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A Barista at the Troy Starbucks has 30 days to start tattoo removal procedures or give up her job. She doesn't like either option. (Screenshot: WJBK, Channel 2, video)
Integraphix Designers July 22, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Tattoos are common today but many employers choose to have strict policies such as Starbucks. ManyRead More of our clients choose to have tattoos removed because of work opportunities and demands.
Erase Tattoo Removal July 22, 2014 at 03:16 pm
This is more common than people realize. Many employers choose not to hire people with tattoos evenRead More though they might not be directly against tattoos. We have had more than one client remove a tattoo because of demands at work or opportunities in the future.
Renee Kratochwill July 22, 2014 at 03:52 pm
One of the baristas at the Starbucks at 21 & Card has tons of tatoos! What gives here? hmmm
Do you think the trend toward no-tipping restaurants will become common in Michigan? (Patch file photo)
Diane Cliff June 25, 2014 at 08:27 am
No tipping in Japan, either.
MaryLynn Bertetto June 25, 2014 at 10:51 am
One tips in Germany. Lived there 10 years. It was more like 5% tho.
RON Ostrodamus June 25, 2014 at 07:01 pm
You can be assured the waitstaff receives a fair wage. I know that in Poland these jobs areRead More intentionally reserved for students despite high unemployment that does not seem fair for those who have a family to support. Personally, I feel that if the server's service and attitude are substandard I will leave just one dollar. No excuse for bad service, or wisecracks from waitstaff such as "the coffee was just brewed" when you get a lukewarm obviously stale cup.
The boards of three hospitals unanimously voted to become one system that will control 30 percent of the health-care market in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Carol Maynard June 24, 2014 at 07:24 am
I noticed above that many people have complaints about different hospitals. My 14 day oldRead More granddaughter got terrible care at U of M Mott hospital as we arrived on December 28th and all the experienced heart Doctors were on Christmas vacation. She needed immediate heart surgery, and she couldn't live until January 3rd for the heart Team to return. So, bottom line, hospitals are made up of common people doing the best that they can under the circumstances and Doctors can't perform miracles. I have very little faith in most Doctors. But, here in the USA, we get better care than in most countries.
Sue Czarnecki June 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Mergers always bring a loss of many jobs. And that's NOT a good idea.
l.c. June 24, 2014 at 05:01 pm
beaumont wouldn't be what it is today if not for the many VOLUNTEERS.yet no mention??? too manyRead More chiefs maybe?
Starbucks expects to raise prices on some of its coffee drinks Tuesday. (Patch file photo)
Dale Behler June 23, 2014 at 09:23 pm
No problem for me. Starbucks priced me out of their specialty coffee market long ago. There is aRead More point where price increases instead of responsible cost management will cause the consumer to chose to stop buying their product and go to McDonalds for their coffee. That is also a free market and one reason Starbucks have been forced to close so many of their stores. It is a very simple concept that also applies to reasonable government budget controls as well. It isn't a bottomless pit of money. If taxes are too high, consumers don't have the extra money to buy expensive Starbuck's specialty coffee and other goods and services. That's not wanting something for nothing, that's economic reality.
Ken Hershenson June 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm
You're right about the free market Dale. However, the reason Starbucks raised prices IS because ofRead More responsible cost management. Even Wall Street pundits predicted back in April that Starbucks would have to raise their prices. http://247wallst.com/commodities-metals/2014/04/27/starbucks-will-have-to-raise-coffee-prices/ All companies must manage their money when the raw product prices they use, are raised. That's business. Coffee prices rose 90% in the first 5 months of this year. Milk and sugar prices also increased. There are lots of things to consider when balancing decisions like this: shareholders, customers and employees to name a few. Keep in mind that Folgers and other coffee companies are also raising their prices for the very same reason. The free market ebbs and flows in regards to cases like this. Some people, like you, choose not to pay the higher prices. Some people who might really like Starbucks might not have a problem with an extra dime. Yay for the free market system. In regards to taxes being the cause of someone not buying Starbucks, I beg to differ. Too many corporations are reaping record-breaking profits and not hiring more people or giving raises to their existing employees. That's a bigger problem with income in my opinion and a bigger cause of Americans cutting back on their spending.
