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Waitress Fired for Getting Mammogram

Waitress Fired for Getting Mammogram

A waitress says she was fired for getting a last-minute mammogram


A Pennsylvania waitress says she was fired for leaving work to get a mammogram.

A Pennsylvania waitress got some terrifying news from doctors recently when she discovered a lump in her breast that looked like it could be cancer. She says that even though her supervisors knew her situation, she was allegedly fired for leaving work to get a mammogram.

According to CBS News, Jamie Crytzer worked as a waitress at the Hickory Bar and Grille in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. After she discovered the lump, the understandably terrified waitress and single mom made an appointment for a mammogram as soon as possible, telling her managers about the cancer scare. Earlier this week, however, she got a call from her doctor saying that an appointment had opened up and she could get her mammogram sooner than expected. Crytzer jumped at the chance, and asked her manager if she could leave for an hour to go make sure she didn’t have cancer. The manager, however, was not sympathetic.

“You’re gonna do whatever you want and this is job abandonment,” Crytzer says her manager told her.

Crytzer went for the mammogram, but says that when she returned to work the next day, she was told she was fired.

She says she was unsure if maybe she had made the wrong decision, so she posted about the situation on Facebook. Her story has since been shared over 2,000 times, and most commenters say they would have done just what she did.

Crytzer is reportedly still fired and looking for a job, but the bad news in this case pales in comparison with the good, because Crytzer’s mammogram revealed that the lump in her breast was benign.

9 Things Bartenders Wish You Knew About Tipping

We spoke with bartenders across the country to clear up some tipping confusion.

While for many restaurants𠅊nd countries—we live in a post-tipping era, bartenders often rely on tips to make a livable wage. As the standards of tipping etiquette have become somewhat less clear, we asked bartenders what they wish customers knew about tipping for their alcoholic beverages𠉪side from “please do it,” of course.

1. Tipping big early on won’t necessarily get you better service.

“I’ve heard a lot of bartenders say you can’t buy their attention or affection with a big tip,” one New York server told me. “Sometimes people drop a major tip at the beginning of the night to get an ‘in,’ but a busy bar is a busy bar.”

2. Tip on the total, not the subtotal.

𠇊 lot of people think you should tip on just the subtotal before tax,” a Brooklyn bartender said. “No. Don’t do this.”

3. The $1 for 1 drink rule is totally acceptable𠅎xcept when you’re ordering cocktails.

The consensus among most of the bartenders I spoke with is that you should tip $1 per beer, but $2 per cocktail.

𠇊 lot of people will go to a bar, and they’ll order a round for their friends,” a New Orleans bartender said. “If it’s a round of cocktails, they’ll only tip me four dollars, and that’s a dick move.”

4. Tip first in cash.

Even if you plan to use a card,” said one bartender. “Too many times people skimp when the tab gets too large, and bartenders know it.”

5. If it’s a 2-for-1 special, tip for TWO drinks.

“When people get free drinks or 2-for-1 specials and don’t tip, or tip on only one drink, that shit gets me fired up,” a New Haven bartender said. “What, you think your tip goes toward the cost of a drink? Like at the end of the night the boss makes us cover the deficit? Nah man, I serve you a drink, you slip me a tip. That’s literally my take home pay. The cost be damned.”

6. Many bartenders rely on tips for a livable wage.

Tip generously if you can.

“I wish to Christ people knew that bartenders, like a lot of servers, get paid less than minimum wage,” one bartender told me. “We survive on tips.”

7. Many non-American bartenders are skeptical of the tipping model in general.

“Tipping is a symptom of a dysfunctional economy and a poor substitute for the collective bargaining power of a fully unionized workforce,” a British bartender said. “It’s not really done here, except in the absolute worst bars. But you get paid better. So, there’s no additional emotional labor, and you get an actual wage that isn&apost dependent on your capacity to bow and scrape.”

8. If you hate your bartender, you should still tip properly.

“It’s a pool,” said one bartender. “If you hate me, fine, don&apost order from me. But if you stiff me and keep ordering, my bar back is getting screwed by you as well.”

9. There’s no need to wave cash around.

It won’t get you served faster.

𠇍on&apost wave your money or try and flag me down with a full bar,” a bartender tweeted at me. “I see you, and working on getting to you.”

