Ren You, 29, has offered $10,000 to anyone who can find him a long-term girlfriend.(Courtesy Ren You)(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Ren You is a 29-year-old with a Harvard MBA and a job at a private equity firm. He is also someone who does not like to be inefficient and does not want to miss out on opportunities. Those two character traits led You to develop a novel way to find love.
The Birmingham, Alabama, resident is offering $10,000 to anyone who can find him a girlfriend of six months or more. He is accepting applications now on his website, DateRen.com.
“I’ve done dating websites and I’ve met people through friends,” You told ABC News. “I’m sure if I stuck with those ways that, down the road a few years, maybe I’d find someone, but that seems very time consuming and not efficient.”
“I don’t know if this is an improvement,” he said of DateRen.com. “But it’s something new so I thought I’d give it a shot.”
Ren says he is consumed by 12-hour days at work, leaving little time for dating and even less time for fun and relaxation, “the bottom tier items” that “usually get cut.”
“Look at it this way: if you work 12 hours/day, how would you want to spend the few waking hours you have left?,” You explains on DateRen.com. “Probably not standing around in a bar with your fingers crossed. This is way more fun for me.”
The University of Virginia alumni says he received a handful of submission after launching the website earlier this week but now has around 400 potential dates in his inbox thanks to media coverage from around the world.
“Apparently it got picked up by a news outlet in China so I’ve gotten bombarded with a lot of mothers recommending their daughters, which is a new thing ,” You said. “One mom linked to her daughter’s Rhodes Scholar write-up.”
You says his own mom is supportive of his unique approach to love, as is his dad.
“They’re’ a little bit a-typical as far as Chinese parents go,” he said. "They’re relatively hands-off and no pressure to get married. Whatever I’m doing is of my own volition.”
You also ran the idea by his coworkers and his bosses before putting himself in the spotlight.
“They’re pretty open-minded and they thought it was hilarious and a creative idea,” he said. “So when this surprisingly got picked up and got back to them, it wasn’t a shock.”
You had been replying to each submission individually because he knows, “how crappy it feels to not get a reply on a dating website,” but now is weeding through to reply yes or no to the most thoughtfully-written messages, and may hire an intern to sort through them all.
The replies so far are about half from women nominating themselves, and half from friends, or moms, recommending someone. To You’s surprise, many of the entries have said they would not take the $10,000 should their nominee find love with You.
“They’ll say, ‘I just want this person to meet a good guy…I don’t care about the reward,’” You said. “I’m happy to pay if it works out because it’s a small amount of money for a big reward, but if someone preemptively says no, then it gives me some comfort that they just think I’m a pretty good dude.”
“The $10,000 offer made me come off rich but my family is very middle-class,” he added. “I did a lot of stuff for my parents after I graduated, of transferring their credit card debt, helping pay off loans, buying them a house…they know I have things under control. “
Instead of listing his most desirable qualities or what he wants in a woman, You says he just wants everyone to know he is a very normal guy who has taken an abnormal approach to hopefully finding love.
You also has an answer for those wondering if he could be defrauded by a girl who breaks up with him the day after their six-month anniversary.
“I think given the six months, I’ll be able to tell if you’re a fraud because that’s a long time to be my girlfriend and spend time with me,” You said. "If two people are going to split the $10,000 and one work basically to spend time with me, it’s a lot of time over six months.”
“If you do the math, I’m not sure who is willing to do this in lieu of a minimum wage job when you could probably make more in the job,” he said.
iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) -- Will Greece run out of cash? A vote on Sunday will decide.
Millions in Greece are struggling as they try to deal with high unemployment and limits on ATM withdrawals. A vote Sunday will allow Greek voters to decide whether or not Greece should accept an international bailout plan after months of talks.
The plan has austerity restrictions in exchange for aid, but many voters find the plan confusing.
"If you read the ballot, nobody can understand it," said Secretary General of the Greek Chamber of Commerce Nikos Sofianos. "I hold a master's degree from the London School of Economics and I don't understand it."
Sofianos also said the plan has the country "divided" as many opinion polls show a nearly even split for both "yes" and "no" votes.
Steve Snowden/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Mercado, a retired New York firefighter who sacrificed his health as a 9/11 responder, is now getting something back from New York, through the form of a lottery ticket.
The 63-year-old father, who lives in Orange County, New York, started buying scratch-off tickets when he retired from the fire department 11 years ago, he told ABC News Saturday. He usually buys a few tickets a week.
