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Movie popcorn is a rip-off. We all know this, but what we choose to do with this information depends on the person. Some of us choose to smuggle in store-bought food, other go hungry. Joshua Thompson calls his lawyers.
The Michigan man is suing AMC Theaters over $8 he spent on a Coke and a box Goobers at movie theater concession stand in December. He says he'd pay three times less than that at a nearby drug store, and he's right.
"He got tired of being taken advantage of," Thompson's lawyer, Kerry Morgan told the Detroit Free Press. "It's hard to justify prices that are three- and four-times higher than anywhere else."
That kind of price inflation is unlawful in the state under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, claims Thompson, a security technician in his mid-20s. He's asking the court for refunds for overcharged customers, a civil penalty against the chain and consumer justice for all.
Legal experts told the Free Press Thompson's chances of success are slim to none, because
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, Mar 7, 2012 1:57 PM EST
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The phrase child star is synonymous with tragic outcomes and E! true Hollywood stories. But there's another route: the parenting guru.Read More »from Parenting Advice from Former Child Stars
Did you ever think you'd be taking child-rearing advice from Blossom? Two decades after her sitcom aired, Mayim Bialik has launched a second career as an unofficial spokesperson for attachment parenting. Actually, after her neuroscience Ph.D and her TV comeback on 'The Big Bang Theory,' it's a fourth career, but who's counting?
In Beyond The Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, the 36-year-old mother of two boys, touts the benefits of co-sleeping and diaper-free potty training.
Last year, Bialik's unconventional mothering methods drew both admiration and ire when she blogged one the website Kveller about breast feeding her 3-year-old.
Bialik let both Miles, 6, and Frederick, 3, dictate the weening process, which meant they continued to breastfeed much later than most kids. Other Bialik-isms:
Paula Deen in February. (Photo by Serg Alexander/Getty Images) Paula Deen is used to trouble: She's been robbed, had a ham thrown at her head and been called the "worst, most dangerous person."
That's nothing compared to her problems in 2012. Since January she's been at the center of controversy that's only gotten worse in the past week. The latest accusations come from the former general manager of a restaurant she co-owns with her brother in Savannah.
Read more about the lawsuit filed against Deen.
Lisa Jackson, who worked at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House for five years, has filled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers, claiming the siblings are responsible for a hostile work environment rife with sexism, racism and other types of "outrageous and intolerable conduct."
In court documents, Jackson claims when Deen promoted her to GM she said she was "going to do something I've never done. I'm going to put a woman in a man's job." That's just the beginning.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Mar 6, 2012 11:56 AM EST
It's been a long journey, we've traveled (kind of) far, and we've finally reached the penultimate episode that takes place in the abandoned studio once inhabited by former late night talk show host Pat Sajack. They even kept the background cityscape in tact, and all the Christmas wreaths!There were a few familiar faces and a lot of people we've never ever seen before.
But mostly there were sparkles and weird cleavage. And totally unsubstantiated bitchy expressions.We're here to set the record straight about a bonus clip from episode two.
This one thinks she's made it a lot further in the season.
You got to love the audience reactions. There were three clusters of audience members there to provide facial feedback to anything happening on stage.
The best part of the show is always the fifteen minute teaser for the next Bachelor Pad. This one got the gang of seasons past together for a wild night of Jagermeister lemon drops at a Vegas hotel. Let me just say on a serious note, the Bachelor contestants really are like a family.These guys are like my brothers, because we sleep in bunk beds when we're on the show.
A family where everyoneRead More »from Bachelor Recap: Women You Won't Recognize Tell All
(AFP / Getty Images)Read More »from Pippa Middleton's Rock Star Moment
Just in case you were wondering, Pippa Middleton hasn't lost her mojo.
It's been almost a year since Kate's little sister zipped up her bridesmaid dress and earned the title of world's biggest crush. Since then, she's attracted the kind of hysterical, rabid fan-base of a Beatle, circa 1966.
Exhibit A: the above photo taken this past weekend during a charity ski race near Stockholm. After a 56-mile cross-country trek, Middleton crossed the finish line and had a total Pippa-mania moment.
"It was totally spontaneous, really innocent, just a cheek kiss," phantom kisser Erik Smede said in his own defense, on The Daily Beast. Smede, a student and part-time truck driver who lives near Stockholm where the race took place, was working as a steward helping out with the event.
