The too-good-to-be-true: In October, a St. Louis bartender was shocked to receive a $200,000-plus payout on a bill totaling just $111.54. Using the name "Randomdayzee" on Reddit, she shared her experience of waiting on two sisters, one of whom left the exorbitant tip. The shocked server alerted her manager, who called Visa and learned that tips deemed "excessive" would not be processed. The incident caused some redditors to speculate that the tipper was a scam artist who knew that her credit card would reject suchRead More »from The Best (and Worst) Restaurant Tippers of 2013
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- Most restaurant servers have good and bad tipping stories they never forget, like the quiet guy who ordered only coffee and left a really generous tip or the patron who vanished without leaving a gratuity. But this year there were plenty of tipping tales that got way wilder than those. Here's a look back at the ones that made headlines. Whether these servers were naughty or nice, they were the recipients of the most outrageous, heartwarming, and cringeworthy tips of the year.
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 19, 2013 5:43 PM EST
Professional ballet instructor Mary Helen Bowers is nine months pregnant, but she hasn’t let that slow her down — she says she’ll continue dancing until she gives birth in one week. Read More »from Why This Ballerina Is Still Dancing at 9 Months Pregnant
Bowers, 33, is a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and the creator of Ballet Beautiful, a low-impact exercise routine that strengths and tones the same muscles used in ballet. She’s renowned for whipping supermodels Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes into shape, as well as training Natalie Portman in ballet for her Oscar-winning role in the 2010 film “Black Swan.” Now, in her third trimester, Bowers is staying active with daily ballet workouts and hopes to inspire others with her pre- and postnatal workout series.
“They key to working out during pregnancy is listening to your body,” Bowers tells Yahoo Shine. “This time is about more than just you. My doctor closely monitors my exercise routine and I collaborated with medical experts for my prenatal video series.” Bowers also adds that her exercises
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | The Good News – Thu, Dec 19, 2013 1:21 PM EST
Two San Francisco artists are spreading Christmas cheer in an unusual (and lovey-dovey) way –– with a tinsel-covered drone bearing a mistletoe.
George Zisiadis, 23, and his partner on the project, Mustafa Khan, 28, treated unsuspecting crowds in the city's Union Square to some holiday romance by flying the drone over their heads, prompting kisses from the couples below.
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On Tuesday, Zisiadis uploaded a video that captured all sorts of couples –– young, old, gay, straight –– taking advantage of the mistletoe moment by puckering up. And by Thursday morning, the footage had racked up more than 9,000 views.
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"There's been so much negative discussion about drones and technology lately that I wanted (to) recast them as something light and fun," Zisiadis tells Yahoo Shine. "Although some people shied away from the drone, most were intrigued and, by the end of the day, theyRead More »from Mistletoe Drone Brings Kisses, Not War, to San Francisco
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 18, 2013 6:37 PM EST
The Moscow Mule, a simple cocktail made of vodka, ginger beer, and lime and served in a copper mug, is turning hip bar hoppers into thieves.
According to a story published Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal, customers are ordering the cocktail in droves and subsequently stealing the mugs they're served in. One hotspot dealing with the mug-lifting is Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California. And, says Christ Nogulich, its food-and-beverage director, the problem isn't new. "We've been serving the drink for years and people have always taken the mugs. We don't keep count of the thefts but we do have to restock the mugs regularly. One customer even felt guilty about stealing a mug, so he called us to confess. But we don't mind too much - at least people are telling their friends where they got the mug."
Casa del Mar doesn't have an official policy in place to prevent theft, but, according to the Wall Street Journal, many restaurants and bars have gotten savvy in order to stem the stickyRead More »from Moscow Mule Mugs and Other Hipster Items People Steal From Restaurants
Even when a beloved brand is at the top of its game, just one slip-up — say, a cringeworthy ad or an attempt at risqué humor –– can cause it to fall swiftly from grace. And this past year, companies have made plenty of mistakes — from sexist marketing to fat-shaming consumers. “Before the days of social media, a PR company would filter all of a company's ads and public statements to make sure its messages were appropriate,” Christopher Cakebread, an advertising professor at Boston University, tells Yahoo Shine. “Nowadays, when companies misstep, consumers hear about it quickly through screenshots, shares, and tweets. Social media also allows people to communicate directly with companies, giving them influence over branding decisions, even the power to make big corporations apologize." And big business did plenty of apologizing this year — here are just five embarrassing retail mistakes.Read More »from The Most Embarrassing Retail Moments of 2013
Abercrombie & Fitch's plus-size policy: The teen brand that exudes athleticism and sex has always
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:25 PM EST
Rumors are swirling that Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate Middleton, is engaged to her boyfriend of 15 months, Nico Jackson. And the buzz is shining a spotlight on the relatively unknown banker from London, who until now has managed to keep a low-profile.