Dale Behler June 24, 2014 at 10:02 am
Good points, Ken. But families and students have a limited about of money to spend. So they have toRead More go for the basics rather than luxury items when taxes and high cost of living take more and more of their income. Corporations are restricted by the same rules, as Starbucks is finding out. As costs go up they either raise prices or cut costs (labor costs). Government seems to think all they need to do is raise taxes, and spending cuts are the last resort. Until recently, cutting labor costs and benefits were not in the mix. I blame a spendthrift government and union greed for most of our economic problems, including the export of jobs overseas. The USA is constantly running neck and neck with Japan for the highest corporate tax rates in the world. That's the reason several U.S. corporations are moving their company headquarters to lower tax rate countries. Back to Starbucks, the increasing cost of coffee beans has cut into their profits so they raise prices. Specialty coffee isn't like gasoline which consumers require to get to work or for personal travel. When the price of Starbucks product get to a certain level, consumers can easily chose to not buy it because it will be viewed as a luxury item. Only those who either have no money restrictions or have a strong Starbucks coffee preference will continue to buy it. I personally like their coffee, but feel the cost/benefit relationship of their product is turning against them.
Kohl's has been named in a lawsuit filed by a Ypsilanti woman who said the company's collections agency knowingly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
geo land June 19, 2014 at 08:47 am
These square pigs won't fit into round holes, round them up to the nearest fema camp and give themRead More something to occupy themselves.
RON Ostrodamus June 19, 2014 at 01:56 pm
The "sheeple" and the "smoe" (fitting) have spoken. Hope she cleans theirRead More heartless greedy clocks. No doubt an independent will not listen collection company used by Kohls as other businesses including credit card companies and hospitals. Some of these pirate companies buy unpaid bills and harass a wrong number for years.
Melissa Summers June 19, 2014 at 10:48 pm
There are laws in place to protect consumers and so yes I would sue to keep corporations accountableRead More for their actions.
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Courteney Allison Child Gettel June 6, 2014 at 06:45 am
I'm not sure I'm understanding this plan. Am I to understand that they are going to redo theRead More Palladium to be more of a dinner theater? If so, where do the kids and people who don't want dinner go for movies? I understand bringing "life back into the building." There are already too many "luxury" places to go for dinner and drink in Birmingham.
Sean McGee June 8, 2014 at 01:45 am
This is a horrible idea. But that is okay for Troy and Clawson, as the new 16 theater MJR DigitalRead More Theater is opening at the corner of 15 Mile & Livernois on June 20th. So go ahead and further alienate those few fans you have left for the Palladium. I have seen less and less there since the newer Royal Oak downtown theater opened and since they renovated the Troy, AMC John R building. The Birmingham theater has been constantly dirty lately and the prices are still rising.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said at the Mackinac Policy Conference that he supports adding protections for gays to the state's civil rights law. (Photo: Getty Images)
Dale Behler May 31, 2014 at 09:06 am
Ron.....And what are pro-gay supporters doing? They "push their beliefs on others." NoRead More different than what they accuse Christians of doing. People with gay agendas spew deep hatred against anyone, especially Christians, who dare oppose them. There is a moral issue here which they selfishly refuse to acknowledge. But I do believe the gay agenda will win, and our country will suffer the consequences of not having a moral spiritual compass to guide it. Hate me if you like, but that is my honest opinion.
Jay Charles June 2, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Against the law? Not since the 2003 Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558.
Robert June 6, 2014 at 08:50 pm
Gay people are intolerant
Will Hein July 1, 2014 at 08:16 pm
It took Tyree Johnson 22 years to figure out that he was only making minimum wage- not te sharpestRead More guy around, is he?
Lee Jacobsen July 1, 2014 at 11:52 pm
Want more than minimum wage? Grow a spine and ask your manager for a raise. It helps to give a fewRead More reasons. Having the govt establish a minimum wage is just govt intervention into the business world. Don't like the wage, what are unions for??? Find a job that pays more...why does the govt have to negotiate wages? Can't stand working for wages? Start your own business, and find out what real work is like....
william ofori smith July 10, 2014 at 06:28 am
Dear Sir/Madam Thanks so much for reading my mail i hope we will do business together i am into goldRead More business we are looking for a buyer who will buy from us Direct from the Village we have up to 25kg now ready to sell to any buyer who is interested to buy from us, we will like to do long term business with the buyer.Thanks hope to hear from you. William. williamsoforismith@yahoo.com +233 200 143320
Dog and cat treats made in China are being removed from the shelves of Petco stores in southeast Michigan and across the country due to customer and FDA concerns. (Patch file photo)
TAASMAN May 21, 2014 at 03:50 pm
China will soon be the world leader in Gross Domestic Production. We as American's better get usedRead More to this, because it is not just gonna be dog food.
