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Channing Tatum Buys Coffee At Gas Station, Randomly Starts Grinding On Clerk

Anytime you’re on the road and make a pit stop at the gas station, it’s not unusual to grab some coffee, along with some snacks. What is unusual, however, is walking in and seeing Channing Tatum grinding on the cashier.

While driving across the country to promote his new movie, “Logan Lucky,” Tatum stopped by a North Carolina Sunoco Gas Station, and Facebook Live streamed his seemingly mundane adventure. He grabbed a Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino drink, some Reese’s candy, and as he walked up to the counter, the cashier knew exactly who he was. She asked for a hug, and Channing just kind of chilled behind the counter for a couple minutes.

About 2:30 into the stream, Tatum started getting his “Step Up” game going, as he cranked up some music and started dancing with the cashier.

Later in the stream, about 3:20 in, Tatum got his “Magic Mike” on, as they bumped Nas’s classic “If I Ruled the World,” and Channing rubbed his Tatum all over the cashier.

He probably made the woman’s year, and made millions of women jealous as they watched Tatum do a little bump and grind. Clearly, this is a story that Beatrice will tell for the rest of her life.

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Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

America’s Favorite Fast Food Brands Reimagined As NBA Greats

For sports fanatics, a lifetime can be spent debating the greatest athletes in history. Due to the world’s increasing obsession with food over the last few years, eaters have come to think of their favorite restaurants in a competitive sense, too.

With so much competition in the fast food industry especially, brands are competing on every level in an attempt to gain supremacy.

If fast food chains were NBA legends, which brands would make the starting lineup?

Based on a list of 27 major fast food chains in the United States and the greatest NBA players of all time, FOODBEAST Managing Editor Reach, Co-founder Elie, and I discussed our ideal fast food starting lineups during The Katchup Podcast.

Without looking at sales figures, or locations, here’s who made our squad.

Taco Bell — Steph Curry, Point Guard

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Steph Curry recently became the NBA’s highest paid player ever after signing a $201 million contract. He is considered one of the league’s most talented shooters with the ability to score anywhere on the court. Some may even say he’s the greatest shooter of all time.

Like Curry, Taco Bell isn’t afraid to shoot. And as of late, The Bell has been doing a lot of shooting from long range — and scoring. Having developed cantinas and full-service weddings in Las Vegas, Taco Bell innovation has extended far beyond food.

Still, with current releases like the Naked Chicken Chips and the Naked Chicken Chalupa, it shows Taco Bell isn’t afraid to stand by items that don’t necessarily fit under the traditional Taco Bell umbrella.

Additionally, in 2016, after lowering sodium levels across the menu, it was reported that Taco Bell had become one of America’s healthiest fast food chains. In terms of, “fast food goals,” Taco Bell is leading the way.

Notable accolades: 2x NBA Champion, 2x Regular Season MVP

 

McDonald’s — Michael Jordan, Shooting Guard

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Like it or not, the fast food industry wouldn’t be what it is today without McDonald’s. The same could be said about the game of basketball and Michael Jordan — who many consider to be the greatest basketball player of all time.

Let’s face it, considering its long standing reputation, the iconic golden arches logo and a 62-year history of serving billions of people around the globe, McDonald’s has to be THE role model for all fast food past and present.

Michael Jordan is the McDonald’s of basketball, the player that perfected a style so original, some of the greatest players — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant — have molded their games after him, from the way they wear their uniforms to how they play the game.

Additionally, like McDonald’s golden arches, the Air Jordan “Jumpman” logo, is a simple, yet highly recognizable logo around the world that has served billions of sneaker and fashion fanatics. McDonald’s may even be taking a page out of the Jumpman book now that it’s started bottling its Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, and McChicken MacPoulet sauces.

Although some may say that the pinnacle of McDonald’s (and Jordan’s) hype has already run its course, both brands are still highly relevant, and have single-handedly become global models for success — characteristics that will probably not fade anytime soon.

Notable accolades: 6x NBA Champion, 5x Regular Season MVP, 6x NBA Finals MVP

 

Shake Shack — LeBron James, Small Forward

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Both versatile favorites, Shake Shack and LeBron James have plenty of similarities. James made his NBA debut in 2003, while Shake Shack was founded in 2004.

