Mississippi hospital employee fired for calling Donut Palace worker the N-word in viral video

A Mississippi Baptist Medical Center employee has been fired after video of him calling a doughnut shop worker a racial slur multiple times went viral.

Kyle Thomas worked in the radiology department at the Medical Center in Flowood, Miss.

On Saturday, he visited the localDonut Palacein his full scrubs and he got into an altercation with shop employee Keaundrea Wardlaw.

WARNING: This video contains graphic language

According to Wardlaw, Thomas was upset about the service and the two began to argue.

In the video Wardlaw recorded, Thomas is heard telling Wardlaw, a black woman, to “shut her f—ing mouth,” and then proceeds to call her to N-word multiple times.

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Wardlaw responds by calling Thomas a “b—-“ and later follows Thomas out to his car, where she records his license plate number.

The video has since gone viral, pulling in thousands of negative reactions demanding Thomas be let go from his job.

In a now-deleted Facebook post, Thomas tried to defend his actions, writing, “I am so sorry, there is nothing I can say that will change what I said. I drove back up there and tried to apologize and she had gone. I regret every word that I said there is no excuse to ever say these horrible things. I only hope that by me sharing a public apology in this incident you could show me some grace. I was upset about another issue and it spilled over into this and I can’t apologize enough,” Yahoo Lifestyle reported.

Wardlaw confirmed to WJTV that Thomas came back to apologize to her boss for causing a scene, but did not apologize to her. According to WJTV, Wardlaw said she would have accepted an apology from Thomas.

However, Twitter users did not believe the apology.

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Ayoka Pond, a spokesperson for the hospital, said in a statement to Fox News that Thomas’ actions do not represent the hospital and confirmed that he had been fired.

"We are aware of the confrontation captured on video involving one of our off duty employees at a local donut shop. We take this situation very seriously. This employee’s language and behavior does not represent our organization’s values and his employment has been terminated.

"We want our patients, employees, physicians and our community to know that we find the language used in the video to be completely unacceptable and inconsistent with what we expect from employees or anyone associated with our organization. We are committed to a work environment that is inclusive and where everyone is respected and valued."

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The Donut Palace employee recorded the racist exchange on her phone.(Google Maps)

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The Donut Shop also released a statement announcing their zero tolerance policy for racist behavior.

"I am extremely disappointed and disgusted at what took place this past Saturday. It was shocking and painful to watch this footage and imagine what Ms. Wardlaw must have felt at the time. Regardless of the grievances people have or anything that may have happened prior to this incident, no one deserves to be treated this way. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior, and we will support Ms. Wardlaw in whatever action she chooses to take as a result,” the Donut Shop wrote on Facebook.

Wardlaw claims she did not want the man to be fired, but felt Thomas should be held accountable for using the N-word, she told WJTV.

Germans say beer cans are ‘cheap’ and ‘trashy’ despite threat of bottle shortage

This summer has not been to kind to beer drinkers in Europe.

First there was a CO2 shortage in Russia during the World Cup and now there’s a beer bottle shortage threatening the supply of brew in Germany.

Due to a recent heat wave abroad, temperatures haven’t been the only thing on the rise. The country has also seen an increase in beer consumption. But while there’s no shortage of actual beer, breweries are running low on bottles to put it in, NPR reports.

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Environmentally conscious Germans pay a small deposit on every glass bottle they buy, which they get back when it’s returned to the store. However, bottles are being sold faster than they’re being returned, leaving brewers in short supply.

"We’ve had a beer bottle shortage since the middle of May," Christian Schuster, from the Greif brewery in Bavaria, told public broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk. "We can’t get hold of used ones fast enough and ordering new ones takes time. I’m having to send my delivery guys out to look for old, empty bottles," he said.

There are about four billion beer bottles in circulation around Germany, and each bottle is reused up to 30 times, according to Inside magazine, an industry publication, NPR reports.

Breweries are making public appeals to thirsty customers, hoping they’ll be inclined to return their empty bottles. Moritz Fiege, a brewery in Mochum, posted one such plea on its Facebook page last month. “Great weather + great beer = serious thirst. The catch: although we regularly buy new bottles, we’re running out. So before you go on your summer holiday, please be sure to return your Moritz Fiege empties. … Make your motto: first the empties, then the holiday!” the post reads.

