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11Media Firestorms Descends On Pizzeria After Customer Claims He Was Short Changed $30

An unsatisfied customer of Giardino Pizzeria in North Vancouver is spreading his poor experience with the restaurant like wildfire on social media.

The man, named Jeff, claims he handed the cashier a $50 bill for a $7.42 sandwich and was given only $12.60 in change. Jeff allegedly realized the mistake a few moments later and asked the cashier for his proper change. To Jeff’s surprise, the cashier reportedly refused to acknowledge the mistake. With just $12.60 change in hand, Jeff essentially paid $37 for a sandwich.

Jeff called police, who told him he could file a civil complaint against the restaurant. They also encouraged him to take his story to social media. Here’s where this gets a bit ugly.

Hundreds of reviewers have bombarded Giardino Pizzeria’s Yelp and Facebook pages with negative reviews. Prior to this story breaking, the restaurant had just one review on its Yelp page. Since April 5, 47 people have stormed the company’s site with negative reviews and stories of how Giardinos steals money from people by short changing them. The problem with all this, though, is nobody knows who is telling the truth.

Giardino management released a statement on the customer’s claims and say he is lying. The restaurant claims they counted down their cash drawer following the dispute and the drawer was perfectly balanced.

“There is an old saying that the ‘The customer is always right,’” the manager wrote in a statement. “In this case, the customer was wrong.”

The manager added that he thinks “most Canadians will agree that nobody should be subjected to this kind of cyber-bullying.”

As someone who worked in retail for years, I know that ill-motivated customers do, from time to time, pull stunts that sound a lot like this story. I had several experiences where a customer would, for example, hand over a $10 bill for a $5 purchase and then claim they gave me a $20 bill after the fact and demand more change. The $50 tendered amount on the receipt easily could have been a mistake punched in by the cashier that Jeff tried to capitalize on. I’m not saying that’s what happened here, but you never know.

Ultimately, no one besides Jeff and the Giardino staff knows who was in the wrong over this. What is undeniably wrong, though, is a bunch of people on the internet running a business into the ground with negative reviews after only hearing one side of a story. 

For what it's worth, here's a picture of Jeff's receipt from the transaction:

Giardino Pizzeria

Sources: Vancity Buzz, Yelp

11Wash. State Lawmaker Seeks To Fine Newspaper For Producing Litter

A Washington State public official has proposed fining a local newspaper for producing litter. The paper, The Columbian, of Vancouver, has published numerous articles critical of State Sen. Don Benton. In his other role as Clark County’s director of environmental services, Benton has asked county officials to fine the paper for littering, according to Fox News.

Although it is not unusual for state lawmakers to serve in other positions in the state, The Columbian challenged Benton’s appointment, arguing that he did not seem to have “the minimum requirements” for the job. Among other things, The Columbian alleged that the vacancy for the position Benton filled was never posted in accordance with county policy. One county commissioner denounced the appointment as “political cronyism.”

Now in his new role, Benton, a Republican, has proposed a $150,000-per-year fine to be charged to the paper for being “one of the top polluters in the county.” The fine is among a number of options proposed to county commissioners to help the county pay a $3.6-million settlement for violating the Clean Water Act.

Benton proposed that the fine be applied at a rate of 1.5 cents per paper distributed and only apply to newspapers with circulation of over 50,000. The Columbian is the only paper that falls within those criteria. 

The paper’s editor, Lou Brancaccio, told Fox News that the proposal is “silly on its face and in our view, retaliatory." 

Benton claimed he is simply doing his job.

"I wouldn’t be doing my job if I let one of the biggest polluters in the county off the hook,” he said. 

According to The Oregonian, Benton has gone so far as to claim that The Columbian is one of the top five polluters in the county. That claim has been disputed.

Benton called the paper’s accusation that the fine was retaliatory “absolutely ludicrous.”