Shake Shack’s early hype made it comparable to In-N-Out, as the hype surrounding LBJ made him comparable to Kobe.

Despite a 3-5 record in the NBA Finals, there’s no arguing that LeBron is the best small forward to ever play the game, and his career is far from over. In terms of fast food, Shake Shack is still the new kid on the block, with plenty of time to prove its dominance. In fact, it’s only been on the West Coast for a year — and is already becoming a California favorite.

Touching back on the aspect of versatility, Shake Shack is more than just cheeseburgers and fries — as James is much more than just a small forward. Specializing in hot dogs, chicken, desserts — even serving alcohol — Shake Shake can do it all.

As for LBJ, his high basketball IQ enables him to play any position on the floor, while still maintaining his role as a leader and one of the game’s most influential players.

Ultimately, it makes sense that Shake Shack is the most versatile player in the fast food game.

Notable accolades: 3x NBA Champion, 3x Olympic Gold Medalist,  3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x Regular Season MVP

 

Chick-Fil-A — Tim Duncan, Power Forward

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Despite serving fantastic fried chicken, Chick-Fil-A is a bit boring, yet it is known for being fundamentally sound. The same can be said for long time San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan.

Known as “The Big Fundamental,” Tim Duncan was one of the most conservative players on and off the court. Duncan was never in headlines with bad publicity, or spoke out of line when it came to interviews — but perhaps could have done more to improve his brand as a player.

Chick-Fil-A finds itself in the same quandary. Operating under a very conservative business model, if Chick-Fil-A functioned on the 7-day week, perhaps it could shed that conservative reputation and stand out in the crowd a bit more.

Notable accolades: 5x NBA Champion,  3x NBA Finals MVP, 2x Regular Season MVP

 

Starbucks Coffee — Shaquille O’Neal, Center

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If there is one fast food brand that dominates the competition, it’s Starbucks. No matter where you are, there’s a Starbucks location nearby.

The “Starbucks” name alone has become synonymous with coffee around the world — and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

If there’s one NBA player known for dominating the competition — it’s Shaquille O’Neal. Also known as The Big Aristotle, Shaq Diesel, and The Big Shaqtus, the 7′ 1″ center had enough nicknames for every drink on the Starbuck’s menu.

Shaq was known for his big, bold, in-your-face personality, along with his tendency to change teams — like Starbuck’s locations, Shaq played everywhere.

Notable accolades: 4x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 12x All-Star,  1x Regular Season MVP

 

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In-N-Out — Kobe Bryant, Shooting Guard (6th man)

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In-N-Out has built a gold-plated legacy for itself on the West Coast. Still, regardless of where you live, there are people on the East or West Coast who consider In-N-Out to be the greatest fast food cheeseburger of all time.

Kobe could be the greatest basketball player of all time.

Thanks to his undying loyalty to the West Coast, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant played 20 seasons wearing Los Angeles Laker purple and gold, and never took his career anywhere else.  Another reason the Kobe/In-N-Out analogy works is that In-N-Out has addressed it’s West Coast bias, and will never set up shop on the East Coast, in order to have flawless quality control.

Thank you In-N-Out and Kobe for the California love.

Notable accolades: 5x NBA Champion, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 1x Regular Season MVP

 

 

Chipotle — Kevin Durant, Small Forward

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When Chipotle first hit the market, everyone was excited to try this seemingly healthy and convenient form of Americanized Mexican food. However, Chipotle quickly became the enemy after their noro-virus outbreak, which it may never recover from.

Kevin Durant became the bad guy once he moved from the Oklahoma City Thunder, choosing the 73-9 Golden State Warriors, causing folks to turn on him in similar fashion to how consumers turned on Chipotle.

 

Subway —  Jason Kidd, Point Guard

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Subway was the poster child of healthy eating. However, as the businesses aged, its reputation became tarnished with bad publicity.

Subway’s decline started when news that their bread contained a chemical that was found in yoga mats. Things only got worse for the sandwich giant when its long time spokesperson, Jared Fogle, was convicted of sexually assaulting minors.  

Subway might never be the same.

Jason Kidd was one of the greatest point guards of all time, whose reputation was later tarnished with allegations of spousal abuse. A few years ago, Kidd was fined for purposely spilling ice on the floor, during a game no less, in an attempt to gain extra time. 

