Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spiked Coffee

Globe put a beer in it:

"Bud Light label pulled as public says ‘no’" by Stephanie Strom New York Times  April 29, 2015

NEW YORK — A new label on some bottles of Bud Light, a brand owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, is falling flat among women, a demographic group the industry has been desperately courting in hopes of jump-starting flagging sales of suds.

In a continuation of its “Up for Whatever” campaign, a wide blue band low on the label says, “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”

(Blog editor shakes head at all the perverts that infest the marketing world. No one spoke up at the meeting?)

Protests quickly erupted on social media, criticizing what was perceived as perhaps not the best marketing language in the midst of public outcry over date rape on college campuses.

Yeah, well, you know.... please drink responsibly.

“As a woman, as a mother of a girl and a boy, I find this message very disturbing and dangerous,” someone using the name Danielle Sawada posted on Bud Light’s Facebook page.

Said US Representative Nita Lowey, Democrat of New York: “This grossly shortsighted marketing tactic shows an epic lack of understanding of the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption, such as sexual assault and drunk driving.”

Hey, just trying to have a good time. Why you mixing up the me$$age?

“It’s clear that this message missed the mark, and we regret it,” said Alexander Lambrecht, vice president for the Bud Light brand. “We would never condone disrespectful or irresponsible behavior.”

So how did it get on there? We can talk about it over a beer.

This is not the first time AB InBev has hit a sour note.


In March, Bud Light was forced to take down a post on Twitter that appeared to promote some type of sexual harassment: “On #StPatricksDay, you can pinch people who don’t wear green. You can also pinch people who aren’t #UpForWhatever.”

Wish I'd heard about it. Or was it just a dream? Maybe you better pinch me.

“They seem kind of tone deaf,” said Benj Steinman, publisher of Beer Marketer’s Insights, a trade publication.

Maybe they were, you know, drunk? Seems to be a good catch-all when the powerful get in trouble.


Or good young kids just having fun:

"University of Fla. closes fraternity over veteran-abuse accusations" Associated Press  April 29, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida closed a fraternity Tuesday after allegations that its members hurled drunken insults and spat at a group of disabled military veterans at a Panama City Beach resort.

Like Nazis spat at Jews!

Zeta Beta Tau fraternity’s closing, effective immediately, comes a week after the school suspended the fraternity, which expelled three of its members after finding they had behaved inappropriately toward the Warrior Beach Retreat group of veterans. The school had said it was charging the fraternity with obscene behavior, public intoxication, theft, causing physical or other harm, and damage to property.

Zeta Beta Tau’s Florida chapter has 128 active members. The organization was founded in New York City in 1898 as a fraternity for Jewish students, who at the time weren’t allowed in fraternities.

Oh, no kidding?



"A University of Florida fraternity expelled three of its members Friday after allegations that they spat at a group of disabled military veterans at a Panama City resort. Laurence Bolotin, executive director of Zeta Beta Tau, said the group made the expulsions after finding that its members had behaved inappropriately. ‘‘I am deeply saddened that the actions of our members ruined this special event and failed to show the respect our military and their families so deserve,’’ Bolotin said. The incident occurred while the fraternity and veterans with the Warrior Beach Retreat were at the Laketown Wharf Resort last weekend. Linda Cope, founder of the warrior group, says the frat members were drunk and insulted the veterans."

It's actually an accurate representation of how that tribe feels regarding the goyim dying in wars for them. The colossal chutzpah and sense of chosen privilege is beyond astonishing, and I doubt we will see anything further about this).

And don't insult your server:

"What should you tip when everyone is watching?" by Beth Teitell Globe Staff  April 29, 2015

It sounds straight out of “Seinfeld” — the very definition of an awkward moment — but it’s real.

Can we please stop equating society with the Jewish neuroticism that was mainlined during that time? It will no doubt forever live in reruns. It's a 90s show, we are in 2015 now.

At a growing number of coffee shops and casual eateries around town, countertop iPads and other tablets are outing customers’ tipping habits. Customers are presented with the device and directed — in full view of the server — to choose a gratuity option on the screen: 15 percent, 20 percent, 25 percent, “custom,” or, if they dare, “no tip.” 

