• Florida man banned from Starbucks for calling out illegal handicap parking

    Starbucks was serving something, but unfortunately it wasn’t justice

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    Starbucks was serving something, but unfortunately it wasn’t justice.

    After asking people who were illegally parking in handicap-only spots to move their vehicles, Rob Rowen was banned from a Starbucks in Tampa, Florida, reports WTSP.

    Rowen later received a letter from the massive corporation, which he suspected would be an apology. WTSP reports that it was actually an expulsion from all Starbucks in the country (which has since been reversed) because he was “disrupting business and threatening customers.”

    The letter “shocked” the Florida man, whose son-in-law has muscular dystrophy and is in a wheelchair.  

    When seeing parking injustices, Rowen took it upon himself to urge people to abide the law.

    “I saw someone park, and it was obvious they weren’t handicapped,” Rowen told Bay News 9. “There was no handicapped parking sticker. It wasn’t a handicapped plate. And so I said to him, ‘You’re parked in the one handicapped space, and you need to move your car.’”

    Rowen would snap a photo of

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  • Cyclists vs. drivers, the unofficial war of the roads. 

    We’ve all heard the complaints. Bikers often convict drivers of having no regard for those on two wheels, and drivers often complain that they don’t have the entire road to themselves.

    More often than not it is merely a war of words, but when this man came across a car parked in the middle of the bike lane, he had action in mind. Like, World’s Strongest Man Competition-type action.

    A video showing a man with Hulk-like stature lifting up and physically removing a car from the bike path has quickly gone viral with a little more than one-million views in less than two days.

    At one point another man can be seen rushing to help as he attempts to lift the front of the car, but by the time he arrives, the job had already been done.

    The cyclists’ new personal hero gained a modest audience of people cheering and clapping through his efforts.

    And now that the path has been cleared, the man hops back onto his bike and continues along the

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  • Woman suing D.C. Police for alleged anti-Canadian discrimination

    She claims that she received an “ongoing pattern of harassment” because of her “national origin.”

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    A Canadian woman who landed a job working for Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department almost 10 years ago is suing her former supervisor for discriminating against her because of her nationality.

    Laurie J. Samuel, who moved to the United States 17 years ago, claims that she received an “ongoing pattern of harassment” because of her “national origin.”

    Samuel was hired in 2006 as a Project Specialist in the Human Resources Management Division and the filing states that the harassment began immediately after she was brought on to the team.

    The lawsuit alleges that her supervisor, Diane Haines, “harbored resentment which manifested in snide comments” about Samuel’s heritage.

    Haines’ alleged offenses against Samuel include: telling Samuel that she’s “talking white,” which is not typical of an “African American,” starting sentences with “here in America we…,” and releasing a copy of Samuel’s personal records without permission.

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  • Ontario woman accidentally wins $33,000 at Casino while reaching for a Pepsi

    “When it finished, I had $33,858. It was a complete and utter shock.”

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    For Shirley Lima, the thrill of victory had never tasted so sweet.

    “I’m still in shock,” Lima told the Whig-Standard of her $33,858 haul at the OLG Casino Thousand Islands. “It was a mistake, a good mistake.”  

    The grandmother of 12 had been a regular at the OLG Casino and she decided to play the slots last week on seniors day. It all started out as just a typical day at the slots.

    According to the Kingston Herald, Lima was playing her favourite game on the CHINA SHORES Konami Machine, which has a free spin bonus feature to which there is no limit for the amount of free spins.

    Lima usually plays with penny bets but after winning some cash earlier in the day, she switched over to five-cent bets. 

    This is when the magic happened.

    As she reached over for her Pepsi softdrink, Lima had inadvertently pushed the max-bet button. She didn’t realize the mistake at first and kept hitting the spin-out button a few more times.

    “I couldn’t believe I was betting $11.25 a spin,” said Lima. “Much to

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  • Not everyone can be the next Jack White, but playing the guitar – or piano, or violin – can make students smarter in lots of other areas, according to science.

    New research from Northwestern University in Chicago suggests learning and playing music sharpens other cognitive skills in young minds – including listening and language.

    “Results showed that students who were the most actively engaged in making music – those who attended class more frequently, those who were judged by their teachers as more engaged, and those who played an instrument rather than taking a music appreciation class – showed greater neural improvement,” Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, told Yahoo News.

    She noted that best improvement was shown in students who studied music consistently for at least two years.

    “Music, then, can’t be thought of as a quick fix.”

    Kraus and her team found intriguing structural similarities between sound waves and brain waves.

    “If you take a

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  • Baby’s first words shock his parents

    "My baby boy Ben said 'I love you' for the first time"

    A child’s first words are always a heart-warming moment for any parent.

