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Barista shares text message from boss that made her quit immediately

A US barista has shared a text message exchange with her boss that led to her quitting after more than two years with the business.

Former Starbucks barista, Auralee Smith texted her manager to advise that unfortunately, they were putting their family pet down over the weekend after its lengthy cancer battle, and she would need the day off work.

“I have to put my dog ​​down on Saturday night and I will be an absolute mess. Ella she’s my best friend, ”the 21-year-old said in a text.

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However, Auralee was shocked at her manager’s response when she asked her if she could change the day she put her dog down, out of fear the team would be short-staffed.

“I’m really gonna need you to find coverage. I understand it’s a tough situation, but you have plenty of notice, so it’s not going to be approved if you don’t come in,” the boss replied over text.

“Is there a way you could do it on a night where you don’t work the next day?”

Auralee responded by saying she promised to find someone to cover her shift, however, she was putting in her two weeks’ notice.

“It’s the family dog, she’s very sick, and it’s what my family has decided to do,” she responded.

“I can’t reschedule when I put my dog ​​down for Starbucks.

“This is also putting me in my two weeks officially. I’ve worked for this company for 2.5 years and I appreciate what it’s done for me, but I’m ready to move on.”

When Auralee posted screenshots of the conversation to Twitter, many people were disgusted by the manager’s response, with many saying it should be the manager’s job to fill the roster should such a devastating issue arise.

However, Auralee later told The Insider, while she wasn’t surprised at her manager’s response, she understood it wasn’t entirely her fault.

She said the issue was more that she believes the company had cultivated an environment where employees were overworked.

“To me, this is just the mentality that Starbucks promotes behind the scenes,” Auralee said.

A spokesperson for Starbucks told The Insider the text messages posted by Auralee did not show the full picture.

The spokesperson said the company offered personal and sick leave to staff, but in this case, Auralee did not ask for it, and her manager did not offer it.

“The health and well-being of our partners is and continues to be our top priority. In this instance, we were able to support this partner in getting her work covered at that time, ”a Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement.

It is unknown which Starbucks outlet the woman worked for.

CCTV shows elevator fight months prior to brutal stabbing.

CCTV shows elevator fight months prior to brutal stabbing.



Air Fryer scam: Kmart shoppers embroiled in a sophisticated con involving $3 air fryers

If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.

Kmart shoppers have been warned after a sophisticated new scam involving air fryers was uncovered last week.

The ruse involves a deceiving post from a page called “Mega Sale” that purports to advertise the Philips 4.1L air fryer for $3 at Kmart stores.

In reality, that model of air fryer retails for $199 at the department chain.

At first glance, the Facebook post looks believable, including an official-looking Kmart price tag that reads: “Philips 4.1L air fryer Black with warranty $3.”

Additionally, the post tells shoppers they have a limited amount of time to snap up the deal because of high demand and the closure of Philips’ warehouse in Russia.

“Due to the closure of their warehouses with household goods in Russia. Philips company makes mega sale on the goods and Philips Air Fryer [is] one of them, promotional price till August 15 only $3,” the caption on the scam post reads.

“Hurry up, freebie will end soon!”

The elaborate scam used to con shoppers into buying more than they bargained for.
Camera IconThe elaborate scam used to con shoppers into buying more than they bargained for. Credit: Supplied (Facebook)

There was a mixed response online as some people identified the post as a scam straight away, however, others bought into it.

One of those who realized what it was tried to warn others in a Kmart shoppers Facebook group.

“Just saw this, please tell friends and family to be careful,” she wrote.

“I know many will look at this photo and see it’s a scam, but there are many people with disabilities or people who are elderly who aren’t as savvy.”

Despite her efforts, one-by-one disappointed shoppers admitted that they had been scammed.

“I fell for it and lost $500 – I pray others don’t do the same,” said one.

Another said: “My elderly mum fell for it, she felt it to me last night. Am now on the phone on the phone to the bank trying to help her.”

