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Men in Four Lads in Jeans Memes Get Vindication After Signing McDonald’s Deal

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Who would have thought that a boys’ night out one July evening in 2019 will turn into a nightmare? Not Kevin Rooney, Alex Lacey, Jamie Phillips, and Connor Humpage, who have unwillingly gained notoriety as the Four Lads in Jeans. 

Poised to have a fun night in Birmingham, these guys got off the train and, as usual with pals going out, asked someone to take a snapshot. Satisfied with the photo, they went on to share it on their Instagram accounts and got ready to start the night with some good time.

How The Four Lads Became Viral

The photo was then forgotten, and life went on as it usually has. Then, a few weeks after that fateful night, they were shocked to see that the particular picture resurfaced. This time as a meme that would haunt them for the next 18 months. 

Not one of these men ever imagined being in the center of everyone’s attention, but here they are, already dubbed as the Four Lads in Jeans. Going viral was the least thing on their thoughts when they went out that night. Especially for being ridiculed and used as a meme, lots and lots of memes.

Since then, they have been subjected to all kinds of trolling and hurtful messages. It was definitely heartbreaking to read comments such as telling them to kill or hang themselves and other abusive messages. Some even went overboard to call them at their work numbers just to prank them. 

The abuse went on to the point that even their mental states were affected. A few of them considered closing down their social media accounts. The four men may have an idea why they were meme-fied but knew that absolutely nothing deserves that much hatred and vitriol.

From Hateful Comments to Getting Love

Then the winds started to change directions when someone edited their photo to look like they were singing the TikTok Sea Shanty. They were once again thrust into the limelight, but this time, for good reasons. Moreover, the men have been approached by agents with offers from big-named brands, one of which is McDonald’s. 

They are now getting their vindication as former trolls are now sending apologetic messages. In an interview with The Mirror, Jamie says that they’re just normal lads who can take a joke, but not when it starts getting personal. The vile comments were just never-ending as were “the thousands of just abuse.”

After a harrowing eighteen months of offensive messages, they are now “getting a lot of love,” says Kevin. The abuse seemed to have stopped, and happily, the four men are now getting positivity from all that debacle. And now that they have a platform, they are less likely to get abused.

These guys agree that how you dress should never be a reason to throw sickening comments at anyone. They believe that it may be a cause for concern for people without a thick skin. They are now advocating to raise awareness for mental health and cyberbullying.

Fame for The Four Lads

The Four Lads are currently enjoying this newfound fame and had to turn down offers as it was getting hard to handle for them all. They are getting the most out of going viral as opportunities are now lined up for them. McDonald’s is the first among many.

Their shot to internet stardom made the burger giant notice them. The four lads were offered to promote McDonald’s Click & Serve. This is the restaurant’s Covid-19 solution for customers to collect food and avoid the drive-through queues.

Being big fans of the fast-food giant themselves, they are taking it all in and enjoying themselves. Quite a respite from all the hatred that came their way. Calling it a privilege to do the promoting for McDonald’s, Kevin says they were chuffed when McDonald’s asked them to help promote and educate people about how to use Click & Serve.

In a video, Kevin is shown ordering from the McDonald’s app but gets interrupted by a call from his mother. He then proceeds to give a step-by-step guide on how to place your order which is to use the app, drive to the nearest McDonald’s outlet, and park in the parking bays especially designated for Click & Serve customers. 

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The Chappelle Show Returns to Netflix

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The Chappelle Show has officially returned to streaming on Netflix, ending a turbulent saga between Dave Chappelle, Comedy Central, and its parent company, CBS Viacom.

Netflix began streaming The Chappelle Show on February 12th, once again after being pulled from its streaming service in November of last year. Netflix originally acquired the rights form CBS Viacom to stream the show in October. In November, Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live, just after the election. He used his monologue to touch on his payment and licensing dispute with Comedy Central, while also poking fun at Trump, COVID, and the state of the country.

