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Restaurant Owner Offers Job to Kids Who Tried to Burn the Place Down

After a gaggle of hoodlum kids set his restaurant on fire, Fennel Restaurant owner William Bird had an unusual reaction: He offered to hire the perpetrators. Bird, who owns and operates the restaurant in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, discovered the small blaze on Sunday evening. He believes that the youths responsible were in a group of kids aged 13 or 14. But, in an astounding offer on social media, he wants to offer the perpetrators a lesson — a day’s worth of good, honest labor instead of typical punishment, according to the BBC. "Come see inside, what we do, the real lives of the men and woman who work here, whose livelihoods depend on what we do, the innocent diners, locals you put at risk,” Bird posted. He specified that the youths would get paid for a day’s work as kitchen porters, and emphasized that shaping the arsonists’ futures was more important at this time than shunning them.

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New Washing Machine Comes with ‘Curry’ Button

Panasonic is introducing a new washing machine for the India market that comes with a special cycle for treating curry stains. According to the BBC, Panasonic said that it decided to develop a “curry” cycle after customers complained that their washing machines couldn’t fully remove stains from the popular food dish. The company says it took two years to develop a specific washing machine cycle that had the best water temperature and water flow to handle stains caused by curry, because curry has many different ingredients, and each ingredient can require a slightly different method for stain removal. The new machines cost about $330, and about 5,000 of them have sold so far.


Strawberries and Spinach Have the Most Pesticide Residue, ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Reveals

Every year, the Environmental Working Group releases a list of the “Dirty Dozen”: the worst culprits in American produce in terms of pesticide traces. Last year, strawberries and apples were the highest offenders. In 2017, strawberries still wear that medal of dishonor, followed by spinach, nectarines, and apples. Overall, 70 percent of the 48 different types of produce samples tested had pesticide residue on them. "Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they're grown, but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic. If you can't buy organic, [our] Shopper's Guide will steer you to conventionally grown produce that is the lowest in pesticides," said Sonya Lunder, an EWG senior analyst, in a statement.


McDonald’s Releases Unfortunately Named ‘Yucky’ Burger in Japan

Some menu translations are hilarious, but others will significantly hurt your business. McDonald’s Japan has recently introduced its Yakkii Burger, referring to the popular Japanese dish known as shogayaki or ginger pork. The only problem? “Yakkii” sounds an awful lot like “yucky” in English, which makes for a not-so-appetizing menu item. Here it gets a little tricky. According to Kotaku, people are translating “yakkii” as “mazui,” which means “very unappetizing.” Even worse, McDonald’s is writing the name of the burger using katakana — the characters specifically used for foreign words. So the translation pretty much is yucky phonetically in Japanese.

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Starbucks Pushes Plan to Bring In 20 More Customers a Day


If you think Starbucks lines are long now, wait until its newest plan starts taking effect — the company is looking to bring in 20 more customers per day at all locations in the U.S. this year. The initiative, which is known within the company as “#20More,” is one of the first led by the coffee chain’s incoming CEO, Kevin Johnson, BuzzFeed reported. The company is also working on a plan — known internally as “#Simplify” — to make workflow behind the counter run more smoothly. This initiative will include adding more technology and increasing mobile ordering to assist with the suspected surge in transactions.