Joe's Crab Shack

These legs from the king of crabs come already cooked at your supermarket usually previously frozen, so we won't have to boil them long to finish them off. But we do want to give them a long enough bath to get the flavor of garlic into the meat. To aid in this process we need to poke several holes in the shell along each leg so that the garlic water can seep in. Use the handle end of a nutcracker the kind that is often serve with crab to help crack the shells, or the back end of a wooden spoon to make those holes. This step also makes removing the shells easier when eating the crab. And you don't have to worry about peeling the garlic cloves. Just pound 'em flat with a mallet or foil-wrapped brick and toss em into the water.

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Silly name, delicious drink.

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The number one appetizer on Joe's menu is called Blue Crab Dip but you don't need blue crab to clone it. You don't even need to use fresh crab. I used some delicious lump crabmeat from Phillip's Seafood that comes in 16-ounce cans (you may find it at Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart, and Vons) and the dip turned out great. You could also use the crabmeat that comes in 6-ounce cans found at practically every supermarket—you'll need two of them. Just be sure to get the kind that includes leg meat, and don't forget to drain off the liquid before you toss it in.

Menu Description: “Get ready to get fired up! Our jalapeno, shrimp and crab balls are bound to be our hottest sellers.”

Joe’s hit appetizer is not as hard to make as you may think. The secret is in creating a filling that will form easily into a ball and then using a three-step breading process to make sure the balls stay as balls when they’re frying. There are jalapenos in there, but the cayenne is where the big heat comes from, so if you want your balls a little less fiery just reduce the amount of cayenne you put in the mix.

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Joe’s Crab Shack is known for killer crab which you can order in a variety of flavors, cooked several different ways. For those of us who like biting into food that bites us back, Joe’s boils crab in a super secret spicy seasoning blend along with some corn on the cob and red skin potatoes. This recipe is beautifully simple and you can use your favorite cooked and frozen crab: dungeness crab, snow crab, or king crab. After mixing the seasoning, grab a large pot that can hold around 6 quarts of water and bring the water up to a rolling boil. The potatoes take the longest to cook so they go in first, followed by the seasoning, the corn, and then the crab. The crab is already cooked so it won’t take long—you just want to cook it enough to get the flavor of the seasoning into the meat. The finishing touch is to sprinkle seasoning over the whole pile of goodness after it comes out of the boil and then serving everything up with plenty of napkins, and perhaps a bib or two.

My waitress said that I'd be tempted to lick the shells clean from my order of "BBQ Style" Dungeness crab at Joe's Crab Shack. She was right. Even though it's called "BBQ" on the menu, there's no grilling involved here. Instead, a super flavorful seasoning paste is brushed on steamed crab of your choice just before it's served to your table. With that bit of knowledge under my belt, the only thing I had to figure out was how to clone that seasoning. When I analyzed a sample of the dark red paste I first noticed the distinctive flavor of Old Bay That's a good start. After adding a lot of salt to the blend along with paprika for color, I was definitely heading in the right direction. But the taste was missing something until I invited a little MSG to the dance. You'll find it in the spice aisle of your supermarket under the brand-name Accent. After just a bit of sugar and a touch of cayenne pepper for an extra kick, I had a dry rub that was a dead ringer for the original blend. Now it was just a matter of adding some vegetable oil to the seasoning to create a paste that could be brushed on Dungeness crab, snow crab, or king crab legs after the crab is fully steamed. Next time you have a crab cookout, give this one a try and you too will serve crab that's "shell lickin' good."

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Menu Description: "Joe's has crossed the border with our take on nachos. Tortilla strips piled high and topped with loads of crab dip, pico de gallo, cheese and black bean corn relish."

If you're a nacho freak like me, you gotta love the unique crab nachos at Joe's Crab Shack. The restaurant chain creates this number one appetizer pick by slathering tortilla chips with their awesome crab dip and Jack cheese, and popping everything under the broiler. Once the cheese is melted and gooey, the nachos are topped with sliced lettuce, drizzled with the great avocado-lime dressing, and topped with pico de gallo and black bean corn relish. I've got clones here for the crab dip and the dressing, plus I'm including re-creations of the black bean corn relish and pico de gallo to finish off your homemade pile of nacho greatness. If you don't feel like making the pico from scratch, you can usually find a good premade version in your local market. This clone creates a bigger serving than the one from the restaurant chain, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Don't Do This Until a Month After Your COVID Vaccine, Experts Warn

New guidelines suggest waiting to do this for at least four to six weeks after your shot.


While the COVID vaccine has been proven to be safe, it doesn't come without warnings: You shouldn't take over-the-counter painkillers before getting the shot, and you shouldn't share a photo of your vaccination card after. Now, experts are warning people to avoid another routine activity for at least a month after getting the vaccine. Keep reading to find out what you should hold off doing post-vaccination, and for things you can do, Dr. Fauci Just Confirmed You Can Do This After Getting Vaccinated.