"Typical Columbian [is] rying to make a sensational story out of something that is pretty routine, quite frankly,” he said.

Ken Goldberg, who works as legal counsel for the American Society of News Editors, told Fox News the proposal was unlikely to hold up in court.

Vancouver’s city attorney, Ted Gathe, also questioned whether a county could impose a fine on a business operating within a city.

“This would raise serious First Amendment questions,” Goldberg said.

Sources: Fox News, The Columbian, The Oregonian

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11Canada Installs First-Ever Crack Pipe Vending Machines

Vancouver is now home to the first-ever crack pipe vending machines in Canada.

In an effort to curb widespread disease, for just 25 cents drug users can get their very own Pyrex crack pipe from one of two machines in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

The durable pipes are less likely to cut a drug users mouth, which should crack down on the spread of communicable diseases like HIV and hepatitis C.

The machines were installed by the Portland Hotel Society's Drug Users Resource Center.

"For us, this was about increasing access to safer inhalation supplies in the Downtown Eastside,” DURC director Kailin See told CTV Vancouver.

The price of a new crack pipe on the street is about $10, one just high enough to make users share old, damaged pipes.

See says the machine will decrease the street value of a pipe, making it easier to users to get new, durable pipes instead of sharing or using damaged ones.

Harm reduction approaches to drug use have garnered a great deal of criticism in Canada. When InSite, the only medically supervised place to use drugs in North America, opened in Vancouver in 2008, federal officials attempted to shut the program down.

“Drug use damages the health of individuals and the safety of our communities,” said Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney. “We believe law enforcement should enforce the law.”

See argues that each new HIV and hepatitis patient costs the taxpayers up to $250,000 in medical costs, in comparison to a 25-cent pipe.

Sources: CTVNews, Daily Mail

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11Atheist Billboard Rejected in Canada

The Centre for Inquiry Canada, an atheist group, says their billboard was rejected for placement by Pattison Outdoor, a billboard company in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Now, the Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFI) may file a human rights complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal against Pattison Outdoor.

According to GlobalNews.ca, the ad shows a young woman with a cup of coffee and the words “Jenn 13:1. Praying won’t help. Doing will” and “Without God, we’re all good.”

“We made every effort to avoid this situation by making the ads as soft and as gentle as possible,” said CFI spokesperson Pat O’Brien. “We just promote our particular world view, which is a humanistic, secular world view."

O’Brien claims that Pattison Outdoor said the ad didn’t meet their guidelines and asked the CFI to redesign it, but the CFI cannot afford to do so. The original ad was made possible by a $20,000 donation.

The Vancouver Sun reports that the The B.C. Human Rights Code does not allow companies to discriminate without a “bona fide and reasonable justification” that cannot be on the basis of “race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age.”

Sources: The Vancouver Sun and GlobalNews.ca

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11Vancouver Woman Caran Johnson Unknowingly Live Tweets Husband's Death

Caran Johnson unknowingly live-tweeted her husband’s death while reporting on a car accident this past Wednesday.

Around 2:11 p.m. on Wednesday, the local scanner aficionada picked up a tweet from the local State Patrol about an accident on the 205. Her first handful of tweets merely gave details of the accident as they became available.

“Nice, two vehicles went around officer blocking on ramp to I205S,” Johnson tweeted. “Lame-o’s!”

At 2:20 p.m., Johnson tweeted that she was concerned for her husband’s safety, since he usually drove home on the 205 and wasn’t answering his phone.

Johnson tweeted State Trooper William Finn, who she had been in regular contact with in regard to traffic.

Finn could not yet give details regarding the two vehicles involved in the accident, and later added that he declined to post a picture of the accident because of Johnson’s concern.

Johnson eventually tweeted that her husband had left work feeling faint, and that his employer had been concerned.

At 3:50 p.m., Johnson confirmed her fears.

“It’s him,” she tweeted. “He died.”

