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McDonalds got hacked and people are believing its real

(NEWS) A popular fast-food chain’s Twitter got hacked and people came out guns blazing.

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An order of chicken nuggets with a side of chaos

McDonalds’ latest Twitter mishap has users in a McFlurry over their stance on the president.

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Yesterday morning, a tweet from the corporate McDonalds account blasted Trump and praised Obama. The tweet stayed up for about twenty minutes before McDonalds deleted it and released an apology, stating their account was hacked.

Not my McDonalds

However, in the meantime, the internet lost its collective mind.

#BoycottMcdonalds began trending among conservatives, with users declaring they would never eat at the chain again.

One user tweeted, “my #POTUS disgusts you? You disgust #America! My family is done with you!” Some posted the corporation’s contact info, encouraging people to call McDonald’s directly to voice their resentment.

Hacked by the Hamburgular

Many knee-jerk reactions followed suit from people supporting the tweet as well.

Those who found the tweet funny suggested McDonald’s character Hamburglar hacked the account.

One user tweeted, “I’ll buy 100 McNuggets right now if you put the tweet back up.” Others said although they’re not McDonalds fans, the tweet inspired them to stop in to the restaurant for the first time in years.

Mixed reviews

After McDonalds removed the tweet and issued their statement, Twitter users were unsurprisingly still a mix of pissed off and delighted.

Depending on which hashtags you followed, people continued praising or decrying the incident.

The explanation of a hack seemed to do little to change anyone’s minds.

Conspiracies galore

Those in support of the hacked tweet chalked it up to a disgruntled employee going out in style.

Another user tweeted, “I like to think that McDonalds found out about that tweet then waited juuuust a couple more minutes before they took it down.”

Despite the claim of hacking and removal of the tweet, many users overwhelmingly still supported the original statement deriding the president.

Twitter P.I.

On the other side of the argument, users cried out for an apology from the company. They claimed that removing the tweet did not go far enough for damage control. Also, apparently Twitter is full of amateur investigative journalists.

It was quickly brought to attention that Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary to Obama, is currently employed as McDonald’s chief communication officer.

Speculation regarding his involvement lead some to believe the hacked tweet was an insidious inside job rather than an external hack as the company claimed.

Throw common sense to the wind

Though the tweet was clearly a departure from McDonald’s typical social media presence, people love sticking to their feelings regardless of fact.

To be fair, we don’t know who the hacker was.

Sure, it theoretically could have been a top tier corporate employee. But there are so many better ways to take down a company than an errant tweet.

NBD

McDonald’s handling of the situation, in addition to initial customer reactions, probably won’t affect them in the long run.

For everyone eager enough to join a new boycott, there were just as many willing to rekindle their love of fast-food for the sake of making a statement.Click To Tweet

People love being mad and they love being right. Anything popping up that supports already held beliefs, even if the information is faulty, will spread like wildfire.

Quick to opine

Snippets of information integrate very quickly into people’s reality, regardless of the source or reliability.

Some who jumped on the #boycott may never hear about the follow up regarding the hack.

Likewise, a few people who have willingly re-subjected themselves to eating at McDonalds won’t find out their newfound loyalty is in vain.

Just an oops

Go ahead and add this latest incident to the growing list of corporate Twitter mishaps.

File it under proof that people often don’t care very much about actuality, so long as what’s funneling in supports their own created reality.

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Lindsay is an editor for The American Genius with a Communication Studies degree and English minor from Southwestern University. Lindsay is interested in social interactions across and through various media, particularly television, and will gladly hyper-analyze cartoons and comics with anyone, cats included.

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Bay Area co-living startup strands hundreds of renters at dire time

(BUSINESS NEWS) They’re blaming COVID for failing as a co-living space, but it looks like trouble was well established even before now.

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Person packed a bag and walking away from co-living space.

Over the last few years, “co-living” startups have become increasingly common in tech-rich cities like San Francisco. These companies lease large houses, then rent individual bedrooms for as much as $2,000 per month in hopes of attracting the young professionals who make up the tech industry. Many offer food, cleaning services, group activities, and hotel-quality accommodations to do so.

But the true value in co-living companies lies in their role as a third party: Smoothing over relations, providing hassle free income to homeowners and improved accountability to tenants… in theory, anyway. The reality has proved the opposite can just as easily be true.

In a September company email, Bay Area co-living startup HubHaus released a statement that claimed they were “unable to pay October rent” on their leased properties. Hubhaus also claimed to have “no funds available to pay any amounts that may be owed landlords, tenants, trade creditors, or contractors.”

This left hundreds of SF Bay Area renters scrambling to arrange shelter with little notice, with the start of a second major COVID-19 outbreak on the horizon.

HubHaus exhibited plenty of red flags leading up to this revelation. Employees complained of insufficient or late payment. The company stopped paying utilities during the spring, and they quietly discontinued cleaning services while tenants continued to pay for them.