The Society of Breast Imaging just released a statement saying people who recently got a COVID vaccine may present axillary [in the armpit] lymph node swelling, which could mimic a sign of breast cancer. Since the axillary lymph nodes are near the outer breast, the sight of them swollen during a breast exam could easily raise concern. The statement detailed how professionals should document such an occurrence, and suggested people wait to schedule their appointment to prevent unnecessary worry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), axillary lymph node swelling was found in both men and women during the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine trials. Swollen lymph nodes are a common immune response that occurs with various vaccines, including the flu vaccine, hepatitis vaccines, polio vaccine, and the tetanus vaccine, according to Forbes.

"The lymph system is your drainage system, and they respond to inflammation," explained hormone expert and founder of Revitalize Medical Group Tara Scott, MD. "Your underarm (or axillary lymph nodes) nodes are the ones closest to the arm—and to the breast—so they would be visible on a mammogram." And for more vaccine reactions to be aware of, The CDC Says These 3 Side Effects Mean Your Vaccine Is Working.


"The recommendation is to wait at least one month after the second shot and to not get the mammogram in between shots," Scott said. In its statement, the Society of Breast Imaging also said that it would be wise to schedule a mammogram in advance of your vaccine. Doing this could also help put your mind at ease if a lump does form near your armpit after receiving the shot.

If you can't get a mammogram appointment before your vaccine, the Society of Breast Imaging suggests waiting "four to six weeks following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination." And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.


If you have a reason for concern or want to get something checked as soon as possible, don't delay your test. Jeffrey Hawley, MD, breast imaging radiologist at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, said patients "shouldn't put off getting their mammograms or COVID-19 vaccine—especially if it leads to a long delay or not getting screened at all."

If you get a mammogram, just keep in mind that your COVID vaccine could impact the findings and alert your doctor that you recently got the shot. And for more on when you'll be able to get the vaccine, Biden Says This Is When You'll Easily Be Able to Get a Vaccine Appointment.


A mammogram isn't the only test that can catch a swollen axillary lymph node. "We are seeing unilateral axillary adenopathy on breast imaging, [such as] mammogram, ultrasound, and breast MRI after COVID-19 vaccinations are administered," Sunny Mitchell, MD, medical director of breast and women's services and director of breast surgery at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, told Forbes. "This is presenting in individuals with a history of breast cancer as well as no history of breast cancer." Mitchell said breast radiologists are using short-term follow-ups and repeated imaging to assess the situation before recommending a biopsy, in case the lump is related to the COVID vaccine.

Rebecca Gamms, MD, breast radiologist at Hackensack Radiology Group/Hackensack University Medical Center, told Forbes they are "recommending a follow-up exam in 2-3 months to allow for the lymph nodes to return to normal." Additionally, to prevent this situation from occurring frequently, Gamms said they're adhering to the Society of Breast Imaging's recommendation to schedule mammograms either before or four to six weeks after a COVID vaccine. And for more on vaccine availability, This Is Who Can Get the Leftover Vaccine at Walgreens, CVS, & Walmart.

A Night With Orlando Bloom Reportedly Cost A Waitress Her Job

British tabloids are going crazy over a story involving Orlando Bloom and a waitress he allegedly hooked up with that led to her losing her job at posh London restaurant and hotel Chiltern Firehouse.

According to The Sun, Bloom stayed at Chiltern Firehouse for five days, during which time he took notice of 21-year-old waitress and aspiring actress Viviana Ross. Allegedly, they returned to his suite after her shift one night, and a manager later found her in the room after Bloom left. Soon after, Ross is said to have received a text from her boss letting her know her contract had been terminated.

The report begs several questions, including why the manager would have let himself into Bloom's room without knocking, why a text is an appropriate way to fire someone, and whether the hotel has an actual policy against employees seeing guests when they are off the clock.

While the reason for her termination (or the hook-up, for that matter) hasn't been confirmed, Ross did tell The Sun "I don't work at the Firehouse anymore and I won't comment on anything that happened there."

Ever the gentleman, Bloom reportedly called Ross to apologize for her firing. Though since they didn't exchange numbers, The Sun says, he had to get the waitress' number from her former employer. This once again calls into the question the hotel's ethics, which seem shady at best.

Silver lining, Ross told a friend he was an "exceptionally good lover," so maybe it was worth it. Let's be real, we'd have a hard time turning down Legolas too.