 

Sonic — Dennis Rodman, Power Forward

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Both Sonic and Dennis Rodman operate on a different level. 

Known as, “The Worm,” Rodman’s on-court antics were some of the most vibrant in the game. Usually found sporting multi-colored hair, painted fingernails, piercings, and tattoos, all of which helped the rebound king stand out in every way. Rodman’s fiery personality was encapsulated in his aggressive and freakish talent as a basketball player.

Considering Sonic’s “Drive-In” concept, a robust variety of different multi-colored slushes and its vast array of hot dogs, burgers, and fried chicken, Sonic can easily be considered the Rodman of the fast food industry — never afraid to do things differently.

It’s also no secret Rodman was the life of the party, The Los Angeles Times reported the Huntington Beach Police Department visited Rodman’s Beach house 80 times in the summer of 2004.

 

 

Domino’s Pizza — Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Point Guard

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Probably the best passer the game of basketball has ever seen, Magic Johnson perfected the “no-look” pass along with other one-of-a-kind methods of delivering the ball to his teammates, and is considered to be one of the greatest Lakers to ever sport the purple and gold.

It may not seem obvious, but considering the digital reach of Domino’s Pizza, it also might have perfected the art of dazzling and creative delivery, too. Over the past few years, Domino’s has digitalized their delivery methods, and provided customers with an ease of access to their favorite slice of pie, simply by sending an emoji.

Another game-changing innovation from Domino’s is the Pizza Tracker application. The Pizza Tracker is a platform that allows patrons to watch their order come to life, even allows customers choose a kitchen theme and name their own digital chef. Lately, it seems like Domino’s is a tech company, that just happens to make pizzas.

By increasing it’s digital platform to more than 50 percent of its business, Domino’s uprooted Pizza Hut as America’s favorite pizza company. Until Pizza Hut learns to play with the big boys, it’s stuck in the D-League.

Who do you think should make the squad?

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Here’s Why Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Just Stepped Down

America’s largest coffee chain just dropped some big news and it has nothing to do with secret menu items.

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In a live webcast presentation followed by a conference call Starbucks’ Coffee CEO Howard Schultz announced, Thursday, that he will step down as the company’s Chief Executive Officer in April 2017. Current Starbuck’s COO and executive Board member Kevin Johnson will be appointed as the coffee giant’s new CEO.

“I sensed were the early signs of a seismic shift in consumer behavior – away from bricks-and-mortar and towards mobile and online retailing,” Schultz explained. “Today, that shift has taken firm hold around the world, both disrupting and redefining retailing and significantly reducing the consumer foot-traffic that traditional retailers have relied on for decades.

Schultz will transition to a role as executive chairman, where he will focus on, “Starbucks’ next wave of retail innovation,” Shultz said, according to a company press release.

Both Schultz and Johnson explained that they worked together to prepare for this transition and expressed confidence that this leadership change was the best option moving forward, considering changes coming to Starbucks’ business model.

Schultz explained that mobile and application based ordering is driving customers away from brick and mortar locations. To combat that shift, Starbucks will focus on deepening the customers experience through new retail strategies centralized around opening Starbucks Roastery and Reserve Stores and Reserve Bars on a international scale.

Starbucks’ Roasteries and Starbucks Reserve brand are brick and mortar storefront locations that feature deeper menu options, like cold brew and nitro brew, as well as coffee infused alcoholic beverages.

“Going forward, we will open at least 20 Roasteries around the world, six by the end of calendar 2019 alone,” Schultz said during the Thursday afternoon conference call. “At the same time, elements of the Roastery are forming the basis of the 1,000 or more Starbucks Reserve stores we will be opening around the world in the years ahead.”

While specific details are still developing, Starbucks’ plans to reveal — in detail — its revitalized business plan during an investors conference in New York, on Dec. 7.

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The World’s Most Breathtaking Starbucks Locations

Since its inception in 1971, Starbucks has grown into much more than a coffee franchise, it has become an institution. Nearly rivaling the massive scope of fast food giant, McDonalds, Starbucks boasts around 23,000 stores worldwide with 11,563 existing in the United States.

The illustrious coffee destination has evolved into an internationally recognized brand, as the offered coffee is more than just your daily caffeine boost, it’s a perceived status symbol. Do you ever see members of the Jenner/Kardashian clan sipping on Dunkin’ Donuts? We didn’t think so.

Thus, while the beauty of Starbucks is inherent in its wide range of delicious flavors (including those on the not so secret menu) and labeling that spurs significant envy, it’s just an added bonus when you stumble upon one of these coffee houses that is somehow more beautiful than the beverage itself.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Beautiful enough to spur tears in the way asking for lowfat milk and then receiving regular might, it’s hard to believe this Starbucks exists in a mall. It’s striking design is reminiscent of Jasmine’s palace in Aladdin as it’s whimsical symmetry and vibrant colors perpetuate a regal flair.

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Paris, France

Yet another mall location, this Parisian Starbucks looks as if it could seamlessly fit within the interior design aesthetic of Versailles. With it’s classical European architecture with a high rounded ceiling and stained glass windows, you may realize you’re actually craving something a bit more chic than a monstrous Starbucks frapp.

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Xi’An, China

The new wave aesthetic of this Starbucks could put New York’s Whitney art museum or  Australia’s Wanangkura Stadium to shame. With its futuristic feel and contemporary design, I wouldn’t be too surprised if this Starbucks ended up in an architecture textbook one day.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

What used to exist in a previous life as a bank vault, this Dutch Starbucks destination is massive, yet somehow still charming. With multiple levels of seating and hand carved wood, this location looks like the homes I imagine Disney princesses occupy before they discover their royal destiny.

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Ubud, Bali

The juxtaposition between the grandiose and holy look of this Starbucks with the fact that it is, in fact, just one of tens of thousands of franchises is almost comical. The sacred feel of this coffee destination is warranted, however, as it did in fact used to exist as a temple storehouse.

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Dazaifu, Japan

Slightly evocative of a bamboo forest, this Japanese Starbucks has a natural, calming vibe that makes your green tea latte or berry passion fruit refresher taste that much better. Held in what is essentially an open air box with decorative foliage, you’ll get your nature fix without ever needing to leave the city.

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Singapore

Laying claim to yet another one of the most dazzling locations, this second exquisite Singapore Starbucks is evocative of an old colonial home. Sitting amongst the trees in the forest you’ll almost feel as if you’re transported to the past during a simpler time, before you look down at your tall, non-fat latte with caramel drizzle and snap out of it.

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Washington, United States

The design of this avant garde Starbucks looks like the back of multiple 18 wheelers stacked on top of one another; because that is essentially what it is. Constructed using four massive shipping containers, this eco-friendly Starbucks will allow you to indulge guilt free at least in one regard,especially if you decide to splurge on that extra whipped cream or trenta sized drink.

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London, United Kingdom

Encompassing all of the aesthetics you stereotypically relate to British architecture, this London Starbucks looks like a spot Harry Potter would visit when studying for his potions final. Or if Harry Potter’s not your thing, it also seems like somewhere famed detective Sherlock Holmes would frequent when cracking a case.

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Shanghai, China

The building hosting this Chinese Starbucks is also one which reaffirms likely all of your cliched perceptions of modern China. The contrast between this beautiful traditional architecture and coffee franchise that spawned the basic bitch’s favorite beverage, the notorious pumpkin spice latte, is absurd.

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Intramuros in Manila, Philippines

What looks like it once used to exist as an underground tunnel I presume that led to some sort of underwater world or parallel universe, now exists as one of the most striking Starbucks. Its rounded stone ceiling and shadowy lighting makes this location a bit eery, but in the best possible way.

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Prague, Czech Republic  

There’s not too much to say about this Czech Starbucks beyond the fact that it exists in a literal castle. A castle. You know, where royalty lives and princesses in need of haircuts reside? It seems if you’re able to find yourself at said castle, then you should crave something a bit more lavish than a cup of coffee. But then again, we’ve all suffered from vanilla latte cravings before so who am I to judge?

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We Talked To Starbucks’ Slightly Awkward Pumpkin Spice Latte Chat Bot

Starbucks fans will have to wait until September 8th for the Pumpkin Spice Latte to hit stores, but in the meantime, Facebook and Starbucks have an easy way for pumpkin spice fans to pass the time.

Why not have a pointless conversation with The Real Pumpkin Spice Latte chatbot via Facebook Messenger?

