Everyone is happy to know that singer, August Alsina, is finally awake after being in a coma for 3 days. He posted the below photo on his Instagram page (@augustalsina) to let his fans know that he is recovering and to say, “thank you!” August collapsed during a performance on Monday and apparently suffered from seizures shortly after. Prayers and thoughts are with him and the Dreamworld hopes for a speedy recovery!
August’s message to fans:
This is a bit graphic but i wanted to share this w/ every follower of mine. iWoke up out of a 3 day coma… &This guy @banggang_moneyteam right here never once left my side. What I’m tryna say is cherish the ones in life who cherish you & take good care of yourself. Your life can be gone in a split second’. I’m recovering well and thankyou for all of your prayers & concerns. -Yung
By far, one of the hottest and sexiest couples, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling welcome their baby girl! The two were rumored to be expecting and it has finally been confirmed that, well, they were. Mendes and Gosling are not revealing any photos or the baby’s name just yet, but I’m sure she’s gorgeous, just like here mama! CONGRATS!
As an Eagles fan, this is a hard post to write, but it is my journalistic duty to cover the story regardless of my personal bias (tear). Eagles’ player, LeSean McCoy, is under fire for a recent incident that took place at a popular Philly restaurant, PYT, earlier this week. His normal nice guy demeanor must have been on a “BYE” because McCoy supposedly left a 20-cent tip for his server (oh snap!). Since then, social media has been lit up with every response, including a copy of his signed receipt. Now, as a bartender, I can relate to getting stiffed on a tip. However, it’s usually from a disgruntled guest, a cheap a$$ or maybe even someone who is just having a bad day. I could not imagine what my reaction would be if a MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR NFL PLAYER left me less than a $1.00 on a $60.00 tab.
As the world began to take notice, actor Charlie Sheen decided to chime in via Twitter and publicly pledge $1,000.00 to McCoy’s server. He tweeted:
McCoy didn’t feel much remorse for his actions and actually defended his choice by saying:
Just to be honest, I tip on my service, and there’s a difference between good service and bad service and just having a bad day…There’s a big difference with between being rude and just disrespectful. That’s how that works. Listen, anybody that knows me knows I’m not disrespectful. Any restaurant that I go around in Philadelphia, I tip very well. I’m very respectful. You check on that restaurant and everybody is talking bad about that place…You can’t just disrespect somebody and [expect] them to tip you. I don’t care who the person is. That’s why I left my card, so they could see my name. Simple as that.
As far as his reaction to Sheen leaving a thousand dollars for the server, he added, “That’s cool…I’m happy he’s finally doing something positive.”
The owner of PYT, Tommy Up, was the first to spread the word about this whole ordeal when he posted a pic of McCoy’s receipt on the restaurant’s public Facebook page. He also wrote a statement that read:
I would like to address the LeSean McCoy tipping situation and our role in it. For starters, I take total and complete responsibility for sharing this receipt. It was not our server’s decision, it was mine. I am to blame. I decided to take action after some serious thought. And while I’d like to apologize to Mr McCoy, I cannot in good conscience do so. I stand by my actions one hundred percent. Mr McCoy and his three companions came into my place on Monday afternoon, and immediately the whole staff was excited. Mr McCoy is a skilled athlete and is one of our beloved Philadelphia Eagles. A true Philly legend and a sports hero. Understandably my staff was really pumped, especially on the heels of they terrific win the day before. (Go Eagles!). Mr McCoy and his friend sat inside at a booth next to my management and next to me. They were given excellent service. Impeccable service. If anything, our server was a little nervous as was our food runner, because they are big, big fans. He and his group, from the moment they sat down, were verbally abusive to our staff in the most insulting ways. The derogatory statements about women and their sheer contempt for the staff serving them wasn’t the end, however. After Mr McCoy and his group left I looked over and saw their server, my friend, with his head bowed down and with a very confused look on his face. I took the receipt out of his hand and I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so callous. Mr McCoy had left a .03% tip for our staff. Our staff that was beyond excited to see him walk into our burger joint and was excited to serve him. That’s twenty cents on a tab of over $60. Twenty cents that our server has to split with the food runner and the bartender. Two dimes from an insulting multimillionaire. I bet Mr McCoy is usually an awesome dude. And everyone has their bad days. But I’m from Philly and have had the pleasure of meeting many of our bad ass sports heroes. Ron Jaworski I met as a kid and I love. Iverson I loved. Mike Schmidt! You name ‘em. I love all of our athletes past and present. Hometown heroes who treat those below them with some respect. And maybe Mr McCoy was having a “bad day” after his big victory all that, but the reports of him receiving “bad service” is a complete slanderous lie, and my crew here is better than that and deserves better than that. At the end of the day, I did what I felt my heart told me to do. And I don’t want anything from Mr McCoy, but…maybe an apology to his server who gave him excellent service would be cool. Again, I am the owner and I take full responsibility for my actions. Eagles fans, I feel ya. Id be pissed too. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do and stick up for his friends. Hate mail should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respond to you right after I catch up on this mornings hate mail.
