The restaurant chain Chipotle announced Saturday that it had terminated one of its managers for suggesting in a viral video that five black customers were planning to order food without paying -- but on Sunday, the company acknowledged to Fox News that it was considering re-hiring the manager because her suspicions may have been well-founded.
In a series of video clips seen more than 3 million times on Twitter, a Chipotle customer in St. Paul, Minn., identifed as 21-year-old Masud Ali, and several friends are told by a manager: "You gotta pay, because you’ve never had money when you come in here.” An employee adds, "We're not gonna make food unless you guys actually have money."
As Ali and his friends complain about "stereotypes," the videos show employees at the store claiming that the group had previously ordered food on two occasions without paying. The store manager also calls the police in the videos, which were recorded and uploaded by Ali.
But on Sunday, as tweets emerged showing that Ali had apparently made a habit of stealing from restaurants, Chipotle walked back its decision.
50-year-old woman refused a bottle of wine on board a plane launched into a racist tirade against staff and claimed she was an "international criminal lawyer" who would take them to court.
In the video, uploaded to Twitter by a fellow passenger, the woman, who appears to be from either Britain or Ireland, is seen shouting expletive-laden threats at Air India staff.
The blonde, bare-footed woman yelled that she would "p--- all over" the flight attendants in court, and called a female staff member a "Indian f---ing money-grabbing b------", who she threatened to "turn inside out".
The passenger, who appeared to be flying in business class, also claimed to be a "leader of the f---ing boycott movement" and said she would arrange a boycott of Air India because they refused her a "wee bottle of wine".
A New Jersey couple and a homeless veteran caught in an acrimonious battle over more than $400,000 in donations to a GoFundMe fundraiser have been charged with second-degree felonies for allegedly fabricating the story that got them the money in the first place.
The couple, Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico, and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. have been charged with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
The story of the trio's chance meeting — the selflessness of a destitute man and the altruism of the couple hoping to get him back on his feet — was "irresistibly heartwarming," Scott Coffina (Burlington County Prosecutor) observed, adding that it successfully "hoodwinked a lot of people" and bilked them out of generous donations made in good faith.
The Sri Lankan parliament descended into chaos in Colombo on Thursday, as dozens of MPs exchanged blows over the disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Footage shows MPs shouting at each other, and exchanging punches and kicks. One lawmaker was reportedly hospitalised and another accused of brandishing a knife during the brawl.
According to reports, more than 50 lawmakers were involved in the fight.
On Wednesday, the country's lawmakers passed a no-confidence vote against newly appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa, removing the official and his cabinet from their posts. However, the supporters of Rajapaksa refused to recognise the legitimacy of the vote.
Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last week when she said that she couldn’t afford an apartment in Washington D.C. until she starts getting paid. Many students at American University appeared ready to help her out — that is, until they found out what her salary will be during her time in Congress.
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress, so how do I get an apartment?” Ocasio-Cortez stated on Thursday. “Those little things are very real.”
Many AU students stated their willingness to help the Democratic-socialist find an apartment, but some walked their support back when they found out just how much she’ll make as a congresswoman. The incoming lawmaker has also reportedly drawn $6,200 in salary from her campaign since August.
Michelle Obama is kicking off the publicity tour for her new book, “Becoming,” but her first media appearance got off to a rocky start.
Despite being heavily edited so she spoke for little more than 45 seconds, Michelle Obama sounded more like a millennial girl chatting on Snapchat than a former First Lady. Throughout her responses to ABC’s Robin Roberts, she repeatedly said “like,” “you know?” “um,” and even, “dude.”
“Barack Obama has always walked like Barack Obama, like, he has got all the time in the world,” she said of their first meeting. “He had that stride. I was, like, ‘Dude, you're cute,’ but in my mind, I was, like --“
Overall Obama said “you know” 10 times, “like” 9 times, and “um,” “yeah,” and “what?” another five times.
“You know, the hard parts were the things I expected,” Obama told Roberts. “That it’s going to be hard, you know? So much of this country lives in isolation and we just don’t know each other and so there were people who didn’t know what a black woman was and sounded like, and so I knew that was going to be a challenge.”
Check out the montage above to see how the “girl from the south side of Chicago,” as the president often refers to her, now sounds like a girl from the valley.
Pete Davidson appeared on the Nov. 10 “Weekend Update” segment of “Saturday Night Live” to apologize to veteran and congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw, and this time he brought Crenshaw with him.
“In what I’m sure was a huge shock to people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said. “I made a joke about lieutenant commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.”
After Davidson took a moment to also acknowledge what his mother most be going through (“It can’t be easy when everyone’s mad at your son and roommate,” he said), he reiterated “from the bottom of my heart” that it was a poor choice of words to say, in the Nov. 3 “Weekend Update” segment of the late night sketch comedy, that Crenshaw looked like “a hitman from a porno.”
“The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something — that I’m a dick,” Davidson said.
Crenshaw rolled over to Davidson behind the desk to say, “You think?” He also thanked Davidson for “making a Republican look good.”