Rapper In Trouble Over Extreme Dine And Dash Maneuver

(PCM) A wannabe Australian rapper Terry Peck who goes by the nickname “2Pec” went to extreme measures to avoid paying for his dinner at an upscale seafood restaurant on Australia’s Main Beach. Perhaps he just wanted to see where his meal came from because he ended up dining and dashing, literally running straight into the ocean. Could this have been more like a dine and splash?

It seems that “2Pec” did not feel like paying for the over $600 bill he had racked up at Omeros Bros Restaurant, so when the bill came to the table he took off running onto the beach. He was chased down by restaurant staff members, but ended up jumping straight into the ocean at Surfer’s Paradise in Main Beach and decided to make a swim for it!

The Courier Mail is reporting that 2Pec’s meal consisted of  two lobsters, a baby octopus and 21 vodka oyster shots and “a number of Coronas,” which came to over $600. So, it is completely understandable why the restaurant would be upset and want him apprehended.

2Pec tried to defend his actions by saying that he ran before paying because he friend was going in to labor and was going to be having a baby on the beach. We have to give him credit for trying such an elaborate excuse, but the story failed to pan out. He even went as far as to say that the restaurant actually owed him an apology because the lobster was overcooked and there was a shell in one of the oysters. Really???

He said he had planned to return and pay for the meal, but when he jumped into the ocean “searching” for his pregnant friend he conveniently lost his wallet. 2Pec refused to swim back to shore so authorities were sent out on jet skis to literally reel him back in. He was taken to jail, but was able to post bail and must remain at a property in Labrador until his set court appearance.

Something tells us he won’t be revisiting this restaurant anytime in the future, but he certainly did make a splash!

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Rapper In Trouble Over Extreme Dine And Dash Maneuver

(PCM) A wannabe Australian rapper Terry Peck who goes by the nickname “2Pec” went to extreme measures to avoid paying for his dinner at an upscale seafood restaurant on Australia’s Main Beach. Perhaps he just wanted to see where his meal came from because he ended up dining and dashing, literally running straight into the ocean. Could this have been more like a dine and splash?

It seems that “2Pec” did not feel like paying for the over $600 bill he had racked up at Omeros Bros Restaurant, so when the bill came to the table he took off running onto the beach. He was chased down by restaurant staff members, but ended up jumping straight into the ocean at Surfer’s Paradise in Main Beach and decided to make a swim for it!

The Courier Mail is reporting that 2Pec’s meal consisted of  two lobsters, a baby octopus and 21 vodka oyster shots and “a number of Coronas,” which came to over $600. So, it is completely understandable why the restaurant would be upset and want him apprehended.

2Pec tried to defend his actions by saying that he ran before paying because he friend was going in to labor and was going to be having a baby on the beach. We have to give him credit for trying such an elaborate excuse, but the story failed to pan out. He even went as far as to say that the restaurant actually owed him an apology because the lobster was overcooked and there was a shell in one of the oysters. Really???

He said he had planned to return and pay for the meal, but when he jumped into the ocean “searching” for his pregnant friend he conveniently lost his wallet. 2Pec refused to swim back to shore so authorities were sent out on jet skis to literally reel him back in. He was taken to jail, but was able to post bail and must remain at a property in Labrador until his set court appearance.

Something tells us he won’t be revisiting this restaurant anytime in the future, but he certainly did make a splash!

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‘The Dark Kingdom’ Disney’s Villainous Theme Park That Never Was!

(PCM) Were you aware that Disney had plans to open a theme park that paid homage to all their famous villains called “The Dark Kingdom”, however the idea was eventually scrapped? We think this is a total bummer because that definitely would have been something we would have loved to check out!

Most people associate Disney parks with with happy and magical, however there is definitely a demographic that prefers the darker side of Disney. Both Disney World in Orlando, FL and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA prominently feature Cinderella’s castle and focus on the heroine princesses stories such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast and more.

While both parks provide tons of family-friendly entertainment there were plans in the works for quite some time to create another Disney theme park that was dedicated to our favorite Disney villains, but it was never able to get off the ground.

The “Dark Kingdom” park was planned to open as part of Disney World in Orlando, FL and instead of Cinderella’s castle, it would be Maleficent’s castle that greeted visitors. The park would feature rides and attractions that showcased characters such as Captain Hook, Scar and of course Ursula the Sea Witch. We think this would have been amazing, especially considering everyone’s obsession with anti-hero characters these days.

Even if they didn’t open an entire theme park dedicated to villains Disney was also highly considering opening up another land within Disney World called “The Shadowlands” which would feature similar concepts to “The Dark Kingdom”.

