Amid Sears Bankruptcy, Company Wants To Pay Execs Over $19M In Bonuses

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Sears recently filed for bankruptcy and has plans to close even more stores. Amid bankruptcy plans, Sears is seeking court approval to pay their executives as much as $19 million in bonuses. If Sears goes out of business, the top three executives could get about $1 million each. If they remain in the business, they could get around $500,000. The bonuses would only be paid if Sears reaches their cash-flow targets.

Sears also asked courts for another bonus that would be only available to execs who stay with Sears during the reorganization process. This is so top employees stick it out with the company instead of leaving when things get rough. The hearing for the bonuses is set for December 20, right before Christmas. The only exception is that Eddie Lampert, the chairman and primary shareholder of Sears, will not receive a bonus in the filling, even if bonuses are approved.

How Sears Is Treating Store Employees

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Unfortunately, as Sears tries to cling to their executives, they are closing many Sears locations and laying off employees of the stores with no severance packages. Employees are upset that they were promised severance packages, then told they couldn’t receive them because of the bankruptcy and are now learning about these bonuses.

Sear’s Plan

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As of right now, Sears bankruptcy plan is to stay in business and sell itself. They filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. With the bankruptcy, Sears secured a $350 million bankruptcy loan from Great American Capital Partners. They are also considering offers from companies to liquidate the business. They plan to close about 180 of their remaining 500 stores. Other stores like Toys “R” Us have been in the same predicament as Sears is right now. David’s Bridal also recently filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Sears has been in business for over 125 years. They currently employ around 68,000 people. What a shame that such a long-lasting company is going out of business. Even worse, that they are trying to give executives big bonuses while opting out of severance packages for loyal employees at their stores.

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What do you think about Sears closing? What memories do you have of shopping at Sears over the years? Will you continue to shop there or have you already stopped to shop at other retailers?

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10 Foods You Shouldn’t Feed To Your Pets This Thanksgiving

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Only recently have reports flooded been released stating which foods are OK to feed to your four-legged friends. It’s pretty second-nature to some people to feed the scraps of food from the table to their curious and hungry furry companion. However, studies have shown that there are some foods you really shouldn’t feed to your pets, and chocolate isn’t the only no-no food!

In light of Thanksgiving Day which is just around the corner, here are 10 Thanksgiving foods you shouldn’t feed to your pets. Some of them might surprise you!

1. Turkey

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This might not be super obvious to some pet owners and the first food item they often reach for when feeding their pet table scraps is the turkey. The reason behind this is because your turkey is often smothered in butter, garlic, or other seasonings, which can be very toxic for your pet. However, if the meat is totally boneless, plain, and well-cooked, it may be fine for your pet to nibble on a very small portion.

2. Ham

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Pet insurance carrier Pets Best says that pork products, including ham, can lead to pancreatitis, vomiting, and diarrhea in pets. Even the smallest portions of this food item can cause obesity in smaller dogs and cats.

3. Stuffing

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The reason stuffing is out of the question for pets is because stuffing often contains foods that are extremely harmful to animals’ systems. This includes foods like Wild mushrooms, grapes, raisins, and “especially onions,” according to Sadie Cornelius, Marketing Director for Canine Journal.

4. Sweet Potatoes

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The reason why you shouldn’t feed your furry friend sweet potatoes is the same reason why you shouldn’t feed them turkey. However, if they are completely plain, they are fine to let your pet nibble on.

5. Pumpkin pie

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If you’re thinking of feeding your pet a little piece of pumpkin pie, think again. If they want to try plain, canned pumpkin, that’s fine, according to People. Pumpkin is great with aiding proper digestion. However, pumpkin pie is loaded with additional spices and condensed milk, which can make your pet have a very upset stomach.

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Watch This Hallmark Christmas Movie To Get A Sneak Peek Of Elvis Presley’s Home

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The Hallmark Channel recently came out with their newest lineup of Christmas movies and one of them was filmed at Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tenessee. The movie is called Christmas at Graceland and stars country singer Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown. Reportedly, Hallmark is the first to film at this amazing estate.

The movie’s plot follows Laurel (Pickler), a businesswoman from Chicago visiting Memphis in hopes of closing an important deal at work. She, of course, runs into her ex Clay (Brown) and memories come up of the two performing music together. The memories pull her back into her dreams of performing again. Will she close her business deal or fall back into being a musician and chasing her dreams?

The Movie Was Filmed Entirely At Graceland

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One thing we do know is that the background of the movie is Graceland’s beautiful property. Some of the decorations include blue Christmas lights that Elvis’s dad reportedly first put up. The movie will go through many areas of the iconic home, all decked out for the holidays.

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Kellie Pickler said her favorite part of filming there was filming with Elvis’s piano. What a great honor, especially since this is Kellie’s movie debut. The only way to see what will be featured in the movie of Elvis’s home is to watch the movie this week.

 You Can Visit Graceland Too

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If visiting Elvis’s home excites you, plan a trip! You can actually visit his home, which has now been turned into multiple museums, exhibits and includes tours of the mansion. You can also stay there for the night. If you are a huge Elvis fan, you can even get married on the grounds. How cool would that be? Prices for the basic tours start at around $40 and go up based on what type of experience you are looking for.

