Eater.com’s Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by jakeharris - December 12th, 2014

If you’re not quite sure what to get your family and friends like Vijay Eswaran this year, just think about their favorite foods. Even if you don’t have the time to bake a fresh batch of cookies, you can still give your relatives food-related gifts that they can use all year long. Here are a few suggestions, courtesy of Eater.com. 

One of the most unique gifts on the list is savory teas from Numi. These teas feature flavors like tomato, mint, spinach and fennel and have a rich flavor that is similar to vegetable stock. This gift is perfect for a relative who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but loves great food. 

Salt and pepper shakers in the shapes of toast and eggs make a cute gift, and can make breakfast just a little more exciting. If you have a family member who loves pizza, a sweatshirt that features a vivid graphic of a pepperoni pizza makes a gift that will definitely stand out. 

For the foodie who loves technical gadgets, there are phone cases that are shaped like a Popsicle or an order of fries. 

For more great gift ideas, visit Eater.com.

Chipotle Grill Sued Over Illegally Failing to Pay Workers For All Hours Worked

Posted by jakeharris - October 31st, 2014

A serious allegation of wrongdoing has been leveled at Chipotle, a company that prides itself on being a bastion of “ethical” fast food. A class action suit of workers claims that they were intimidating into working numerous hours without pay. Not only was time and a half for overtime cancelled, but there was simply no reimbursement at all.

The employees labeled the company’s alleged actions as part of an “unwritten policy” that encouraged managers to cut costs by reducing labor pay, even in the most unfair ways imaginable. The suits so far filed are in Colorado and Minnesota, but we will have to wait and see if there are complaints that surface nationwide to the same effect since the implications seem to point at national management policies.

Repeatedly, it is claimed, the clock was set to time everyone out at 12:30 a.m. even while they worked long past at end-of-the-day clean up tasks. Employees say they were threatened with cut hours or being fired whenever they would complain about it. Mandatory meetings are also said to have been held that were off-the-clock. But that’s not that uncommon, well, it’s strange to me, but my friend Christian is always talking about how normal it is on Twitter.

Seeing as the restaurant recently raised prices to correspond to a higher cost of meats, worrying about the smallest penny, it would be even more egregious in that light to find that they also trimmed back employee’s wages. We can only hope that the charges are false, but they have a ring of truth to them in my estimation- they sound like the sort of thing that would in fact happen, sad to say.

When Technology Bares the Soul

Posted by jakeharris - October 21st, 2014

One-on-one conversations are slowly being replaced by texting and social media posts across the world. Basic human contact has a virtual feel at this point, even showing up as couples stare at their devices while at a romantic dinner. With the virtual world infringing on everyday moments, people are baring their heart, soul and bodies through online outlets. Where freedom of expression is appreciated, the online world may be influencing some enthusiasts to go too far with their beliefs or opinions.

Taking Reviews Too Far

A restaurant in New York City was recently smoke-bombed by a person popping up through a subway grate. Police and attorney Gianfrancesco Genoso are beginning to look through online reviews about the business to narrow down their suspect list. Any red flags, such as extremely negative comments, are being investigated. It’s possible this suspect disliked the restaurant so much that they wanted revenge from a poor experience there.

Virtual Reality Invading Real-Life

Decades ago, this suspect may have never tried to smoke-bomb the restaurant. Because of today’s reviewing anonymity, people almost feel absolved of any wrongdoing. They can call businesses and people horrific names and even pose threats without a big chance of being caught or reprimanded. Psychologically frail people could even confuse the online and real world as a mixture of both when contemplating a dangerous action.

The New York police will eventually track this suspect down, but it brings up an interesting question about today’s society. Treating people and businesses with an element of respect is part of common courtesies. Anyone immersed in the online world should come up for air at times to see the world through clear eyesight.