Businesses like HubHaus charge prices that could rent a private home in most of the rest of the country, in exchange for a room in a house of 10 or more people. PodShare is a similar example: Another Bay Area-based co-living startup, whose offerings include “$1,200 bunk beds” in a shared, hostel-like environment.

As a former Bay Area resident, it’s hard not to be angry about these stories. But they have been the unfortunate reality since long before the pandemic. Many urbanites across the country cannot afford to opt out of a shared living situation, and these business models only exacerbate the race to the bottom of city living standards.

HubHaus capitalized on this situation and took advantage of their tenants, who were simply looking for an affordable place to live in a market where that’s increasingly hard to find.

They’ve tried to place the blame for their failure on COVID-19 — but all signs seem to indicate that they had it coming.

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Las Vegas’ largest dispensary gets massive Infinity Wall expansion

(BUSINESS NEWS) Las Vegas’s largest dispensary is getting a big, expensive makeover, thriving while other brick-and-mortar shops are struggling.

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Planet 13, Las Vegas's largest dispensary, set to get a huge expansion.

Have you ever heard of an Infinity Wall? If I were you, I’d check it out right now because it’s utterly mesmerizing.

An 80-foot version of this wall is just one of the new features that Planet 13 (or The Company) announced it will be implementing in Las Vegas’ largest dispensary, The SuperStore, this past Monday. In addition to the futuristic entertainment feature (I honestly can’t get over that thing), they will be doubling the sales floor and expanding the dispensary to ~23,000 sq. ft. For reference, the entire Planet 13 SuperStore complex is 112,000 sq.ft.

Why expand an already massive dispensary during a pandemic, when most brick and mortar stores are suffering? Well, according to Larry Scheffler, Co-CEO of Planet 13, The Superstore is actually thriving beyond belief.

“We are achieving record sales even with Las Vegas at ~50% tourist occupancy. As Las Vegas returns to normal and this industry continues to grow, we anticipate that this will be first of many expansions we will undertake to keep up with demand.”

The expansion adds 40 points of sale to uphold the outstanding customer service reputation Planet 13 has. If you do have to wait, you have a state-of-the-art entertainment system to enjoy. It’s win-win for any and all visitors.

The CapEx cost of the expansion between is $1.5 – $2.5 million. The project is expected come to completion by the end of Q1 2021.

Las Vegas has become a sort of cannabis mecca. After all, it’s home to MJBizCon, the industry’s largest networking event attended by thousands from around the world. And the popularity and overall acceptance makes it an easy choice for any cannabis aficionados. The SuperStore, like most things in Las Vegas, is huge, glamorous, and caters to tourists.

I have no doubt that when the city bounces back from the pandemic, this new-and-improved dispensary will be a must-visit destination.

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The future of work from home will be a hybrid, says Google CEO

(BUSINESS NEWS) Google is looking to adapt a more flexible, long-term hybrid work model for their employees, which includes partially working from home and partially being on-site.

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Work from home woman at a laptop.

Google, the world’s largest search engine company (yes I know they do other things), is positing that the corporate office will look completely different post-COVID-19.

In September Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai said that the organization was making changes to its offices that would better support employees in the future. This includes “reconfiguring” office spaces to accommodate “on-sites”, days when employees who regularly work from home will come into the workplace. The move comes after Google was one of the first major tech companies to announce that employees could possibly work from home through next summer.

“I see the future as definitely being more flexible,” Pichai said during a video interview for Time 100, “We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having that sense of community, is super important for whenever you have to solve hard problems, you have to create something new,” he said. “So we don’t see that changing, so we don’t think the future is just 100% remote or something.”

It was reported that Google’s decision to work remotely into mid-2021 was originally in part to help employees whose children might be learning remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Pichai said that several factors went into the decision, stating that improving productivity was a major concern.

“Early on as this started, I realized it was going to be a period of tremendous uncertainty, so we wanted to lean in and give certainty where we could,” Pichai said. “The reason we made the decision to do work from home until mid of next year is we realized people were trying hard to plan… and it was affecting productivity.”

Pichai also mentioned that the decision would help the firm embrace the reality that remote working wasn’t going anywhere once things returned to normal. A recent survey at Google found that 62% of employees felt they only need to be in the office on occasion, while 20% felt they didn’t need to be in the office whatsoever. While the work from home trend had already been growing over the past several years, the pandemic accelerated that movement greatly.

With housing costs surging in the San Francisco area, where Google headquarters resides, many employees have been forced to move outside of the city to afford a mortgage. This caused many to commute long hours into the office, something Pichai realized was a problem.

“It’s always made me wonder, when I see people commuting two hours and away from their families and friends, on a Friday, you realize they can’t have plans,” Pichai said. “So I think we can do better.”

It’s too early to tell whether or not Pichai’s vision of a “hybrid model” will be adopted by other companies when the pandemic ends. One thing is for certain though—work will never be what is pre-COVID-19.

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