Not all the soda tax confusion is a case of sticker shock. ShopRite, one of the largest grocery store chains in the city, admitted to Billy Penn that some items in its stores were mislabeled this week and customers may have been erroneously charged a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on items they shouldn’t have been. Anyone who believes they were erroneously charged should come back to the store and speak with customer service, ShopRite said. Here's what store reps told us about what went wrong.
What should residents of Second Street do if their neighborhood is still a mess days after New Year’s has passed? Call 311. According to one person who lives nearby, on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 4 (more than 48 hours after post-parade festivities ended) there were still “broken beer bottles, empty beer cans, litter” and the debris caused by destruction of flowerpots or exterior decorations all over Second Street. There were also barricades left all over the sidewalk — at least until Billy Penn pointed them out.
A rider has sued Uber for negligence, fraud, battery, and assault, per a BuzzFeed report, alleging that a driver who picked him up in Philly beat him up after refusing to take him to Cherry Hill. Joseph Fusco, a security firm director, says he requested a ride from a party near UPenn around 11 p.m. on Dec. 22, then got in the front seat and asked to go to NJ. Why did he get in the front seat? Unclear, but the driver allegedly told him to get out, then dragged him out and "severely" beat him and left him bleeding on the pavement. The driver has been banned, Uber said, but the suit is still pending.
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Howie Roseman was asked during his post-season press conference this week about some mistakes the team made when Chip Kelly was in charge of player personnel. Roseman refused to talk about specific players who are currently under contract — cough DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy cough — but did say, “I don’t have a Delorean time machine to go back in time and get some of those guys back.” But...what if he did?
Philly’s restaurant scene continues to boom. From upscale taverns to fine dining revivals to the surge in fast casual concepts, food has never been a bigger part of what defines this city. Billy Penn has been covering the industry since our inception, but now we’re ready to take the next step. Say hello to our first restaurant critic: Adam Erace.