Barnes and Noble held a “Frozen” event…and *these* are the costumes they used?

August 6, 2014 | 23 comments

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This summer Barnes and Noble is trying to drum up their dying business by inviting people into their stores to “Get Pop-Cultured.” These events are a “nationwide celebration of popular entertainment.”

As you can imagine, one of the most popular events of this campaign so far has been their meet-and-greet with characters from Frozen. Stores all over the country hosted “Frozen Friday” last weekend, where kids could come and “cool off with Olaf” as well as see Elsa and Anna.

All of this could have been a win-win situation for Barnes and Noble as well as the families who participated…if the bookstore had thought to have a budget for this highly promoted event. Instead they put it all on the backs of employees…

One employee explained

This was a nationwide event which means that every store has to host one. The company sends a few things and then suggests “optional” enhancements which the district manager can choose to reimburse or not. Ours didn’t, and the event unfortunately is rated not by the fun people have or how many people, but by the sales bump it creates.

We knew we were going to have 100+ people and I didn’t want to have this terribly embarrassing event so I handmade 100 snowflakes, table signs, a costume, and wigs and we printed out and assembled tiaras and reindeer antlers for the children.

At many stores kids had to wait upwards of two hours for what Barnes and Noble had told them would be an exciting evening of meeting Olaf, Elsa, and Anna. But because they didn’t provide costumes, let alone actors, employees and volunteers did the best they could putting on an event I’m sure most of them would have much rather avoided.

So good for the B&N employees making the most of a lame situation. Maybe their employer will try harder next time…

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(This post has been updated for clarity.)

Hidden camera catches Walmart and Target employees lying to customer on the phone

August 6, 2014 | 3 comments

When you call a store to ask if they have a particular item in stock, you expect them to actually check. That’s not asking too much, is it? Well, maybe so.

Recently, Jack Vale called Walmart and Target to see if they had various products in stock…while a cohort was inside the store filming the employee to see if they actually looked for the items in question.

Karate for musicians, because obviously you need to protect yourself from boyfriends, etc.

August 5, 2014 | No comments

Musician Dave Barnes doesn’t want his fellow touring musicians to get stuck without protection in dangerous situations while they’re on the road. So he prepared this simple instructional video…

Insane policy buried in fine print just annihilated this hotel. You’ll be glad…

August 5, 2014 | 7 comments

The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York, has quietly housed guests for years in its 19th century quarters. However, the historic hotel found a bizarre way to deal with the changes technology brought to their industry.

Buried deep within their Events & Weddings page is this policy charging $500 if any member of any wedding party leaves a negative review on any website…

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More accurately, this policy was there. After the New York Post reported on the ridiculous clause on Sunday, the text quickly disappeared. Of course, thanks to internet archiving, we still have evidence of the hotel’s egregious policy.

The Union Street Guest House has predictably seen their ratings on Facebook and Yelp take steep nosedives, each now hovering around 1 star. Of course, with such a grumpy policy in place to begin with, negative reviews aren’t exactly new.

The first review the hotel ever received on Yelp was indicative of what was to come…

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Too bad this updated thrift store art doesn’t depict actual movie scenes. That would be awesome…

August 1, 2014 | 1 comment

Artist David Irvine is the man behind the Gnarled Branch, where he posts his “redirected paintings,” which are old thrift store art that he has added his own brilliantly bizarre brushstrokes to.

Many of his works feature characters from classic movies, TV shows, and video games so that the final pieces look like very strange scenes from these productions that ended up getting edited out.

Or maybe there actually is a scene in Star Wars where Darth Vader goes fishing outside a quaint, thatched cottage…

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What’s going on at this empty prison that these officers don’t want us to know about?

August 1, 2014 | 9 comments

Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility is an empty prison in Wilton, New York, that’s being permanently closed this month. Grant Cottage is a nearby home once used by President Ulysses S. Grant.

A news team from nearby WNYT was doing a story on Grant Cottage when a corrections officer initiated a bizarre and heated confrontation…

Chinese fruit vendors dress peaches in panties, now they look like sexy butts

July 31, 2014 | 2 comments

Peaches look like backsides. Everyone knows this, but most of us haven’t jumped to the conclusion that they should therefore be covered in appropriate attire.

Don’t worry, though. A fruit seller in Nanjing has started a trend of dressing his peaches. And now others are following suit, emphasizing the resemblance shared by peaches and posteriors by covering their wares in cute little undies.

Peaches in panties. Cheeky.

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Poker player loses $1 Million…despite being dealt almost the best possible cards

July 31, 2014 | No comments

This World Series of Poker tournament costs $1 million to buy-in, which makes this face-off between two players that much more intense. As the announcer says, “Pocket aces is a favorite against every other hand in the deck…except pocket aces.”

And that’s what they both have….

Smug Delta pilot takes wrong turn, rips into air traffic controller who corrects him

July 29, 2014 | 4 comments

In a testy exchange at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — the busiest airport in the world — a Delta pilot lost it on an air traffic controller who was just trying to tell the pilot he was on the wrong taxiway…

Since this is now going viral, it may be time for Mr. Overconfident Pilot to update his resume…or maybe it’s no big deal. What do you think?

Walmart ice cream sandwiches come with an unsettling twist — they don’t melt in the sun

July 29, 2014 | 39 comments

As the rumor went around recently that Walmart ice cream sandwiches don’t melt, this guy decided to test it for himself. It seemed hard to believe, so he set one outside in the sun on an 80-degree day.

Here’s what happened…

UPDATE: It turns out their ice cubes don’t melt either.