October 20, 2013 |
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wrote a $10,000 check Friday to a sobbing 22-year-old single mother and Ruby Tuesday waitress who paid the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers during her afternoon shift. "You're a good person," DeGeneres said, enfolding Sarah Hoidahl in a warm embrace. "You're a good person. " Before that DeGeneres had Hoidahl recount the good deed to the live studio audience. Hoidahl, who is pretty and blond and lives with her mother and 15-month-old son, Ashton, in Concord, N.H., said she overheard two uniformed women at lunch discussing what to eat. PHOTOS: Ellen DeGeneres: Career in pictures They said they had to keep it light since they had been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown and were therefore not getting paid.
February 22, 2013 |
When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski throws a Super Bowl party, he spares no expense. For this year's bowl bash, Gronkowski ran up a $9,000 tab. How do you spend $9,000 on a party? Well, start with $1,575 worth of Grey Goose vodka and $1,250 of PJ Rose champagne. Add in other assorted alcoholic beverages and some Red Bull, and then a $1,400 tip. Of course, to Gronkowski, spending $9,000 is like a regular person spending $10. He did, after all, make $2.6 million last season.
January 11, 2013 |
Burger King's biggest franchise holder, Carrols Restaurant Group, reportedly has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle claims of sexual harassment. The settlement, Reuters reported, brings to an end a 14-year lawsuit involving 88 women who formerly worked for Carrols and one current female employee . The company, which owns and operates more than 520 Burger King locations, denies guilt, citing legal costs as the reason for settling. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that employees harassed women by making obscene comments, exposing their genitalia and subjecting the women to strip searches, unwanted touching and even rape, The Examiner reported.
August 29, 2012 |
Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been banned from the Chateau Marmont over an unpaid bill of nearly $50,000 she ran up during June and July when she was living at the storied hotel. The general manager of the hotel sent Lohan a letter July 31 noting an unpaid balance of $46,350.04 and requesting that she pack up and leave by Aug. 1. The letter was obtained by TMZ. Things like restaurant, room service, mini-bar and cigarette charges -- not to mention that "corporate rate" of $615 a night -- piled up over time, as detailed in a 16-page billing statement also dated July 31. The statement also revealed some of her reading preferences: The starlet charged issues of Rolling Stone, Architectural Digest and Bazaar to her tab. Also on the bill were not one but two iPhone chargers at $40 a pop. We hope she looked for the missing ones under the bed first.
April 27, 2012 |
Despite the Lakers playing under a new coaching staff, experiencing several roster changes and learning a new system, Kobe Bryant has continually touted the Lakers as championship contenders. Bryant may have said this to convince himself, motivate his teammates or simply persuade the public. The Las Vegas oddsmakers aren't sold. Jay Kornegay, director of the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, tabs the Lakers as the fifth choice to win the NBA title (12-to-1) behind the Miami Heat (7-5)
March 8, 2011 |
Skype, the popular Internet-based calling service, said Monday it would begin running ads. "Today we announce something new ? the launch of advertising in Skype, which will appear in the Home tab in Skype starting this week," Doug Bewsher, Skype's chief marketing officer, said in a company blog post. "The Skype experience is our first priority, which is why we we've taken a lot of time working through and testing what kind of advertising would work best in the Skype environment. " Skype, which has about 145 million monthly users, has run test ads from Rdio over the last "month or two," and the first official advertisements inside of Skype will start running sometime this week, Bewsher said.