"My mother always told me... life here in America is expensive, especially in New York; play lotto," Mercado said.
He usually doesn't play on Sundays, he said, but he bought two tickets May 17 in Sunnyside, Queens.
When he got into his van, he started scratching from left to right, and found he had a winning ticket for $5 million.
"I got confused. My mind became blank," Mercado said.
"I had to verify it because it could have been a printing error. I went back to the store and I verified it with the machine and sure enough, it said 'See New York state lottery officials.'"
And Mercado certainly has a loyalty to New York. He worked at a firehouse in Queens, including the morning of September 11, 2001.
"That morning ... when the first plane hit ... you thought it was an accident, a pilot made an error," he said Saturday. "But when the second one hit, there was no error. On the intercom there was a fireman who was trapped on a fire truck. He was about to cry. He said, 'Please come and help me.' When we heard those words ... we rushed down there.
"When I rushed there ... I saw grown firemen hugging each other and crying. And when I saw that, I said, 'This is bad,'" he said.
"As a fireman from 9/11, I inherited injuries, illnesses," he said, which led him to retire a few years later.
Now, with his new winnings, Mercado said he'll get to keep about $3.3 million, which will first go toward paying off a mortgage "hanging over my head," as well as other bills.
But he said he wants most of the money to go to his children. Mercado, a father of four, has three children in their 30s, and his oldest daughter has a son of her own.
He also has a daughter who is 10. Every August he takes her to Disney World, he said, and now Mercado may even buy a house in Florida for his children and grandson to enjoy.
"This time around I might buy something permanent," he said. "Hopefully, she [the 10-year-old] will still want to go Disney World when she's 18.
"Once I pay my house off, that's my main priority. ... The rest, I'll feel good that I put something away for them," he said.
Mercado added he now plans to "just enjoy the summer" with his young daughter.
A representative for the New York Gaming Commission did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Oh, say can you see ... a giant American flag made from LEGOs?
It’s the largest of its kind, constructed from over 100,000 LEGO bricks.
Earlier this week in Washington, D.C., children and their families lined up to help build the flag at the National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian Institution, which includes the museum, and LEGO partnered to set a record ahead of Independence Day.
The thousands of bricks were stacked together to build the giant stars and stripes. The father-son team of Dan and Chris Steininger, who are LEGO “master builders,” designed the flag back at LEGO headquarters.
“This is massive but it’s a pretty simple pattern to follow,” Dan Steininger said. They brought their plan to life with the help of kids who put together bricks that were used for the final product.
A total of six master builder teams travel around the world to put together projects for LEGO. Dan and Chris are the only father-son duo. Dan said he began to build LEGO projects when he would bring home LEGOs for his son for the holidays. He has a background in sculpting and said he realized “what a sweet medium LEGOs are.” This hobby morphed into a 26-year career that he now shares with his son.
The record-breaking flag project was also meant to highlight the opening of the museum’s new innovation wing, a 45,000-square-foot interactive learning space. The wing features exhibitions on the history of American business, “hot spots” of invention and the National Numismatics Collection -- a showcase of coins and currency.
rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue is taking advantage of the thawing tensions between the U.S. and Cuba.
In a press release out Friday, JetBlue announced they had operated their first charter flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.
The flights make JetBlue the first major airline to operate between the U.S. and Cuba since travel restrictions started easing months ago.
“As interest in Cuban markets grows, JetBlue is positioning itself as a leading carrier to the island nation by operating more convenient flight options than ever," said Scott Laurence, senior vice president airline planning at JetBlue, in the release.
In May, JetBlue announced they would be offering the charter service shortly after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, JetBlue Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes, and other New York business leaders went on a trade mission trip to Cuba to discuss connecting New York businesses with Cuba.
ehaurylik/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to burgers, everybody's got one. An opinion that is.
But some voices are louder than others and TripAdvisor, which bills itself as the world's largest travel site, has announced the nation's 10 best burger restaurants, based on millions of reviews.
Featured restaurants have a minimum of 100 reviews and 10 or fewer locations.
And if your summer road trips take you anywhere within 100 miles of Greensboro, North Carolina, you'll want to factor in a bite at Hops Burger Bar, named the No. 1 burger restaurant in the nation.
