You Choose The News for Tuesday, August 14th 2018

KRISTEN'S STORY - 

MAY I PLEASE HAVE MY STRAW BACK NOW?

Several companies, including Starbucks, Marriott and Disney, are banning straws because of the environmental impact they have, but it turns out, straws are far from the worst type of litter out there. Infact…they’re literally a drop in the bucket.

The nonprofit, which works with more than 600 community-based affiliates and organizations to end litter, recently released a national study, and straws didn’t even make the Top Five, when it comes to the most common types of litter. The Top Five actually include: 

Cigarette butts

Paper

Food wrappers

Confections

Napkins/tissues

The organization notes that people are mostly to blame for these types of litter getting into the environment. “The products themselves generally aren’t bad in and of themselves," Mark Dancy, president of Waste Zero, says. "They become bad if you don’t recycle them. The worst is if they become litter."

Other common litter offenders include:

Tissues

Receipts

Gum wrappers

Plastic bottles

Beverage cans


JASON'S STORY - WINNER!

WOMAN ACCUSED OF SHOPLIFTING WAS ACTUALLY HIDING THIS UNDER HER SHIRT

A pregnant woman says she felt humiliated when she was asked if she was trying to shoplife from a Staples store in North Carolina.

She was actually doing some back-to-school shopping, but says she wishes she would have never decided to do that now.

An officer in the store questioned her about what she was hiding under her shirt.

She's pregnant...with twins.  She said the officer didn't believe her when she told him that.  So he asked her again.  At that point, she lifted her shirt enough to expose her belly.

Apparently the store manager asked the officer to approach her because the manager believed she was concealing merchandise.

Staples issued the following statement:

"Yesterday at our Pineville location, while a customer was shopping, a manager mistakenly thought they were possibly shoplifting and asked a police officer that happened to be in the store to talk with the customer.

"After a quick conversation, the issue was resolved, the manager apologized to the customer and refunded their transaction due to the inconvenience. At Staples, we want all customers to feel welcome in our store, and work with our store associates to try and foster an inclusive culture. As an organization, we would like to apologize to the customer if that was not the case in this instance."

The woman says she may pursue legal action.

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