Bar Owners Issue Apology After Insensitive ‘Pill Cosby’ Drink Goes Viral

There have been some drastically epic failures in 2017, and thanks to some questionably insensitive and repulsive lapse in judgement on behalf of bar owners in the nation’s capital, this year’s list of epic fails just got longer.

Diet Starts Monday, a Washington D.C. restaurant and bar, has come under national scrutiny after creating a cocktail that was garnished with empty pill capsules and listed on their menu as “Pill Cosby.”

That Pill Cosby tho 😂 #dietstartsmonday #pillcosby 💊💊💊 #outchea #tgif

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The Washington D.C.-based retail, restaurant, and bar concept has been selling a magenta-hued $14 beverage made with Casa Noble Tequila, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, and according to the menu, “faux pills.”

It’s safe to argue that once The Internet started noticing the horrifically insensitive play-on “humor” about date rape, along with the complete disregard for the serious nature of criminal sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, no one was laughing.

After the digital backlash, the owners of Diet Starts Monday announced the discontinuation of the drink and issued the following statement via Twitter on May 22.

Prior to the issued statement, Diet Starts Monday co-owner, David Gentry, said the drink was supposed to make people, “…be a little more aware,” of “drugging in bars,” according to The Washingtonian.

I’m dead. Why is this drink a real thing?! 😂😂😂 #PillCosby

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It’s unclear if this was a publicity stunt or just an idiotic marketing strategy. Nevertheless, people are upset at this extreme lack of judgement. Still, it does seem to coincide with the timeline of the case against Cosby, as the jury selection for his sexual assault trial has started.

As for the connection to Cosby, he stands accused of, “three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault,” according to The Washington Post, after several women claimed they were drugged and sexual assaulted by Cosby. The disgraced comedian will stand trial in June, after the jury selection process has completed.

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This Japanese Company’s Heartfelt Apology Deserves Mad Respect

Having a strong sense of honor has always been an important priority for people in Japanese society and culture. That notion has never been more evident than it is in a video released by Japanese frozen sweets and treats company Akagi Nyugyo.

Started in 1981, the company prided itself on selling their frozen treats at very affordable prices (¥50 or $.46) to children, normally during their breaks or when they head home after school. The only time they ever changed the price of their treats was 10 years later in 1991, when it was raised from ¥50 to ¥60. Thanks in part to Japan’s dying economy, any raise in price is enough to be noticed and questioned.

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“We held on for 25 years, but…”

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“60 -> 70” (they also bow deeply in apology)

Well, the company was forced to raise their prices again, from ¥60 to ¥70, although it was no easy task for them. Never in any company’s history has such a small change in price (equivalent to 9¢) resulted in such overwhelming guilt from the company, specifically the CEO, President and other executives.

The video, laced with a slow, peaceful Japanese folk song, shows the company’s employees all in a tight formation with doleful and gloomy looks plastered across their faces. Towards the end of the video, the entire crew bows in strict obedience to the camera, exhibiting how truly honorable they really are.

Check out the video below, and prepare to feel overwhelmed with respect for this inspirational company.



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Video Game That Crowdfunded $4000 Cancelled After Devs Blew Money On Booze And Strippers


The lead programmer of the video game “Ant Simulator” released a video on Saturday informing supporters that the game is cancelled because his business partners allegedly spent company money on liquor and strippers.

In the video, Eric Tereshinski claims two business partners in his indie gaming company ETeeski misappropriated money collected through crowdfunding and investments. He said his ex-partners were friends for over 11 years and that they threatened to sue him if he released the game on his own.

Although he does not name them in the video, Tyler Monce and Devon Staley are the only listed team members on his company’s website.

“This is going to be the worst video I’ve ever had to make,” Tereshinski said in the video. “‘Ant Simulator’ is going to be canceled. I can’t work on ‘Ant Simulator’ anymore. I recently found out my ex-business partners were secretly stealing company money. They had secretly spent the overwhelming majority of both our Kickstarter money and the ‘Ant Simulator’ investment money on liquor, restaurants, bars, and even strippers. This is the reason it has become exceedingly clear to me that I cannot have my career associated with these guys.”

The total money lost includes $4,459 raised for game development tutorial videos through a 2014 Kickstarter campaign that had a goal of $4,000.

“I’m very pissed off I lost money. I lost over a year in work. And I lost a game that I loved and I was proud of and I was really looking forward to releasing on Steam and PS4,” Tereshinski said. “It was supposed to be my first big step in really taking a shot at making video games as a career. But I have to start over now.”

“Ant Simulator,” which was being developed for the computer and Playstation 4, has players manage an ant colony from the queen’s perspective. The simulation game was originally created by Tereshinski in 2014 as part of a 48-hour game jam, wherein game developers gather together with the goal of creating one or more games in a short amount of time.

Tereshinski closed his video by saying: “I’m definitely going to move forward more cautiously and not be so trusting, even of my closest friends, apparently.”

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Entitled Law Student Demands Lifetime Supply of Kit Kats For the Most Ridiculous Reason


There are very rare moments when people open up a Kit Kat packet and chance upon a solid chocolate bar instead of one with a wafer inside. While many consider this a blessing in disguise, one woman feels that Nestle has done her a great disservice with the anomaly.

