Jury awards man $7.5M after being injured by Walmart watermelon display

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:34 PM

File image of watermelons.
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File image of watermelons.(Pixabay)

An Alabama man has been awarded $7.5 million by a jury after he said he tripped and broke his hip while shopping for a watermelon at Walmart.

The verdict was rendered Wednesday in a Phenix City courtroom, The Associated Press reported. The jury awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. 

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Henry Walker, 61, sued Walmart for the 2015 incident in which he claimed the store was negligent for failing to cover a pallet beneath the watermelon display. His foot became tangled in the pallet, causing him to trip and break his hip, according to court documents.

Walmart officials insist that the watermelon displays are safe, and its stores continue to use the pre-packaged displays from producers.

Walmart plans on appealing the decision, The Associated Press reported.

J. Crew apologizes after photo of black model with messy hair sparks controversy

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:13 AM

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12:  A  J. Crew store stands in lower Manhattan on May 12, 2017 in New York City. Comparable sales for the apparel retailer fell 6.7% in its most recent fiscal year on top of an 8.2% drop the year before. J. Crew announced on Tuesday that it was getting rid of 150 full-time and 100 open positions.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: A J. Crew store stands in lower Manhattan on May 12, 2017 in New York City. Comparable sales for the apparel retailer fell 6.7% in its most recent fiscal year on top of an 8.2% drop the year before. J. Crew announced on Tuesday that it was getting rid of 150 full-time and 100 open positions. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

J. Crew is facing criticism after a photo of one of its models and her seemingly unkempt hair surfaced online.

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The black woman, dressed in a Madewell dress, was photographed with her natural hair messily pulled back in a ponytail. But everyone wasn’t impressed with the look.

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One Twitter user took to the platform to express her disapproval. She uploaded the picture of the model with the caption, “J. Crew..... girl.... y’all wrong.”

Many seemed to agree with her sentiment, because the post soon went viral, racking up more than 11,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. 

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Several chimed in, accusing the fashion brand of prepping the model for the shoot without using the proper practices needed to style African-American hair. 

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Others, including the model, Marihenny Pasible, thought the look was in line with J. Crew’s relaxed and natural campaign.

Some challenged the critics, asking them to embrace the care-free look for all cultures.

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After the barrage of comments, J. Crew released a statement on Twitter.

“J.Crew strives to represent every race, gender, and background. We sincerely apologize for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused,” the company wrote. 

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Coupon scam: Aldi continues to warn customers of fake offers on Facebook

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

Another coupon scam is targeting Aldi customers. Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
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Another coupon scam is targeting Aldi customers. Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)(Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Aldi continues to battle fake coupon scams on Facebook.

WNEM reported that the latest fake coupon has a link to an illegitimate website and claims to give out a $40 coupon to customers who complete a survey.

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“Hey ALDI fans! Looks like another fake ALDI coupon is making its way around the internet,” the low-cost grocery store said in a Monday Facebook post. “We’re sorry for any confusion, but we don’t offer electronic coupons and they won’t be accepted at our stores. We’re currently working on fixing the situation, but we’d love your help. Feel free to share this post to help us spread the word.”

The November scam is the latest in a string of fake coupons claiming to be from the retailer.

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In June,  WTHR reported that another bogus coupon was circulating that claimed to offer $75 off an $80 purchase. 

“This was not authorized by ALDI. ALDI does not issue electronic coupons. Sorry for the confusion,” the grocery chain said on Twitter.

In March, WSYR reported that Facebook user Melissa Sheriff noticed a post that claimed to offer a $100-off coupon at Aldi stores, and it seemed too good to be true.

"Next thing I know everyone is sharing it," Sheriff said. "People are sharing it on each other's pages and messaging the coupon to each other and tagging each other in posts saying, ‘Great deal, great deal, you have to print out this coupon.'"

Related: Kroger warns shoppers of fake ‘$60 off’ coupon

Aaron Sumida, vice president of Aldi’s Tully division, issued the following statement in response to the scam:

We understand the confusion that some customers have experienced with digital coupon scams affecting ALDI and other retailers. On Friday, we shared a post on our Facebook page to let our customers know that ALDI doesn't issue electronic coupons or gift cards. These offers weren't authorized or distributed by ALDI and will not be honored at ALDI locations. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this situation may cause our customers.

Aldi addressed the scam in a March 8 Facebook post.

“There’s a fake ALDI coupon making its way around the internet…again. We don’t offer electronic coupons and they won’t be accepted at our stores. We’re working on fixing the situation, so if you’d like to help us out and spread the news, feel free to share this post. We’re sorry for the confusion,” the company said.

Aldi is not the only retailer being used in fake coupon scams. Kroger and Publix grocery stores have also been victims of coupons claiming to offer $60 and $75 off of purchases.

The takeaway for many of these offers is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Hershey's to release 'Gold' bar

Published: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 1:09 PM

Hershey's Gold goes on sale Dec. 1, 2017.
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Hershey's Gold goes on sale Dec. 1, 2017.(The Hershey Company via AP)

Hershey's is going for the gold, announcing its first new candy bar in more than two decades.

Hershey's Gold is described as a "caramelized cream bar embedded with salty peanut and pretzel bits." The company told The Associated Press that the new offering is in response to the popularity of "crunchy multi-textured candy.”

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Hershey's Gold will go on sale Dec. 1.

The last bar to be released by Hershey's was Cookies ’n’ Creme in 1995. 

QuikTrip experiments with new in-store ‘beer cave’

Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

QuikTrip is testing a special beer section at an Oklahoma location.
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QuikTrip is testing a special beer section at an Oklahoma location.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Getty Images)

QuikTrip is testing out its first ever "beer cave" at its convenience store in Collinsville, Oklahoma.

The test was launched a couple of months ago, but the convenience store chain wanted to launch it quietly so it could study how customers would react without much fanfare.

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Company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told KOKI that if the experiment is successful, beer caves could be in all QT stores across the country in the next 10-15 years. Some high-point brands, Thornbrugh said, require their products to be sold refrigerated.

Thornbrugh told KOKI that liquor laws are still applicable, and people under 21 will not be allowed in at any time.

The beer cave experiment also comes at a time when Oklahoma is less than a year out from allowing convenience stores the ability to sell cold high-point beer and wine.