They imagined an ride similar to Dumbo which would be Ursula the Sea Witch’s octopus like tentacles and  another that would be similar to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad that would be called “Villain Mountain” instead. There was also talks about having a “Magic Mirror” type of 3-D show that would be both comedy and horror (but not too scary, it is Disney after all) that would showcase the best Disney villains up close and personal.

The idea for “The Dark Kingdom” and “The Shadowlands” was put on the table back in 2010, but never received enough steam to get off the ground. It’s a pity because we truly think this would have been an excellent idea!

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‘The Dark Kingdom’ Disney’s Villainous Theme Park That Never Was!

(PCM) Were you aware that Disney had plans to open a theme park that paid homage to all their famous villains called “The Dark Kingdom”, however the idea was eventually scrapped? We think this is a total bummer because that definitely would have been something we would have loved to check out!

Most people associate Disney parks with with happy and magical, however there is definitely a demographic that prefers the darker side of Disney. Both Disney World in Orlando, FL and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA prominently feature Cinderella’s castle and focus on the heroine princesses stories such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast and more.

While both parks provide tons of family-friendly entertainment there were plans in the works for quite some time to create another Disney theme park that was dedicated to our favorite Disney villains, but it was never able to get off the ground.

The “Dark Kingdom” park was planned to open as part of Disney World in Orlando, FL and instead of Cinderella’s castle, it would be Maleficent’s castle that greeted visitors. The park would feature rides and attractions that showcased characters such as Captain Hook, Scar and of course Ursula the Sea Witch. We think this would have been amazing, especially considering everyone’s obsession with anti-hero characters these days.

Even if they didn’t open an entire theme park dedicated to villains Disney was also highly considering opening up another land within Disney World called “The Shadowlands” which would feature similar concepts to “The Dark Kingdom”.

They imagined an ride similar to Dumbo which would be Ursula the Sea Witch’s octopus like tentacles and  another that would be similar to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad that would be called “Villain Mountain” instead. There was also talks about having a “Magic Mirror” type of 3-D show that would be both comedy and horror (but not too scary, it is Disney after all) that would showcase the best Disney villains up close and personal.

The idea for “The Dark Kingdom” and “The Shadowlands” was put on the table back in 2010, but never received enough steam to get off the ground. It’s a pity because we truly think this would have been an excellent idea!

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Twitter Gets Rid Of Egg Icon! Everyone Freaks Out!

(PCM) Many people who visited Twitter recently may have taken notice that one thing in particular looked a bit different. Twitter has now changed their default user icon from the egg shape that they’ve had since their launch to an icon that more closely resembles a person’s head.

Twitter says that the change was made to urge users who had not yet set a picture as their icon to finally choose an image. The company also feels that the change will cut down on harassment and bullying that can take place on the site, by random strangers hiding behind a lack of icon.

In a formal statement Twitter says, “We’ve noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others – often they don’t take the time to personalize their accounts. This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn’t fair to people who are still new to Twitter and haven’t yet personalized their profile photo.”

Users began immediately firing back at Twitter claiming that it is not a person’s profile picture that determines whether or not they will harass others online. They can still partake in this kind of behavior using a different profile picture. The egg really had nothing to do with that type of behavior. It may have just made them seem less recognizable.

Others just want their egg icon back as they felt somehow attached to it and it was as simple as that. Get ready to see people beginning to make old screen captures of the egg icon their new profile picture!

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Tax Freedom Day 2016

(PCM) Tax Freedom Day is the day that the money that you earn that particular year, on average, stops going into the government’s pocket and starts going into yours.

Tax Freedom Day By Year:
April 24, 2016
April 24, 2015
April 21, 2014
April 18, 2013
April 13, 2012
April 12, 2011
April 9, 20101tax
April 8, 2009
April 16, 2008
April 24, 2007
April 26, 2006
April 21, 2005
April 15, 2004
April 14, 2003
April 17, 2002
April 27, 2001
May 1, 2000

Clay by Taylor Zitman

TAX TRIVIA:
► The earliest known tax was implemented in Mesopotamia over 4500 years
ago, where people paid taxes throughout the year in the form of livestock, which
was the typical currency at the time.

► If you steal something, it technically counts as income, and is taxable.

► The U.S. tax code contains 7,000,000,000 words. If you are counting zeroes, that is t 7 BILLION not Million. The Bible, called by many the greatest book of all time, has well under a million. The Gettysburg Address has 269 words, and that is often called the greatest speech ever written. The greatest love letter of all time, Tarzan’s to Jane had only 97 words.

► The first income tax was created in 1861 during the Civil War to finance the war effort.