A woman driving the second car was hospitalized with a broken femur and collapsed lung. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

@Col_cops i hate that section of I205 S. too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

@troyglidden @Col_cops this accident sounds horrible.

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

LifeFlight is standing down. #clark911

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

They said they are so close to SWWMC, they can take the patient there, instead of Lifeflight. #clark911

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

@Col_cops @wspd5pio omg that is so horrible!!!

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

nice, two vehicles went around officer blocking onramp to I205S. lame-o's!

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. he's not answering his phone.

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

and he's late.

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

@Col_cops @wspd5pio do you have descriptions of involved vehicles?

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

@KF7PSC well he uses his bluetooth, so he would answer his phone. he also wasn't feeling good so his work was concerned when he left

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

i'm a basketcase

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

I just called his work and he was feeling faint when he left work. #panic

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

can anyone verify how bad the traffic is on I205 N in Vancouver is please?

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

how long do i wait for him to come home before I call the police?

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

i just called 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back. wtf?

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

and now my kids are home from school...

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

He's the one I go to for things like this...

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

it's him. he died

— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013

Sources: KATU, CNN

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11Vancouver Bans Doorknobs Because Not Everyone Can Operate Them

Vancouver is ridding itself of something people tend to overlook or not give a second thought to: the doorknob.

In an attempt to provide the city with a “universal design,” Vancouver has already replaced knobs with levers in public buildings, and will now require all new housing to be built with door levers beginning in March.

The “universal design” concept aims to make buildings usable for all people. Levers are easier for elderly or people with disabilities to operate, reports the Vancouver Sun. Water faucets will also have to have levers instead of knobs.

Vancouver is the first city to initiate such a ban but it may not be the last. Changes made in the city often spread to building codes across the country, reports Newser.

“A really simple version is to cut curbs on every corner,” Tim Stainton, a University of British Columbia professor said in regards to the concept of “universal design.” “That helps elderly people, people with visual impairments, moms with strollers. It makes a sidewalk that could otherwise be difficult for parts of the population universally accessible.”

But the president of the Antique Door Knob Collectors of America, Allen Joslyn, thinks the city shouldn’t require private homes to be built with levels instead of doorknobs.

“I can understand if you have a public building where everybody wants to have free access and that is a problem,” he said. “But to say that when I build my private home and nobody is disabled that I have to put levers on, strikes me as an overreach.”

Will Johnston, former Vancouver chief building inspector, told the Vancouver Sun homeowners will still be able to purchase doorknobs if they choose.

Sources: Newswer, Vancouver Sun

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11Police Arrest 11-Year-Old After He Allegedly Brought Gun, 400 Rounds Of Ammo And Knives To School

An 11-year-old boy was arrested after he reportedly brought a handgun, lots of ammunition and knives to his middle school in Washington.

The student at Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Wash., was charged with one count of attempted murder and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Q13Fox.com.

Officers were reportedly called to the school on Wednesday morning after being contacted and told that ammunition had been found at the school.

When officers arrived at the school, they located more than 400 rounds of ammunition, multiple knives, a handgun and the student responsible for bringing those items to the school. 

No injured were reported from the incident and the school was placed in lockdown for nearly two hours.

“It’s scary because my daughter comes here for an education and I have to worry about some kid being irresponsible and bringing something that can hurt her,” parent Brittanie McWoods told KOMO.

The Washington incident comes on the heels of several school-related violent incidents around the nation, CNN notes.

On Wednesday, a math teacher was found dead in the woods northeast of Boston, and her 14-year-old student is accused of killing her. Just two days earlier, a math teacher was killed and two students wounded by a boy who then killed himself in a Nevada school.

Sources: Fox News, Q13Fox.com, CNN, KOMO

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11Alleged UFO Spotted Hovering Over Canadian Minor League Baseball Game (VIDEO)

It appears that aliens prefer Canadian minor league baseball over what the United States brings to the table.

