Tuesday July 17, 2018

Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter blames n-word scandal on ‘extortion’ attempt

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is punching back. The pizza mogul who was accused of using a racial slur during an internal conference call in May is claiming the marketing firm that set up the call tried to extort $6 million from the chain to keep quiet about the slur.  More…

Papa John’s stock dips on report that founder John Schnatter used n-word

Papa John’s founder and chairman John Schnatter allegedly made racist comments during a May conference call in which he said “Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s” and never faced a backlash, according to Forbes, which first reported the incident.  More…

Nobody wants to buy fashion designer Halston’s legendary home

In 1974, at the height of his influence, the legendary fashion designer Halston purchased a dramatic, Paul Rudolph-designed party pad at 101 E. 63rd St. With its two-story bamboo filled greenhouse, double-height ceilings, roof terrace, sunken living room and catwalks overlooking all the action, it was the spot for disco-era debauchery. Today, it can’t sell.  More…

Walmart boycott campaign launched after outcry over ‘Impeach 45′ clothing

Walmart has found itself on the receiving end of a torrent of outrage after it was discovered Monday that the superstore was selling anti-Trump “Impeach 45” apparel on its website.  More…

Nearly half of social media users deleted one account in the past year

Social media users are becoming more private. A lack of trust in websites like Twitter and Facebook has prompted 40 percent of people with social media accounts to delete at least one of them in the past year.  More…

Lawsuit: Bayer replaced ad actor with replica figurine to cut costs

An actress who hawked stool softeners and laxative capsules on TV is suing because she was made redundant by a bobblehead. Phoebe Jonas — a?k?a “the Phillips Lady” in ads for Phillips’ Colon Health capsules and other Bayer digestive products — says in Manhattan court papers that her former employer replaced her with a wobbly-headed figurine of herself in commercials to avoid paying her.  More…

Kate Spade’s father dies the night before her funeral

Just weeks after designer Kate Spade died by suicide and one night before her funeral, her father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr., passed away at the age of 89. “We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy’s father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr. (Frank), passed away last night,” the family said.  More…

Designer Stefano Gabbana calls Selena Gomez ‘so ugly’ on Instagram

Following a cruel comment Stefano Gabbana made about Selena Gomez‘s appearance on Instagram, fans and celebrities are jumping to the pop star’s defense. Under a photo collage of 25-year-old Gomez wearing red dresses posted by The Catwalk Italia on Monday, the Dolce & Gabbana designer, 55, commented “she’s so ugly.”  More…

Amazon banning customers for too many returns

Turns out Amazon’s 30-day return policy isn’t so liberal after all. The company has been banning people it claims are sending back too many items.  More…

Google Removes ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct

Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show. “Don’t be evil” has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000.  More…

Starbucks Facing More Racism Allegations After Latino Customer Receives Cup With ‘Beaner’ On the Label

Nearly two weeks ahead of their day of nationwide racial bias training, coffee chain Starbucks is facing new accusations of racism after a Latino customer discovered a racial slur written on his coffee order. A Latino man named Peter received a cold coffee drink labeled “BEANER.”  More…

Google listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party

Less than a week before the California primary, Google listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party. In the “knowledge panel” that provides easy access to information next to search results, Google was showing “Nazism” as an “ideology” of the party as of Thursday morning.  More…

I wrote a negative Yelp review — and it made my life a nightmare

Yelp reviewers, beware. A Manhattan woman who gave one-star reviews on Yelp and ZocDoc to a Kips Bay gynecologist has spent nearly $20,000 defending herself against a defamation suit filed by the physician, according to her and court papers. And the litigation has only just started.  More…

Karl Lagerfeld, Fashion’s Shock Jock

This is a moment of speaking out and freaking out. And yet there is an exception to the rule. Karl Lagerfeld, the longtime creative director of Chanel and Fendi and founder of a namesake brand, is known to be “the greatest talker in Paris since Oscar Wilde.”  More…

Steve Wynn furious at Christie’s for damaging his Picasso masterpiece

Former casino mogul Steve Wynn is incandescent after Christie’s staff allegedly allowed a metal rod to pierce through a priceless Picasso masterpiece he planned to sell for $100 million. Sources say Wynn’s 1943 Picasso self-portrait, “Le Marin,” was severely damaged while stored at the auction house.  More…