In order to solve this problem, some breweries are turning to cans, which brewers say is actually better for the beer. “There is no light ingress [with a can] and, over time, there are some oxygen permeations through the lid of a bottle which the can doesn’t have," Stone master brewer Thomas Tyrell told NPR.

But not everyone is on board with the idea. Many Germans think the cans aren’t environmentally friendly. They’re also just not big fans.

"I’ll only drink beer out of can if there’s no other alternative. A bottle is much more civilized," 30-year-old Marcel Hillebrand told NPR. "A can is ergonomically wrong and the beer warms up too quickly. But mainly it just looks cheap. Cheap and a bit trashy."

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Luckily for people like Hillebrand, there are people on the street who spend each day collecting discarded beer bottles to return for a profit, like 29-year-old Georgi Valentin, who’s homeless. “I do this every day. I get about seven euros for a full shopping cart of empty bottles," he told NPR.

Naked man breaks into liquor store, only steals one can of Coke

A man in Georgia wearing no clothes broke into a liquor store Monday and stole a can of soda.

Police said Charles Wyatt, 61, used a hammer to break the glass of Beverage World in Forsyth County early in the morning.

Surveillance video shows the man entering the store completely naked except for his shoes. He then steals a Coke and wanders around drinking it before lying down for a little while.

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Wyatt was arrested around 4 a.m. after exiting the store and charged with burglary, theft by taking, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime, Fox 5 reports.

Charles Wyatt, 61, was arrested after exiting the store and charged with charged with burglary, theft by taking, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime(Forsyth County Detention Center)

The owner of the store, Jamie Kurisko, told WSB-TV he was “relieved” because he figured Wyatt wasn’t trying to rob him.

"We’ve shown a couple of people the video. Some of our sales peoples. Everybody is kind of amazed. It’s kind of funny right now, but it wasn’t at the time," Kurisko said.

Three nights prior to the break-in, police encountered Wyatt walking naked along the road in front of the liquor store and had him sent to the hospital, WSB-TV reports.

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Wyatt reportedly has diminished mental capacity, according to police, and had missed a few doses of his medication prior to the first incident.

McDonald’s testing French Toast McGriddles in Minnesota, which come with both bacon AND sausage

Moving forward with an idea that most meat lovers have only dreamed of, but perhaps only hesitated to try because of a nagging cardiologist, the folks at McDonald’s are introducing a new McGriddle sandwich with bacon, sausage, cheese and egg, all stuffed between two slices of French toast.

The item, officially called the McGriddles French Toast breakfast sandwich, is being billed as “everything you love about breakfast in one sandwich” by McDonald’s Chef Mike Lingo, but it comes with a catch — the new McGriddle is currently only testing at 235 locations in Minnesota.

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“We’re excited for our Minnesota customers to test our new McGriddles French Toast sandwich and help evolve McDonald’s menu across the country,” said Tom Butler, McDonald’s Minnesota co-op president and franchise owner, in a news release. “We look forward to hearing our customers’ response to this deliciously sweet and savory breakfast sandwich.”

A representative for McDonald’s was not immediately available to confirm when the item would roll out nationwide, should it prove successful.

If the McGriddles French Toast does make it out of Minnesota, however, McDonald’s customers can expect “savory and smoky flavors from the sausage and bacon” along with “creaminess, cheddar flavors and salt from the American cheese; [and] sweet cinnamon, spice and vanilla flavors from the French toast,” says Lingo.

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In the meantime, purists across the country can still get the original McGriddle — featuring egg, cheese, and a choice of sausage or bacon — on the restaurant’s all-day breakfast menu, even if it now seems super lame by comparison.

In-N-Out coming to British Columbia for one day

In-N-Out is coming to Canada – but just for one day.

The favorite burger chain of the West Coast is heading up north for an annual event in Langley – part of Vancouver’s metro area.

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In-N-Out will be opening a pop-up store to serve up burgers during the Langley Good Times Cruise-In car show on September 8.