During a game between the Vancouver Canadians and Everett AquaSox last week at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, spectators saw what appeared to be a UFO.

The UFO appeared over the right field fence near the start of the sixth inning of the game. The Vancouver Canadians went on to score four run during the inning, prompting some to say that the appearance of the alleged UFO was "cosmic intervention."

The crowd of 1,796 began to tweet and post pictures of the UFO on the Internet and some of the players got in on the action as well. A video of the supposed spaceship was eventually posted on YouTube leading to a standard discussion of whether the UFO was actually real.

One user with the name “Saddam Hussein,” wrote, “You guys are so gullible. Those EXACT colors are used on the majority of the RC air crafts available in stores. Even planes, real ,planes use those colors on each side of the wing.” The user added: “Wake up... I believe in UFO's, I truly do. But I'm not a f****** stupid, gullible, moronic person like the rest of you believing in everything.”

Some users pointed out that the camera that shot the video was pointed in the direction of Vancouver International Airport and suggested that the ship had taken off there instead of somewhere in outer space, The Daily Mail reported.

The UFO video is below:

Sources: The Daily MailMSN Now

Glee Star Cory Monteith Found Dead in Vancouver Hotel at Age of 31

Glee fans young and old are today mourning the passing of lead actor Cory Monteith. The 31-year-old star was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, after missing his check-out yesterday, Saturday 13th July. E Online reports that Cory checked into the Fairmont Pacific Hotel a week ago, and was captured on hotel cameras returning to the hotel alone in the early hours of Saturday morning after being out with pals.

Many questions are unanswered at this early stage but the police announcement that there is no sign of foul play would point to a tragic accident or suicide. The Canadian who played Finn Hudson on the hit show is only out of rehab for substance abuse addiction since the end of April of this year. He has been photographed looking happy and healthy out-and-about and on holiday with Glee co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele on numerous occasions since – including the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in LA on 8th June (pictured below).

To me this is a brave young man who struggled but fought his addictions – having also done a stint in rehab at 19. He wanted help, he wanted to get better. May he rest in peace.

Images: Getty

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11Open Carrier Arrested After Causing Panic in Vancouver, Washington

Mark Worley was arrested in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday for openly carrying a firearm, despite the fact that open carry is legal in Washington state.

“I was breaking no law and I was arrested for trespassing on a public sidewalk,” Worley said. “Whether or not you agree with open carry of a firearm or not, it’s not illegal.”

The police disagree, arguing that Worley took things too far when he walked onto private property while carrying a semiautomatic rifle. Worley has been charged with trespassing with a weapon capable of producing bodily harm.

That charge makes it sound like Worley waltzed into somebody’s home uninvited, but in fact it was much more nuanced. Worley entered a public restaurant with a rifle slung over his shoulder. The restaurant has a strict no weapons policy unless the gun owner has a concealed carry permit and keeps the firearm quietly hidden from the eyes of other viewers. A security guard apparently asked Worley to leave. When he refused, one of the employees phoned police. Worley was arrested shortly thereafter.

“If the public is afraid, that’s not my fault. I don’t control their point of view," Worley later told reporters. "In fact, I welcome it. I welcome and encourage a debate on the subject. I am not responsible for their fear. People are concerned about weapons right now and people are afraid, and that’s understandable. I’m trying to show people that it is not illegal and that it’s OK to carry a gun.”

Worley has plead not guilty to the charges.

This gun-rights activist stood up for his beliefs, but he might very well have stepped over a line in his fight to banish prejudices against guns. Gun owners are legally allowed to openly carry a rifle over the shoulder while in public space. As soon as the gun owner enters private property, however, all bets are off. Property owners have the right to set their own rules, and Worley allegedly ignored the restaurant’s no open gun policy. This is a clash of gun rights versus private property rights.

Do you think that Worley was justified in his actions, or should the state throw the book at him for ignoring the restaurant’s gun restrictions?

Source: Komonews

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