K. Scott May 21, 2014 at 05:36 pm
About two years ago a saw some knock off toothpaste on a party store shelf. There had been a recallRead More because they flavored it it antifreeze to make it taste sweet. I had to raise holy hell to get them to pull it off the shelf. It was a local party store too. Made in China. Always check labels, always.
Sue Czarnecki May 22, 2014 at 10:30 am
Thank you, Petco. Now if only PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus will follow suit. I know, I, as aRead More member of WAG Animal Rescue, am very grateful.
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Desert Rat May 24, 2014 at 08:24 pm
Man, I'm stuffed on a couple of Canadian bacon McGriddles. Maybe tomorrow I'll try on of theirRead More salads. Or maybe not....
AlwaysPO'd May 25, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Capitalism will dictate if Happy survives, not the liberal agenda.
Joe Duane June 8, 2014 at 09:51 am
We offer fresh cut bank instrument for lease/sale, such as BG, SBLC, MTN, Bank Bonds, Bank Draft, TRead More strips and other. Leased Instruments can be obtained at minimal expense to the borrower compared to other banking options and we also discount/monetize BG's. This offer is open to both individuals and corporate bodies. If in need of our services, contact me for detail information. Thank you, Mr.Joe Duane email:jduane076@gmail.com Joeduane@consultant.com
All raw meat products, including fresh and frozen ground beef, should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F., the USDA's Food and Safety Inspection Service says.
TAASMAN May 19, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Nearest Chick-filet? "Eat More Chicken"
Sue Czarnecki May 19, 2014 at 02:23 pm
I wish I could stop eating ALL meat and poultry.
Joseph Borrajo May 19, 2014 at 03:31 pm
The continued poisoning of America, with deregulation and no FDA stamp. P3
The inside of a long-dead mall, as photographed by Seph Lawless for his new book "Black Friday."
John Ferman May 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm
In counting the number of failed malls, is account taken of the difference between 'strip' malls andRead More the enclosed multi-floor malls. The former were generally absent an anchor tenant.
Joe Morice May 13, 2014 at 10:18 am
I have about as much use for shopping malls as a hog does for a wristwatch but there is one goodRead More thing closed malls could be used for. How about parents dropping off their spoiled unruly brats at the abandoned malls so they won't aggravate, intimidate and cause all sorts of problems for the customers of malls still doing business?
Steve M May 16, 2014 at 01:37 am
A new mall opening in October is gonna feature only high-end luxury stores for people that haveRead More money coming out of their ears, eyes, nose and mouth.
The Severstal Dearborn steel plant, which has been cited dozens of times by the U.S. Environmental Quality and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, has asked the DEQ to allow higher emissions. (Patch file photo)
Joseph Borrajo May 6, 2014 at 03:05 pm
Racist rant is the underpinning of someone cannot live comfortably within their own skin.
Joseph Borrajo May 6, 2014 at 03:07 pm
Ralph Nader on the business channel today, talking about an alliance of left and right to take onRead More the corporate state that controls Congress and the state government in Michigan. P3
Pete Rogan May 6, 2014 at 09:22 pm
What? Allow more corruption and pollution for a RUSSIAN company? Why on Earth should we permit this?
Meryl Davis, right, got an airbrush tan at Wink Boutique in Grosse Pointe. Owner Jean Alter-Johnson said it's been great advertising for her independent shop. (Photo submitted)
Mary Alice Kurtz May 3, 2014 at 10:57 am
What??!! She didn't go to Amanda's Airbrush Tanning right here in Rochester Hills??? 822 N. Main,Read More Shop Local!! :D
jean May 20, 2014 at 07:28 am
Actually she was referred to Wink Boutique by the company that is the exclusive tanners for DWTS.
Thomas Video will turn out its lights for the last time when its vast inventory is finally liquidated. The one-of-a-kind store is closing after a 40-year run in Royal Oak. (Photo: Facebook)
Carol May 1, 2014 at 08:50 am
I met the love of my life there (and he wasn't on video).
Beth Dalbey May 1, 2014 at 09:21 am
Carol, tell us more!
norman lepage May 1, 2014 at 09:30 am
interesting local fact about "death bed, the bed that eats" which was filmed and producedRead More locally is that it starred birmingham restaurateur SAMEER EID of the PHOENICIA. of course he was much younger and better looking in those days.