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This is not In-N-Out’s first time over the border, however.(iStock)

This is not In-N-Out’s first time over the border, however. The fast food chain has been setting up shop at the annual event for the past several years.

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Though there is another catch – In-N-Out will only be serving single hamburgers and bagged chips while supplies last. So, no animal style well done fries or double doubles for this one-day event. But those attending should still expect long lines at the burger truck.

Vancouver Courier reports that the money raised by In-N-Out during the event will go towards cruise-in charities.

Illinois woman chooses Taco Bell for 101st birthday, is ‘hooked’ on Nacho Fries

To celebrate her 101st birthday, Ruth Parker chose the same restaurant she’s eaten at twice a week for the past 18 years: Taco Bell.

Parker, who frequents the Taco Bell in Carbondale, Ill.,every Tuesday and Friday, commemorated the milestone in the same fast-food restaurant, which was decorated with flowers, balloons and a message on the marquee sign.

"I feel alright. I feel good at 101, I guess," Parker told KFVS-TV, adding that she and her friends celebrate every birthday at the Taco Bell.

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Parker saidwhen she moved back to southern Illinois, she wanted to find a place where she could enjoy some coffee and read the newspaper. At the time, Taco Bell didn’t offer a cup of joe on its menu but an employee made a cup of instant coffee for her instead— making Parker a regular customer.

“No matter what, we all know Miss Ruth, and we all made her a part of our lives, and we’ve talked to her, and we just love her to death,” Rebecca Gefro, the Taco Bell manager, told KFVS.

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“We’ll see her at 102 next year, and we’ll make it even bigger,” Gefro said.

Over the years, Parker speculates that she’s tried everything offered on the menu. But now, Parker says she’s “hooked” on the Nacho Fries, a limited-time menu item Taco Bellreintroducedin July.

She’s also free to order coffee now, as the Carbondale location has started offering the item on its menu now that Taco Bell began serving breakfast a few years back.

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Taco Bell has been the site of, or helped with, many memorable occasions for its customers nationwide.

In May, two teenagers took their prom photos at a Pennsylvania Taco Bell. A pregnant Kentucky woman is tracking her baby’s growth with Taco Bell menu items. And last year, a Florida couple took some wedding photos inside the Mexican-inspired fast-food chain.

"Whether it’s as a backdrop to senior grad photos, a wedding venue or a birthday destination from 1 to 101, Taco Bell’s role in our fan’s biggest life-moments show the power of the brand in culture and the importance of our Team Members’ role in the community," Taco Bell spokesman Matt Prince said in a statement.

10 dietitian-approved breakfasts to keep you full longer

You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, that statement is only as true as what’s on your plate. If your breakfast options are high-calorie, high-sugar bagels and donuts, you may notice your energy peak and then drop soon after your meal.

While fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide important nutrients and quick fuel in the morning, it’s the protein content of your meal that will help you feel fuller, longer. In addittion to increasing your statiety, research shows a healthy, high-protein breakfast promotes weight management by helping you make better food choices throughout the day, as well as reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

To make your morning protein quota easy, ten registered dietians share their favorite protein-packed breakfasts with 400 calories or less, to help you keep your energy up, your taste buds happy, and your appetite at bay.

Fried Egg and Guacamole Breakfast Salad

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Packed with 18 grams of protein, this egg and avocado breakfast salad is sure to keep you full until lunchtime. “Studies suggest that eating a two-egg breakfast may help to enhance weight loss, boost fullness, and limit calorie intake throughout the day—and guacamole is an ideal accompaniment since eating avocados is associated with weight management and improved diet quality,” says Jackie Newgent, RDN, culinary nutritionist and author of “The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook.” For a morning time-saver, Newgent says she uses a store-bought guacamole that’s preservative free. As a bonus, going with a salad instead of toast is a nutritious swap that reduces the calories of the dish.

Blueberry Power Muffin

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Unlike most jumbo muffins, that are really sugar-loaded cupcakes, these delicious muffins are an excellent source of both protein and fiber for staying power. Made with almond flour and oat flour, they’re also gluten-free. While many high-protein muffin recipes use a protein powder, these muffins naturally pack in 14 grams of protein, mainly from the eggs and almond flour. But the star of the recipe is really the blueberries. Not only do they add a tangy sweetness and juiciness, they’re also a good source of fiber and vitamin C.

