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Coffee Chain's Hiring Of 'Bubbly, Attractive' Teens Target Of Federal Probe

Coffee Chain's Hiring Of 'Bubbly, Attractive' Teens Target Of Federal Probe

A local coffee chain, known for its bubbly, attractive female staff in pink shirts, is being investigated by federal officials for possible age and race discrimination, and the chain is complaining that the probe is a "witch hunt." The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been quietly probing... Read More »

Weirdest Reasons Workers Quit Their Jobs

Weirdest Reasons Workers Quit Their Jobs

There's no shortage of workers who get fired for doing stupid things on the job. Take, for example, Tamara Vangundy, the Indiana coroner who earlier this month reportedly showed up at a crime scene intoxicated and was subsequently charged with drunk driving. But some people also have very weird reasons for... Read More »

Why Goof Offs Get Ahead At Work

Why Goof Offs Get Ahead At Work

People spend vast amounts of time on the Internet. They watch the latest cat videos, check Facebook, etc. It's not exactly productive, per se. But I want to make the case that the things you think are big time sucks -- like reading the Fail blog -- are not the real causes of wasted time at work. A few years... Read More »

At 95, Oldest Clown Keeps The Smiles Coming

At 95, Oldest Clown Keeps The Smiles Coming

By Matthew Brown BILLINGS, Mont. -- Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore is one of the quieter acts in the circus, his larger-than-life clown shoes shuffling methodically as he works the crowd, igniting surprised giggles and slack-jawed wonder from children that look up to encounter Creekmore's wrinkled eyes smiling... Read More »

10 Office Lottery Pools Gone Terribly Wrong

10 Office Lottery Pools Gone Terribly Wrong

Office lottery pools. They're an innocent way for coworkers to bond. A collective dream to lift you out of the daily grind. But they're also potential scenes of Greek tragedy-style betrayal, greed, envy, loss and devastation. McDonald's employee Mirlande Wilson reportedly claimed she was one of the three... Read More »

Museum Plays April Fools' Joke On Prolific Forger

Museum Plays April Fools' Joke On Prolific Forger

By Lisa Cornwell CINCINNATI -- Fool me once, the saying goes. But 50 times? That's what a convincing art forger did for nearly three decades when he donated his copies of Picassos and other works of art to unsuspecting museums in 20 states. Read More »

Jennifer Lopez's Stunt Double Is A Man

Jennifer Lopez's Stunt Double Is A Man

In black, skin-tight leggings, a zip-up jacket, and braided brown hair, Jennifer Lopez and her stunt double are tricky to distinguish. Unless, that is, you look closely. For one thing, the 42-year-old actress/singer/mogul's doppelganger has an Adam's apple. Because he's a guy. Lopez and her stunt double have... Read More »

$1 Million Lottery Winner Still Uses Food Stamps

$1 Million Lottery Winner Still Uses Food Stamps

Winning the lottery can be world-rocking, and it certainly was for Amanda Clayton, who scored $1 million in Michigan's state lottery last September, or a little over $500,000, she says, after taxes. But there are downsides too: Like jealous friends who are looking for ways to bring you down, as in tipping off... Read More »

N.J. Construction Workers Sue Colleague For Share Of $38.5 Million Lottery Prize

N.J. Construction Workers Sue Colleague For Share Of $38.5 Million Lottery Prize

A trial in Union County, N.J., is pitting five construction workers against their former colleague in what the group says was the man's attempt to deceive them of their share of nearly $40 million in lottery winnings. The five workers sued their colleague, Americo Lopes (pictured, left, with his wife,... Read More »

Man Walks Into Denny's And Cooks Himself Dinner

Man Walks Into Denny's And Cooks Himself Dinner

There's no such thing as a free lunch, or dinner. James Summers learned that lesson on Tuesday afternoon, police say, when he strolled into a Madison, Wis., Denny's with a briefcase, claimed that he was the new general manager, cooked up his own cheeseburger and fries, and grabbed a soda Even when police... Read More »

