Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 9, 2012
January 9, 2012
New York City’s Fifth Avenue is ranked as one of the snobbiest places on earth to shop. Women’s Wear Daily says the shopping mecca that houses Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Abercrombie and Fitch came out near the bottom in an anonymous survey of shoppers ‘round the globe. Fifth Avenue ranked at 26th out of 30. To find a sales clerk who might crack a smile at you while dropping your dollars on high-end designer duds, then you better have some frequent flier miles saved up. Orchard Road in Singapore, Avenue de la Liberté in Luxembourg and Bagdat Avenue in Istanbul were ranked as the most pleasant places to shop.
Phone Starter: What is your favorite place to shop and why? (Bartha)
Court date tomorrow:
JONATHON "The Unit" MANFRE may be relocating from the "Jersey Shore" to the federal pen. The reality "star" was arrested last July for possessing a drug called Ketamine, which is intended to tranquilize horses, but can cause hallucinations in humans. A police official in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, tells RadarOnline.com The Unit was indicted on third-degree felony posession charges in December, and could face anywhere from three-to-five years in the clink. He's scheduled to head back to court tomorrow. (Lee)
Cops & robbers:
Cops in England are on the lookout for the dumbest bank robber in history.
The Daily Telegraph reports an unknown male walked into the Halifax Bank in London and demanded one-million dollars. But, after making his demands, the man gave his gun to the cashier instead of a money bag. The cashier froze up and the crook quickly realized his mistake. Security cameras show the robber grabbed for his gun and ran away before security could respond. Then, the punk stole a bicycle and pedaled off.
The bank is offering a 40-thousand dollar reward for his capture. (Still)
DR. DRE is in big trouble with PETA. The animal rights group is upset with the hip-hop mogul for the latest offering from his Beats by Dre line. It's a pair of headphones... covered in fox fur. Dre teamed up with OSCAR DE LA RENTA for this, and the limited edition headphones sell for 695-dollars. PETA's Michelle Cho wrote a letter to Dre asking him to keep fur and exotic-animal skins out of his Beats by Dre designs. Dre hasn't said a word, yet. But, see now everyone will want to buy the furry phones. Maybe Dre is clever as... a fox? (Marino)
Stupid people, stupid places:
An Australian woman miraculously survived after her cord snap during a bungee jump over crocodile-infested waters.
There's video. You watch. The drop is over 360 feet. She jumps. The cord extends, and then snaps. Twenty-two-year-old ERIN LANGWORTHY had to swim through rapids with her feet still tied.
Editor's note: In other news, some people are stupid enough to bungee jump over crocodile-infested waters
--In still other news, people still bungee jump? (Maiman)
Marketers backed off from coupons in a big way last year, according to estimates from Kantar Media. It finds some 272 billion free-standing insert (FSI) coupons were distributed in 2011 --a decline of 6.5 percent from 2010. The average expiration time per coupon fell just over five percent and the average face value of coupons offered last year was also down slightly. (Kaye)
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