1. Hops Burger Bar -- Greensboro, North Carolina
"Serving premium Angus burgers on buttery brioche buns, this popular eatery pairs each patty with a side of crispy fries salted to perfection. Guests can choose from a variety of burger options including the Hops Classic, or the Hawaiian topped with sweet and spicy chili sauce, blue cheese and grilled pineapple," TripAdvisor said. One comment reads: "Best burgers in Greensboro and beyond! If you like a thick and juicy burger, then this is the place for you." 2. Black Hills Burger and Bun Co. -- Custer, South Dakota
"This small, family-run establishment serves up big taste with its homemade burgers and buns," TripAdvisor said. "Guests rave about the 'Fat Smitty,' a premium cut patty piled high with delectable toppings including a fried egg, bacon, and tangy garlic aioli." A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “Possibly the best burger restaurant I’ve been to. The food is always freshly cooked, tasty, satisfying and they have lots of options.”
3. Nic’s Grill -- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"Known for its piquant patties smothered with flavorful accouterments, this burger haven frequently has a line that extends out the door," the site said. "Reviewers rave about the famed Onion Burger that is perfectly grilled and served with fresh and savory curly fries." Reads one review, “One of Oklahoma's iconic meal experiences. The food, the smell and the ambiance grab you by your taste buds!”
4. Billy Bob Dairyland -- Branson, Missouri
"Decorated in 1950s décor, this retro American diner prides itself on its half-pound juicy burgers and creamy malt milkshakes," according to TripAdvisor. "Guests can devour a succulent single or double stack while enjoying classic tunes from the jukebox."
A TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, “The best ‘mom and pop’ place in town. Fresh large homemade burgers and shakes with lots of sides to choose from.”
5. Stock and Barrel -- Knoxville, Tennessee
"The Stock and Barrel is lauded for its fresh, locally-sourced ingredients used to create its mouthwatering meals," the site said. "Travelers can choose from traditional beef patties, or opt for a smoked salmon, turkey or black bean quinoa burger." A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “The burger was cooked perfectly with high-quality meat. The toppings and seasonings were delicious and not so overpowering that you lose the taste of the hamburger.” 6. Coyote Bluff Café -- Amarillo, Texas
"This quaint saloon-style hotspot boasts a menu of hearty 'Prairie Patties' made with lean ground beef and a variety of buns," according to the site. "Spicy food fans can test their taste buds with the “Burger from Hell,” smothered with sautéed jalapeños, Coyote Hell Sauce, and Tabasco." One review noted, “They have the most delicious burgers you could ever taste. The portions are large and the atmosphere is wonderful -- everyone is so friendly. It may be small, but leaves a big impression.”
7. MELT Gourmet Cheeseburgers -- Leesburg, Virginia
"This distinguished burger bistro crafts its own patties using all natural Angus beef," said TripAdvisor. "Diners also recommend the golden French fries, sea-salted onion rings and stout beer milkshakes." A TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, “They have traditional and gourmet burgers. I had a lamb burger which was absolutely amazing! The hamburgers are humongous. And the taste, well let's just say you need to try one.”
8. Village Burger -- Waimea, Hawaii
"Using local sourced ingredients, this island gem embodies the spirit of aloha by proudly supporting its community," according to TripAdvisor. "Their signature patties are made with select cuts of fresh chuck and brisket and can be topped with a variety of fixings including fresh avocado and Ahualoa chipotle goat cheese." One review noted, “Everything is grown right here on the island. Their beef is amazingly fresh and absolutely delicious. I recommend you try this place – you won't be disappointed!” 9. Brook’s Gourmet Burgers and Dogs -- Naples, Florida
"Offering more than 15 gourmet creations including the “Fig and F.I.N.E” burger paired with buttered onions, fig jam and goat cheese, and the 'Donut,' a patty served between two sweet glazed rings, this Sunshine State eatery is anything but ordinary," said the site. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “One of the best kept secrets in Naples. No question they offer an amazing choice of delicious and juicy burgers. The staff is as wonderful as their food.”
10. MacPhail’s Burgers -- Jackson, Wyoming
"Set against the majestic Teton mountain range, this rustic restaurant serves authentic tastes of the Old West," said TripAdvisor. "Travelers are invited to dine upon a grass-fed Angus burger or a succulent buffalo patty; each made daily to ensure savory satisfaction. One review stated: “We ordered the Buffalo Meal and it was wonderful; an excellent value. Everything was fresh and the sweet potatoes fries were outstanding."
