THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
My daughter was invited to a sleepover with a friend. I told her no because the girl has an older brother who kind of gives me the creeps. He said some pretty inappropriate things to my niece a few months ago at school. He never got in trouble for it because my niece never did anything about it. I only know because my sister and I talked about how bizarre kids are these days. Now my daughter is upset with me because she can't go to the sleepover with her friends. I told her she could have the girls sleep here, but I'm not OK with her, or any of them really, sleeping there where this older boy will be. I'm probably making this a much bigger thing that it really is, but I'd rather be cautious that sorry that I didn't do something when I knew there was a potential issue. Am I being ridiculous? Should I be doing more? I'm not sure what I should be doing on this!
Signed – Momma Bear
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Kenan Thomson marked a major milestone on Saturday’s episode of “SNL”. He took part in his 1,500th skit (yes, you heard that figure correctly). Thompson has been a mainstay on the show since he first joined the cast in 2003. He currently holds the title for the longest-standing player in Saturday Night Live history and has been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards over the years for his work on the program.
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A Reddit user recently posted the question: “What scam is so normalized that people don’t even notice?” The thread quickly went viral with over 23,000 comments . . . and here are some of the top-voted responses:
☞ “‘Service fees’ are just an artificial way to pretend prices are lower than they really are. ‘That’s only $15!’ (plus $10 in service fees). Just say it’s $25!”
☞ “The fact that someone cut a chicken wing in half and managed to convince everyone it was two wings.”
☞ “Insurance. You spend most of your life giving them money; then, when you need it, they turn over every stone to figure out how to deny you.”
☞ “So many scams in dentistry. I’ve been in the industry 12 years, and it’s amazing how common it is. So easy to tell someone they need a bunch of treatment they don’t really need.”
☞ “Cups with so much ice that you only get 4 ounces of a drink in a 20-ounce cup.”
☞ “Fast fashion. The reason your clothes don’t look good after you start wearing them is they were meant to break/fade after the first wash so you can keep buying more and more.”
☞ “College bookstores. They are the worst. Why distribute a PDF and cut your overhead to a fraction when you can charge hundreds for a textbook?”
☞ “Free trials that auto-enroll you at the end. And for some, you have to call them to cancel.”
☞ “Employers not giving raises that at least match inflation. Essentially paying you less money compared with the last year.”
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