A Bloomfield Hills veterinarian is conducting a clinical trial on a synthetic pheromone that may curb cats' aggressive behavior. (Photo: Oakland Veterinary Referral Service)
Theresa DePorter July 12, 2014 at 10:38 am
The final enrollment opportunities: July 22nd Ann Arbor Animal Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI 2pmRead More or 6pm July 29th Oakland Veterinary Referral Services - Bloomfield Hills, MI 2pm or 6pm Volunteers only attend one meeting and they must be prequalified. Interested volunteers should contacting Theresa DePorter by email TheresaDVM@aol.com or call Oakland Veterinary Referral Services at 248-334-6877. Please share the study flyer (www.OVRS.com).
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Scott Peterson April 22, 2014 at 12:34 am
Security is a deterrent not a preventative measure. There is no way to be secure from everyRead More possibility because it is impossible to even conceive of every possibility. Instead we try to secure against the threats we know of through experience and those we may anticipate through inference extrapolated from those experiences. The businesses are naturally and rightly profit driven and things that do not directly and or immediately hurt the bottom line do not get priority funding. Thieves too are profit driven though they are less regulated than business and in general face more personal risk than businesses typically do toward realizing their bottom line. Due to the actually few distinctions between the thief and business the thief must be the more resourceful of the two and thus more innovative. Security is always going to be a reactionary means of preventing theft. The proactive means to prevent theft are to accept there is no absolute security and otherwise either too expensive, too harsh, too time consuming or some combination of those. Considering how long humanity seems to have dealt with the issue, one might think we would have tried all of the available variables and figured it out sometime during the last 5000 years through trial and error. Oh wait, we have. Communities where the moral code is instilled in population from cradle to grave coupled with punishment for infractions justly employed have almost zero crime and it costs them almost zero dollars. Face it folks, we're all hippy freaks living in/on a commune we call Earth. Continually spending good money over top of bad as our orthodox approach has required over the centuries has only produced more crime and or prisons. This implies more crime is the goal if you THINK.
Scott Peterson April 22, 2014 at 12:41 am
Security is a deterrent not a preventative measure. There is no way to be secure from everyRead More possibility because it is impossible to even conceive of every possibility. Instead we try to secure against the threats we know of through experience and those we may anticipate through inference extrapolated from those experiences. The businesses are naturally and rightly profit driven and things that do not directly and or immediately hurt the bottom line do not get priority funding. Thieves too are profit driven though they are less regulated than business and in general face more personal risk than businesses typically do toward realizing their bottom line. Due to the actual few distinctions between the thief and business the thief must be the more resourceful of the two and thus more innovative. Security is always going to be a reactionary means of preventing theft. The proactive means to prevent theft are to accept there is no absolute security and otherwise either too expensive, too harsh, too time consuming or some combination of those. Considering how long humanity seems to have dealt with the issue, one might think we would have tried all of the available variables and figured it out sometime during the last 5000 years through trial and error. Oh wait, we have. Communities where the moral code is instilled in population from cradle to grave coupled with punishment for infractions justly employed have almost zero crime and it costs them almost zero dollars. Face it folks, we're all hippy freaks living in/on a commune we call Earth. Continually spending good money over top of bad as our orthodox approach has required over the centuries has only produced more crime and or prisons. This implies more crime is the goal if you THINK.
Scott Peterson April 22, 2014 at 12:44 am
Security is a deterrent not a preventative measure. There is no way to be secure from everyRead More possibility because it is impossible to even conceive of every possibility. Instead we try to secure against the threats we know of through experience and those we may anticipate through inference extrapolated from those experiences. The businesses are naturally and rightly profit driven and things that do not directly and or immediately hurt the bottom line do not get priority funding. Thieves too are profit driven though they are less regulated than business and in general face more personal risk than businesses typically do toward realizing their bottom line. Due to the actual few distinctions between the thief and business the thief must be the more resourceful of the two and thus more innovative. Security is always going to be a reactionary means of preventing theft. The proactive means to prevent theft are to accept there is no absolute security and otherwise either too expensive, too harsh, too time consuming or some combination of those. Considering how long humanity seems to have dealt with the issue, one might think we would have tried all of the available variables and figured it out sometime during the last 5000 years through trial and error. Oh wait, we have. Communities where the moral code is instilled in the population from cradle to grave coupled with punishment, justly applied, for infractions have almost zero crime and it costs them almost zero dollars. Face it folks, we're all hippy freaks living in/on a commune we call Earth. Continually spending good money over top of bad as our orthodox approach has required over the centuries has only produced more crime and or prisons. This implies more crime/prisons is the goal if you THINK.