Photo by Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) – If you’re looking for cat pictures, trying to find the latest movie news, or if you’re just avoiding your family this weekend by browsing Reddit, you may have a hard time.
Social media website Reddit is on a virtual lockdown after the sudden firing of an employee.
Victoria Taylor was the former director of talent who oversaw celebrity interviews on the popular “Ask Me Anything” sub-reddit. Taylor helped facilitate many successful interviews on the site and was a favorite administrator for many of the users.
In protest of the firing, many moderators of sub-reddits set their pages to “private” so users would not be able to see any content. The “Ask Me Anything” subreddit was also set to private for a period of time.
“We all had the rug ripped out from under us and feel betrayed,” said one moderator on Reddit.
Reddit hasn't said much about the dismissal except they do not talk about “individual employee matters.”
hd3dsh/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Let’s face it -- grilling ain’t no picnic.
Cooking anything over high heat in front of all your family and friends is stressful, and the inexperienced are prone to make mistakes.
In fact, you’re probably bound to make one of these three most common blunders, according to the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s survey of more than 4,000 of its members of their most made mistakes.
If even the experts are screwing up, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed if it happens to you. What would help, though, is being armed with info on how to fix the fallout.
ABC News spoke with Mike Peters, president of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and award-winning barbecue champion about his best advice for battling the top three grilling gaffes. With these tips you can go forth and grill with confidence.
Mistake #1: Forgetting to Season or Marinade the Meat
“Life is too busy and we tend to forget things. McCormick’s five-minute marinade [technique] is fantastic,” Peters told ABC News. “Just throw some chicken breasts or whatever in a plastic bag, add marinade, squeeze out the air and massage for five minutes. You can see that marinade and flavor going right into that piece of meat. It works out really nice.”
Mistake #2: Mishandling the Meat
“Don’t overpress your burger patties. You don’t have to do that. It doesn’t have to be a rock going onto the grill -- that’s what frozen burgers are for,” Peters said. “Gently mix a wet or dry rub in with the meat; that way you get flavor on every bite.”
Mistake #3: Grilling on Too High of Heat
“As the Kansas City Barbeque Society, we like doing thing slow and slow. We use the reverse sear method. Grilling over high heat cooks it hot from the outside in and it overcooks the outside,” Peters explained. “Instead, slowly cook the inside over indirect heat, get it up to temp and then turn up the heat and char the outside. You save more flavor and natural juiciness of meat that way.”
“Especially with pork and chicken that are low fat, you don’t want to put it on high heat because you’ll ruin a nice piece of meat that could be a nice flavorful dinner,” he said. “Chicken breasts typically take 20 to 25 minutes at 250 to 275 degrees over indirect heat. The last five minutes or so, crank it up to high heat for about three to four minutes per side for a nice char on the outside. It does take a little longer but that gives you plenty of time to enjoy company with friends and family.”
iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) – Greece is running out of cash, fast.
Banks are shut down in Greece, limits have been imposed on ATMs, and according to the head of the Greek Banks Union, there may be no money in ATMs on Monday morning.
Greeks will vote on Sunday whether or not they support more international loans from creditors. A “yes” vote for the referendum could mean the extension of additional credit from the European Central Bank. A “no” vote could mean no more cash for Greece.
Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras said in a TV address that a “no” vote would make creditors come up with a better deal, but according to The Wall Street Journal, an opinion poll for Ethnos shows a nearly even split with a slight favor towards the “yes.”
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Aetna announced on Friday that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Humana to buy the health insurance competitor for $37 billion.
If it goes through, the deal would create the nation's second largest insurer, behind United Health.
“The acquisition of Humana aligns two great companies and will significantly advance our strategy of more effectively serving members in a rapidly changing health care industry,” Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini said in a statement. “This combination will allow us to continue to invest in excellent service for our members and strengthen our partnerships with providers to deliver high quality care at an affordable price."
The deal would give Aetna Humana's big Medicare Advantage business, which is getting more lucrative as the U.S. population ages. Bigger health care companies also have more leverage setting rates, now that all Americans are required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The transaction is still subject to approval by shareholders and regulators. Once completed, Bertolini will serve as the CEO of the combined company.
ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Some high-end developers are giving up on the McMansions for the new “giga-mansions” in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and Bel Air, but many residents are upset over the construction of these enormous, extravagant homes.
