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(ECONOMY/OUTRAGEOUS) READ: Chicago Cabbies Want To Charge For People Tossing Their Lunch!…

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s-CAB-largeSource: The Huffington Post

Chicago could become the first major city in the country with a puking ordinance if cab drivers get their way.

Chicago taxi drivers proposed a package of fee and fare hikes Thursday designed to offset their plunging income during the recession. Among the more controversial revenue-boosting ideas brought to the City Council is charging customers $50 for vomiting in cabs.

If enacted, Chicago would become one of America’s least friendly cities for drunks and people who eat bad shellfish. Customers who barf in cabs in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston or San Francisco may face the driver’s wrath, but they won’t see any additional charges.

“No, we do not have a puking fee,” Boston Police spokesman Joe Zanoli told the Huffington Post. “To my knowledge it’s free to puke in a cab.”

Raymond Turner, president of Yellow Cab Houston, said Friday that of the nearly 3.7 million cab trips his company makes yearly only a fraction involve incidents of reverse peristalsis.

“It’s a fairly rare event,” Turner said. “From my perspective, putting a city ordinance that applies to all cab rides for something that happens only three or four times a month is not very prudent.”

Turner added that while Houston has no law allowing for a fee, drivers often work out arrangements with customers who ralph while in transit. Some passengers agree to pay for a car wash, while others give larger tips.

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Written by dnnnewshound

September 26, 2009 at 10:09 am

Posted in Economy, Outrageous

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(OUTRAGEOUS) READ: 3 of 4 Oklahoma Students Can’t Name First President…

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294358-6-20090917133058.image(Newser Summary) – Are you smarter about American history than a recent immigrant? Most of the students in Oklahoma’s public high schools aren’t. A conservative think tank asked thousands of high school kids to answer 10 questions drawn from the citizenship test given to recent immigrants. Would-be citizens have to answer six correctly, and 92% do so on their first try. By contrast, only 3% of the Oklahoma students would have.

A whopping 77%  couldn’t name the first president, and 90% didn’t know how many justices are on the Supreme Court. (The question most knew—61%—involved naming the ocean on the East Coast.) The problem is not just an issue for Oklahoma; a study in Arizona yielded similar results. “It points to a real serious problem,” says one think tank member. “Jefferson said that a nation can’t expect to be ignorant and free.”

Kevin Spak

Source: KWTV Oklahoma City

Written by dnnnewshound

September 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm

(OUTRAGEOUS) READ: DNN Is Calling On It’s Readers To Boycott Whole Foods…

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Source: DNN & ABC

I was outraged at what I read over at ABC and other sites about the CEO/Founder of Whole Foods saying that we don’t need a government-run health care or bigger government, ETC! Grrrrrrrr! I shall shop somewhere else, I hope you do too! Click this image to go to the original “Boycott Whole Foods” site…

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Written by dnnnewshound

September 3, 2009 at 7:20 pm

(OUTRAGEOUS) READ: Southwest Adds $10 Fee to Board Early…

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thehumansaredead.files.wordpress.com__southwest_airlines_logo-1(Newser Summary) – Southwest Airlines doesn’t assign seats, but now it will start charging for the privilege of finding the best one, the Dallas Morning News reports. For an extra $10, the new “EarlyBird Check-in” allows passengers to board first, or at least right after the Business Select and Rapid Rewards A-List customers.

Southwest is trying to build a customer base with its “no hidden fees” policy—it’s losing out on millions by not charging baggage fees, for example—and says it won’t charge a fee for a previously free service. As a result, it’s creating fees for new services—such as the EarlyBird Check-in and another that allows customers to carry a small pet in the passenger cabin.

Harry Kimball

Source: Dallas Morning News

Written by dnnnewshound

September 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm