Chicago Sues Grubhub and DoorDash for Unfair Business Practices; Camila Cabello Passed Out at the Cinderella Premiere; ‘She is as fake as they come,’ Rose McGowan Slams Oprah Winfrey; The Taliban Assisted Americans and Afghans to Safely Escape Kabul, Officials Say; OmniFoods Introduces 100% Plant-Based Pork Products
The City of Chicago Sues Grubhub and DoorDash for Unfair Business Practices
On Friday, the City of Chicago said that it had filed consumer protection complaints against DoorDash and Grubhub for engaging in misleading and unfair business practices with customers and restaurants alike. The city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and its Law Department initiated the legal action following an investigation.
The city asserts that both delivery services post “unaffiliated restaurants without their consent, leaving restaurants to repair reputational damage;” use “bait-and-switch” tactics with consumers on delivery fees; and “hide that menu prices on their platforms are often significantly higher than the prices available if ordering directly from the restaurant.”
The city leveled specific complaints against each corporation. For Grubhub, the city asserted that the company engaged in “deceptive, promotional campaigns to ‘save restaurants’ during the pandemic” and violated the city’s 15% emergency commission cap, deceptively routing restaurant phone calls through its own phone number and making its own website for the restaurant.
The city alleges that DoorDash deceived consumers about how tips were used and also misled consumers about their “Chicago Fee” by making it appear that the fee was imposed by the city.
“As we stared down a global pandemic that shuttered businesses and drove people indoors, the defendants’ meal delivery service apps became a primary way for people to feed themselves and their families, as well as support local restaurants,” Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said in an announcement.
“It is deeply concerning and unfortunate that these companies broke the law during these incredibly difficult times, using unfair and deceptive tactics to take advantage of restaurants and consumers who were struggling to stay afloat,” she added.
When contacted for a response, Grubhub and Doordash both disputed all of the charges leveled against them.
“We are deeply disappointed by Mayor Lightfoot’s decision to file this baseless lawsuit,” a Grubhub spokesperson responded. “Every single allegation is categorically wrong, and we will aggressively defend our business practices. We look forward to responding in court and are confident we will prevail.”
Meanwhile, DoorDash responded that “This lawsuit is baseless. It is a waste of taxpayer resources, and Chicagoans should be outraged. DoorDash has stood with the City of Chicago throughout the pandemic, waiving fees for restaurants, providing $500,000 in direct grants, creating strong earning opportunities, and delivering food and other necessities to communities in need. This lawsuit will cost taxpayers and deliver nothing.”
While Uber Eats and other services are not named in the current complaints, they may still face legal action on their own, since Chicago appears to be conducting an investigation.
Camila Cabello Confesses She Passed Out Right Before Taking the Stage at the Cinderella Premiere
Camila Cabello was so giddy with excitement that she passed out during Monday night’s Cinderella premiere in Los Angeles. The 24-year-old Havana singer, who portrays the title role in the classic fairytale’s musical comedy’ rendition, confesses to feeling overwhelmed while speaking to a crowd.
As she took the stage with the rest of the cast at The Greek Theatre, she apologized for her tardiness, confessing, “I’m sorry, I just passed out, but I’m back!”
Camila looked stunning at the premiere in a gown with a mesh and crystal bodice coupled to a full black skirt that was belted in the front, and she completed the look with thigh-high boots. Despite appearing to be in perfect condition, it seemed as though the excitement and anticipation of seeing herself for the first time on the big screen led her to sweat.
In a video obtained by Entertainment Today, she stated on stage, “I literally just passed out, and now I’m back, and I’m ready to read my notes.”
After recovering from the incident, she continued to express gratitude to the crowd. She gushed about the ‘amazing experience’ of filming her first feature.
“Hi everybody, first of all! Thanks for being here. I wrote this down so I wouldn’t forget. All I can say is this was such an incredible experience. I believed in this movie so much, that all I wanted was to enjoy it, and not f**k it up. And I’m happy I didn’t f**k it up. And I’m grateful for everybody who believed in me enough to give me the opportunity.”
Camila began attending acting classes in preparation for her ‘dream’ part, telling Variety in 2019 that while she was delighted about the chance, it was also a bit ‘terrifying.’
“It was one of those things that felt like God handcrafted it for me and was, like, ‘Here you go.’ I just couldn’t say no. It’s honestly a dream for me. And also a little bit terrifying,” she revealed.
The UK-shot film began filming in February 2020 but was interrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The actors and crew resumed filming securely in August 2020, and production concluded in October 2020.
Billy Porter plays as the genderless fairy godmother ‘Fab G,’ Idina Menzel as the evil stepmother, and James Corden as Cinderella’s mouse pal James, with newcomer Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Charming.
The film will be available on Amazon Prime on Friday, September 3.
‘She is as fake as they come,’ Rose McGowan Slams Oprah Winfrey
Rose McGowan feels Oprah Winfrey is not sincere with her support of the #MeToo movement.
“I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah,” the “Charmed” alum, 47, tweeted Sunday along with an old photo of the talk show host, now 67, smiling alongside convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein. “I wish she were real, but she isn’t.”
McGowan, one of the alleged victims of sexual assault, wrote, “From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmons’ victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard.”
Harvey Weinstein’s extensive list of alleged sexual assaults stretching all the way back to the 1970s sparked the movement called #MeToo in October 2017, with McGowan among the first of dozens of women to accuse him of rape.
The disgraced film mogul, who has denied having “any non-consensual sex,” was convicted in February 2020 of two felonies.
Meanwhile, 20 women have accused Simmons of rape and sexual assault. The 63-year-old music executive has rejected the allegations and maintained a low profile in recent years, though he emerged earlier this month in the Hamptons.
McGowan’s tweet appears to be referring to Winfrey’s near-involvement in a 2020 documentary named “On the Record” about Simmons’ alleged sexual misconduct.
While the multi-hyphenate was initially signed on to executive produce the picture, she ultimately backed out due to disagreements with filmmakers.
“I have decided that I will no longer be the executive producer on the untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary, and it will not air on Apple TV+,” Winfrey stated in a January 2020 statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision,” she added.
The Taliban Assisted Americans and Afghans to Safely Escape Kabul, Officials Say
According to the Defense Department, the U.S. military collaborated with the Taliban to assist Americans and Afghan nationals in fleeing. However, the level of cooperation and assistance well exceeded what Pentagon commanders have publicly stated, according to three senior U.S. defense officials.
The close coordination occurred because both sides desired the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers and shared an adversary: the Islamic State terrorist group, often known as ISIS. Thursday at the Abbey Gate on the southeast side of the airport, an ISIS-K fighter detonated a suicide vest, killing 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghan civilians.
For more than a week, militants who have waged a two-decade war against the U.S. drove Americans through checkpoints, cleared streets to allow Americans to pass safely, and even carried bags to airport gates, officials claimed. They may also have averted some attacks, authorities added.
“The Taliban had been very pragmatic and very businesslike as we approached this withdrawal,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said Monday, hours after the final American forces left Kabul.
“I do know this, just speaking purely practically, as a professional, they helped us secure the airfield. Not perfectly, but they gave it a very good effort, and it was actually significantly helpful to us, particularly here in the end,” McKenzie added.
While numerous Americans went through Taliban checkpoints, there were claims that the Taliban battered and turned away some Americans and Afghans. The Taliban made it known to the U.S. that they did not want ISIS-K fighters to obtain access to the airport, eager to assert their grip over the country.
McKenzie stated at a briefing Thursday following the attack that he felt the Taliban had thwarted certain attacks and that the U.S. had shared information with them. “They don’t get the full range of information we have,” he said. “But we give them enough time and space to try to prevent these attacks.”
McKenzie believes the Taliban will have its hands full with ISIS-K with the U.S. out of the picture. “And they let a lot of those people out of prisons, and now they’re going to be able to reap what they sowed.”
The collaboration began on Aug. 15 in Doha, Qatar, during a meeting with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. McKenzie stated that he informed Baradar that the U.S. would initiate an evacuation mission and, if necessary, defend evacuees.
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., stated that he expects the US would continue to work with the Taliban.
“There’s been coordination and communication with the Taliban for several years,” he explained. Garamendi stated that the U.S. must retain diplomatic and military contacts because terrorist groups such as ISIS-K and Al Qaeda continue to pose a threat.
OmniFoods Introduces 100% Plant-Based Pork Products
OmniFoods released their plant-based pork proteins at Whole Foods Market and Sprouts Farmers Market. The 100% plant-based pork-style protein items are now available in the freezer aisles of both locations. Plant-based ground pork, pork strips, and pork luncheons are all available.
All of the company’s plant-based pork products are delectable, packed with plant-based protein, and completely free of meat. They’ve produced a surprisingly meaty vegan or vegetarian option using non-GMO soy, peas, rice, and shiitake mushrooms.
Following the enormous success of selling plant-based beef in the United States, the company decided to offer its first line of plant-based pork products. Much of OmniFoods’ success can be attributed to the high quality and realism of their meat replacements.
“After our successful expansion throughout Asia, Australia, and the UK since 2018. We are incredibly excited to bring OmniFoods to more people and communities by being on shelves at all Sprouts Farmers Market and select Whole Foods Market across America. Bringing OmniFoods to an estimated 40,000 point of sale locations around the world,” said David Yeung, founder of Green Monday Holdings and OmniFoods.
“By providing our growing consumer base with a healthy and delicious plant-based pork alternative. We continue to fulfill our mission to construct a multi-faceted global ecosystem of future food. That helps to combat climate change, food insecurity, public health crisis, planetary devastation, and animal suffering,” Yeung continued.
One of the best aspects of OmniFoods is that they only sell the finest products. At the same time, they are developing nutrient-dense meat alternatives that are acceptable for a plant-based diet. As a result, all of their pork products are non-GMO, cruelty-free, Buddhist-friendly, halal-certified, and additive-free.
Reduced meat consumption and increased plant-based foods consumption has been shown to benefit chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional requirements, allergies, and gastrointestinal health, among other benefits.
Additionally, dairy consumption has been related to a variety of health concerns, including acne, hormone imbalance, cancer, and prostate cancer, and has a number of adverse impacts.
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