► In 1894 Congress passed the Wilson-Groman tariff which was an income tax at the rate of 2% for income over $4,000 but it was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1895.

► In February of 1913 the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified to the Constitution, granting Congress the power to collect taxes on personal income. The one page 1040 form was introduced the following year. Today, (2012) it is 174 pages.

► The “easiest” tax form (1040EZ) has 33 pages of instruction.

► Six states have no individual income taxes: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington

► Richard Nixon signed the Tax Reform Act of 1969, which essentially eliminated taxes for those living in poverty and raised taxes on certain rich groups by closing loopholes. However, during his presidency he also reduced the highest rates for the richest Americans from 70% to 50%.

► The first e-file (electronic transmission of a tax return) took place on January 24, 1986.

► The “Presidential Campaign Fund” check-box was created in the 1972 in order to fund presidential elections. Since the inception of that check-off, over a billion dollars has been distributed to about a hundred primary election presidential candidates. The amount is deducted from any refund you may be due. In order to qualify, a candidate must get at least 5% of the vote.

► Car accidents have jumped consistently 6% on Tax Day over the past 30 years.

► Lady Godiva, was an 11th century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who took a famous naked horse ride through the streets of Coventry in order to get her husband to lower taxes on the locals.

► Pennslvania’s alcohol tax was designed to help the city of Johnstown, which had a devastating flood in 1936. Although Johnstown is in fine shape today, that tax is still collected to the tune of $200,000,000 a year for the Keystone State.

► Over the last decade it is estimated that the tax code was amended or revised over 4,000 times, more than one change a day!

► New York costs 49 cents per gallon of gasoline in taxes, and $4.35 for a pack of cigarettes.

► Married, childless people who rent their homes and earn an average to slightly above average salary get the fewest standard tax breaks.

► Effective in 2006, the Treasury Department said it will no longer collect a 3% federal excise tax on long-distance calls. The tax was imposed in 1898 to help pay for the Spanish-American War. The treasury said it was conceding its battle to uphold the tax after five appeals courts declared it illegal.

► President Nixon made it commonplace for presidents to publicly release their tax returns. Gerald Ford’s tax returns are not public, but following Jimmy Carter, every US president and major US political figure has released their tax returns.

TAX RELATED BUSINESS DEDUCTIONS

► If you are eligible for a tax deduction with moving expenses, you can usually include the costs for your pet’s move as well.

► If need to pay a babysitter while you are working without pay to a charitable organization, you can probably deduct the cost of the sitter.

► If you have a pet, like a junkyard dog, who works performed duties at your business, you can deduct the cost of feeding the pet/employee.

► Medical expenses for smoking cessation programs, nicotine patches and stop-smoking aides can be deductible.

► If you have a home office, you can deduct the cost of lawn care if you have costumers come to the location. The IRS scrutinizes home office expenses, however, so be very, very honest with any home/business expenses.

► Most legal things you do to attract new customers can be deducted. I suppose that would include beer.

► American taxpayers spend $200 billion and 5.4 billion hours working to comply with federal taxes each year, more than it takes to produce every car, truck, and van in the United States in a year.

► The IRS employs 114,000 people; that’s twice as many as the CIA and five times more than the FBI.

► 60% of taxpayers must hire a professional to get through their own return.

► It is expected that Tax Freedom Day will be considerably later in 2013. Stay tuned…

TRULY EVIL TAXES AND LAWS

In the late 1500s, Japan’s taiko, Hideyoshi abolished taxes on some things, like seafood, but imposed a tax of 67% on all rice crop yields, which was all that many people had. In some cases, he gave some back so families wouldn’t starve.

In the early 1800s, women of some low castes in India had to pay a tax called mulakkaram (“breast tax”) if they wanted to cover their chests when they went outside of their homes. This type of modesty was considered a privilege of upper caste ladies.

In 1840, a woman in the town of Cherthala refused to pay the tax. In protest, she cut off her breasts and had them presented to the tax collectors. She died, but the tax was repealed.

Between 1365 and 1828, the Ottoman Empire levied what may have been the cruelest tax in history. Christian families living within Ottoman region had to give their sons to the government in a process called the ‘devshurmeh’. Every four years, government officials would travel throughout the country, choosing boys and young men between 12 and 20 years old, to be converted to Islam and became the personal property of the sultan, usually as soldiers.

The rule of first night “jus primae noctis” – that a king or local lord could spend a night with the presumed virgin bride before the wedding was probably just a medieval myth, although there was a ‘culagium’ which was an official permission from the local authority for the serfs to marry. This developed into what we would now call a marriage license/fee/tax.

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