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Kim Adams was reluctant at first to go public with her cancer survival story but then realized her public role gave her a platform to help others. // Hair and makeup services provided by RUNWAY Salon & Beauty Bar, hairstylist/colorist: Diana Folino-Ujkaj, makeup artist: Divina Smith, boys grooming: Natalie Partyka

A s she gently strokes the silken, shoulder-length blond hair that was once her on-air trademark, Kim Adams assesses her mood and attitude after so much adversity. “Oh, my gosh, I’m amazing,” the 49-year-old declares, her radiant smile as wide as a high-pressure system. “Really, happier than I’ve been in years. My kids are all healthy. I have my dream job that I didn’t even know was my dream. And I’m in remission. Beyond that, what else is there? It’s just a really good time in my life right now, and I’m riding the wave.”

She is not bragging. Adams, who rose to Motor City fame as Detroit’s first female TV meteorologist, first on Channel 7 (WXYZ) from 1997 to 2002 and then on Channel 4 (WDIV) off and on until 2009, is just astonished that she could ever see sunny days again. Her list of indignities and misfortunes is enough to permanently wear down the most cheerful among us: the loss of virtually all of her possessions in Hurricane Katrina a divorce that left her the single parent and sole provider of her five children and aggressive breast cancer that required an emergency double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, and a complete hysterectomy.

She has been asked “How do you do it?” so many times that the question and answer are part of her Facebook bio. “How do I do it?” she writes. “Grit, grace, and gratitude.”

Adams, a Mount Clemens native, earned her master’s degree in journalism at Wayne State University and broke into the business as a full-time weather reader at a TV station near Columbus, Ohio. She bristled at the prospect of being reduced to “the weather girl,” so she studied atmospheric science at The Ohio State University and earned her certification with the American Meteorological Society. At the time, in the early 1990s, precious few women had that certification. She triumphantly returned to the Detroit area in 1997 to report the weather for WXYZ.

She moved on to WDIV in 2002 but left in 2005 to be a full-time mom and join her Naval officer husband in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where they built a three-bedroom home just before Katrina demolished it. After that disaster, which devastated the family financially as well because the insurance companies refused to pay out, the TV station in Detroit hired her back. Adams left that job again in 2009 after the birth of her third child and transitioned to a career in local TV advertising.

In the subsequent years, she and her husband had two more children — and then divorced. Adams prefers not to discuss the reasons for the split other than to say, “I had no choice. Absolutely no choice.”

Regardless, she was on her own, raising five kids in the Detroit area as the sole breadwinner, when she felt a lump in her breast while making breakfast. Her doctor first suggested it might be a benign cyst, but a mammogram and an ultrasound found a swollen lymph node. Two other doctors, including a surgeon, also told her not to worry, but Adams didn’t buy it.

“I’m not the type to question doctors, but I lost a friend, Joy, to breast cancer,” Adams says. “She found a lump under her armpit, and they told her it was a swollen lymph node. Every time someone said, ‘swollen lymph node,’ I thought of Joy.”

A change of health coverage in 2017 required a new primary physician, who agreed with Adams’ concerns and ordered an emergency lumpectomy to test the tissue. Days later, Adams learned she did, indeed, have cancer — an aggressive, invasive ductal carcinoma that was spreading. It was difficult to spot, she learned, because her breast tissue is dense. Since this experience, Adams has become an advocate for women learning about their breast tissue, a potential impediment to cancer diagnosis that she never knew existed.

“They couldn’t see the tumor in my mammograms because a tumor shows up as white and so does dense breast tissue,” she says. “It’s like looking for a snowball in a snowstorm.”

Cancer wasn’t just terrifying to Adams. It was also supremely inconvenient. “I didn’t have time to become vulnerable — I had to take care of these kids,” she says. “They still wanted breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

Before telling them about her diagnosis, she took her quintet on a surprise vacation to Disney World. “I knew all of our lives were going to change from then on,” she says. “I wanted them to have a great, happy memory of us all together.” Then her parents, Cindy and Bill Adams of Grosse Pointe, stepped in regularly to ease the parenting burden as she underwent her treatments and operations.

Beyond her parents, though, Adams solicited little assistance as she struggled through her health crisis. “Kim is so kind, but she is the type of person who will not ask for help,” says Renee Martin, Adams’ daughter Ava’s former first-grade teacher, who is now a close family friend. “Even if you tell her you’re coming by, she will say, ‘No, I’m good.’ So I never ask. When she was going in for her surgeries, I just would be at the hospital at 6 in the morning.”

