North Carolina Jeweler Stirs Up Controversy With Billboard Slogan

(PCM) A North Carolina jeweler has come under fire because the slogan used on their roadside billboard is considered offensive. The billboard in question is advertising for Spicer Greene Jewelers in Asheville and features the words “Sometimes it’s OK to throw rocks at girls”. The words are surrounded by images of precious stones.

The billboard has struck a nerve with locals who claim that the words further promote a culture of violence against women. They feel that children who see the billboard will not see the humor and/or play on words in the sign and only think that it means it’s okay to throw rocks at girls.

The jeweler has since issued an apology for the billboard and claim that it was never their intention to offend anyone with the message. They posted the following note on their Facebook page regarding the situation:

“To whom we have offended with our recent billboard, please accept our apologies. We do not condone violence of any kind toward any being. We are humble enough to realize when we make a mistake and humble enough to realize the context in which we are speaking. We did not intend to cause controversy and our billboard communicated something we did not intend. We intended the billboard as a play on words to encourage the loving act of gift giving and are deeply saddened that it offended anyone.”

While we do see how some people could read into another more sinister message on the sign, however these days everyone is so hyper sensitive to absolutely anything and everything. We certainly don’t believe the jewelers had any intention offend and most likely felt they were just being cute and clever with the billboard in question.

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Boy From Alaska Wins 42nd National Rotten Sneaker Contest

(PCM) Congratulations are in order (at least we think) to the winner for the Odor Eaters 42nd annual National Rotten Sneaker Contest. The honor of “Smelliest Sole” went to a young man from Alaska named Connor Slocombe. The contest was held a the famed Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in New York City.

Slocombe also took home the prize of $2,500, which he will hopefully use to purchase some new sneakers, as well as an additional two night stay in New York City, tickets to a Broadway show, a space in the Odor Eaters “Hall Of Fumes” and a supple of Odor Eaters products to hopefully rid himself of his “smelly soles”.

Slocombe’s New Balance sneakers were so worn through that his toes were literally popping out of the top of his shoes, but hey, at least he got a golden sneaker medal! You know, goals and stuff! We can’t believe this competition has been going on for as long as it has!

The final competitors are chosen from local markets around the country and their sneakers are judged on factors such as odor, condition and the child’s description as to why their shoes are the stinkiest.  The contest began in 1974 when a sporting goods owner in Montpelier, Vermont was seeking to advertise a new line of athletic shoes. The rest is “stinky” history.

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Celebrities Liam Neeson, Rebel Wilson And More Audition To Become The New Voice For Stephen Hawking!

(PCM) For the past 30 years renowned astro-physicist Stephen Hawking has used the same robotic voice to communicate, it is so recognizable that it has almost become a staple of pop culture. Hawking has had many opportunities over the years to change the tone, inflection and accent of the robotic voice but has always declined. He has been using the same American-accented robotic voice since 1986, which was the year he created his “Equalizer” computer program that was able to allow him to communicate.

In a hilarious new short-film from Comic Relief various celebrities such as Liam Neeson, Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, and Lin-Manuel Miranda audition for a chance to become the new speaking voice for Hawking, who may be finally ready to update his computer system after so many years. The celebrities compete hard for such an honor and we think you are really going to love the choice that Hawking makes in the end!  Check it out below:

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United Airlines Bans Two Young Women From Flight For Wearing Leggings!

(PCM) Everyone is in an uproar over the news that United Airlines recently banned two young women from their flight from Denver to Minneapolis for wearing leggings. According to the airline the women were not wearing “proper” attire and that unless they agreed to change their pants they would not be allowed on the flight.

The Washington Post also reports that a third young woman, who only happens to be 10-years old, was also found to be wearing leggings and was asked to change her pants as well before being allowed to board the flight. This is just preposterous! She is literally a 10-year old little girl! Leggings are standard attire for someone her age, in fact, leggings are now considered pretty standard attire for any and all women these days regardless of age.

While we agree that there are certainly times when leggings are not always the classiest way to dress depending on how they are worn, however paired with the correct top and either boots or sneakers they can look absolutely adorable. Without seeing the way in which these young ladies, minus the 10-year old, were wearing the leggings it can be a bit hard to judge why United Airlines would have come down on them so harshly.

The 10-year old little girl ended up putting a dress over her leggings, however the other two young ladies pressed the issue and were not going to be allowed to board their flight. They did eventually board the plane after changing their clothing. Many feel that it is not up to United Airlines to police the way in which women and girls dress, however on the other side of that there is the issue of dress code appropriateness which is left up to the discretion of the airline gate agents.

Political activist and founder of the gun safety campaign “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America” Shannon Watts just so happened to be at the gate when all the drama was going down and tweeted out the incident to her over 32,000 Twitter followers.

The above tweet is what opened up #leggingsgate and even celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen, Sarah Silverman and Patrica Arquette joined in to voice their frustrations with United Airlines policies. The airline responded to Watts with the following tweet:

However the story does get a bit more involved as it seem that the young women were traveling via passes as part of the United Airlines employee benefit travel. The women’s attire did not meet the protocol and adhere to the policy for employee benefit travel. We have dealt with this a lot in the past ourselves and while many of the airlines policies for company dress code attire is a bit dated that is a small price to pay for being able to fly for a significantly discounted rate or perhaps even for free.

Perhaps United Airlines should get on board with some of the other airlines such as American or Delta who have updated their dress code policies for employee and companion travel, however before #leggingsgate gets too far out of control, people should know the whole story.

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Florida Man Charged For Consuming Pancakes At Busy Intersection

(PCM) Why does it seem that all of the weirdest stories somehow come out of Florida? It must be something in the water down there! A 21-year man named Kiaron Thomas has been charged with posting an obstruction in a roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic after he was caught consuming a full pancake breakfast in the middle of a busy intersection.

Police received multiple complaints from drivers on the road about Thomas’s breakfast adventure, however by the time they arrived on the scene he had finished his meal and was long gone. Thomas is a known prankster, so police were able to easily find footage of the traffic breakfast prank posted on his social media channels.

Thomas will be due in court to face his charges in April of 2017. Remember, nothing comes between a man and his pancake breakfast! Not even cops and angry motorists!

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Woman Holds Up The Taco Bell Drive-Thru Lane For The Most Ridiculous Reason

(PCM) An Ohio woman caused quite a ruckus at the Taco Bell location in Euclid, Ohio for the most utterly ridiculous reason. The woman refused to move her vehicle out of the restaurants drive-thru lane and it got so intense that store employees had to contact the authorities to take over the situation.

So, if you’re wondering just why this woman was so darn “saucy” get ready for this!  The Taco Bell location just so happened to be out of “Mild” taco sauce! That’s it! No other reason. She was also irritated that they would not discount her food order by 50% off due to the inconvenience of not having the “Mild” sauce as they only had “Fire” sauce.

Since “Mild” sauce was the woman’s only condiment of choice she decided to make a big stink about the situation and refused to leave the drive-thru lane. Eventually, the authorities were able to get the woman to leave the Taco Bell location, but not before she created a major headache for both store employees and other restaurant patrons.

We are guess that she is probably banned from that particular Taco Bell for life! Thanks for ruining taco-time for everyone lady and making everyone else pretty “saucy” in the process!

 

 

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