Days later, he released a video on Instagram titled Unforgiven in which he discusses the details of his argument with Viacom.

 “These contracts are crazy. You should hear the terminology they say in these contracts. ‘…to use your name and likeness in perpetuity throughout the universe.’ Who the [expletive] could possibly know what that means?”

The contract wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be, according to Chappelle. “People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle Show. When I left that show, I never got paid. They didn’t have to pay because I signed the contract, but is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me, and they never had to tell me. Perfectly legal, because I signed the contract. But is that right?”

Chappelle, who already had a working relationship with Netflix, spoke highly of the streaming service. “That’s why I like working for Netflix. I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me that company didn’t even exist, and when I found out they were streaming Chappelle show I was furious. How could they not know? You know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you wanna know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better. That’s why I fuck with Netflix.”

After admitting there was nothing he could do legally to win his battle, Chappelle appealed to his fans. “I’m coming to my real boss. I’m coming to you. I’m begging you. If you ever liked me, if you ever thought there was something worthwhile about me, I’m begging you. Please don’t watch that show. I’m not asking you to boycott any network. Boycott me. Boycott Chappelle Show. Do not watch it unless they pay me.”

After months of silence on the subject Chappelle released a ten-minute-long video, “Redemption Song”.

Chappelle thanks his fans for the boycott. “I asked you to stop watching the show and thank God almighty for you, you did. You made that show worthless, because without your eyes its nothing. And when you stopped watching it, they called me, and I got my name back and I got my license back and I got my show back and they paid me millions of dollars.”

Dave announces that Comedy Central paid him and gave him the rights and licensing back on his show. He name checked the CEO of Netflix Ted Serandos for backing him. He also thanked Chris McCarthy of CBS Viacom for making things right.

The Chappelle Show along with three of his stand-up specials are available for streaming on Netflix.

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Fail or Success: CEO Pays Equal Pay For ALL

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Have you ever experienced receiving the same amount of salary as the CEO? At first, this setup sounds excellent, especially for the employees. However, in the long run, it brings inevitable setbacks to the company. Calvin Benton, CEO of a British company called Spill, thought that the same pay equals a happy environment. Let’s see if the idea turned out fine for him and his team. 

Where it All Started

Calvin Benton is the CEO of Spill, a psychotherapy company that offers an all-in-one solution for employee’s mental health. It provides counseling and therapy to employees over any platform like Zoom, Slack, etc. 

When Calvin first founded the company, he decided to pay himself and his team an equal salary. At that time, there were only five people in the company, and everyone contributed the same amount of work. Hence, everyone in the team was paid the same amount regardless of the role and experience. 

In the end, after calculating a decent wage enough to live in London, they decided on £36,000 a year. The agreement initially worked well and received positive feedback from the team. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter who pays as everyone has the same salary rate during team outings. The overall team dynamics were more comfortable during those social situations.

However, the team harmony didn’t last that long. The problems started as Spill’s success took off. A growing company needs more staff. That’s the first bump on the road for Calvin’s equal-salary scheme. 

A Bump Following Company’s Expansion

As Spill expanded, the team needed to hire salespersons, clerical workers, and software developers. Calvin told BBC that usually, software developers are in-demand. It means that they have higher salaries than their company’s salary model. As for salespeople, they’re usually paid on commission. 

Their initial salary model didn’t suit the regular pay grade for the two industries. Calvin admitted that they struggled to attract a senior talent for the company’s senior role. After three months in, the salesperson started asking to be paid according to their achieved commission. The salesperson further added that the fixed salary was not working out for them. 

Furthermore, as their team grew, Calvin noted that the equal-pay system began causing inner conflict within members. Some members argued that they worked longer hours and felt they were contributing more than others. Simultaneously, Calvin and his team were overwhelmed with the number of applications they received for clerical jobs. 

Unlike sales and software developers, the offer of £36,000-a-year for a clerical job was higher compared to the usual. Also, people wanted to apply for the role because of the high salary. Sadly, they did not apply for the position because they believed in Spill’s mission and vision. 