Adams’ cancer journey might never have become public if not for her friend, longtime WDIV anchor Devin Scillian, lobbying her for nine months to tell her story on TV. “I never wanted it to be about me — ‘Oh, poor Kim,’” she says, echoing something she said in that five-minute, September 2017 report. “My cancer is no more tragic than anyone else’s. Why is that newsworthy? It’s not. But Devin convinced me that it is because I could help other people.”

As Adams recovered, she sought new TV media work but was unable to land an on-air job again. Instead, in February 2019, she became the midday host on 98.7 FM The Breeze, the local soft-rock station. She came to the gig with no prior radio experience and was unsure how she’d like it. Turns out, it fit her new reality perfectly.

“I never even considered radio, and I really don’t know why,” Adams admits. “I wanted to go back to TV, but nobody wanted me. And do you know why? Because it wasn’t God’s plan. On radio, you can have no hair while you’re working, you can go through treatment, and no one knows. You can do your job in yoga pants. It’s a completely different world than television.”

Tim Roberts, who hired Adams at The Breeze, gushes about his pick: “She’s a phenomenal human being. Kim is an inspiration to a lot of people. Her ability to do so many good things for so many people and charities is amazing, and she’s great at conveying that warmth on The Breeze every day.”

Kim Adams, relaxing with her five children, reflects on the state of her life after so much turmoil: “Oh, my gosh, I’m amazing.”

Another local TV-to-radio convert, former WXYZ anchor JoAnne Purtan, encouraged Roberts to give Adams a chance, he says. “After meeting her, I realized this woman is a home run beyond belief,” Roberts says. “I knew her great personality would come through over the air, and that’s really what it takes. And she’s gotten dramatically better in a relatively short time.”

Adams recalls the heady, intense launch of this chapter of her career. Her audition was a trial-by-fire on-air stint on the station’s morning show. She’d never operated a radio control board before. “The afternoon-drive guy gave me 10 minutes of training, but at 5 in the morning, there’s nobody there but you,” she says. “I didn’t even know how to get in the front door.”

Buoyed by her platform on The Breeze, Adams says she attends several charity events each month, often bringing her children along to support such organizations as the anti-domestic violence nonprofit Turning Point Services, whose annual Stepping Out With the Stars benefit has been postponed to Aug. 13 (visit for details) the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Easterseals Miracle League of Michigan. She has accompanied female listeners, sometimes complete strangers, to their doctors’ appointments after they received their breast cancer diagnoses.

Adams is philosophical about her journey. The only item from her Mississippi home to survive Katrina’s wrath in 2005, astonishingly, was a delicate crystal chandelier that now hangs in the dining room of her suburban Detroit home. “It’s a reminder of who I am,” Adams says. “When the chandelier was new, it was perfect, with no flaws. But after a hurricane, multiple moves, and not always being taken care of, it’s now scratched and a little banged up. A few of its crystals are missing. It’s no longer what it used to be, but it still shines brightly and provides light to others. It’s still beautiful and deserves to be loved, despite the scars.”

Local Pastor Alois Bell’s Tip, “I Give God 10%” Gets Applebees Waitress Fired

(KTVI) – Ten simple words scrawled on a local Applebee`s credit card receipt by a St. Louis minister have internet users from all over the world going crazy.

The minister, unhappy with being forced to pay an automatic gratuity of 18 percent because she was dining with a party of ten, left her two cents behind in ink.

“I give God ten percent, why do you get 18” St. Louis Pastor Alois Bell, 37, wrote on the receipt Friday night at the Applebee`s on South Kingshighway.

By Tuesday, a picture of her jeremiad had been posted on the internet site Reddit, setting off a web debate of biblical proportions.

“It was just dumb,” Bell said. “It was dumb of me and I can say that because I take responsibilities for all my actions.”

Bell says despite her snarky comment, she did pay her share of the automatic tip for dining with a large party.

“What they didn’t show is the money that I left and that we all left on the table,” said Bell. She says she left $6.29 on the table and her credit card was also charged the tip amount. Everyone else at the table also left tips in cash.

As it turns out, the receipt was not posted by the waitress who served the minister`s table. It was placed on Reddit by user gateflan, by Chelsea Welch, another waitress at Applebee`s who saw the receipt and was angered.

“I took a picture of the note because I thought it was comically immature,” Welch said. “I thought it was humorously silly, the fact that someone would not only refuse to tip, not only make themselves out to kind of be a jerk but also play the religion card as an excuse.”

When Bell alerted Applebee`s to the internet posting, Welch was fired.