    And thankfully, the camera was rolling to capture this baby’s adorable first complete sentence and his dad’s shocked reaction.

    YouTubeuser Ted Moskalenko from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, posted a video on his channel of his three-month-old baby boy saying “I love you.”

    Moskalenko is seen in the short clip holding the infant, named Ben, on his lap and making baby sounds. The two go back and forth babbling, and then the dad tells his three-month-old that he loves him.

    At first there’s complete silence and then Ben looks up at his dad and says “I love you” back. 

    Moskalenko appears to be shocked as he smiles and looks up at his wife, who is filming the unexpected special moment. 

    Although Ben’s first words are a little garbled, both his parents think it counts. 

    Posting alongside the video, Moskalenko wrote: “My baby boy Ben said 'I love you' for the first time.” 

    Ted’s wife, Michelle, commented on the video saying

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  • It's not uncommon for a rapper to drop the microphone before leaving the stage, but then again, Kanye West is far from your typical performer. 

    After weeks or vitriol and petitions aimed at preventing Kanye from performing at the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, it appears the Internet still has plenty to say about the outspoken rapper. But in the Twittersphere’s defence, Kanye pretty much teed this one up for us. 

    Last night, the rapper took the stage during the closing ceremonies at the Roger Centre in Toronto and his performance, even though it was cut short, left the internet buzzing. 

    His set was filled with classics like “Stronger,”  “Power,” “Gold Digger,” and “All Of The Lights.” 

    West began the performance with a small spotlight on him, but eventually the house lights came on, revealing the lone rapper with his blue shirt and ripped jeans on the stage with no backup singers and no visual effects. 

    A fairly modest backdrop for the one who calls himself a "genius," but it was the

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  • Lieutenant delivers epic message to culprit who burglarized his favourite lunch spot

    “If you’re the man that committed this felony, look at me son – I’m talking to you."

    Lieutenant Higgins wasn’t happy to hear that someone burglarized his favourite lunch eatery.

    Higgins, who works for the St. Landry Perish Sherriff’s Department in Louisiana, took to the city’s Crime Stoppers to share a few choice words for the culprit.

    “If you’re the man that committed this felony, look at me son – I’m talking to you,” Higgins says with his hands firmly on his belt.

    “We’re going to identify you, arrest you and put you in a small cell.”

    And after all of the day’s work has been done and justice has been served, Higgins vows to wind down with a cheeseburger, fries and Coke at the very supermarket (Shelly’s) that the culprit burglarized.

    “Meanwhile, your next meal will be served through a small hole in a cell door,” he says matter-of-factly.

    And although the police have found DNA on the rock the offender used to smash the window and have a “perfect boot print,” Higgins realizes the popularity of his coverage, and hopes to use it to catch the criminal.

    “Congratulations,

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  • What would you do for, say, two million YouTube views? YouTuber Pikachu The Pokemon would record himself eating the world’s hottest chili pepper – which he did, to hilarious results.

    The fourth-grader ate a Carolina Reaper, which is said to be 100 times hotter than a jalapeno, and while he downs an entire glass of milk, there’s no denying the small pepper is wreaking havoc on his insides.

    “You’re not supposed to swallow it!” the boy’s grandfather is heard saying in the background, while his grandson drinks the milk in a panic.

    “Later on my stomach was burning like Satan was burning me with fire,” he says wide-eyed, in a video recorded after eating the chili pepper.

    The chili peppers were bought off Amazon for just over £3, he explained in the follow-up video.  Despite the obvious pain and discomfort (not to mention the, ahem, after-effects), he says he would do it again – just for all the YouTube views.

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  • As if the monstrous waves of Teahupo in Tahiti wasn’t even to scare any surfer, one brave man rode the waves while on fire.

    Jamie O’Brien is a professional surfer from North Shore, Hawaii. While filming his original series Who Is Job 5.0 in Tahiti, he got an idea to attempt a daredevil stunt: to light himself on fire and surf the “world’s heaviest waves.

    The idea came to him through Instagram. According to O’Brien, he received a comment that said ‘it would be cool if you lit yourself on fire.’ So the surfer went to Red Bull and pitched the idea.

    The stunt took around a year to perfect with several trial runs on land and in the water, reported the Daily Mail. Even Hollywood stunt coordinator, Riley Harper was called in to be part of the team.

    After each run, the surfer had to plunge into the water to prevent himself from getting burnt. During one of his test runs, O’Brien got a quarter of his eyebrow singed from the fire.

    The challenges, however, didn’t stop O’Brien from accomplishing

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