Adams Outdoor Advertising is donating digital billboard space on I-94 to help find the person responsible for defecating on children's slides at Ypsilanti's Prospect Park. (Screenshot: WJBK video)
Agranon April 18, 2014 at 05:07 pm
I can tell you that the person doing this is a cop. They have no morals.
Henry Sadowski April 18, 2014 at 06:28 pm
The piles of poop should be stored and the when they catch the person responsible they should haveRead More to eat it...
CEOs at Michigan's publicly traded companies earned an average of $7 million annually, 171 times the salary paid to average workers and 455 times more than full-time minimum wage workers, an analysis of S&P 500 companies shows. (Patch file photo)
Dale Murrish April 18, 2014 at 10:52 am
If you make an Amazon purchase through our USA Melting Pot website, the club gets part of theRead More proceeds: http://usameltingpot.org/
Sue Czarnecki April 18, 2014 at 11:13 am
Not a single woman on the list. I wonder why .....
Robert April 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Good question Sue, why aren’t there any women on the list? Reading between the lines of yourRead More comment you are inferencing that the business world as not being fair to women. Here’s a hint, the people listed did not sit around waiting for someone else to lift them up. They pulled themselves up by their own boot straps. Just like thousands of business women, although not noted in this “local” article, around the world.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
all-c-ing-eye April 18, 2014 at 03:14 pm
And all this time i thought it was Pork Barrel spending.
JBrad April 19, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Mark, Your words are absolutely disgusting. Please do not use this comment thread as a vehicle toRead More spew your racist mentality. And for your information, food-borne illnesses come from agriculture, period. All around the world, including in the U.S. Lastly, your hatred for people of colour does not mean that you understand disease, at all. Good luck in life.
Eric Wessels May 7, 2014 at 11:16 am
If you really are worried about pork: It has come to my attention, much too late to do anythingRead More about it probably, that there is a hog confinement proposed to be constructed within 1 mile of my home. This is not an uncommon occurrence in the state of Iowa. In fact there are 10 homes within 1 mile of this proposed facility, some just ½ mile away. I have looked at the manure management plan and one poor family will have manure spread on three sides of their property throughout the year. Of course this proposed facility is under the limit of 2500 hogs to require a permit by 20 hogs, so no one was notified. They will run 2 sets of hogs through the facility each year, 4960 hogs. This will produce over 660,000 gallons of liquid waste to be stored in a 270’ long, 70’ wide, 8’ deep lagoon. The manure will all be spread in section 13 of the Adel Township in Dallas County. My secondary concern (my primary concern is my family) is for others impacted and the county as a whole. This is terrible planning. The proposed facility lies in the center between Adel, Waukee, and Dallas Center. Dallas County is the second fastest growing county in the country. Waukee builds a new school every year. The Waukee soccer complex is a short 3.5 mile drive south. The proposed new county facilities would be 3 miles away. There is a church on highway 6 less than 3 miles away. The parking lot for the bike trail in Waukee is less than 3 miles away. The bike trail from Waukee to Dallas Center that was just completed, and is well used, is less than 100 yards. All of these items are outside the limits set by the legislature, but all will be affected. The county web site has maps indicating the entire core from Waukee to Adel and DC is anticipated residential with a regional commercial core where this is located. The long range planning has a western bypass that ties into the highway 5 bypass going right by this facility less than half a mile. Maybe this is what they mean by regional commercial. The map shows a 3/4 mile swath from R16 to R22 just north of 270th street. In a conversation I had w/ the county, it was stated this owner plans to build several (no number or location was given) in Dallas County. He can put facilities of this size every ½ mile without a permit because they will all be considered individual units under the size required to be permitted. I can’t believe this is what the citizens of Dallas County want, or what the planning organizations spend their time working on simply to be ignored. The problem primarily lies in the fact that local control is not allowed. In almost every other aspect of governance, local control is preferred and advocated for by the Iowa legislature. Big Ag controls the legislature and the DNR. Talk to your rep. Talk to your senator. Get local control for issues that affect you and your neighbors.
A Rochester mom's discrimination case against Weight Watchers was settled in U.S. District Court. (Patch file photo)
A Concerned Citizen April 10, 2014 at 04:51 pm
Does anyone check these stories for grammatical accuracy before they publish them ? It doesn't lookRead More like it! I think what happened here is that WW got caught saying something that they shouldn't have (and normally wouldn't have). If they hadn't used those words, she still wouldn't have the job, but she also wouldn't have a settlement.
Donna H. April 10, 2014 at 06:30 pm
She lost 30 pounds after giving birth to her first job? Wow--I wonder how much weight she lost afterRead More giving birth to actual children!
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