Kmart shoppers are being told to keep their money close to their chest after a sophisticated new scam involving air fryers was uncovered last week.
Camera IconKmart shoppers are being told to keep their money close to their chest after a sophisticated new scam involving air fryers was uncovered last week. Credit: Brent Lewis/Bloomberg

PerthNow understands that once an unwitting customer signs up for the air fryer, “Mega Sale” use customer credit card details to make more unauthorized payments.

Shockingly, some users claimed in the comment section that the scam was genuine and they were enjoying the use of their $3 air fryer — likely part of the scam.

“Thought that it was not the original, some kind of fake,” said one.

“But after I printed it out I was pleasantly surprised, it is the original. I advise everyone to take part, and I went to cook my husband dinner!”

This isn’t the first scam involving Kmart products this year. In July scammers claimed Kmart was selling the Nintendo Switch for just $2.95.

The ACCC’s Scamwatch says phishing scams – like this fake Kmart Facebook post – work by fooling consumers into believing they’re dealing with a genuine retailer.

“Phishing messages are designed to look genuine, and often copy the format used by the organization the scammer is pretending to represent, including their branding and logo,” it said.

“They will take you to a fake website that looks like the real deal but has a slightly different address. For example, if the legitimate site is ‘’, the scammer may use an address like ‘’.

“If you provide the scammer with your details online or over the phone, they will use them to carry out fraudulent activities, such as using your credit cards and stealing your money.”

Scamwatch encourages consumers to report scams here.



Domino’s pulls out of Italy after admitting failure in attempt to win over locals

It was a cheeky bid to grab a slice of the action in the home of pizza.

But US chain Domino’s has admitted failure in its attempt to conquer Italy and has said a hasty arrivederci.

After spending seven years trying to persuade Romans and Neapolitans that popular American pizza toppings – such as pineapple – were not a sacrilege, it has closed all its 29 Italian stores.

Domino’s, which has more than 1,100 UK outlets, arrived in Italy in 2015 hoping to cash in on the home delivery market.

The firm said it aimed to open 880 stores and would use ‘purely Italian’ traditional ingredients such as prosciutto, gorgonzola, grana padano and mozzarella.

But Italy’s notoriously perfectionist diners proved hard to please.

They turned their noses up when Domino’s offered US-inspired varieties such as the cheeseburger topping, the pepperoni passion and, worst of all, the pineapple-strewn Hawaiian.

The coronavirus pandemic also saw potential customers flock to local, often cheaper, restaurants for home-grown options.

Domino’s main market in Italy, according to the firm’s detractors, was just “drunk American tourists”.

The US fast food giant shut its stores across Italy after local franchise holder ePizza went bankrupt.

ePizza, which had debts of nearly £9million, has blamed the COVID pandemic lockdowns and a significant rise in the level of competition, particularly from more traditional Italian outlets, for the decision to shut its restaurants.

The firm said: “We attribute the issue to the significantly increased level of competition in the food delivery market with both organized chains and “mom and pop” restaurants delivering food.”

It was a cheeky bid to grab a slice of the action in the home of pizza.  But US chain Domino's has admitted failure in its attempt to conquer Italy and has said a hasty arrivederci.
Camera IconIt was a cheeky bid to grab a slice of the action in the home of pizza. But US chain Domino’s has admitted failure in its attempt to conquer Italy and has said a hasty arrivederci. Credit: YALCIN SONAT/yalcinsonat –

Italian newspaper Il Messaggero offered a more withering assessment of Domino’s attempts to win over the country.

“Italians don’t like pineapple pizza”, it said, claiming Domino’s menu “would turn up the nose of traditional pizza lovers, while intriguing xenophiles”.

In Italy, pizza is such a way of life that the original, traditional Neapolitian has protected status and strict requirements, while the art of dough twirling in Naples has even achieved Unesco world heritage recognition.