Luxury mansions soaring above 20,000 square feet are popping up on street after street in these areas, some reaching a staggering 90,000 square feet -- bigger than the Taj Mahal and the White House combined. Nearby residents, including Jennifer Aniston, whose house is roughly 8,500 square feet, have been voicing outrage to city officials over these giant homes, claiming they are ruining their neighborhoods.
Mega real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, who is the ex-husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Yolanda Foster and father to model Gigi Hadid, has made a career building luxury hotels and homes for the uber-rich. He lives in a 50,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills that has a 300-seat ballroom, a Turkish bath, a large infinity pool, a wine cellar, a home theater and a 5,000-square-foot guest suite.
Mohamed Hadid said there is a new generation of global billionaires driving this construction boom.
“There is a need for it,” Hadid said. “And there are customers asking for it… they want to have a splash, to have 200-300 people at a party, they need to have several bar areas, an outdoor area, something specific about the house that is different than anyone else.”
But to some, this giga-construction feels more like a giga-invasion. Just yards from entertainment attorney Joe Horacek’s front door, Hadid is developing a 30,000-square-foot home made of glass, steel and cement.
“I feel the privacy is completely and totally gone,” Horacek said.
Horacek said for 15 years he lived a quiet life tucked away in the hills until Hadid bought the house above him, tore it down, and began excavating thousands of cubic yards of soil from the hillside. Once finished, the home will have two wine sellers, a movable bar and a wrap-around infinity pool.
“Personally I see the Starship Enterprise,” Horacek said. “I get very angry.”
Horacek is worried the mansion above him could crumble on top of his house.
“[My] biggest concern is a combination of the total invasion of privacy, the total disregard which I believe Mohamed Hadid has for the building code… and for the safety of living beneath it,” he said.
The city of Los Angeles investigated and issued a stop work order after building inspectors found that Hadid added several unapproved features to the home. Since then, Hadid went back to the approved building plans. His attorney Benjamin Reznik told ABC News' Nightline that “it’s going to be simpler to remove those add-ons now and have the house comply with the original set of plans so that our client can finish the project.”
Hadid said the order came “because neighbors had complained to the city and they decided to look into [the permits].”
“We had our permits correctly,” he added.
Real estate expert David Kramer said this high-end real estate boom started with the sale of famed TV producer Aaron Spelling’s 56,000-square-foot home.
“People saw the reality of, we have buyers here,” he said.
Kramer sold the Spelling home for $85 million, and says it opened the flood gates for larger, luxurious homes.
“Everyone thinks it’s foreign buyers, it’s everybody,” Kramer said. “It’s local, it’s entertainment, it’s hedge fund, banking, computer, definitely, technology people, and then a lot of foreign buyers. Probably 30-40 percent are foreign buyers.”
Fred Rosen, who created Ticketmaster, recently started the Bel-Air Homeowners Alliance. He cringes at every large construction truck that drives through his neighborhood. Rosen says over one million cubic yards of dirt has been dug out of the hills around Bel-Air for new mansion construction and the City of Los Angeles is letting it happen.
"You have 1980s rules for 2015 technology,” Rosen said. “There’s always somebody with more, so that’s not the issue, we just want them building safely."
Maureen Levinson, a Bel-Air mother of two, is a member of the alliance who lives down the road from a 90,000-square-foot home under construction. She claims she often videotapes workers from around the neighborhood when cement trucks block streets or when their work starts earlier than the permits allow.
“There’s wildlife here, and that’s the way Bel Air used to be, very peaceful and quiet,” Levinson said. “[Now, the construction trucks] would come down in conveys, they were like a freight train.”
Levinson’s neighbors’ 8,000 and 10,000 square-foot homes are considered “tear downs” when there’s a multi-million dollar view to be had in a new giga-mansion. Now, some are just waiting for this ultra-rich real estate bubble to burst.
Levinson said she believes there won’t be peace and quiet again for “many, many, many years.”
Watch the full story Friday night on ABC News' Nightline at 12:35 a.m. ET.
The "Humm Dog" is a bacon wrapped hot dog with truffle mayonnaise, Gruyere, truffle celery relish and celery leaves. (Angel Canales)(NEW YORK) -- The hot dog is a staple of American summer. As the country celebrates the Fourth of July this weekend, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs.
Most people are used to having a hot dog served with mustard or ketchup. But one New York City restaurant is taking hot dogs to the next level. At $16 apiece, The NoMad Bar is giving this American classic a high-end twist.
