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Massachusetts – IHOP operator fined $100k for forcing wait staff to pay for meals customers skipped out on, multiple wage law violations

Via: MassLive.com

The operator of the IHOP restaurant on Riverdale Street, West Springfield, has agreed to pay approximately $100,000 to settle allegations it violated multiple sections of the law by conduct including forcing wait staff to pay out-of-pocket for customers who ran out without paying their bills.

According to a press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, the settlement agreement requires RME Enterprises and its president and treasurer Robert Max Evans to pay back employees for a number of alleged violations that took money out of their pocket through the course of their employment.

Workers deserve to be paid all of their wages, including tips,” Coakley said in a statement. “Restaurant employees should not have to front the business costs of the restaurant out of their pay.”

When reached at his home by phone on Friday, Evans, who ran for local office as a Republican candidate in the 1990s (a Republican – who could have guessed?), declined to say anything relating to the settlement or the accusations against him and his business.

“I have no comment at all,” Evans said.

A call to IHOP’s corporate media relations spokesperson’s cell phone wasn’t returned Friday.


The workers’ rights and wage laws were violated, with infractions including:

– Wait staff were required to pay from their tips the full meal costs of customers who left without paying their bills

– Wait staff were required to share their tips with non-wait staff

– Employees were required to pay from their wages the full meal costs of any meals for which a mistake was alleged to have been made

– Employees were required to pay from their wages for “breakages” of dishware, the amount of which was determined by the employer based on dish type

– Employees were subject to meal deductions from their wages when no meals were eaten, consent was not given generally, and at times when consent was specifically and affirmatively withheld

– Employees’ work time, and thus wages, were “shaved” to account for alleged meal break time, when meal breaks were not taken generally and at times when employees specifically and affirmatively noted they took no break





January 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

J. Collier – Image Gallery

Via: Shopy – ‘Always Something Interesting’


September 1941.
“Millworkers’ children. Holyoke, Massachusetts.”

See more of J. Collier photos, HERE:



John Collier, Jr. was born in 1913, the youngest son of Lucy Wood Collier and John Collier, Sr. His father was a social activist who later served as the Commissioner of Indian Affairs from 1933 to 1945 and, because of this work, the family maintained ties to the area around Taos, New Mexico. In the 1930s, John Collier, Jr. established a home in this area.

In 1941 to 1943, Collier worked as a photographer with the Farm Securities Administration and the Office of War Information under Roy Stryker and documented many areas around the eastern U.S and northern New Mexico.

Read more, HERE:



September 12, 2013 Posted by | American photoghaphers | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 2) Gabriel Gomez (R-MA) – ‘GOP Genius of the Day’


Via: Huffington Post

Massachusetts Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez (R) criticized Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) for his remarks on rape and pregnancy, calling the congressman a “moron” for claiming that “the incidence of rape resulting in pregancy are very low.”

“I think that he’s a MORON and he proves that stupid has no specific political affiliation,” Gomez told ABC News on Wednesday. “I have no idea what goes into the mind of a MORON like that … These kinds of comments only come from a moron and they shouldn’t be tolerated one bit.”




I predict, SOMEDAY, when Senator Gomez runs for the GOP presidential nomination, he will mumble, “I was misquoted’.


June 13, 2013 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scott Brown (R-MA) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Charles P. Pierce

Senator Scott Brown is in medium dudgeon about this Fast And Furious  business, and he doesn’t care who knows it:

“Each and every day that I’ve been a United States senator, I’ve been  discussing issues, meeting on issues, in secret meetings and with kings (see photo) and  queens (see photo) and prime ministers and business leaders and military  leaders, talking,  voting, working on issues every single day,” he said  on the Jim Braude and  Margery Eagan Show.   


Except, of course, well, no…

Brown spokesman Colin Reed said in an e-mail that “Senator Brown was  speaking generally about private meetings he has had with foreign and  domestic  leaders.” He later acknowledged that Brown, who has made his reputation as  a truck-driving everyman, has not met with any royalty. “He misspoke when  he said kings and queens,” Reed said.


‘Oh, I’ve been to Nice and the Isle of Greece while I’ve sipped champagne on a yacht

 I’ve moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo and showed ’em what I’ve got

 I’ve been undressed by kings and I’ve seen some things that a woman ain’t supposed to see

 I’ve been to paradise, but I’ve never been to me.’



