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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 11:13 AM
FREEPORT, Maine — Known for its unlimited return policy, LL Bean is saying no more to accepting returns of its products, no matter the condition or when the item was purchased.
The company is citing cases where customers have gone to thrift stores and looked in trash bins for LL Bean-branded products, only to return them to the stores for refunds or exchanges, The Associated Press reported.
Now LL Bean will only accept returns for one year with proof of purchase. It will still replace items that have manufacturing defects after the one-year deadline.
Returns of items have doubled in the past five years, outpacing revenue from the company’s iconic boot.
Over five years, the company as lost $250 million on items that were “destroy quality,” LL Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem told The AP.
Those items are sent directly to landfills. First-quality items are put back on store shelves and sold. Seconds are either taken to outlets or donated to charities, The AP reported.
“Increasingly, a small, but growing number of customers has been interpreting our guarantee well beyond its original intent. Some view it as a lifetime product replacement program, expecting for heavily worn products used over many years. Others seek refunds for products that have been purchased through third parties, such as at yard sales,” NPR reported.
When Leon Leonwood Bean, the founder of the company, accepted returns of 90 of the first 100 hunting shoes he produced, he returned customers’ money and redesigned the boot that made the company famous. He also started the company’s guarantee policy, The AP reported.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:08 AM
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Several sinkholes opened in The Villages Thursday, threatening several homes, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.
Four homes have been evacuated. Officials said the largest of the three holes is 35 feet deep and 18 feet wide.
One of the sinkholes that opened up is outside Frank Newman’s home.
He said he heard strange sounds and wasn’t sure what was going on.
“At about 12:30 I was watching the Olympics when I heard something that I thought was thunder,” Newman said.
Hours later, he found out what was actually going on.
“My front door bell rings about 3:10. It was a policeman saying, ‘You got to get out of your house,’” Newman said.
The sinkholes go beneath two of the homes.
Cracks formed outside Newman’s neighbor’s home and a hole opened up near her front door.
“In her house, she is seeing cracks inside the house on the floor and stuff,” Newman said. “She can’t get her car out of the garage because the garage door won’t open.”
Signs have been placed outside some of the homes warning the houses have been condemned.
Golf course officials are draining a lake to help the situation. Utilities officials said that if a water main break occurs, they will be able to handle it, but 20 homes could potentially lose water service if that happens.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:52 AM
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An 11-year-old Orange County, Florida, girl was found Sunday afternoon at a Georgia hotel room with a 24-year-old Illinois man who had abducted her, Georgia's Bibb County Sheriff’s Office said.
PLEASE RETWEET!— FDLE (@fdlepio) February 18, 2018
FLORIDA MISSING CHILD ALERT issued for Alice Johnson, W/F, 11yo, 5'5", 140lbs, blue eyes, last seen 9000 block of Eastport Terrace, Orlando. Short blue & brown hair, blue & white striped backpack. Have info? Contact Orange County SO at 407-836-4357 OR 911. pic.twitter.com/EDK2jFkc7n
UPDATE: The MISSING CHILD Alert for Alice Johnson has been resolved. The child has been found safe. Thank you for sharing!— FDLE (@fdlepio) February 18, 2018
Alice Amelia Johnson was reported missing at about 9 a.m. Sunday from a subdivision near University Boulevard and North Econlockhatchee Trail in Orange County, deputies said.
Investigators said they tracked Alice's cellphone while she was traveling with John Peter Byrns, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
At about 2 p.m. Sunday, Orange County deputies contacted Bibb County deputies, who were contacted by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent two hours later, officials said.
Byrns and Alice were found shortly before 6 p.m. in a room at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites near Macon, deputies said.
Investigators said charges are pending against Byrns, who is being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:35 AM
EUSTIS, Fla. — An educator at Eustis Middle School in Florida, who was named teacher of the year last month, posted her reaction on social media to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.
Kelly Guthrie Raley’s response has been shared more than 600,000 times since she posted it on her Facebook page, with many more likes.
Raley wrote that mental health issues, lack of available care for them, lack of discipline at home, lack of parental support for teacher discipline of their children, lack of moral values, promotion of violence through video games and the screaming on reality TV have created a culture where compassion is gone and the “permanency of death” is not understood by youths.
"Those 17 lives mattered," she wrote. "When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously?"
Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the...Posted by Kelly Guthrie Raley on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:28 AM
SEATTLE — A self-proclaimed white nationalist was banned from a Fremont gym after the owners learned he is a leader in the alt-right community.
The owners of Northwest Fitness Project say Greg Johnson is longer welcome there.
“The trainer terminated his contract and we banned him from the gym,” said Kyle Davis, a co-owner of the gym.
It's a move that has some people wondering if it violates a city ordinance that says "places of public accommodation" can't discriminate based on a person's beliefs.
But the owners of the gym say that ordinance doesn't apply -- because it’s not a public space. To use the space, you must be the client of a trainer.
“There’s no open gym membership, it's not like people can come and go as they please,” Davis said. “Trainers come and run their own businesses out of this location."
“There's a right of first refusal of the independent trainer. And (the trainer) chose to not work with him anymore due to the harm it would cause his reputation, and not wanting to be associated with those views,” Davis said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Greg Johnson an "international figure for white nationalism” and “one of the leading voices of the far-right.”
In September 2017, the New York Times interviewed him undercover and posted it on its website.
In the interview, Johnson says, “I would identify myself as a white nationalist. That states the goals I have politically.”
When asked about people who are Jewish, Johnson says, “The solution would ultimately (be) to expel them.”
Davis said he’s disturbed to hear Johnson’s views.
“I would feel threatened, yes,” he said. “I'm converting to Judaism, my fiancée is Jewish and we want to raise our kids Jewish.”
The owners say after Johnson was banned, a white nationalist publication told followers to post negative reviews on the gym's Yelp and Facebook pages.
“We were at a five (star average review); it went down to a three,” said Matthew Holland, the other co-owner of Northwest Fitness Project.
But hundreds of people supported the gym on social media, helping it bounce back.
“Now we're to like a 4.8,” Holland said. “We have a great community and we didn't realize how awesome they all were. Going through a rough time like this, it was just so encouraging.”
The Puget Sound Anarchists first published last week that Johnson lives in Seattle. It’s also how the gym owners found out about Johnson’s beliefs.
Johnson did not comment.