Erik Sherman

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Erik Sherman has written for the Wall Street Journal, Inc, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He's a regular contributor to CBS MoneyWatch and Inc.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ErikSherman.

Walmart Gets A New CEO As Old One 'Transitions' Out

Walmart Gets A New CEO As Old One 'Transitions' Out

Change happens after a series of quarters with disappointing results.

Wal-Mart is replacing the CEO of its US operations. Bill Simon steps down immediately. His replacement, the CEO of Walmart Asia, steps in August 9. Read More »

Barber Puts Famous Faces On People's Heads

Barber Puts Famous Faces On People's Heads

San Antonio's Rob Ferrel cuts lifelike celebrity portraits in hair

Texas barber Rob Ferrel cuts and draws celebrity portraits on the heads of his customers, creating realistic images of actors and athletes. Read More »

T.J. Maxx Turns Away Marathon Bomb Survivor Over Service Dog

T.J. Maxx Turns Away Marathon Bomb Survivor Over Service Dog

Company apology 'not good enough,' says woman's mother

A 19-year-old survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing is told by a T.J. Maxx manager to put her service dog in a carriage or leave the store. Read More »

'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's Boat Rescued From Layers Of Fog

'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's Boat Rescued From Layers Of Fog

Rescue crews had to bring the reality TV star's guests and boat to safety.

Reality TV star Buddy Valastro of the Cake Boss series had to be rescued, along with 11 family members and friends, when his boat was trapped in fog. Read More »

Uber Rider 'Held Against My Will' In High-Speed Chase

Uber Rider 'Held Against My Will' In High-Speed Chase

Second kidnapping claim against Uber drivers in a month.

A businessman claims that a driver for rideshare company Uber kidnapped him and brought him along during a high-speed chase with authorities. Read More »

Pilot Buys Pizzas For Passengers Grounded By Storm

Pilot Buys Pizzas For Passengers Grounded By Storm

Stuck and foodless in Wyoming, Captain Gerhard Bradner bought pizza for 160 passengers

An airline pilot ordered pizza to go for a plane of 160 passengers when the plane was diverted to another state because of weather and sat for two hours. Read More »

Fireworks: Pretty To See, Deadly To Be Around

Fireworks: Pretty To See, Deadly To Be Around

Sometimes even professionals learn that fireworks accidents and mistakes can be disastrous

Some of the worst fireworks disasters since 2000, with videos of explosions and the aftermath of destruction that was only supposed to be entertaining. Read More »

Supreme Court: Companies Can Refuse to Pay for Contraception

Supreme Court: Companies Can Refuse to Pay for Contraception

New ruling expands the definition of a corporation as a person

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that closely-held companies controlled by religious people could refuse to pay for some forms of contraception. Read More »

Facebook Diversity Numbers Put It In The Tech Crowd

Facebook Diversity Numbers Put It In The Tech Crowd

Lots of white males in technical positions

Facebook, Google, and Yahoo have become symbols of a wider problem in high tech employment: It's largely white and male, particularly in leadership. Read More »

Want A Job Down South? Sorry, Not Jewish Enough

Want A Job Down South? Sorry, Not Jewish Enough

Study looks at employment discrimination by religion

A recent study suggests that in the South, the most religious part of the US, there is discrimination against religious job applicants except Jews. Read More »

T-Mobile Rep Goes To Extreme To Preserve Payment On a Dead Man's Line

T-Mobile Rep Goes To Extreme To Preserve Payment On a Dead Man's Line

'Keep Your Late Dad's Account To Hear His Voice'

A customer complains that a T-Mobile rep tried to talk him into keeping his late father's account active to be able to hear his voice. Read More »

Two Police Officers Rap and Sing Katy Perry's

Two Police Officers Rap and Sing Katy Perry's "Dark Horse"

Two Texas police officers become viral video stars for lip synching to Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" while driving in their squad car. Read More »

Postman Allegedly Stole 20,000 Pieces of Mail Over 20 Years

Postman Allegedly Stole 20,000 Pieces of Mail Over 20 Years

Part-time author accused of taking jewelry, checks, gift cards, and passports.

Greater Baltimore mail carrier Jeffrey L. Shipley faces charges of stealing 20,000 pieces of mail, including checks, gift cards, and passports. Read More »

Professor Gets Canned For Appearing on Beer Label

Professor Gets Canned For Appearing on Beer Label

Christian university found charity appearance inappropriate

Charleston Southern University fired a popular sociology teacher because his face in an elaborate beard appeared on a beer can for a charity event. Read More »

Air Force Vet's Wife Pays Firefighters' $123 Grocery Bill

Air Force Vet's Wife Pays Firefighters' $123 Grocery Bill

Leaving groceries to answer an emergency call, they came back to find them paid for.

An anonymous Air Force wife paid for the Memorial Day weekend groceries of some firefighters in Vacaville, Calif. Station 71 already has paid it forward. Read More »

Teacher Turns 4th Grade Class Into Her Love Gurus

Teacher Turns 4th Grade Class Into Her Love Gurus

Denies report that she asked which of two boyfriends to keep

A New York City substitute teacher was fired because she allegedly asked her fourth grade class for advice on which of two boyfriends to keep seeing. Read More »

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

Engineers were supposed to watch their language

GM created a list of 69 words and phrases it didn't want engineers to use in documenting recalls to keep media and lawyers from damaging self-descriptions. Read More »

Parents Cry Foul Over Bullying Kindergarten Teacher's Penalty

Parents Cry Foul Over Bullying Kindergarten Teacher's Penalty

Teacher physically intimidates child and faces 10-day suspension

An Ohio kindergarten teacher was suspended for 10 days without pay for lifting a 6-year-old into the air and pinning him against a wall. Read More »

Autistic Students With Teachers And Aides Get Surprise Treat

Autistic Students With Teachers And Aides Get Surprise Treat

Anonymous patron pays for $485 lunch bill at Tex-Mex restaurant

Twenty-five autistic students and their teachers and para-professionals got a treat when an anonymous grandmother paid for their $485 lunch bill. Read More »

Restaurant Receipt Shows Secret Well-Behaved Kids Discount

Restaurant Receipt Shows Secret Well-Behaved Kids Discount

Daughter charms staff, parents get $5 off the bill

Canadian couple gets $5 off a Mother's Day brunch bill when their child charms the staff. The restaurant doesn't advertise the discount but often gives it. Read More »

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