High Protein Pomegranate and Clementine Yogurt Bowl

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Depending on the type you choose, a yogurt can either be a high-protein breakfast or a complete sugar bomb. Flavored yogurts are loaded with hidden sugars, calories, and other unhealthy additives. Choose a plain yogurt and add fresh fruit to enhance the taste and textures. “This pomegranate and clementine Greek yogurt bowl is packed with 20 grams of protein per serving and fiber rich fruits to help you feel full any time of the day. Plus, the ingredients are readily available and with a tiny bit of advanced planning, it requires very little thought to prepare,” says Robin Plotkin, RDN, Culinary Nutritionist and Founder of Robinsbite.com. As for the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt, because of the straining process, Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein than regular yogurt.

Lean Egg White Steak and Feta Frittata

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Unlike an omelet that’s typically made to serve just one, a large frittata can be made in advance, sliced, and served warm or at room temperature for a quick breakfast with staying power. “My favorite go-to high protein breakfast meal is a frittata made with egg whites, lean steak, and feta. It gives a powerful protein punch to kick start my day,” says Jim White RDN, ACSM EX-P, Owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios. Plus, White explains that a recent Beef Wise study has shown that lean beef is just as effective as other protein choices in supporting healthy weight loss and leaner bodies. “Not only do these lean proteins help to rebuild muscle but they also satisfy me to push through my long work days,” he says.

Make Ahead Kale and Feta Frittata

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If you prefer a meatless frittata that packs in protein, as well as kale, than this recipe is for you. “It’s no secret that eating plenty of protein, especially at breakfast, leaves you feeling fuller longer. But that’s not the only reason I love this protein-packed frittata. Research also shows that when cutting calories, keeping your protein intake high will actually help you preserve more muscle… meaning your ‘weight loss’ is actually ‘fat loss’ and who doesn’t want that?” says Regan Jones, RDN, founding editor at HealthyAperture.com. To save time, Jones recommends freezing the mixed ingredients in a large zip-top bag until ready to prepare.

Protein Power Breakfast Parfait

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Fruit parfaits are not only perfect for snack time, they’re an excellent option for a quick and healthy breakfast. “Break free from breakfast boredom with this protein-filled breakfast parfait made with cottage cheese, walnuts, fresh fruit, and whole grain cereal. This tasty parfait provides almost 20 grams of protein in every serving and it will keep you satisfied for hours,” says Liz Weiss, MS, RDN host of "Liz’s Healthy Table" radio podcast and blog. While Greek yogurt has stolen the nutritional limelight in recent years for its protein content, you might be surprised to know that cottage cheese has slightly more; nonfat cottage cheese has 24 grams of protein per cup, while Greek yogurt comes in just under 20 grams per cup.

Scrambled Turmeric Tofu with Mushrooms and Greens

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If you’re looking for a protein-rich option that’s vegetarian or vegan, or you just want to cut back a bit on animal protein, this rich, savory scramble is sure to please. “It’s packed with protein, compliments of tofu, which can be crumbled with turmeric into a savory scramble reminiscent of eggs,” says Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian. With a hint of earthy greens and sun-dried tomatoes, this hearty scramble packs in 14 grams of protein for just 152 calories. Palmer recommends serving it with avocados and whole grain toast for a healthy balanced meal of whole grains, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats.

Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats with Pistachio Topping

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A whole grain rich in fiber and antioxidants, oatmeal is a nutritious way to start your day. Oats have been shown to help boost digestive health, manage blood sugar levels, and support a healthy weight. And while a typical serving of oatmeal provides 4-6 grams of protein, adding higher protein ingredients can help bump up the satiety factor even more. “This super simple breakfast recipe is packed with 21 grams of protein, thanks to the Greek yogurt, milk, and pistachios. In fact, pistachios are one of the highest-protein nuts out there,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner ofAmy Gorin Nutritionin the New York City area. Plus, since this recipe is made the night before, the time-saving bonus is built-in.

