Friday, September 01, 2006

Across-the-Board blog would like to wish you a happy Labor Day weekend!

Bartender gets $10,000 tip on $26 tab!

Two weeks ago, one of bartender Cindy Kienow's regular customers left her a $100 tip on a tab that wasn't even half that.

This week, he added a couple of zeros. Kienow, a bartender at Applebee's, got a $10,000 tip from the man -- for a $26 meal -- on Sunday.

"I didn't know what to say," Kienow told The Hutchinson News. "He said, 'This will buy you something kind of nice, huh,' and I said, 'Yeah, it will.'"

Kienow has worked at Applebee's for eight years. She told the newspaper that the man is a regular customer who comes in a couple of times each month."He usually signs his ticket and flips it upside down," Kienow told the paper. "But this time, he had it right side up and said, 'I want you to know this is not a joke.'"

Kienow said the customer has always tipped well, but she doesn't know what prompted the huge tip. She told the newspaper that she hasn't decided how to spend the money, but she said she has her eye on a Jeep. Article here.

John Travolta is gay?

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Rail spike thrown from overpass hurts woman

A Sarasota, Florida woman is recovering from her injuries Thursday after someone dropped a railroad spike through her windshield.

Nathan and Deidra Dempsey were driving north on I-75 Tuesday with their 3-year-old son when an object fell from the sky and shattered their windshield.
Authorities said it appears someone threw the spike from the overpass. Deidra suffered a broken blood vessel in her eye from the shards of glass that came into the vehicle. Authorities found large chunks of glass in the back seat near the couple's child, but he was not injured. Article here.

Duke Lacrosse, tasteful theme party costume?

The Babykeeper? WTF?

Taken from: http://www.mommysentials.com:

The Babykeeper is a patent pending infant carrier style seat, that hangs from the stall wall in most public restrooms, and can also be used in many public fitting rooms.

  • Simple to use harness system keeps baby securely in the carrier
  • 2 large metal hooks encased in safety webbing, each lined with non-slip material for added security

I guess you have to have kids to understand the value in a product like this... whatev. Someday... click here to buy one for $39.99.

Taco Bell Drive-Thru

Priest dies trying to walk on water like Jesus

A priest has died after trying to demonstrate how Jesus walked on water.

Evangelist preacher Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation he could repeat the biblical miracle. But he drowned after walking out to sea from a beach in the capital Libreville in Gabon, west Africa.

One eyewitness said: "He told churchgoers he'd had a revelation that if he had enough faith, he could walk on water like Jesus.

"He took his congregation to the beach saying he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat. "He walked into the water, which soon passed over his head and he never came back." Article here.

Infamous Katie Couric 'sheds' 20 pounds photo

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Check your e-mail find out if you've been fired

You've got mail — but no job. That was essentially the e-mail RadioShack Corp. sent to 403 employees Tuesday to notify them they had been fired as part of a company downsizing.

RadioShack spokesman Charles Hodges said the company had notified employees in the last 10 days that they would learn of their fates through an e-mail. At 8:45 a.m. — the designated time — employees were glued to their computer screens at the company's headquarters in Fort Worth.
"I was tuned in," said Hodges, who held on to his job. Those who were not that lucky saw a message that read: "The workforce reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated."

Some of the terminated employees included vice presidents and rank-and-file workers. Hodges said that after the e-mails were delivered, he heard no gasps or cries.

"People had plenty of time to mentally prepare for what might happen," he said. "They handled it professionally."

USC business professor Warren Bennis said it didn't matter that employees had been forewarned: "I thought I had stopped being surprised at the callousness of corporate acts." Article here.