“Our idea here was kind of to take a riff off traditional American bar food and really make it our own,” said Executive Chef of The NoMad, James Kent.
The hot dog is named the “Humm Dog” after its creator, chef/co-owner of The NoMad, Daniel Humm. The award-winning chef is a restaurateur whose first eatery, Eleven Madison Park, earned him numerous accolades, including three Michelin stars.
Since its opening, The NoMad has received three stars from the New York Times, one Michelin Star and a James Beard Foundation Award.
“We have been open at The NoMad Bar for a year and we have sold over 18,000 Humm Dogs," Kent said.
He explained that the challenge to serving classic food on the menu is the customer already has an expectation of what the dish should taste like.
“I think our goal is to really exceed that and show them why this is special and elegant and delicious," he said.
So what makes The NoMad’s dog so unique?
Kent starts by wrapping a kosher beef hot dog in bacon and lets it crisp up in the deep fryer. The hot dog is then tucked into a buttery, toasted brioche bun that has been filled with truffle mayonnaise. A layer of Gruyere cheese is added to the top and it is popped in the oven to toast. The dog emerges with a layer of melted Gruyere and the dish is topped with truffle celery relish and a sprinkle of celery leaves.
This extreme attention to detail is what separates ‘The Humm Dog’ apart from your average ballpark frank.
And, Kent said, that’s the point -- to give the customer food that makes them nostalgic, but give it to them in a whole new way.
“It’s really what we do often with our food. We try to find unique ways to bring you back," he said.
StephanieFrey/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Happy Fourth of July!
Whether you're hitting the road, planning an all-American cookout or looking for some fun in the sun, these five apps can help you enjoy the holiday weekend to its fullest. The Revolution: Interactive Guide
First things first, let's not forget why we're celebrating the Fourth of July. This free app for the iPad highlights all of the key moments in American history and makes for some great patriotic beach reading.
Even masters of the grill will love this app, which evaluates your meat on a variety of factors and then recommends the ideal time it should stay on the grill. Think of it as a grilling sidekick, allowing the chef to step away from the grill without a worry.
GrillTime is $1.99 for iOS users. Musical Fireworks 2
Who says you have to be outside to enjoy the fireworks? Musical Fireworks 2 is a fun, free, festive game perfect for passing the time on a Fourth of July road trip. Tap along to the music and create vibrant digital fireworks displays. Waze
Waze can help make sure your road trip goes as smooth as possible. The app, which relies on community input, lets users outsmart traffic by providing information about construction, accidents and other hindrances.
Waze is free and available for iOS, Android and Windows devices.
EPA's SunWise UV Index
Don't get burned this Independence Day.
This handy free app from the Environmental Protection Agency provides hourly and daily forecasts of the ultraviolet radiation levels in your area to help make sure you aren't overexposed.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The CEOs and founder of Whole Foods are apologizing for overcharging customers and offering free food to people in return.
"Straight up, we made some mistakes. We want to own that and tell you what we’re doing about it,” Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, said in a video published on Wednesday.
Investigators found Whole Foods locations in New York City "routinely overstated" the weight of pre-packaged contents and overcharged customers, according to an announcement by the city's Department of Consumer Affairs last week. The investigation also found the company undercharged customers.
John Mackey, who is founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods, said, "These mistakes have to do with the things that we do in the store with mostly our fresh product, whether we're making sandwiches, or we're squeezing fresh juices or having cut fruit. In these areas, there is a very, very small percentage that there are mis-weighing errors."
"And we know they're unintentional because the mistakes are both in the customers' favors and sometimes not in the customers' favors," Robb said. "It's understandable sometimes mistakes are made. They're inadvertent. They do happen, because it's a hands-on approach to bringing you the fresh food."
Mackey said the company is increasing training around the country, including New York City. The company is also implementing a third-party auditing system that will report on the company's progress in 45 days. The company is implementing a 100 percent guarantee to customers, where if there is a mistake in a customer's favor, they can have the item for free.
Beginning last fall, New York City tested 80 types of pre-packaged products, including meats, dairy and baked goods, and found they all had mislabeled weights. The overcharges ranged from 80 cents for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp, the agency said. Whole Foods denied the allegations last week, saying the company disagreed with the city's "overreaching allegations."
In California, Whole Foods agreed to pay close to $800,000 in penalties after an investigation that began in 2012 found pricing irregularities in Whole Foods stores in Santa Monica, Los Angeles and San Diego, New York officials said.