01.04.22 | European Bank Santander accidentally deposits $176 million into people’s accounts on Christmas Day—are now in the process of trying to retrieve it. Peloton took a huge stock hit in the last quarter of 2021. Remember the #BowFlex and #NordicTrack? If you own this stock, it is smart to get in and out before the fad wears off. Finally, Alexa may have aged faster with consumers than Amazon expected. Despite people unplugging the device they are finding people who do engage, use it for nothing more than turning on lights, setting a timer, playing music, and checking the weather on occasion. Get a Clapper!
12.22.21 | Shop Talk looks at a McDonald’s exec who is losing $105 million in severance due to an overactive libido. Also, the worker shortage is not because of what many may think. Austin Norman Palmer, born December 22, in 1857 is our Business Birthday. As an innovator in the field of penmanship whose development and widespread distribution of the Palmer Method of handwriting had a great influence on the handwriting of the American education systems. Caught My Eye looks at a teacher who sent out a syllabus that had it been read would have yielded one student some cash. Also, Google released the most popular Christmas Cookie searches in each State.
12.21.21 | Colorado Crazy Congressperson, Lauren Boebert, is all exercised over a bakery selling Gingerbread Person cookies. The Million Mom’s Org—which is really a couple of middle-aged white lady Christian whiners down South looking for alleged sin—is furious with retailer Sephora for their Holiday commercial that shows two men exchanging a gift and a kiss. We suppose it helps raise money as the boycott specialists find yet another thing to be outraged about. Finally, New Zealand plans to ban all tobacco products by 2025.
12.15.21 | Shop Talk highlights a smart customer service rep at LEGO who executed a “surprise and delight” tactic that did not cost the company anything, but garnered loyalty for life. Alan Freed, born December 15, in 1921 is our Business Birthday. He became internationally known for promoting African-American rhythm and blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of rock and roll. Caught My Eye looks at a man who slipped and ended up with a mortar shell in his rectum due to the fall and a Swiss assisted suicide pod.
12.14.21 | Texas and its conservative lawmakers continue to be the decider when it comes to what books should and should not be read in schools and libraries. But first, Tokyo plans to enact same-sex partnership benefits and other LGBTQ rights as Japan tries to catch-up with the rest of the G7 regarding Human Rights. Poland, however, takes a step backwards as a recent poll shows that recent government actions have left many LGBTQ people depressed and unsure about their place in Polish society as the country continues to be controlled by a conservative anti-gay leader.
12.08.21 | Shop Talk covers an article and study that believes holding off retirement until your early 70’s can have far more than a financial benefit. Caught My Eye Introduces you to Penny the Fox of Ocean City, MD who has a shoe fetish. Also, an unopened Star Wars figure of Princess Leia sells for $12k. William Crapo Durant born December 8th, 1861, co-founder of GM and Frigidaire is our Business Birthday.
12.07.21 | A Whistleblower, BJ, and Preacher make an appearance on this week’s podcast. First, a former employee—we think—turned in Hyundai for lapse safety reporting around engine issues. The US Government awarded said employee $24 million. Then, big banks continue going after sex workers by closing off financial services to 2 adult sites this past week. Finally, Preacher Joel Osteen’s plumber finds $600K in stolen cash and checks in the church bathroom.
12.01.21 | Shop Talk looks at four business books recommended by a former Starbucks exec. Caught My Eye warns you against wearing a leather coat in North Korea so as not to offend the Highest Dignity, Kim Jong-Un. Also, a woman must relinquish her coffee table of 50 years—a stolen Roman mosaic from the reign of Caligula. Robert W. Welch Jr., born December 1, 1899, is our Business Birthday. He was most known for the candy Sugar Daddy and as the Founder of the John Birch Society.
11.30.21 | The new Trump Bar in Trump Tower has a Presidential theme with drinks named accordingly—like The Mar-a-Lago Spritzer. Notably absent is the addition of bitters to any drink! But first, a few conservative Nebraska legislators want the State to take over the education of students from local school boards. This way LGBTQ curriculum could be erased from the prospect of being taught. Then, a recent study shows that gay men are more likely to have college degrees than their straight counterparts. No so much with lesbian versus straight women.
11.24.21 | Shop Talk covers an article that believes the pandemic changed our buying habits when it comes to conspicuous consumption. We also look at The Peanuts Thanksgiving Special from the 70’s and some of the innocent and coded characters that we all know so well. Caught My Eye asks what you should do on the job if you found out you were second choice by accident? Also, RuPaul is not pleased with Wish.com and the “Unauthorized Xmas Ornament of The Supermodel.” The memes and comments are worth a scan. Dale Carnegie, born November 24th, and most known for his book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is our Business Birthday.