Easy Skillet Shakshuka

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A simple dish that stars every-day ingredients, shakshuka is basically eggs poached in a spiced tomato and green pepper stew with onions and garlic. “This simple stovetop shakshuka recipe uses one skillet and cooks up a protein- and veggie-packed breakfast or brunch in less than 30 minutes.It can also be made ahead and reheated for a quick morning meal when you’re in a hurry,” says Holley Grainger, MS, RD,Culinary Dietitian and founder ofCleverful Living. Unlike a traditional shakshuka recipe, this version adds in lean ground beef for an extra protein source boosting the vitamins, minerals, and, most importantly when you’re trying to lose weight, the satiety factor.One serving of this recipe has more than 20 grams of protein and less than 250 calories.

Strawberry-Kiwi Yogurt Parfait

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For an easy protein-packed breakfast, this five-ingredient parfait made with Greek yogurt is sure to please. In addition to the 23 grams of protein per serving, this parfait pumps up the nutrients even further with fresh kiwis and strawberries, which are both an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C. “Both protein and fiber help keep you satisfied, allowing you to focus on your day ahead instead of food,” says Toby Amidor, MS, RD, author of “Smart Meal Prep for Beginners” and nutrition partner with California Strawberry Commission. Providing a satisfying crunch, the chopped almonds in this parfait add to the fiber and protein content, plus recent research suggests almonds can help reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Mary Berry admits she told white lies to contestants

Beloved judge Mary Berry, of BBC’s popular baking competition “The Great British Bake Off,” is admitting that she wasn’t entirely honest with the gentle criticisms that she handed out during her six-year tenure on the show.

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The 83-year-old baking star told Express that during her judging days she would tell these white lies to save the contestants from feeling bad.

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“We did have a wonderful man and he made a beetroot cake. It really was awful but we didn’t say it was nasty because he would get so upset,”Berry told Express. “There were quite a few things I didn’t like so much,” she said, adding, “People know when they’ve done something awful. It’s been so bad it made me feel quite ill.”

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Berry remarked that her approach to the bakers was much different than that of her co-judge, Paul Hollywood, who she said could be “harsh.”

“We had great fun. He was brilliant at bread and I had my thing,” she said. “I could sometimes tick him off. He was a bit harsh and I was trying to encourage people,” she said to Express, adding that constants who mess up “don’t need to be told off about it, they need to know to how to have success next time.”

Michigan man pees in deli section of Kroger store, police say

A Michigan man allegedly chose an unusual place to relieve himself on Sunday night.

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The 69-year-old Swartz Creek man, who has not yet been named, allegedly peed in the deli section of a local Kroger grocery store, Metro Policetold ABC12.

A customer in the store who witnessed the incident alerted a grocery store employee, who allegedly snapped a picture of the suspect.

The man was arrested shortly after, according to the news station.The grocery store has since thrown out any affected items and thoroughly cleaned the area, according to ABC 12.

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Minnesota beer delivery men credited with saving man’s life

Men and women across the world use beer to bond with their friends and loved ones, but it’s a rare occurrence that anyone uses the beverage to save a life.

Jason Gabel and Kwame Anderson, two beer delivery men in Minnesota, are being credited with just that after they spotted a man hanging onto an overpass fence in St. Paul while making their rounds on Wednesday.

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The pair believed the man was suicidal, prompting Anderson called 911 while he tried to talk the person off the ledge, according to Fox 9.

“I thought about Denzel Washington when he’s acting as a cop in movies. I said, ‘Well, I gotta keep this guy entertained somehow because if I wait for police, this thing may be over,’” Anderson told the station.

Gabel said he had a feeling the man was intimidated by white cops, so he and his partner hatched an idea: Anderson offered the man a drink, and rushed back to the beer truck to grab a 12-pack to lure him to safety.

“I felt relieved. I didn’t plan on saving anybody, but I knew when I saw him standing here I wasn’t going to leave until he came off,” Anderson said.

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Police praised the quick-thinking duo for helping talk the man down.

“The really good thing is the [delivery driver] saw what was going on, recognized a person in crisis and realized he could make a difference for him by stopping and talking,” St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster said.