One online commentator said bringing the US chain to Italy was like “trying to sell snow in the North Pole”.

Another wrote: “May we all have the insane confidence of the Domino’s executive who pitched opening in Italy.”

But some American takeaway giants remain unperturbed by the pizza chain’s fate.

Starbucks has opened 16 stores across Italy in the hope of tempting coffee traditionalists away from the country’s much-loved espresso bars.



McDonald’s in $250 million wage theft claim with SDA over alleged denial of paid rest breaks

The fast food workers’ union has hit McDonald’s with a $250 million-plus wage theft claim in the Federal Court over the alleged denial of paid rest breaks.

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association is seeking compensation for more than 250,000 current and former workers across the country.

The union this month launched a new “mega” legal action involving 323 McDonald’s operators and the fast good giant itself, and spanning almost 1000 current and former McDonald’s sites.



Nintendo President Says Switch Production Is “Uncertain” Next Year

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In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa says that, while semiconductor supply issues are looking to improve for the remainder of this fiscal year, next year looks more “uncertain.” This follows the publication of Nintendo’s financial report for Q1 2022-2023.

In last week’s financials, Nintendo reported a 22.9% drop in profits for April – June 2022, but the company also reassured people that it would not be increasing the price of the Switch and that the semiconductor shortages would improve over the summer and autumn period.

Furukawa says that Nintendo will “work out the best strategy” as it goes along and that it’s doing its best to “procure high-quality products at an appropriate price”, but that things are only clear for the remainder of the current fiscal year:

“With cooperation from various business partners, we’re on track for improvement from the latter half of this summer. But in terms of our sales forecast of 21 million units for the fiscal year through March 2023, we only have a clear production outlook for this year. Beyond that, things are uncertain.”

This cooperation means that Nintendo Switch supply should improve for the rest of the year, as Nintendo already laid out in its latest financial report, but it’s unknown what the demand and supply will be like next year. Furukawa also states “I can’t say specifically what is in short supply”, but that Nintendo will still be selling all three Switch models — Standard, Lite, and OLED.

While Furukawa once again reassures that Nintendo isn’t considering a price increase “at this point”, the President was asked about rising material and shipping costs.

“For the time being, our OLED model will continue to be less profitable than our other models. Costs have undoubtedly increased for shipping not only by air, but also by sea. We’re thinking about what we can do.

The weak yen may be seen as a benefit for Nintendo, since such a large share of our sales comes from abroad, but our overseas promotional and staff costs also go up. We’re making more inventory purchases in foreign currencies to counter that.”

While the yen is indeed weakening, costs across the world are also rising, causing Nintendo to consider more options, including — as Furukawa states above — buying more inventory in other currencies.

And even though a large percentage of sales come from abroad, Furukawa brings up the issue of shipping costs, and the company needs to think of a way to get around this.

The OLED costs more to produce, and, while it’s more expensive than the standard model (and frequently the best-selling Switch console week-on-week in Japan), it’s only marginally more so.

Still, despite any potential issues with supplies, semiconductors, and prices, Furukawa believes that “hit software” in the latter part of the year will help the console massively, specifically citing Splatoon 3 (9th September) and Pokémon Scarlet & Violet (18th November ).

Other major platform exclusives coming out for the remainder of 2022 are Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and Bayonetta 3, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 has a chance of squeaking in before the end of the financial year (March 2023) as it’s tenuously dated for Spring 2023.

What are your thoughts on Shuntaro Furukawa’s words? Do you think the semiconductor shortage will improve more next year? Let us know in the comments.



CEO Braden Wallake posts crying selfie on LinkedIn after laying off employees—and it goes viral

A CEO has sparked a major debate online after posting a selfie of himself crying on LinkedIn following layoffs he made at his company.

Braden Wallake, who runs the Ohio-based business-to-business marketing agency Hypersocial in the US, shared the picture on Wednesday.

The post has since received more than 6,700 comments and nearly 33,000 reactions.