Imagine doing it face to face with cash.

On a recent morning in Back Bay, at Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, Kendall Dziama, 26, ordered a $3 iced coffee with soy milk, and when the barista swiveled the payment screen to face her, bypassed the $1, $2 and $3 selections and hit “no tip.”

Intrepid Globe reporters hard at work (sip).

“I usually hope they don’t see that I don’t tip,” Dziama said. “But you shouldn’t have to feel obligated. It’s your choice.”

I wish I hadn't taken a sip of this article.

Well, sort of.

In the old days, tipping at places with counter service was an opt-in situation. The jars sat passively, their hand-written messages about as pushy as it got, but with the new mobile point-of-sale systems, a customer who’s not in the mood to tip needs to actively opt out — while facing the server across a narrow counter. 

Ain't technology grand (along with elitist insult; you would think the workers are like war-mongering Zionists or propaganda pre$$ papers pushing the agenda. So pushy when the crisis is urgent, etc, etc)? 

Sorry, coffee getting me a little hot.

At a time of increasing concern over the struggles of low-wage workers, and protests to hike the minimum wage, social pressure to be generous isn’t a bad thing, particularly for those who can afford, say, sustainably grown, naturally processed coffee that goes for $70 a pound. But it’s pressure all the same.

Yeah, those elites scooping up wealth really should be free of pressure and able to enjoy life more than they do. 

For better or worse, it’s also expanding the idea of what constitutes a tippable event — with too many opportunities to tip.

Tip creep is occurring as a growing number of people are questioning whether tipping should go the way of the spittoon. The argument goes that higher wages — not tips — are the key to a sustainable service industry model....

But that would cut into corporate profits, and it is better off to $hakedown customers to provide charity and help cut costs.


One guy earned $160 a week in tips. I hope he reported that to the IRS.

A few other things you might want to munch on:

"All involved in fatal hazing called willing" Associated Press  April 22, 2015

ORLANDO — The prosecutor in the case of three former band members charged with manslaughter in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major told jurors Tuesday that all of those involved — even the victim — participated in a brutal act they knew was illegal.

State attorney Jeff Ashton said during his opening statement that evidence will prove that Robert Champion, 26, willingly submitted to the tradition-filled beating that caused his death in November 2011 in an effort to gain respect within the band. But Ashton also said that does not absolve any of the band members who participated.

‘‘Some might say tradition killed Robert Champion, and there’s some truth to that,’’ Ashton said. ‘

Defense attorneys said there was no conspiracy and that the prosecution couldn’t prove any of the three was directly responsible for killing Champion....


I'm sure I could drum up some past links, but....

"Chain cuts all GMOs from its food

Chipotle Mexican Grill has eliminated genetically modified organisms from all of its ingredients, an unprecedented move for a US restaurant chain that may give it a marketing edge. Chipotle previously removed GMOs from its meat. The fast-food chain has now stripped them from tortillas and cooking oil. While the Food and Drug Administration has said GMOs are safe, they have been targeted by consumer activists. Vermont recently became the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified ingredients."

I still wouldn't order the chicken; better off eating range-free.

Or maybe you want a burger with your beer?

Better stock up on supplies:

"Truckers strike at West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of truck drivers who haul goods from docks at the nation’s busiest seaport complex walked off the job Monday in a dispute over their earnings and employment status, but the effect on international commerce did not appear to be significant. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the primary West Coast gateways for hundreds of billions of dollars of annual trade, much of it with Asia. Earlier this year, tough contract negotiations involving dockworkers who move containers onto and off of oceangoing ships nearly closed the twin ports, as well as more than two dozen others on the West Coast. About 16,000 truckers work the two ports, and several hundred from four companies were taking part in the job action, said a Teamsters union spokeswoman, Barb Maynard." 

I was told the strikes had been settled.

The next question is what's for lunch.

NDU: Massachusetts beer distributor charged in ‘pay-to-play’ probe