Austin Cab Drivers Can Now Charge A $100 Puke Tax

Austin Cab Drivers Can Now Charge A $100 Puke Tax

Austin cab drivers just lucked into another revenue stream: the puke tax. As of Thursday, cab drivers in the Texas capital will be able to charge passengers who regurgitate on their upholstery up to $100 extra. The new fee will be posted in a sign in every cab. "It takes me like a couple of hours," local... Read More »

Top 7 Workplace Lessons From 'The Simpsons'

Top 7 Workplace Lessons From 'The Simpsons'

In its 500 episodes, "The Simpsons" has shredded every facet of modern American life. Its insights have been fodder for countless academic papers, and numerous books, like "The Simpsons and Society," "The Simpsons and Philosophy," "The Psychology of the Simpsons," "The Springfield Reformation," "The Gospel... Read More »

Humor Can Help Your Career -- No Joke!

Humor Can Help Your Career -- No Joke!

Getty Images We don't know exactly why human beings laugh. But we do know that's it's for social reasons; laughing isn't something we tend to do alone. This makes humor an excellent tool for settling into a new workplace, at least according to 79 percent of chief financial officers. When the temporary... Read More »

Twitter Makes Purposely Embarrassing Recruitment Video

Twitter Makes Purposely Embarrassing Recruitment Video

The recruitment video is still a young art form, developed by companies like Google and IBM in the late 2000s. But it's not an art form too young to parody mercilessly. Twitter's new recruitment video mocks all the things we hate about recruitment videos: hyper-staged fun times, awkward cutaways, and cheesy... Read More »

10 Weird Excuses Workers Have Used When Late

10 Weird Excuses Workers Have Used When Late

By Justin Thompson, The Work Buzz If you're like me, there are days when you hit the snooze button on your alarm or phone at least 27 times. Eventually you get up, throw on some clothes without the pretense that it's actually an outfit and slink into work, as if you've been there the last hour. Read More »

Boston Transit Workers Reminded To 'Stay Awake' On Job

Boston Transit Workers Reminded To 'Stay Awake' On Job

Most Americans don't need reminding to do their jobs. It usually goes with showing up for work each day. Garbage men pick up garbage, teachers teach and accountants double-check their math. In Boston, however, it seems that some mass-transit employees can't be trusted to stay awake. The Massachusetts Bay... Read More »

Woman Cursed Out By Barbecue Restaurant, She Says, For Bad Yelp Review

Woman Cursed Out By Barbecue Restaurant, She Says, For Bad Yelp Review

More and more servers are outing customers who skip on their their tips. A Brooklyn delivery man has been uploading tales of bad tippers to his blog 15 Percent. Other slighted waitstaff have been venting their frustration on Lousy Tippers and Stained Apron. But one barbecue joint in Atlanta has gone further,... Read More »

Woman's Lawsuit Accuses Cop of Issuing Ticket, Then Asking Her Out

Woman's Lawsuit Accuses Cop of Issuing Ticket, Then Asking Her Out

If an admirer leaves a handwritten note on your car windshield, asking you out, it can be cute or creepy. When that admirer is a police officer who issued you a speeding ticket, and then searched through motor-vehicle records to find your address, it falls more into the creepy camp. At least that's according... Read More »

11 Of The Oddest Interview Questions Of 2011

11 Of The Oddest Interview Questions Of 2011

Perhaps the most anxiety-producing part of any job application process is the interview. In part, that's because job seekers have little way of knowing just what kinds of questions interviewers will be asking. Further, today's savvy employers have moved beyond the archetypal "Tell me where you see yourself... Read More »

Ad Agency Flash Mobs Itself

Ad Agency Flash Mobs Itself

When you work for a large company -- the sixth largest independent advertising agency in the U.S., for example -- and your two offices unite for a Christmas holiday, there's always the chance of awkwardness. The two teams may keep to themselves, high school style. Or there could be an underlying rivalry that... Read More »

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