By Gilbert Falso :: 12:08 AM
A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver jumped the curb in his van, plowed through the front of the Grand Rapids, Michigan restaurant, and nearly hit two people who were sitting inside, waiting for their order.
According to Twitter user Dalton Fuller, a student at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, what happened next is even more unbelievable.
Fuller’s father started to take pictures of the wreckage, showing the chair that he had been seated in when the van came through the store’s front window. A Domino’s employee demanded he stop. ”You need to stop taking pictures,” the manager told him. “You will be sued if you publish those images online.” Fuller recounted the experience in a post on the news aggregation site Reddit.
But the threat from Domino’s management didn’t deter Fuller or his father. Within a few minutes of the incident, the pictures were posted to both Twitter and to Reddit.
“Only two in the lobby, no one asked if we were okay,” Fuller Tweeted about the experience.
Fuller reached out to Domino’s corporate Twitter account for an explanation and apology, but the company has not yet responded.
Based on the photographs provided, it does not appear that the Domino’s driver was injured in the accident.
By Paul Thomson :: 1:54 PM
Another American day of remembrance, and another example of brands royally screwing up. A few months ago, it was the September 11th anniversary that had brands scrambling to pull Tweets and Facebook posts that followers found offensive. Today, on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack that brought the U.S. into World War II, SpaghettiOs is backpedaling on a Tweet made earlier this morning.
The Tweet, shown below, read “Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us” and then pictured their cartoon SpaghettiO waving the American flag with a big smile on his face. Certainly not the right way to mark a solemn day of remembrance of the first battle of the last major war the U.S. fought.
Reaction on Twitter was swift and furious. With everyone from regular users to media and press quick to cry foul on the brand’s off-temperature recognition of the day.
The Tweet was pulled within a few hours, and SpaghettiO’s issued the following remark: “We apologize for our recent tweet in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day. We meant to pay respect, not to offend.”
By Paul Thomson :: 2:11 PM
Snapchat, the disappearing short video messaging service, has reportedly turned down an all-cash acquisition offer from social media giant Facebook. Parties close to the companies claim the deal was valued at around $3 billion.
The company, led by CEO Evan Spiegel, who, at 23 is also a co-founder of the service, is not likely to consider an acquisition offer until early next year. Company sources say that the leadership team is counting on the user base to grow, which will, in turn, justify a larger price tag.
This is not the first time that Faebook has tried to buy Snapchat. An earlier offer was valued closer to $1 billion. Had the deal gone through, it would have been Facebook’s largest acquisition, coming in at more than double what it paid for Instagram in 2010.
Earlier in the summer, Snapchat raised $60 million from a group of investors. That round of investment had valued the company at $800 million.
Snapchat claims that its usage has nearly doubled recently, to 350 million messages sent per day. This is up from 200 million recorded for the month of June.
By Gilbert Falso :: 6:53 AM
The U.S. postal service, hit lately from declining mail volume revenue, might be getting a shot in the arm from online retailer Amazon. The Seattle-based online marketplace today is announcing a partnership with the post office to offer package delivery on Sundays at normal postal rates.
Under terms of the deal, U.S. Postal Service employees will deliver Amazon goods to homes and businesses on all days of the week, including Sundays. While the USPS has, in the past, offered Sunday shipping in some areas, it required use of the agency’s Express Mail class of service and higher rates. The deal with Amazon will deliver packages at standard rates.
The program will begin as a pilot in the Los Angeles and New York City metro areas, and is expected to quickly expand across the country. The Postal Service believes that the partnership with Amazon could help lift it out of its current financial funk.
“As online shopping continues to increase, the Postal Service is very happy to offer shippers like Amazon the option of having packages delivered on Sunday,” said U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.
With its volume of letters dropping by half in the past ten years as Americans shift bill payment and personal correspondence online, the agency is looking for arrangements like the one with Amazon to help boost revenues.
Although no specific numbers were given on the expected revenue increase, historical growth shows the number of packages shipped by the agency on the rise. In 2012, the USPS delivered 3.5 billion parcels, up from 3.3 billion in 2011 and 3.1 billion in 2010.
By Gilbert Falso :: 12:35 AM
Two people were shot late Saturday evening at the Bryant Park skating rink in New York City.
According to published reports, an unidentified gunman opened fire at the rink shortly after 11:00 PM.
One victim was struck in the leg, and another victim was struck in the back. Both have been transported to an area hospital, and their conditions are currently unknown.
An Instagram user shot the video below immediately after the shooting took place, and it shows the chaos and confusion happening on the scene. The photo above was taken by Twitter user Raghuram Krishnamachari.