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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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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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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Say It Isn’t So! Dunkin Donuts Discontinues Their Famous Coffee Coolatta!

(PCM) Everyone is freaking out over the announcement that Dunkin Donuts will be discontinuing their famous Coffee Coolatta frozen beverages. What in the world will summer be like for us caffeine addicts now?

The Coffee Coolatta was first introduced back in 1994 and has been a Dunkin Donuts staple ever since. Chris Fuqua, Dunkin’s senior vice president of brand marketing said in a recent press conference announcing the Coffee Coolatta’s departure, “Our Coffee Coolatta isn’t good enough!”. Fuqua went on to reveal that the Coffee Coolatta will be getting a replacement in the form of the new Dunkin Donuts Frozen Coffee, which will be a blended beverage that gets it’s inspiration from Dunkin Donut’s iced coffee drinks and is made with coffee extract, sugar, and dairy.

Don’t get us wrong! We are certainly going to miss the beloved Coffee Coolatta, but we are kind of leaning towards the new Dunkin Donuts Frozen Coffee to be a better choice. Don’t some of you recall getting a weird aftertaste in your mouth after drinking a Coffee Coolatta? We do and it was kind of gross. The Coolatta was more like a coffee-flavored slushie and we hope the new Dunkin Frozen Coffee will remind us more of a smoothie or  frozen Frappuccino from Starbucks without the insane price tag.

Dunkin Donuts hopes that the introduction of the new Frozen Coffee drinks will help “contemporize” their frozen drink platform and help pave the way for even more new innovations for the company. Rest assured that your favorite fruit-flavored Coolatta beverages will still be available and additional flavors will be rolled out again this summer. Brand marketing manager Anthony Bonitatibus says,  “We have to continue to innovate against coffee, because of its importance to us as a business. We’re always thinking about what is the next big thing in coffee, because we can’t just rest on our laurels.”

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Keep Your Weekend Style On Point With Adorable Styles From ‘Friday + Saturday’

(PCM) We are finding ourselves falling in love with the adorable new styles from Friday + Saturday and they have arrived just in time for a multitude of upcoming events such as Spring Break, Mother’s Day,Wedding Season and of course everyone’s favorite, Summer!

This is a brand that will keep your weekend style on point. And what’s even cooler is Friday + Saturday is designed and created in house by an all girl team, all under the age of 30. So, you know they are on the cutting edge of fashion industry trends. Seriously, who doesn’t love a good logo tee?

After years of running two successful retail companies founder Kirsten Blowers partnered with Kelsey Sugg to craft Friday + Saturday, a clever creation centered around a passion for pop culture.

Check out these adorable items you can rock this season:

Babes Support Babes T-Shirt $34

Show the ladies some love in a tee you’ll easily be obsessed with. Celebrate the women who lift you up in this trendy shirt.

 

Day Off Hat $28

Whether you have the Day Off or not, grab this hat and you’ll be asked where you got it all day long! This design has gone viral and it is one of Friday + Saturday’s most popular items! Perfect for lounging around, running errands, or flaunting on vacation. This is the hat your closet has been asking for!

Girl Boss Hat $28

Show ’em who’s boss with this on trend baseball hat.

Let’s hear it for the babes! Whether you’re on a Netflix binge or brunching with your bestie, these witty tees and hats show off your individuality, while keeping your style casual. Gather your girls and celebrate the power of positivity over negativity! #CelebrateTheBabes with Friday + Saturday!

Longing for these looks? Friday + Saturday is sold in over 150 stores across the country and all of their products are available on https://shopriffraff.com.

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Baby Spas Are All The Rage! At Least In Australia

(PCM) We are curious to see whether or not the latest Australian spa trend will pick up over here in the U.S., as it is definitely a bit unique. The life of a newborn baby can be a fairly relaxing one already, but the new Baby Spa Perth wants to make it even more relaxing for newborns.

They are offering a variety of spa service for newborn babies ages six days to six months old. The services include infant massages and various hydrotherapy treatments. The hydrotherapy consists of placing the baby in a warm bath for up to 30 minutes using a neck flotation device adorably referred to as a “Bubby”.

We are sure that the spa has met all the safety protocols to stay operational, however something about the “Bubby” attached to the baby’s necks doesn’t appear all that safe to us! However, new parents are loving the spa idea and the babies themselves for the most part appear to be having a great time.

According to the Baby Spa Perth website, “One of the initial benefits you will observe is that your baby will be able to move around freely in warm water, which is impossible to do on land at a very young age due to gravity and constant constraints from bassinets, swaddles, clothing and pushchairs. Secondly, as your baby moves against the resistance of the water, their musculature and skeletal strengthens as the spine unfolds. Hydrostatic pressure of water on your baby’s body will result in the deepening of his/her breathing. This pressure also stimulates their circulatory system.”

Well, if they say so! A spa package at Baby Spa Perth will set you back about $85 and lasts for about 45 minutes.

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