The Daily Dish: February 24, 2016

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Hamburg Is World’s First City to Ban Single-Use Coffee Pods in Government-Owned Buildings

In a global first, the city of Hamburg has banned the use of pod-based coffee machines and single-use coffee pods — such as Keurig machines and K-Cups — from federally-owned buildings as part of a larger effort to reduce waste. Environmental activists around the world have long campaigned against the use of the popular coffee machines, arguing that their wastefulness significantly overrides their ease of use. Experts have estimated that the number of K-Cups used in a single year would easily circle the Earth more than 12 times. John Sylvan, the Keurig system’s own inventor, has even said that he regrets designing such a wasteful product. In Germany, an estimated 13 percent of citizens use a single-pod brewing system every single day, a habit that has been recognized as having a negative environmental impact.

Enterprising Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Pot Dispensary

It’s that time of year again when Girl Scouts are tempting us with boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, and more. And while things are a little bit easier for the modern Scout now that digital ordering is available, there’s nothing wrong with implementing a strategic sales plan. Enter one Girl Scout who decided to sell cookies outside the Foster Buds Marijuana Dispensary in Portland, Oregon, with her aunt this past weekend. Her sign said “Satisfy Your Munchies.” Foster Buds eagerly got on board and even offered a sale: If you bought a box of cookies, you’d get a discount on certain strains of marijuana. Now that’s what we call teamwork.

Leap Year Babies Eat for Free at Hard Rock Cafe

Finally, today: Hard Rock Cafe is giving leap year babies even more reason to celebrate. On February 29, Hard Rock Cafes in the United States are offering birthday celebrants a free entrée from its Leaplings Eat Free menu. Offerings include Legendary Burger™, Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese, Veggie Leggie, Hickory-Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. No purchase is necessary to participate in the promotion. Customers must provide a valid government ID verifying their birthday, and the promotion will take place during normal business hours on February 29, 2016 at participating Hard Rock Cafes.

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