Eataly Tells Customers It Was the Victim of a Four-Month Credit Card Data Hack

Categories: Crime, Food, Frauds

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Eataly is alerting customers who shopped at the upscale Italian market between January and April that their credit card information may have been compromised as a result of a security breach.

According to a notice posted on the Eataly website, customers who used a credit or debit card at the complex's "retail marketplace" between January 16 and April 2 may be affected.

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Here are the Ridiculous Requests New Yorkers Put in Their Seamless 'Special Instructions'

Categories: Food

New Yorkers are special snowflakes; we like to customize. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the "special instructions" box on the Seamless order form has seen its share of strange requests. Seamless, which is GrubHub's New York City–specific brand, has released a list of the funniest and weirdest such requests, and it's pretty fantastic.

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Bronx Restaurateur Fires Back at Disgruntled Workers With a Lawsuit of His Own

Categories: Food, Politics, Work

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Activists protest outside Liberato Restaurant on a January evening in 2014.
He says they're conspirators. They say he's a thief. A restaurant owner and a food-service labor group are tangled in a web of legal battles over how far a group of disgruntled workers should be able to go to complain about working conditions.

Having filed a defamation lawsuit in 2014, Manuel Antonio Liberato, the owner of Liberato Restaurant, is bringing a RICO case against prominent labor organization the Laundry Workers Center for racketeering, extortion, and harassment.

Meanwhile, the Center has filed a suit of its own against Liberato. The group has also filed five complaints with the National Labor Relations Board for retaliation against workers who organized for workplace reforms. Liberato's attorneys call the complaints "baseless."

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Harlem Papa John's Franchisee Will Fight $2 Million Judgment for Underpaying

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Ron Johnson's Papa John's location at 703 Lenox Avenue in Harlem
Ronald Johnson, who once was a rising star in the New York City business community, must now fork over $2 million after refusing to pay his 447 Papa John's employees $7.25 an hour.

On March 3, 2015, New York Supreme Court Justice Joan Kenney filed a judgment that ordered Johnson and his company to pay $2,126,166.34 in owed wages, un-reimbursed expenses, liquidated damages, and interest. But Johnson's attorney, George Peters, says he's not going to see his client pay the debts without first pursuing all avenues to reduce them.

"He may have done some things that were improper," Peters tells the Voice. "But it didn't rise to the $2 million level."

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Servers Respond to Their $2.50 Raise: 'Cool'

Categories: Culture, Food

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Joe O'Dea, 54, has been working at Jim Brady's Irish Pub for twenty years. He's "undecided" about the tipped minimum wage increase slated for December 2015.
Activists are celebrating the rise of New York State's minimum tipped wage, from $5 to $7.50 an hour, as a major victory.

But in the classic hipster style this city — Brooklyn in particular — has made famous, bartenders and servers in the upscale restaurants and bars of New York reacted with a modest range of emotions, from pleasant surprise to chill ambivalence.

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Papa John's Franchisee Shafted Delivery Workers, AG Alleges

Categories: Food

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Would you like shame with that?

How's this for a reason to tip the delivery guy: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has just filed a lawsuit against a Papa John's franchisee, Ronald Johnson, for allegedly treating his workers even worse than the way we feel about ourselves after a massive pepperoni slice.

Investigators say Johnson's company made workers pay for and maintain their own delivery bikes. Those bikes probably cost a hefty chunk of change for the workers, who were getting only $5 an hour. That's less than the $7.25 minimum wage in New York State for much of the time period covered by the lawsuit, but it's even less than the $5.65 "tipped wage" that bosses can pay certain employees if they're making enough in tips.

"Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty," Schneiderman said in a statement. "Like every other business in New York, fast-food employers must follow the law."

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What Should You Actually Do When You Get a Rat in Your Wrap or a Frog In Your Salad?

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An out-the-door lunchtime line at Chop't on July 9, the day after the Rat Wrap story broke.
Another month, another soul-destroyingly disgusting foreign object in some poor unfortunate diner's food. On Tuesday, Gothamist brought us the story of the Rat Wrap, in which some anonymous guy at a law firm apparently ordered lunch delivered from Chop't on Pine Street in the Financial District and got an extra party favor, in the form of a whole damn rodent tucked away amongst the lettuce. (It looks like a mouse to us, but we'll bow to the alliterative superiority of the term "Rat Wrap.") Two of his colleagues tweeted about the incident, one with a stomach-turning photo, and RatGate was born.

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Queens Elementary School Goes Completely Vegetarian, First To Do So In U.S.

P.S. 244Q in Flushing is known to students, teachers and parents alike as "The Active Learning Elementary School." It was opened five years ago by its principal, Robert Groff, as an experimental institution focused on nutrition. The school is the Bloomberg administration's educational dream, placing a heavy emphasis on learning and public health.

In January, the school began to limit the meat in breakfast and lunch meals to specific days of the week. But, yesterday, the school made an unprecedented move: now, it will be the first public school in the United States of America to serve an all-vegetarian menu.

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Shawn McAleese Is Going to Prison for Roughly 30 Years for Stealing Ribs and Booze (And Thousands of Dollars)

Categories: Crime, Food
Since our prior post about Manhattan tunnel thief Shawn McAleese -- who just found out today that he'll likely be a guest of the state for longer than a convicted murderer -- we got our hands on the criminal complaint that details exactly what he stole to earn such a lengthy prison sentence.

The thousands of dollars he stole from at least eight Manhattan restaurants and bars aside, McAleese also swiped two bags of ribs, a bottle of saki, and a sports bag.

And this isn't McAleese's first rodeo -- he has done two prior prison stints for three other burglary convictions, according to the New York State Department of Corrections website. His latest release date is November of last year -- just months before burglarizing multiple businesses.

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City Opposes Cuomo's Move to End Fingerprinting for Food Stamps, But Can't Do Much About it

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Sam Levin
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Mike Bloomberg at a press conference.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he is ending a controversial policy that requires food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted -- a move that has pitted him squarely against Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The news today is also one that puts Bloomberg in direct opposition with City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn (and a handful of other local politicians).

At the center of the debate is the policy that requires all food stamp applications and recipients in New York State to be fingerprinted, which the governor, along with a group of advocates, says creates a stigma around receiving welfare, slows down the process, and creates barriers to reducing hunger. But Bloomberg, who butted heads with Cuomo on the policy back in January, has repeatedly defended fingerprinting, arguing that it stops New Yorkers from abusing the benefits and saves the city millions of dollars by stopping fraudulent recipients.

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