Bell’s congregation is a downtown storefront church called, ‘Truth In The Word Deliverance Ministries.’ She says Sunday’s sermon will be about forgiveness and redemption.

Welch says she has been getting offers of financial support, and there is now even an online petition to get her re-hired by Applebee`s. People who sign it pledge to eat at Applebees if they rehire her.

The petition says, “We don’t fault them for erring on the side of an angry customer, but a closer look at the matter reveals that this particular angry customer was in the wrong. Applebee’s should correct the error and show that it stands up for its employees who are doing their jobs.”

New York City waitress is FIRED from job for saying she wanted to wait to get COVID-19 vaccine over concerns of its effects on pregnancy

A New York waitress was fired from her job on Monday after she told her bosses at a tavern that she wanted to wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine until she could learn more about its side effects on women who are pregnant.

Bonnie Jacobson, 34, said she is not an ɺnti-vaxxer' but wanted to wait for more research as she recently starting trying to get pregnant with her husband, she told

Jacobson, who started working at the Red Hook Tavern in August, said the restaurant first sent out an email on February 8 which said: 'If you choose to get vaccinated, here’s what you need to know.'

That email, reviewed by, did not tell employees that vaccinations were required.

Jacobson said she told her manager during a staff meeting that she wanted more time to research the vaccine and said her manager initially understood her concerns, telling her she would not be required to get the shot.

But the Brooklyn tavern changed its mind days later on February 12 and sent workers and email noting the vaccines were mandatory.

Bonnie Jacobson, pictured, was fired from her job as a waitress at Red Hook Tavern in Brooklyn on Monday Jacobson said she wanted to wait to get the coronavirus vaccine after workers were sent an email telling them it was mandatory

'Please be advised that we will require that all employees receive the vaccination,' notes the email.

'This will be mandatory for all existing employees and any new hires. The exception to this policy will be if your own personal health or disability prohibits you from obtaining this vaccination. We encourage you to consult your healthcare professional to determine if getting a vaccine is right for you.'

Jacobson then emailed her employers on Saturday and said that she did not yet want to get the vaccine, which she said she ɿully supports.'

'I am choosing not to get the vaccine because there just isn’t enough data or research at this point on its effects on fertility,' she wrote to her boss.

'While I fully support the vaccine and understand its importance I do believe this is a very personal choice. I really hope this choice would not affect my employment at Red Hook Tavern.'

In her email, Jacobson noted that she takes COVID 'very seriously,' and has practiced the safety guidelines and would continue to do so.

'I get tested every 1-2 weeks and have never tested positive for COVID. I plan to continue these safety practices for as long as necessary,' she wrote.

She continued: ɺlso once there is more research to support that it does not affect fertility I would reconsider my position.'

But on Monday, Jacobson received an email back noting her 'very personal choice' and saying the company 'respected' her decision to not get vaccinated.

'In order to continue employment with us, getting the vaccine is required. At this time your employment will be terminated. We are sad to see you go. If you do change your mind, please do not hesitate to let us know,' the company wrote. has reached out to Red Hook Tavern owner Billy Durney for additional information and further comments.

Red Hook Tavern owner Billy Durney said he could have handled the situation differently Durney said the Red Hook Tavern would update its policy so it’s clear to its employees how the process works

Jacobson said her concerns were sparked when she saw articles online indicating vaccines could cause infertility. After further research, most of what she saw was debunked, she acknowledged.

'The research does say there is no evidence to support it does cause fertility. But there is not enough data to say it doesn’t,' she said.

ɺs a 34-year-old woman, why take the risk right now when I can just wait a little longer when there are people a lot older and more at risk who could use the vaccine more than I could right now?'

She added: 'My dad is 68 years old and lives in Pennsylvania and has diabetes, there’s no reason why I should be getting that before him.'

Jacobson said she was frustrated that the restaurant didn't even give her the chance to have an in-person conversation about the vaccine requirements, and said she might have been convinced into getting one.

'I just wanted more time they didn’t allow me that, I didn’t even have time to consult a physician. It was a week from being 'your choice,' to it's not going to be mandatory, to it us mandatory, to you’re fired,' she said.

'I had a very good working relationship there. I just had an employee review on February 6 and it was all positive, so it was truly shocking that it was so impersonal.'

Jacobson said that when she sent her email on Saturday, she expected the restaurant's management would have a conversation with her directly if they wanted her to get the vaccine.

'The conversation may have swayed me the other way. When I first saw the email about getting fired, I thought, "Okay, maybe I will get vaccinated." So they maybe could have talked me into getting vaccinated,' she said.