Because of Middleton's participation, the race attracted a large amount of attention from locals as well as photographers (the girl is snapped an average of 400 times a day.) Undeterred, Smede
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success – Mon, Mar 5, 2012 3:37 PM EST
Billionaire Gina Rinehart may be richer than Bill Gates in a few years. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim is the world's richest person. But that could change in day, according to Bloomberg's new Billionaires Index. On Monday, the business news outlet launched a daily site that tracks the fortunes of the world's wealthiest. According to their analysts, Gina Rinehart, a 58-year-old Australian mining heiress worth $20.4 billion, is "on the rise". With the daily fluctuations of wealth now traceable, the mother of four could break into the top 20 ranked billionaires any day now, and even one day top the list.Read More »from Will Gina Rinehart Be the World's Richest Person? Female Billionaire on the Rise
Already the richest person in Australia, Rinehart's wealth stems from her dad's discovery of the world's largest iron ore deposit in 1952. An only child, Rinehart studied economics and worked with her late father, Lang Hancock, before his death in 1992.
When he died, she inherited the royalty rights to a portion of thermal and iron-ore deposits throughout the country. More recently, the "soaring demand" for coal and iron ore from China has
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Mar 5, 2012 1:40 PM EST
(Thinkstock Photos)The days of 'because I said so' are long gone. Why? Because your kid said so.Read More »from Do Children Know Best? Parents Want Kids' Input on Dinner, Buying a Car
Parents today are more likely to consult their children on family decisions both big and small, rather than make choices all on their own. A new survey of 1300 American parents found that a startling 64 percent get feedback from their kids before before making the rules or even making a purchase.
The survey, conducted by the consumer research group The Family Room, found that 27 percent of parents actually let kids make a majority of the household decisions themselves. And that doesn't just mean what's for dinner, but what computer to buy or which car-maker to trust.
It's called Generation Collaboration, according to the Family Room, and it's a new way of parenting that puts kids, if not in the drivers' seat, than in front passenger seat with an emergency break.
What's in the fridge is more likely a blend of foods kids and parents agree on. Grocery shopping is a compromise as opposed to a litany of pleas
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Mar 2, 2012 5:42 PM EST
The Fantasy hits New York shores. (Getty Images)Last night I attended the christening of Disney's new cruise ship, the Fantasy. All I knew going into was that I'd be on a brand new building-sized cruise ship off of pier 88 in New York and that was enough for me. Needless to say, the event was wildly undersold. The Disney folks kept the details of the gala a secret from press. Ingredient #1 for magic.Read More »from Disney Cruise Line's Fantasy Christening. We Were There!
Ingredient #2: The cult of Mickey. A small crowd of Disney cruise veterans gathered outside the pier in hopes of catching a glimpse of the champagne christening. Several compared notes on past cruises ("Did you do the two day Magic cruise?" "No, we did four days on the Dream.") People really know their Disney cruises.
My fellow guest and resident photographer, Wicked Mint blogger Ryan Green, remarked at the high level of security to get on the ship. For a moment I got nervous I'd read the invitation wrong and the boat was actually taking off for a few days. Not that I'd have minded. Turns out that metal scanner protection wasn't for
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | At Home – Fri, Mar 2, 2012 12:57 PM EST
Forget the furniture, imagine taking home an miniature Ikea showroom. Oregon-based architectural firm Ideabox designed Aktiv, a line of prefabricated one-bedroom starter homes in collaboration with Ikea Portland. The firm, which is selling the pre-fab models directly, created the concept, designed the model and then purchased wardrobe, flooring and cabinetry from the furniture giant. You've got the land? They've got the tiny house, appointed Ikea-style.
Read More »from Would You Buy an Ikea House? Tour Aktiv $86,500 Prefab Home
Hooker and Powers during an ABC news interview. (ABC) Last year, Jordan Powers was just another student from Mr. Hooker's class. Now she's his live-in girlfriend.Read More »from Teacher Leaves Wife, Kids for High School Student
James Hooker -- the 41-year-old married father who left his wife and kids for his 18-year-old-student -- might be the worst teacher ever. Last week, he resigned from his job at Enochs High School in Modesto, California over the scandal that's shaken up a community and pit one mom on a crusade to save her daughter from a man she calls a "master manipulator."
Video: Teacher caught on tape bullying a student
Jordan met her teacher as a freshman, but both maintain nothing physical happened until she turned 18 this past September. Hooker claims he saw Powers as "just a student" and had no romantic feelings toward her at first, but when her most recent birthday came around, things changed.
They changed so much, in fact, that Hooker, left his wife and three kids (one of them a 17-year-old Enochs high school student as well) so that he could move in with Jordan.
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