Twenty-year-old law student Saima Ahmad from the north London, U.K. borough of Enfield is demanding a lifetime supply of Kit Kat bars after she found a bar without a wafer among the several bars she purchased last month, according to Yahoo News.


They go about advertising the unique concept of KitKat, but I’m so disappointed by what I have purchased,” the King’s College law student told Yahoo. “I’m hoping they will apologise to me and in future focus more on quality of their product. I wouldn’t rule out taking this further if Nestle do not apologise or compensate me adequately. As I mentioned in my letter of complaint, an unlimited supply of KitKat would do.”

Ahmad reportedly wrote a letter to Nestle with the demand after her “monetary and emotional” loss.


The letter read:

The truth of the matter is; manufacturers owe a duty of care to consumers. The specific duty you owe in consistency in your manufacturing process. The failure to take due care in the manufacturing process resulted in a product being defective. As a result I feel as though I have been misled to part with my money and purchase a product that is clearly different from what has been marketed by Nestle. The loss I have suffered is of monetary and emotional significance.”


Expressing her loss of faith in Nestle, she concluded: “Clearly, if I wanted to purchase a confectionery item that is purely chocolate, I would have purchased a bar of Galaxy.”

While Nestle has made no public response to Ahmad yet, the company has acknowledged that such anomalies happen when their machine jams and misses filling the center with a wafer.

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Fired Taco Bell Exec Who Attacked An Uber Driver Issues A Tearful Apology

Benjamin Golden, the former Taco Bell senior marketing executive who assaulted an Uber driver while heavily intoxicated, is now making a public apology to the man he attacked.

Golden, 32, now faces legal action from both the Uber driver, Edward Caban, and the district attorney of Orange County. He is assuming responsibility for his actions claiming that his behavior during the Uber ride last Friday in Costa Mesa, California, was inexcusable and out of character.

According to CBS, Golden claims he was blacked out the night of the assault and has no recollection of his attack on Caban, which was caught on footage by a dash cam in the driver’s car. Golden said crying:

“It’s not me in the video, it’s not me. It was hard to watch and I’m ashamed.

“So the next day, I got out of jail and I didn’t know what happened until I saw this video. My heart sank.”

Golden said he doesn’t remember how many drinks he had that night and added:

“I’m not one to get in fights. I think a lot of people that I know are in shock by what they saw.”

Golden was arrested shortly after the Uber ride and was consequently dismissed from his job as a marketing manager at Taco Bell the following week.

Caban has since stopped driving for Uber and is suing his attacker for a minimum $25,000 for assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He also refuses to meet with Golden for an apology as he said:

“He says it’s not him, but that’s the only him I know. That wasn’t him, but it was him who had the first drink. It was him who made the decision to go out that night, and in the end, it was him who made the decision to beat me.”

Golden faces four misdemeanor charges that include assault and battery and up to a year of jail time. Though Golden claims not to have a drinking problem, he had pleaded guilty to a DUI charge three years ago in Kentucky. Golden, who is now seeking counseling, expressed regretfully:

“I’ve worked so hard and I’ve tried so hard and I had a stupid night and it’s my fault and I’ve thrown everything away, you know. I’m going to make it right, and I think that’s the only thing I can do.”

Watch the original video of the attack below:

Written by Jacob Wagner, Nextshark

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Whole Foods Apologizes After Overcharging Customers For Products


Whole Foods has recently been under fire after it was discovered they were overcharging customers. The grocery chain would raise prices for prepackaged foods leaving New York customers unaware that they were paying too much, reports USA Today.

An investigation by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs discovered that Whole Foods stores in NYC had been listing incorrect weights for prepackaged foods that led to overcharges. These prices could range from 80 cents to $15 depending on the item.

Co-CEO Walter Robb has officially owned up to the situation. In a video, Robb admits that the company has made mistakes and that it was an unintentional result of the company’s “hands-on” approach.

The grocery chain is facing multiple fines for mislabeling its products.

Whole Foods stated that it will begin training stores in pricing accuracy and will refund any customer who finds a pricing error.

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‘So Sorry About That!’: Domino’s Apologizes On Facebook for Making the ‘Best Pizza Ever’


Domino’s honey, if I were you, I’d play this off as if it were done on purpose. As in, “so sorry you’ll never eat a pizza as good as that one again (but here’s 50 gift cards to make up for it).”

The Domino’s Pizza Facebook page seems so used to griping college stoners that it doesn’t know how to handle a compliment even when it’s handed over on a paper (or digital) platter. So when a Domino’s customer wrote “Best Pizza Ever! Keep up the good work guys! :)” in a Facebook comment, what else was a poor, self-deprecating auto-reply bot to do than shoot back a pitifully contrite “So sorry about that! Please share some additional information with us at and please mention reference# 1409193 so we can have this addressed.”


The Consumerist screencapped the whole exchange, musing that maybe Domino’s just has a particularly sensitive sarcasm filter (because face it, who uses smiley faces anymore? Lololol xD).

Still in Domino’s defense, they really do seem to get a lot of complaints (almost an unfair amount, considering their not-particularly posh clientele), so we figure this mix-up was bound to happen sooner or later. At least most of their more recent positive feedback has been met with very gracious thank you-s, though we can only imagine what might happen if anyone dared use that Easy A “Yum” gif.




H/T + PicThx Consumerist