Durney acknowledged to The New York Times that he could have handled the situation differently.

'Once New York state allowed restaurant workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to put a plan in place to keep our team and guests safe,' Durney said in an emailed statement obtained by the outlets.

He continued: 'No one has faced these challenges before and we made a decision that we thought would best protect everyone,'

ɺnd, we now realize that we need to update our policy so it’s clear to our team how the process works and what we can do to support them. We’re making these changes immediately.'

Jacobson said she was not offered her job back,and would not accept it if she was.

Restaurant employees were among the first groups to be eligible to get the vaccine in New York outside of the health care industry and can help struggling businesses bring back diners.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces workplace discrimination laws, does allow companies to mandate the flu and other vaccines.

In December, the agency issued guidelines ruling that companies can require employees to get vaccinated but had to provide 'reasonable accommodations' to those with disabilities.

Some existing laws could throw uncertainty to the legality of requiring a woman who is already pregnant to get the vaccine.


Religious Accommodations Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The law prohibits employers from discriminating against any individual because of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

This means employees can request an exemption to mandatory vaccination programs if it goes against a 'sincerely held religious belief.'

Establishing the case may be challenging however, depending on how jurisdictions define religious beliefs.

Personal or ethical objections or personal anti-vaccination positions are not covered by this law.

Medical Accommodations Under the ADA

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employees can object to a mandatory vaccine policy for medical reasons.

The worker is required to prove they have a medical condition that makes it unsafe to get a vaccine.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970

Section 11(c) of the act pertains to whistle blower rights.

ɺn employee who refuses vaccination because of a reasonable belief that he or she has a medical condition that creates a real danger of serious illness or death (such as serious reaction to the vaccine)' may be protected under this law.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, and sex, including pregnancy.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act forbids discrimination based on pregnancy, including hiring and firing, If a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job due to a medical condition related to pregnancy.

The American Disabilities Act notes that pregnancy alone cannot be deemed a disabling condition requiring reasonable accommodations, but many pregnancy-related conditions are considered disabilities.

Labor lawyer Carolyn D. Richmond told The New York Times it is too early in the distribution of the vaccine for companies to mandate employees get the shot.

'Pregnancy and vaccine — as soon as you hear those words in the workplace, you should stop to think if what you are doing is right or wrong,' said Richmond, who advises the NYC Hospitality Alliance.

'It has to be generally available to the employee population and it's not. None of us are having an easy time getting appointments.'

Adam Mastroleo, a lawyer with Syracuse-based Bond, Schoeneck and King, told that everyone has the right to choose whether or not to get the vaccine because it was approved under emergency authorization.

Others claim that laws are pretty clear about whether employers can force their workers to get a vaccine.

Dorit Reiss, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, told CNBC that private businesses have extensive rights.

“Requiring a vaccine is a health and safety work rule, and employers can do that,” Reiss told the outlet in December.

Hana El Sahly, a doctor who oversaw a clinical trial for Moderna’s vaccine, told CNBC that hospitals could eventually make the COVID vaccine a condition of employment.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were not tested on pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and their ➬tual risks' to pregnant women and their fetuses remains unknown.

The World Health Organization advised pregnant women last month not to get the inoculation unless at high risk for the coronavirus due to underlying illnesses.

Doctors Say Do These 2 Things the Morning of Your Vaccine Appointment

Taking these simple steps before your shot can ensure you feel your best.


The novelty of the coronavirus and the vaccine that's come along with it have us thinking more deeply about getting our shots than ever before. What should you do to prepare? What medicine can you take and when? And what should you expect afterwards? While you've likely heard tons about what not to do before you get vaccinated, you might not be as well aware of what can help ensure your vaccination goes as smoothly as possible. Now, medical experts have some advice about what you should do the day of your shot. To see what doctors say you should do the morning of your vaccine appointment, read on, and for some vaccine advice from the nation's leading expert, check out Dr. Fauci Just Said Don't Take This Medication With the COVID Vaccine.


Before heading out to get your shot, be sure to have a meal. "You want to follow your normal routine of making sure you've had something in your tummy," UCHealth's Medical Director of Infection Prevention Michelle Barron, MD, told NBC affiliate 9News. The experts at Nebraska Medicine add that proper nutrition may be able to help combat any dizziness or lightheadedness that can occur in those nervous about getting the jab.