“This will be the most vulnerable thing I’ll ever share. I’ve gone back and forth whether to post this or not. We just had to lay off a few of our employees. I’ve seen a lot of layoffs over the last few weeks on LinkedIn. Most of those are due to the economy, or whatever other reason. Ours? My fault.” Wallake wrote alongside the picture that shows tears streaming down his face from him.

Wallake says he made a decision in February that eventually led to the layoffs. He has not yet explained what this decision was but said on LinkedIn that he planned to do so in the future.

Describing the layoffs as the “toughest thing” he has ever had to do, Wallake said he loved his employees and wished that he was “a business owner that was only money driven and didn’t care about who he hurt along the way”.

‘Yes, I am the crying CEO’

Some LinkedIn users mocked Wallake’s post, calling him “out of touch” and “cringe-worthy” or suggested that he should focus on helping his former employees rather than on how the situation had affected him.

“Por favor. Laying off people is horrific for you, but more horrific for them. It’s about taking care of their welfare, not grief posting for your own likes. This is ungracious, gratuitous, insensitive and tacky. Grow up, look after those people who you claim to be so worried about, own your mistakes privately and stop being so narcissistic,” one commenter wrote.

Others supported Wallake, saying they understood laying people off was an emotional process, and praised his openness.

This includes one of his former employees, Noah Smith, who defended his former boss and said he would only want to work for managers like him.

“To those who would look to hire me, I’m only interested in working for people like Braden Wallake who has a positive outlook on life. I’m not interested in working for you if you think working more hours ONLY to make more money is the most valuable way to spend your time.”

Wallake followed up his original message with a follow-up post, saying, “Hey everyone, yes, I am the crying CEO. No, my intent was not to make it about me or victimize myself. I am sorry it came across that way.”

“It was not my place to out the employees’ names publicly,” he continued. “What I want to do now, is trying to make better of this situation and start a thread for people looking for work.”

Hypersocial was not immediately available to comment when contacted by CNBC.

A broader trend?

André Spicer, professor of organizational behavior at Bayes Business School, told CNBC that the post is unsurprising considering current management trends.

“It’s a trend, CEOs and leaders have been encouraged to be authentic and bring their real selves to work,” Spicer said. “It’s showing your real emotions and real reactions and people are kind of encouraged to display this through a lot of current management thinking … so it’s not surprising.”

He added that Wallake appeared to be navigating a delicate balancing act between being too authentic and not authentic enough – sometimes referred to as bounded authenticity.

“So ideally, what this guy should have done is sort of used bounded authenticity, where he was a bit honest about the mistakes he’d made and he’ll admit to this, but then not turning it into a pity party about himself, basically.”




Powerball winner: Grandmother says she ‘couldn’t move’ after massive $20 million win

A grandmother in Melbourne’s west who woke up $20m richer after winning Powerball has revealed the secrets behind her newfound wealth.

The Truganina woman held the only national division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1369 on Thursday, turning her into a multi-millionaire overnight.

The lucky winner made the sage decision to switch up her usual numbers, which delivered her the $20m.

“I decided to mix things up, and instead of putting my usual three to four games on, I decided to get a Powerhit consisting of special numbers that mean the most to me,” she told the Lott.

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Camera IconThe woman’s winning numbers were different from the ones she usually goes with. Credit: Supplied

“I’ve never expected to win anything big. I usually land three numbers, but never anything more.

The winning numbers in the draw were 30, 23, 9, 22, 5, 28 and 18, while the Powerball number was 3.

The woman also defied her husband’s doubts, who thought she had no chance of winning.

“When I purchased the ticket, my husband and daughter were with me, and I told them that I’d put a ticket on for Powerball, and my husband said to me, ‘don’t bother, we’re never going to win ‘” she grandmother said.

“I guess I’ve proved him wrong.”

The grandmother got the thrill of her life when she realized she had the winning numbers.