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Are you excited to watch the film? Christmas at Graceland premieres on the Hallmark Channel on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Get your family together to watch it at 10 pm ET, the night before Thanksgiving. It will likely air again around Christmas too. Check out the preview of the movie below and visit Hallmark’s website for more information about Christmas at Graceland and the cast.

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A Full List Of Stores That Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving Day is almost here. We’re only one day into the week so far and we’re already preparing our turkeys, our dining rooms, and most importantly, our stomachs! You’d think that most (if not all) stores on Thanksgiving would be closed, but there are definitely some out there that still operate on special hours on Thanksgiving Day (and even sometimes Christmas Day)!

That’s why we have a full list of all your favorite stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so you can be sure to plan your shopping needs around the stores’ special hours of operation.

1. Costco

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Costco will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Remember to grab your Thanksgiving essentials a few days before!

2. Aldi

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Aldi will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. While it is a grocery store chain, you might be able to visit your local Stop & Shop or supermarket in a pinch, depending on where you live!

3. Trader Joe’s

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Trader Joe’s will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Another fan-favorite grocery store chain that will be allowing its employees a day with their friends and family. We all need time off!

4. The Home Depot

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Everyone’s favorite home improvement store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Take the day to yourself, you don’t need to upgrade your home with new lights just yet!

5. IKEA

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Same goes for IKEA, a popular furniture retail store. Take the day and don’t you worry about replacing your furniture just yet. Christmas is coming up, you know!

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Woman Shares Photos Of Amazing Act Of Kindness Plane Crew Is Really Doing During Delay

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Being stuck at the airport or on an airplane because of a flight delay is one of the worst things ever. Generally, this happens because of weather, mechanical issues, or a back up of planes on the runway. However, sometimes one passenger can cause the delay and that can be frustrating. Other times, it can make you see the good in humanity.

Recently, a woman named Kristen Wiley shared a heartwarming story about a delayed flight on Facebook. The plane should have already taken off, so Kristen looked around to try to find out what was going on. What she found the Alaska Airlines crew doing really surprised her.

What Was The Crew Doing?

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She quickly noticed that the crew and flight attendants were gathered around one passenger in particular. Was this person ill? As Kristen realized what was happening, she posted on Facebook to share about the delay.

Her Facebook post shared this message: “Currently sitting on a plane, with a 45-minute delay. Why? Because there is an elderly woman suffering from dementia, who is very upset and confused. The incredible staff of #alaskaairlines is being extremely patient and compassionate, in what can only be a very scary situation for her. Explaining every step, cuddling her dog, giving so much kindness. This is how I would want my mother, my sister, my aunt, my daughter, my friend cared for.

Thank you, Alaska Airlines Flight # 748 for giving #firstclassservice to EVERY passenger.

#bekind #iamalaskaair #loyalcustomerforlife”

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While some people still might have been upset that their flight was delayed, Kristen reminded us all that there are good people out there. In what could have easily been a bad situation, the crew stayed calm and patient. They helped this poor woman with dementia and eventually had to escort her off the plane.

Here’s What Alaska Airlines Did Next

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The woman just wasn’t ready to fly, so Alaska Airlines made her a very sweet offer. They assisted the woman, her husband, and her dog off the plane and provided hotel and transportation for the evening. They planned to help her make the trip the very next day. We hope she was able to fly with no confusion or sadness.

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What a great reminder to be kind. Even in the most frustrating of situations, like a flight delay, you can see the beauty of the world and of humanity. Thank you to Kristen for sharing this story. Check out the video below of another fun story about a plane delay that involves a Disney sing-off!

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What To Do If You Are Stranded In Your Car During A Snowstorm

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If you live in an area where you experience heavy snowfall and snowstorms during the winter, you will need to know these car safety tips. Heavy snow can cause you to become stranded on highways and it can be a very stressful and life-threatening situation. However, you can survive and it always helps to be prepared.

Here’s what you need to do if your car is ever stranded on a snowy highway.

1. If the snowfall is too heavy and you can’t see where you are going, pull off the highway immediately

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When you pull off to the side of the road, make sure you are visible to anyone who may rescue you. Turn on your hazard lights as soon as possible. You may also want to tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna or door handle. Keep items like brightly colored cloths and extra lights in your car so rescuers can see you more easily in an emergency situation.

2. Call 911

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If you have a cell phone with you, call 911. You should always keep a cell phone and charger in your car for emergencies. Just remember to never text or call while driving. Describe your location and your condition. If you and your passengers are okay, you may also want to call AAA to come to get you instead of first calling 911.

3. Stay calm and stay in your vehicle

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If you get out of your car, you risk getting hit by other cars or getting frostbite. You will also want to stay calm and try to stay dry. If you start to panic and get sweaty, your wet clothes could make you susceptible to hypothermia. If you start to become too warm and tired, let some cool air in the car.

4. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

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Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear and is not getting blocked by snow to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Run your engine every 10 minutes or so to make sure your car doesn’t break down. You may also want to keep a window cracked for fresh air. When the engine is running, turn the dome light on to attract more attention to your car.

5. Aim to stay safe and warm in your car

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If you have multiple people in the car, huddle together for warm. Take turns sleeping so someone can be on the lookout for rescue crews at all times. Loosen tight clothing and change positions frequently to avoid blood clots that form from staying too still.

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