Equal Pay System Experiment: Failed 

After a year of using the equal-pay experiment, Calvin decided to pull the plug following staff pressure. In the end, he decided to replace the system with the traditional pay grade structure. Like any other company, Spill followed a format based on company seniority and technical expertise. “Sometimes, traditional practices are there for a reason,” Calvin Benton admitted. 

One thing came out good after Spill’s equal pay experiment— open salary policy. Calvin decided to make everyone’s salary common knowledge for the whole staff. He commented that since they adopted an open approach, there were no rumors over who is being paid higher. It helped improve the harmony in the office. Besides, if you’re working for a therapy business, then happy employees and harmony are essential in the workplace.

In Conclusion

After two and a half years in the business, Spill surged to success. Now, it has more than 100 UK companies in their books. Also, their team grew into 13 full-time employees and a number of part-time psychotherapists. 

In the end, Spill eventually scrapped their equal-pay system and turned to traditional roots. Indeed, a conventional salary setting is there for a reason. This situation only explains why bonuses and commission pays are essential when running a company. It motivates the team’s drive to deliver excellent results. 

At first, equal salary might sound a bit tempting to the ears. However, in the long run, it’s a recipe for disaster. Good thing the equal-salary experiment only lasted for a year.

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Woman’s Tinder profile went viral after embarrassed man’s awkward question

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Birmingham singleton Emily was dumbfounded when a potential date asked a very puzzling question. “This may sound weird but are you an amputee?” Was the opening line of a guy who was a match on Tinder. 

Once she realized why the embarrassing question, she went into fits of howling and laughter. 

Emily, a 21-year-old student at Birmingham City University, shared her video on TikTok that was seen more than 700,000 times. With the caption, “I’m done.” it has gone viral and peppered with hundreds of comments. Who could blame the guy? Her photos on the dating app seemed as if she had only one arm.

Dating Faux Pas?

Thinking that the man made a blunder in dating etiquette, she replied no and said she can’t wait for his next chat-up line. In their conversation, he maintained that his question was genuine. The guy then asked Emily to take a look back at all her photos.

She did and what happened next left her howling. Then, she saw that he did have a point. She never realized before that the photos she shared showed only her left arm. Indeed, the pics would make anyone think that she has no right arm.

Going Viral

In a follow-up video, Emily admitted to seeing why the man would make that mistake. “You only ever have 1 arm in them.” was his reply. She noticed how in all of her pics on the dating platform, she unknowingly hid the right side of her body. 

Curiosity about the photos made her create a video about them. In it, she clarified that she does have two arms and shared the snaps which made one man think the opposite.

The video went viral and many commenters agreed with what her potential match saw, she did look like an amputee. People were left in stitches as they saw why anyone would get confused. Many comments told her about how funny and awkward they found the situation to be.

The Comments

Hysterics then ensued as many viewers agreed with what the man saw in her appearance. Emily acknowledged that her photos did seem to back the poor guy’s assessment of her body. As sultry and stunning her poses were, she unwittingly showed only one side.

Comments such as “He was totally right.” and “This is probably the funniest TikTok I’ve ever seen, omg. I’m literally crying.”  Another wrote, “The fact that it’s the same arm every time, too.” and “He has good observational skills.” All these comments show why the whole incident justifies the man’s question as being mortifying.

You would think that asking if someone is an amputee is a bit off for a first-time dating chat. One viewer commented that the one with her wearing the Betty Boop shirt was probably what made the guy ask her the question. 

Almost everyone who saw the exchange between them clearly sided with the man. With over 95,000 likes, the guy has good enough reasons to wonder and get baffled by it all.

Lesson Learned

Thinking that the guy’s probably trying hard to think of a unique way to chat with her, Emily now says that she learned her lesson. She now thinks he’s right and will have to think about it every time she takes a selfie from now on. 

As for the guy who asked her that question, there were no reports if he ever got to date her or anyone, for that matter.

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