I did, and it was pretty awkward. It asks you the same questions over and over, like a child trying to avoid awkward silence. Then it randomly told me that it would be an “honor” if I named my first born after it.

That’s going to be a no for me, fam.

How did it know I didn’t have children, anyway? That Zuckerberg is a sneaky one.

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Starbucks announced the return of the favorite Fall beverage line, by showing off the new, “The Real PSL” Facebook and Facebook Messenger on August 5th.

While the messenger bot isn’t as fancy as Taco Bell’s TacoBot — which you could actually order food from — it’s just as annoying.

Starbucks isn’t just stopping with Facebook. In fact, the Real PSL, has an actual verified Twitter page with 112K followers. The account has been active since June 2014, although it usually goes into hibernation during the summer months.

The Real PSL seems to be popular no matter what social media platform, it’s even got people trying to take its job.

We’re still waiting for our follow back.

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All Your Favorite Starbucks Drinks Can Now Be Made With Almond Milk

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For those who just can’t handle dairy, Starbucks offers both soy milk and coconut milk. If you’re not down for either of those substitutes, there’s going to be a third option to accompany your daily java dose. The coffee chain announced that they’ll be offering almond milk as another variation.

The new dairy substitute, spelled Almondmilk, will first be available on September 6 at company-operated Starbucks locations in five regions. These include the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, New York, Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic. By the end of September, coffee addicts will be able to get the almond milk at any Starbucks location nationwide.

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Starbucks’ crowdsourcing idea platform My Starbucks Idea showed that almond milk was one of the site’s top requests from both customers and baristas. It garnered nearly 100,000 votes.

If you’re lactose intolerant, or just sick of soy and coconut milk, get hyped.

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Fast Food

The Messed-Up Reason Starbucks Baristas Are Putting Stickers On Your Cups

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Sometimes, secretly sticking it to customers can bring so much joy to an otherwise terrible workday.

You know those order stickers that are sometimes on your Starbucks cup? If you’ve ever seen one stuck right on the cup logo and thought, “Damn it! This stupid sticker is ruining my Snapchat photo!” you’re not crazy. It is ruining your photo, and it might even be done on purpose.

Reddit user bemyfuse posted a photo of sticker-covered Starbucks drinks and said:

“My petty joy is putting stickers on the siren logo when annoying teenagers order millions of fraps at once, so their instagram posts are ruined ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it’s the little things.”

It sure is the little things that make your day, and this is genius. With everyone constantly Instagramming, or Snapchatting photos of their Orange Drinks, Pink Drinks, Frappuccinos and Passion Teas, it’s not unusual to want to take those photos with the siren logo facing out. It’s only natural. It adds to the photo, really.

You can’t even really be mad. Are you going to complain to management that your photo-op was ruined? Hell no! What kind of Taylor Swift, snake-like complaining is that?

Since everyone caught on to the blatant name misspelling on cups, baristas probably needed a new way to get us.

Who knows what else they do, but this one is great and I’m giving the barista five clapping Shias for it:

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This Starbucks Mega Latte Contains 101 Shots of Espresso

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Why can’t we just leave well enough alone? Someone has to keep abusing the Starbucks Gold Reward loyalty program, coming up with some insane concoction to claim as their free drink that inevitably drives their Starbucks barista mad. The latest in the “most expensive Starbucks drinks ever” saga is a mega latte that boasts 101 shots of espresso.

Ordered in Florida, William Lewis brought his own 160 ounce mug for the big occasion, which took a measly ten cents off his overall total thanks to Starbucks’ bring your own cup discount. Unlike other uber lattes that go for the big ticket items like bananas to break the Starbucks record, Lewis ordered a grande latte with 99 extra shots of espresso. In case you were wondering, 101 shots of espresso turns out to be nearly 7,500 mg of caffeine. Because all that espresso would probably taste like crap on its own, Lewis added 17 pumps of vanilla syrup to sweeten it up a bit, bringing the drink’s grand total to $83.75.

Of course, you’d have to be pretty damn stupid to drink that much caffeine in one sitting, so Lewis split the mega latte up with three friends. Starbucks is none too pleased with the latest expensive ass drink quoting a policy that “drink creations should not be larger than 20 ounces for hot drinks”. We have to at least give the guy credit for sharing this monstrosity with his buddies.

H/T Eater