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We never know what someone else is going through behind closed doors. Depression. Anxiety. Lonlieness. Drug addiction. We assume that because we see them smiling, that they aren’t walking a dark path.
Seeing an awesome actor bring various roles to life for years was our privilege.
I just watched one of Robin Williams’ movies, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, and it was awesome. So, to hear that he may have taken his own life was a huge shock. People die everyday. People commit suicide everyday. It’s just something about being able to see someone grow and struggle in the public eye and then one day they’re just gone. May God have mercy on his soul.
I was going to do a post on the latest Beyoncé and Jay-Z drama because it really is juicy. However, I decided to switch gears and not indulge in the gossip, but if you really want to watch his alleged mistress diss Mrs. Carter, here’s the link lol: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CLbs1m9M5UM
So, the real topic at hand, that I’m eager to dive into, is how we (as a society) treat people in the hospitality industry. I have the overwhelming joy (sarcasm) of being a bartender. In this industry, as in life, there are amazing customers and there are also horrible life suckers.
Lastnight I had a horrible life sucker shove his I.D. in my face because I made him hold it out too long (yikes). Who knew that waiting 5 seconds with your hand out, warranted such a display? Of course, I’m able to refuse service to anyone that decides to treat me like a slave and that’s exactly what I did. Oh, and in case you’re shaking your head thinking what he did wasn’t that awful, he also cussed me out for making him wait.
I don’t necessarily care about WHAT he did as much as I care about his reasoning. Is this what the world has come to? People are allowed to disrespect those that are serving them in a restaurant simply because they are working for tips? I’ll be the first to tell anyone, just because I’m serving you, doesn’t give you the right to disrespect me.
I’m curious, how many of you treat servers, bartenders, valet, hotel clerks, etc. with disrespect? Have you ever done it and felt bad? Do you feel above them? Share your stories!
Lastly, becoming a bartender was on my dream list (check)! I always felt that it was a skill that paid well and it would give me the freedom to move anywhere and still earn an income. Ok, now im done, ciao!
First things first, yes, I cussed in my title…it’s ok. Now, I’ve been going back and forth about this topic for a while, but mostly through random thoughts in my head.
So many of us are on a profound journey that we want the world to take notice of, but have you ever thought about the world not wanting what’s best for you?
I mean, let’s be real, do you honestly believe that all of your friends are happy for you? I’ll be the one to burst your bubble; they aren’t! That’s because not everyone is your friend. Not everyone is in a healthy place where they can be happy for others. That place can be a breeding ground for envy and jealousy, so we all have to be careful. We can also have individuals around us that just aren’t good people. They only care about their journey and their life; in other words, selfish.
People can genuinely f*ck up your journey! Friends, coworkers, exes, boyfriends, girlfriends, family… all opportunities to derail your path. One bit of advice I can offer, from experience of course, when people walk out of your life, allow them. You don’t need them. If you give life to any negativity, you’ve opened the door to unnecessary drama and distractions.
Here’s what YOU can do in the midst of dealing with others… continue to love, shine light, stay focused. The universe will work everything else out, trust me.
When change comes about, don’t fight it. Sometimes it’s best to let it be and not search for understanding. I believe when you go against it, that’s when the darkness wins and your mind no longer belongs to your soul because you begin to worry and panic.
We get accustomed to routines and schedules and when either are altered, we realize that we’ve been chained to the idea of what is normal.
I don’t want to be normal anymore.
If I sat down and wrote a story about my life over the past few years, you’d wonder how I’m still pushing through each day. I surprise myself. I never knew how much strength I had until my closest friends abandoned me, until every door closed in my face, until I had no choice but to get up each day and try again. We all go through our own struggles; we face our own storms. When you are left with nothing in life but your health, a clean slate and family, you’ll learn just why God created you the way He did.
All of my experiences in life have prepared me for this very moment. All of my mistakes have uncovered my strong desire to do better. All of the untrue people I surrounded myself with helped me to appreciate the loyal ones.
I’m constantly discovering a new part of me that I didn’t even think existed. When I look back on MY life thus far, I’m confident that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and I won’t allow tough times or bad experiences to defeat me. All of life’s happenings push me to set new goals, take risks and to not settle.
I’m getting through my storm because I’m realizing that it’s not a storm… it’s a transformation.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ~Maya Angelou