“I was sitting in the lounge room, and I checked the winning numbers before going to bed, and I didn’t believe it,” she said

“I couldn’t get out of the chair. I couldn’t go to the toilet. I couldn’t move. It was so surreal.

“I only got about 40 minutes sleep last night. I’m so tired, but it’s worth it.”

The grandmother could not believe her luck when she won.
Camera IconThe grandmother could not believe her luck when she won. Credit: Supplied, The Lott

The woman wants to use her millions to treat her family, with plans already under way for an Australian holiday.

“We would love to travel around Australia via train. All the sightseeing we would do is getting me excited!” she said.

“We would also love to help our children and grandchildren. We might help them all buy a house!”

The woman bought her winning entry from Wyndham Village Lotto & News, with the store’s owner Mahesh Thakur saying they were thrilled to have sold her the lucky numbers.

“It’s truly a special day for us, and we’re absolutely over the moon,” he said.

“When we found out the news last night, we couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t sleep either.”

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 272 for 2022.



Trump hires prominent Atlanta attorney for election probe

ATLANTA (AP) — Donald Trump has hired a prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney known for defending famous rappers to represent him in matters related to the special grand jury that’s investigating whether the former president illegally tried to interfere with the 2020 election in Georgia.

Drew Findling’s clients have included Cardi B, Migos and Gucci Mane, as well as comedian Katt Williams. His Twitter bio of him includes the hashtag #BillionDollarLawyer and his Instagram feed of him is filled with photos of him posing with his well-known clients.

His most recent Instagram post, dated two days after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June, says his signature of him is committed to “fighting to restore a woman’s right to choose, which has been destroyed by the Supreme Court,” suggesting his personal views of him do n’t align with those of Trump’s Republican Party . I have offered to defend anyone charged under Georgia’s restrictive abortion law free of charge.

After Trump insulted basketball star LeBron James’s intelligence in an August 2018 tweet, Findling called Trump the “racist architect of fraudulent Trump University” in a tweet and ended the post with “POTUS pathetic once again!”

The Findling Law Firm said in a statement released Thursday that it has been hired, along with attorneys Jennifer Little and Dwight Thomas, to represent Trump.

Findling said in an emailed statement that he is a “passionate advocate against injustice” and will “strongly defend” Trump.

“I may differ politically from many of my clients, but that doesn’t change my commitment to defend against wrongful investigations,” Findling said. “In this case, the focus on President Trump in Fulton County, Georgia is clearly an erroneous and politically driven persecution and along with my office and co-counsel, I am fully committed to defend against this injustice.”

Little, a former prosecutor, said in an emailed statement that the attorneys were “handpicked” on Trump’s behalf and that “the composition of our team only adds to the integrity of his defense.”

“A politically diverse group of attorneys with differing perspectives have all come to the same conclusion — there have been no violations of Georgia law,” she said. “We as a team look forward to vigorously defending our client and the Constitution.”

Thomas said he has extensive past experience in special grand jury investigations and is serving as a consultant. Other lawyers who have clients who are connected to the investigation have also reached out to him, he said, but he declined to name them.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened the investigation early last year, and the special grand jury was seated in May at her request.

Willis has confirmed since the early days of the investigation that she’s interested in a January 2021 phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During that conversation, Trump suggested Raffensperger could “find” the votes needed to overturn his narrow loss in the state.

“All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said during that call. “Because we won the state.”

Willis last month filed petitions seeking to compel testimony before the special grand jury from seven Trump associates and advisers, including former New York mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and US Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. And she has said that she is considering subpoenaing the former president himself.

In addition to representing high-profile musical artists and other entertainers, Findling successfully defended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill in a racketeering trial that threatened to end his law enforcement career. Hill was acquired in 2013 on 27 felony charges in an indictment that accused him of using his office for personal gain.