June 23, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) Trade secrets of oldest family firm in US

Via: BBC

Nearly 400 years ago, in 1623, Avedis Zildjian founded a cymbal-manufacturing company in Istanbul.

Now run by 14th generation family member Craigie Zildjian, along with her sister Debbie, the company has outlasted empires, survived a move overseas to the US, and thrived during the economic turmoil of the Great Depression and two World Wars.

Today, the company controls 65% of the world’s cymbal market, and took in more than $50m in revenues last year.

But for the Zildjians, it’s more than just a business.

Walking through the halls of the Zildjian factory in Norwell, Massachusetts, is like getting a front row seat to music history.

The hallways are lined with photos of famous drummers such as Ringo Starr and Roy Haynes. Jazz drummer Buddy Rich’s drum kit is preserved in full.

Drummers of all stripes often arrive to test the Zildjians’ latest cymbals – there’s even a special pressurised room that can re-create the acoustics of concert venues around the country.

Yet musicians are a fickle bunch, and the music industry is constantly in flux.


So what are the Zildjians’ secrets to staying in business for nearly four centuries?

Every Zildjian who wants to work in the family business must get a college degree, preferably in business. They also must intern while in high school or college, to get a taste of the company’s standards.

But come graduation, don’t expect a job with the company right away, say Craigie and Debbie.

Another rule requires family members to work elsewhere to get experience outside the company.

Even once they join the company, as Debbie’s daughter Cady recently did, strict rules ensure that a family member never reports to another. This, says Craigie, is simply just best practice – family business or not.

Beyond that, though, there are a few quirky rules that the sisters have instituted.

“One of the things we’ve always done is we have never had spouses involved in the business,” says Debbie Zildjian.

She jokingly adds another rule: “We’ve always encouraged our daughters not to get involved with musicians, especially drummers.”


June 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boston – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘Always Something Intersting’

Babe Ruth, Bill Carrigan, Jack Barry and Vean Gregg of the Boston Red Sox in 1916.


See more images of Boston, Massachusetts; HERE:



The Babe Ruth Story is a 1948 baseball film biography of Babe Ruth, the famed New York Yankees slugger.

It stars William Bendix as the ballplayer and Claire Trevor as his wife. It was rush released while Ruth himself was still alive. It makes no mention whatsoever of Ruth’s first wife, Helen.

Reviews were, for the most part, negative. Citing the film’s moments of heavy handedness including a rather contrived reanactment of Babe Ruth’s famous World Series home run against the Chicago Cubs, some critics have even gone far to call it one of the worst sports biopics of all time.



note: As a little kid, I LOVED watching this on TV; over, and over, and over!

f’ the critics!


May 22, 2012 Posted by | celebs, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”


“Little in the way of expression is outlawed in the United States Constituion, but an act which incites forceful response (see photo) is unlikely to pass as express speech.”  –  Judge Frances McIntyre


Via: Daily News

Police plan to remove Occupy Boston protesters from their 2-month-old camp  this weekend after a judge lifted an order that had protected them from  eviction.

The ruling by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre was met with  surprise by demonstrators, who immediately vowed to go back to court to fight  any attempt to kick them out.


December 9, 2011 Posted by | Occupy Wall Street | , , , | Leave a comment

truer words never spoken – Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren (born Elizabeth Herring;June 22, 1949) is an American attorney, law professor, and United States Senate candidate.

She served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

She is also the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she has taught contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law.

In the wake of the 2008-2011 financial crisis, she became the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the U.S. banking bailout (formally known as the Troubled Assets Relief Program).



‘Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts’




September 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Golf cart driver in a ‘clown suit’ nabbed by law enforcement

Via: The Batavian

James R. Straub, 37, of Stoneham, Mass., is charged with DWI and refusal to take a breath test. Straub is accused of driving a golf cart on a public road while under the influence of alcohol.

Witnesses contacted dispatch at 8:40 p.m. Sunday to report that a man in a “clown suit”, as the photo shows, more like a wild golf outfit (hey, honest mistake) had taken off in a cart owned by Terry Hills and was heading toward the City of Batavia on Clinton Street Road.

Straub was eventually located at a residence in the city where he was taken into custody by Deputy Bradley Mazur. Straub was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and committed to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Straub is reportedly out on $500. Batavia PD assisted in the investigation.



UPDATE: This reporter has learned an additional charge of child endagerment might be filed against Mr Straub for having his three children (see photo) in the back of his golf cart.


September 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment