the front of the tongue. It is buffered by the green pepper so the spice comes through, without offensive heat.”
“Phillips is continually researching, testing and on the cutting edge of culinary flavor trends,” said Jason Connelly, Phillips vice president of sales. “Being first to market has been a competitive advantage for UV, however, we take great pride in ensuring that all of our flavors are perfectly balanced and measured. UV Sriracha Vodka was in development until the ideal combination of peppers and spices was achieved, resulting in vodka that is spicy with a gentle, balancing sweetness that measures the heat.”
To differentiate from other pepper vodkas, Aune fine-tuned a formula of chili peppers, vinegar and garlic to create an authentic sriracha flavor that is the right balance of spice, tang and sweetness. “Sriracha connoisseurs will love the bold, bright chili, complimented by a sweetness that finishes green,” said Aune.
Spirits innovators since the 1930’s, Phillips was one of the first in the industry to embrace the popular dessert flavored vodkas with UV Cake, UV Chocolate Cake, UV Whipped and UV Candy Bar. Developing a sriracha flavored vodka resulted from listening to consumers and leveraging innovation to meet their preferences. UV Sriracha Vodka is the 20th variety of flavored vodka for the popular UV Vodka brand. Other flavors include Blue Raspberry, Pink Lemonade, Cherry, Apple, Salty Watermelon, Coconut, Grape, Vanilla, Citrus, Espresso, Sweet Green Tea and UV’s straight vodkas UV 80 and UV 103. Visit www.uvvodka.com for additional information and recipes.
With its recent 2013 Impact Blue Chip Brand award, UV Vodka has been an IMPACT! Magazine Hot Brand award winner for eight consecutive years.
UV Vodka is distilled four times for premium quality and activated carbon filtered to ensure the highest level of purity and the perfect pH balance. UV Sriracha is available in one liter, 750ml and 50ml bottle sizes with a suggested retail price of $12.99 for a one liter bottle, $11.99 for a 750ml bottle and 99 cents for a 50ml bottle.
UV Sriracha is the perfect complement to any bloody mary recipe.
Sriracha Bloody Mary
1 part UV Sriracha Vodka
2 parts bloody mary mix
Stir and serve over ice with your favorite bloody mary garnishes.
About Phillips Distilling Company
Phillips Distilling Company (Phillips) is one of the most innovative and enduring distilled spirits companies in the U.S. Over 100 years in the making, Phillips continues to produce high-quality products using only the finest ingredients, sourced from around the globe. From America’s first schnapps in the 1930s, to flavored vodka in the 1950s, to flavored whiskey in the 2000s, Phillips is consistently a pioneer in the spirits industry. The Phillips portfolio includes UV Vodka flavored vodkas, Prairie Organic Spirits, Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky, Phillips and SourPuss Liqueurs. Phillips Distilling Company is a subsidiary of United States Distilled Products. The company is based in Minneapolis. www.phi