Findling is currently defending Hill against charges in a federal indictment accusing him of violating the civil rights of several people in his agency’s custody by ordering that they be unnecessarily strapped into a restraint chair and left there for hours.

He also defended Mitzi Bickers, a former Atlanta city official was the first person to go to trial in a long-running federal investigation into corruption at City Hall under former Mayor Kasim Reed. A jury earlier this year found Bickers guilty on charges including money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bribery. Findling said they plan to appeal.



Urgent recall of Westinghouse glass cooktop over serious injury risk

An urgent national recall has been announced for a popular Electrolux home product after parts of the item have been found to shatter, posing serious injury.

Product Safety Australia on Thursday recalled the Westinghouse black tempered glass gas cooktop.

The product, which does not comply with the Domestic Gas Cooking Appliances Standard, comes in a 60cm three-burner cooktop and a 90cm five-burner cooktop.

Warning: Urgent recall on household appliance.  Picture: Supplied.
Camera IconThe Westinghouse black tempered glass gas cooktop has been recalled. Supplied Credit: NCA NewsWire

The cooktop, which is sold both nationally and internationally in stores such as Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Reece Plumbing and Winning Appliances, has been on sale since February 2020.

Consumers have been urged to check the model number of their cooktop to see if it is affected.

The model numbers are WG638BC and WHG958BC or serial digits 5301134 – 22503805.

Authorities said other identifying numbers on the device include AGA 8145G.

Affected consumers should contact Electrolux to arrange a refund or for a service technician to attend free of charge to replace the product.

For more information, consumers can contact Electrolux Home Products on 1800 001 218 or via email at [email protected].



Man who tried to breach FBI office killed after standoff

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — An armed man clad in body armor who tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office on Thursday was shot and killed by police after he fled the scene and engaged in an hourslong standoff in a rural part of the state, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The confrontation came as officials warned of an increase in threats against federal agents in the days following a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The man is believed to have been in Washington on the days leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and may have been present at the Capitol on the day of the attack, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter. The official could not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The suspect was identified as Ricky Shiffer, 42, according to the law enforcement official. He was not charged with any crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, the official said. Federal investigators are examining whether Shiffer may have had ties to far-right extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, the official said.

Shiffer “attempted to breach” the visitor screening area at the FBI office at around 9:15 am, and fled when agents confronted him, according to federal authorities’ account of the incident. After fleeing onto Interstate 71, he was spotted by a trooper and fired shots as the trooper pursued him, said Lt. Nathan Dennis, an Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesperson, at a press conference.

Shiffer left the interstate north of Cincinnati and abandoned his car on rural roads, where he exchanged gunfire with police and sustained injuries, although no one else was hurt, Dennis said.

Shiffer was shot after he raised a gun toward police at around 3 pm Thursday, Dennis said. The fatal encounter with police happened after negotiations failed and police tried unsuccessfully to use “less lethal tactics,” Dennis said, without providing details.

State highway workers blocked off roads leading to the scene as a helicopter flew over the area. Officials locked down a mile radius near the interstate and urged residents and business owners to lock doors and stay inside. The interstate has been reopened.

There have been growing threats in recent days against FBI agents and offices across the country since federal agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. On Gab, a popular social media site with white supremacists and antisemites, users have warned they are preparing for an armed revolution.

Federal officials have also been tracking an array of other concerning chatter on Gab and other platforms threatening violence against federal agents. FBI Director Christopher Wray denounced the threats as he visited another FBI office in Nebraska on Wednesday.

“Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with,” Wray said Wednesday in Omaha.

The FBI on Wednesday also warned its agents to avoid protesters and ensure their security key cards are “not visible outside FBI space,” citing an increase in social media threats to bureau personnel and facilities. It also warned agents to be aware of their surroundings and potential protesters.

The warning did not specifically mention this week’s search for Mar-a-Lago but attributed the online threats to “recent media reporting on FBI investigative activity.”


Welsh-Huggins reported from Columbus, Ohio. Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.