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Man Is Shot And Killed By His BFF Over A Restaurant Bill [WATCH]

I’ve heard of disputes over who has to pay the check at the end of the meal, but never like this.

Being a Middle Eastern man myself, I understand many of the customs when it comes to dining out with friends. One of them, and probably the most common, is the virtually necessary argument between the men on the table over who gets to pay the bill. In America, we call this a “big swinging dick” contest.

Well, two Turkish men were enjoying their soup at a quaint, little restaurant nestled in the heart of Istanbul when the bill finally arrived. Hasan Erdemir and Idris Alakus (who were also accompanied by several other unnamed friends) were talking and eating their meal until Alakus said he had to leave. He tried to pay for everyone’s meal, but was informed that Erdemir had preemptively taken care of it.

This act of kindness somehow threw Alakus into a fit of rage, leading him to storm out of the restaurant. Erdemir and the others thought that the scene had ended, only to learn moments later that things were about to get substantially worse.

After handing his friend a few more bucks to tip the staff, Alakus stormed back into the restaurant with a quick but surefooted pace. Out of nowhere, Alakus pulled his gun from the back of his pants and pointed it directly at Erdemir’s genitals, taking the first shot. As Erdemir hunched over and began falling down, Alakus took another shot at the victim. Based on the footage from the bloody scene, it looked like Alakus hit him near his back left side. After a moment, Erdemir fell to his knees on the floor, then collapsed onto the ground.

Subsequently, Alakus then headed over to the payment counter where Erdemir’s two friends were and shot them as well. Thankfully, their injuries were not fatal and they both survived; unfortunately, the injuries that Erdemir sustained were too criticial, and resulted in him passing away at the hospital.

Alakus managed to temporarily escape for the time being, but was apprehended by authorities a short time later.

The moral of the story here, and it baffles me to even have to say this, is that if somebody offers to pay for your meal, let them pay for the meal. It’s not worth dying over.

 

 

Video Source: Liveleak

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Unpopular California Glove Law for Chefs Will Probably Be Repealed [Hallelujah!]

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Sushi and cocktail lovers rejoice: that pesky California health code law which required chefs and bartenders to wear gloves while handling all ready-to-eat foods will probably be repealed “this week.”

According to the OC Weekly, an emergency bill has been proposed in the California state assembly to reverse the glove law to its pre-2014 state, which required gloves only for certain segments of the food service industry instead of across the board. In its current iteration, the bill bans any bare-hand contact with foods that will be directly eaten by customers, including sushi, baked goods, and lemon garnishes. It did allow a six month grace period, though, so it’s likely many restaurants and workers never started obeying the law in the first place.

According to assemblyman Richard Pan, who proposed the bill, “It’s not about whether there are gloves or not, it should be about whether the local business and the health inspector have worked together to create a safe environment for the customer.”

TL;DR: false alarm guys. Phew.

Picthx Andrew Magill

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Technology

Google Applies for Check-Splitting Patent

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The internet’s leading search engine is trying to make life eating out a little easier.

Six New York-based Google employees have filed for a patent on a process that would make the dreaded splitting of the check at the end of a meal less painful. Essentially, the process they’ve created would be used as a calculator-like aid, or like Google’s live search option, diners may be able to simply type in “split this check” into the search bar and let Google do it’s thing.

A computer-implemented method for tracking payment transactions of a group of users, the method comprising: establishing a group including a plurality of users; maintaining a transaction record for the group including a plurality of payment transactions, each of the plurality of payment transactions involving at least one user of the group; maintaining a balance indicating an amount owed by a first user of the group to a second user of the group based on one or more of the plurality of payment transactions; and responsive to a settlement event, settling the balance by initiating a transfer of funds between the first user and the second user.

According to the patent (as seen above) the method being proposed would allow diners to send one another funds via the app, pay extra to cover tips, spot each other if a friend “forgets” their wallet, oh and setting a pay-me-back-by date, marking the end of your forgetful pals stiffing you. The method aims to help “tracking and managing group expenditures” because everyone knows things get mad confusing at a birthday dinner for 20. But diners would still still need to provide basic info to help the splitting process.

Until Google gets approval on this much needed patent you’ll have to keep on with the manual hand math. Although this thing would help customers understand who pays what, hopefully the patent can be implemented in restaurant point-of-sale systems, otherwise we’ll continue to drive our waiters crazy asking them to charge this much on this card and to pay this much in cash, but bring back the change.

H/T US Patent & Trademark Office

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New Gadget Calculates Tips, Splits the Bill, and Prevents You From Killing Your Dinner Mates

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As far as I’m concerned, splitting the check is the worst possible way to end a meal. It could be the absolute best, most flavorful food I’ve ever tasted, and I could be sharing it with dearly beloved friends and family members.  That won’t stop me from wanting to ram forks into my eye sockets after five minutes of passing the bill back and forth and arguing about how much of a tip would be “fair” for each person if Sarah spent $12 on a milkshake and everyone else just got water. So if you told me that there was an invention that not only calculated tips for me, but also allowed me to swipe my own credit card, split my own bill, and get me signed, sealed, and out the door in less time than it would normally take me to say “Check please,” I might just explode with joy.

Okay, that was an exaggeration. No explosions happened when I discovered the RAIL, a handy gadget developed by Washington-based startup Viableware, but there was definitely a gasp. And maybe an obscenity or two. The RAIL allows customers to pay their own bill without waiting for the server to bring their check, and it contains handy features that let you do all of the necessary number crunching with no muss, no fuss, and no eyeball stabbing. That’s a pretty big deal for the mathematically challenged among us. The devices are roughly $200 apiece, which makes them pricey but probably worth it for restaurants looking to maximize customer satisfaction. And hey, minimal calculation-induced frustration probably means bigger tips for servers. Success all around!

H/T + PicThx CNN

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Celebrity Grub

Bill Clinton, the FOODBEAST

Sure Bill Clinton’s faced a lot of controversies while in office. But according to his former Presidential Pastry Chef, Ronald Mesnier, Clinton was crazy about his sweets.

Mesnier told FOX News that one night he had made a strawberry short cake, which the President had eaten half in one sitting and woke up the next morning craving more.

“No one could find the cake,” said Mesnier. “Clinton was pounding on the table and shouting, ‘I want my goddamned cake.’” If the most powerful man in the free world wants cake, you better believe you need to get in that kitchen.

Clinton was known for his bad diet habits while in office, a diet that included countless sweets, snacks, and trips to McDonald’s. Clinton could even eat five or six pork chops at a time, Mesnier told FOX. In 2004, he went through a quadruple bypass.

Since, he has adopted a vegan lifestyle. But the world will never forget what a FoodBeast this man truly was.

via: FOX News Photo: WikimediaCommons/Bob McNeely/The White House