Us Weekly, which broke the story on Wednesday, provided some juicy details of the rumored proposal. Jackson reportedly popped the question in early December during a vacation to India's Oberoi Amarvilas, a five-star resort with views of the Taj Mahal. Of Jackson's proposal, a source told Us, "It was exactly how he planned it. Very romantic and grand."
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- Calling someone fat should be illegal. That's the opinion of Jennifer Lawrence, who made her feelings on fat shaming very clear during an interview with Barbara Walters. On Tuesday, ABC aired the clip from a chat with the actress for its upcoming special, "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013".
"You've criticized people who judge people on the red carpet," says Walters. "You're very sensitive to that. Why?"
Lawrence replied with, "Because why is humiliating people funny? And I get it, and I do it too, we all do it. But I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. So then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that's wearing an ugly dress or making fun of the girl that's, you know. And the word fat. I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.Read More »from Jennifer Lawrence Wants to Outlaw the Word Fat
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Dec 17, 2013 1:58 PM EST
Technology can simplify life. But it can also screw it up completely.
One female job recruiter learned that the hard way when she recorded an accidental message on a job candidate's voicemail. You can hear the hilarious recording right here.
An anonymous tipper sent the recording, which plays back as follows, to Deadspin: The woman says, "This is a message for [redacted], please give a call back at [redacted]. I look forward to speaking with you." She hangs up — or so she believes — but the voicemail recorded her singing a song to what's most likely a dog or cat. You can listen to the recording or check out the transcripts. Either way, get ready to be entertained.Read More »from Job Recruiter Accidentally Leaves Ridiculous Voicemail for Candidate
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Oh, cutie that you are, because you're so precious.
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Fashion – Mon, Dec 16, 2013 7:16 PM ESTAnother day, another Urban Outfitters controversy. Today, the hipster retailer apologized for selling a pair of socks depicting the Hindu deity Ganesh after backlash from the Hindu community.
In an email to Yahoo Shine, Urban Outfitters confirmed that the socks are no longer for sale.
The $8 red crew socks (now sold-out on Urban Outfitters' website) have blue toes and an image of Lord Ganesh is printed above the ankle. Earlier this week, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed wrote in a statement on his website that "Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be wrapped around one's foot. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees." He further called for Urban Outfitters to recall the socks and for the brand to issue an apology.
The incident is far from the first time that Urban Outfitters has courted controversy. In May, the retailer pulled a line of shotRead More »from Urban Outfitters Regrets Putting Hindu God on Socks (No One is Surprised)
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Beauty – Mon, Dec 16, 2013 4:01 PM ESTIt's hard to believe that Jennifer Lawrence needs help in the beauty department, but one magazine gave her some anyway.
A controversial GIF of the actress revealing how fashion magazine Flare airbrushed her 2011 cover has found new life on the Internet after an author on the website Upworthy expressed outrage at what she says is a gratuitous hack job.
It appears the magazine elongated Lawrence's body, slimming her waist, thighs, and arms; boosted her cleavage; chiseled her cheekbones; and overly bronzed her skin tone. The Internet instantly exploded with reaction. "I think the most ridiculous thing is they photoshopped her fingers. What in the world was wrong with them in the first place?" wrote one commenter. Another tweeted: "This is one GIF worth sharing. Insane how much retouching is done on a beautiful 23 year old."
It's a curious move given how outspoken Lawrence has been about the pursuit of perfection in Hollywood. In November during a live interview at Yahoo headquarters inRead More »from If Jennifer Lawrence Needs This Much Airbrushing, We're All Doomed