Another thing you should be sure to do before sitting down for your shot is hydrate. UCHealth and Nebraska Medicine both note the importance of drinking plenty of water before your vaccine. While being hydrated is important every day, it's especially key on the day of your vaccine to prevent dehydration and keep you feeling your best before and after the shot. "Staying hydrated before the vaccine will contribute to your well-being," the experts at UCHealth point out.

These two tips are some of the easiest ways to make sure your vaccination goes smoothly. But to see what you shouldn't do before and after your shot, read on. And for more COVID news delivered right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.


During a Feb. 25 interview with CBSN, White House COVID adviser Anthony Fauci, MD, said people should not take pain relievers that "suppress immunological response" before getting vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also echoed this advice in their vaccination guidelines. "It is not recommended you take these medicines [ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines, or acetaminophen] before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects, because it is not known how these medications may impact how well the vaccine works," reads the CDC's website.

However, you are clear to take pain relievers after your vaccination if you experience any side effects. To see if you need to talk to your doctor before the shot, check out If You Take This Common Medication, Talk to a Doctor Before Your Vaccine.


Experts say it's best to hold off on getting any facial injections until after your COVID vaccine since studies have shown that they could cause an adverse reaction. A report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), presented to the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), documented a few occasions in which vaccine recipients who had gotten cosmetic filler injected into their cheeks or lips between two weeks to six months prior to their vaccination experienced swelling after their shot. To see what you should avoid after getting vaccinated, check out Dr. Fauci Says Don't Do This After Your First COVID Shot.


Swollen lymph nodes under your arm are a possible immune response from the COVID vaccine, and are nothing to be worried about. But the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) cautioned that this side effect could mimic a lump that would be indicative of breast cancer, potentially raising unnecessary concern. SBI suggests people schedule their regular mammogram appointment "four to six weeks following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination" unless they need urgent medical attention. And to see what you should be ready for after your second shot, check out Doctors Are Warning You to "Be Prepared" for This After Your Second Dose.


Amy's Baking Company's Employee Contract Exposed: The 8 Most Insane Rules at the Infamous Kitchen Nightmares Restaurant


Remember Amy's Baking Company? The first restaurant that Gordon Ramsay ever quit on, on Kitchen Nightmares? Yeah you do! Because Amy and Samy Bouzaglo swore at their customers and tried to hurt them with food and who could forget that!

Amy has finally opened up, to The Daily Mail, about life after the reality show, allegedly saying: "Physically, this has taken a huge toll on me." She claims the couple had to turn off their phone to stop harassing calls and she now worries Samy will be deported to Israel.

As for the episode itself, Amy claims that they actually quit the show, not the other way around ("To make sure they didn't misportray us.") and, on the matter of stealing the employees' tips, claims, "[Samy] would rather cut his balls off than take money from any waitress or servers."

An interesting thing to say when shortly thereafter she admits, "Since the show, we recognize the outcry and now we're giving the servers their tips." So by interesting, we mean maybe that was a lie.

It's also "interesting" in light of an alleged employee contract that's leaked online, outlining the rules of the restaurant. There are 20 rules total and, though they start off as expected ("No Cell Phones allowed" and "You must be dressed appropriately"), the real nutty stuff comes towards the end:

"5).Any type of attitude will result in immediate termination." A fact we learned first hand on the show, when a waitress was fired and called a "a poisonous little viper" after Amy decided her line of questioning was tinged with attitude.

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"6). You must leave the premise immediately after your scheduled shift, and no family or friends may come to see you while working." Also, employees must not visit or partake in "unnecessary talking" in order to avoid possible harm.

"9).At no point is any food or any type of open beverage allowed in the kitchen. This is a direct Health Code Violate." It's also a violation of no food being cooked in the kitchen (Allegedly. Or so we hear. From Gordon during the episode.)

"14). Respect and distance must be given to all fellow employees. No harassment or bullying of any type will be tolerated and will be cause for immediate termination." Note: This policy applies to employees, not customers.

16) Holidays and Weekends are Mandatory, by signing this contract you are accepting that you will be required to work all Holidays, and Weekends. Due to the nature of our Industry this is a necessity and any No-Show will be monetarily penalized with a fee of $250.00.

17) The recipes and techniques that have been developed by Amy at ABC are exclusive and shall remain confidential. Any removal of recipes will be considered theft. Read it this way: "Recipes" and "techniques."

19) The wait staff understands that any and all ‘tips' are property of the ‘house'. By signing this contract you agree that you willing accept a payment Waitress Fired for Getting Mammogram - Recipes,[nobr][H1toH2]

Watch the video: Rude Customer Gets Waiter Fired, She Lives To Regret It. (January 2022).