Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Police Charge Reality-Show Director With False Imprisonment | Weird Facts

weird facts -- Police in Central Florida said they've arrested a man who allegedly held young women against their will in a house to shoot a reality show called "Pauper to Princess."

Police say four women forced their way out of the Apopka house on Saturday. The show's director is charged with false imprisonment. He was released on $3,000 bail.Executive producer Jim Johnson denies the allegations. He says the women had been allowed to leave the house on recent weekends.

He also said their cell phones were confiscated as part of the 13-week contract they signed.Johnson said the women were taken to the opera, fashion shows and modeling and etiquette training.Johnson says he doesn't have a television deal yet to air the show.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

What job descriptions really mean | Weird Facts

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“Competitive Salary”
We remain competitive by paying you less than our competition.

“Join our fast-paced company”
We have no time to train you.

“Casual work atmosphere”
We don’t pay enough to expect that you will dress up; a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings.

“Some overtime required”
Some every night and some every weekend.

“Duties will vary”
Anyone in the office can boss you around.

“Must have an eye for detail”
We have no quality assurance.

Female applicants must be childless (and remain that way).

“Apply in person”
If you’re old, fat or ugly you’ll be told that the position has been filled.

“Seeking candidates with a wide variety of experience”
You’ll need it to replace the three people who just quit.

“Problem-solving skills a must”
You’re walking into perpetual chaos.

“Requires team leadership skills”
You’ll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect.

“Good communication skills”
Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want and do it.

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Postal officials defend $13,500 steak dinner | Weird Facts

weird facts - When the U.S. Postal Service rang up a $13,500 tab at an Orlando steakhouse, it spared no expense during a five-hour meal that government investigators are calling "abusive" in its extravagance.

The order -- charged to government credit cards -- included more than $3,000 for drinks, more than $500 for shrimp cocktails and almost $900 for mini crab cakes, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigate arm of Congress.

And then there's the steak.

"The better question is probably what they didn't order," GAO investigator Gregory Kutz said Wednesday. He counted 81 entrees -- including just about every kind of steak -- from the 2006 feast at Ruth's Chris Steak House on Sand Lake Road.

The GAO cited the Orlando meal as part of an overarching audit into abuse of government credit cards. The report, released this week, found 41 percent of purchases reviewed by the GAO from 2005 to 2006 failed "basic internal control standards."

These include safety measures such as getting proper authorization or having someone other than the cardholder review the expense. A lack of oversight led to abuses such as embezzling or odd expenses such as lingerie, electronic equipment and, in one case, $77,700 worth of expensive suits bought by the Pentagon.

But U.S. Postal Service officials said it was unfair to compare the dinner with other abuses cited in the GAO report. "This is not taxpayer money. What we spend is what we make. The Postal Service is funded solely by our products and services," said Gerry McKiernan, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

Which includes stamps, countered Kutz, author of the GAO report. "For the most part, my stamps helped pay for the dinner," he said. "Every time you lick a stamp, think about Ruth's Chris."

McKiernan said the dinner was intended to help woo corporate clients of the U.S. Postal Service, which competes with carriers such as UPS and FedEx for business. "It was just the opinion of the GAO that the cost was excessive," he said.

These included liquid expenses such as Courvoisier, Belvedere and Johnnie Walker Gold Label, according to the GAO report. "Ruth's Chris is a very fine restaurant, and at a fine restaurant, you find fine products," McKiernan said.

Neither the GAO nor the U.S. Postal Service would release a list of those present. McKiernan said the dinner was hosted by four postal groups from California that were in Orlando for a conference. The networking groups, called Postal Customer Councils, include both postal and corporate representatives.

More than 100 people were invited to the April 2, 2006, dinner, although U.S. Postal Service officials said only 95 attended. The GAO estimated 81 attendees, based on 81 orders of salads and entrees, when they factored an average of more than $160 per person.

McKiernan said the meal was intended to be an efficient way for the four postal groups -- from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Ana -- to meet with their corporate clients at once. "It would be convenient for everyone in terms of travel and time to combine four dinners into one," he said.

Ernie Brogdon, a former officer with the group from San Diego, said it was not uncommon to host these dinners in conjunction with a conference. "If they have a good group of people going, they will host a nice banquet dinner. San Diego used to do that all the time," he said.

[Via - Sun-Sentinel]

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