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New York City plans to turn all its old payphone booths into WiFi hotspots and free cellphone charging facilities!

In this age of wireless technology, what are payphones good for? Think about it. Everybody owns a cellphone these days!

Well, if New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can have his way, the payphone booths of the Big Apple will all be converted into WiFi hotspots that would blanket the city's five boroughs with free wireless Internet access!

"By using a historic part of New York's street fabric, we can significantly enhance public availability of increasingly-vital broadband access, invite new and innovative digital services, and increase revenue to the city — all at absolutely no cost to taxpayers," said de Blasio in a statement.

The payphones will still offer traditional phone service, as well as free 911 and 311 calls over and above free WiFi.

In addition to that they will also contain free cellphone charging stations and interactive touch screens that will facilitate business transactions.

Dana Spiegel, Executive Director of NYCwireless, said: "If this is any indication of things to come, we're very excited about the city's commitment to open, competitive and innovative solutions to bring the Internet to everyone."

If this venture is successful it could provide a blueprint for other big cities to follow in New York City's footsteps.


There is a McDonald's in Australia that plays classical music to annoy its patrons!

Teenage hoodlums beware. A McDonald's in Mount Annan, Sydney Australia, has been casually forcing teenagers off of its premises by playing classical music late at night.

This strategy was put in place to prevent the adolescents from hanging out in McDonald's through the late hours of the night.

Is the strategy working? Well, the store's operations manager, Matthew Watson, stated that "we've noticed a reduction in the number of young people hanging around, but we'll have to reassess it properly in a couple of weeks."

People in the neighbourhood around the McDonald's have also noticed that teenagers are causing less fuss and lingering around in the parks less after hours. In fact, the McDonald's restaurant apparently turns up their music really loud when they notice teenagers lingering in the car park. This causes the teenagers to leave almost immediately.

Of course, there have been a few people who are genuinely confused as to why teenagers are fleeing classical music, as if it is unbearable to listen to. Most people find it soothing, and some have even stated that they might stay at the McDonald's restaurants even longer.


In an warehouse, workers had to work in 100+ degree heat and sometimes walked 15 miles a day. After the news broke, Amazon's initial response was to keep an ambulance outside the warehouse.

For a long time the working conditions in the United States have been generally very good.

We now look at the outsourcing of jobs to other countries and hear about the conditions there being terrible, and there is a push to help improve conditions around the world.

There are still some bad conditions in the United States, though.

Amazon has received a lot of criticism for its working conditions from both current and former employees, as well as the media and politicians.

The "pickers," who travel the building with a trolley and a handheld scanner "picking" customer orders can walk up to 15 miles a day back and forward, and if they fall behind on their targets, they can be reprimanded.

In 2011 it was publicized that at the Breinigsville, Pennsylvania warehouse, workers had to carry out work in 100 °F (38 °C) heat, resulting in employees becoming extremely uncomfortable and suffering from dehydration and collapse.

Loading-bay doors were not opened to allow in fresh air as "managers were worried about theft". Amazon's initial response was to pay for an ambulance to sit outside on call to cart away overheated employees.


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The most profitable item on McDonald's menu is its fountain drink. It costs between 13 and 18 cents to produce a drink.

Drinks are often the most profitable item in restaurants.

The Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics reports that the biggest mark-ups on any restaurant menu are drinks and side dishes, thus maximizing the profits for the business.

This holds especially true with fast food restaurants. McDonald’s, for example, spends between 13 and 18 cents to produce a soft drink.

That includes the syrup, the cup, water, ice, electricity, labor, and wastage.

If the particular restaurant has customers fill their own drinks, you can essentially take labor out of that as well.

A medium sized soft drink at McDonalds costs them 15 cents or less. The typical profit margin on fountain beverages is approximately 85%. McDonald’s profit margin is 90% or more because of their volume purchasing power.

Concentrate for 50,000 Cokes costs $2.60, including labor. A single penny’s worth of syrup makes almost 200 cups of Coke.

The new McCafe has only increased their profits from drinks, and is considered one of the main driving factors in the company’s growth. They plan to expand the McCafe globally.


Guy Fieri didn't register his Times Square Restaurant's domain, so a random person bought it and made a fake website.

Restaurant owners would probably give and arm and a leg to get a spot in Times Square, one of the most highly trafficked places in one of the busiest cities in the world.

Of course, when you disappoint in a place like that, people notice.

Guy Fieri’s not-so-cleverly-named restaurant ‘Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar’ was certainly noticed for this.

A New York Times review sarcastically asks “Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex?” And that was only the start of the review.

Flash forward some months and one man, Bryan Mytko, noticed something else lacking from the restaurant: a website. He jumped on the opportunity, registering the domain and posting a satirical menu.

On it are cleverly, overly detailed items including some not-so-appetizing choices such as deep fried snake.

One item is certain to become a patron favorite: Guy’s Big Balls.



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