For years, Dunkin’ Donuts has been making its way across the United States. Just like Starbucks, Dunkin’ is a coffee shop and bakery that offers local a place to get their caffeine fix on every corner. And in New England, Dunkin’ Donuts is almost available on every single corner. Sometimes there are even two locations within a short walk of each other.
However, Dunkin’ has just announced that they will be shutting down 450 locations inside Speedway stores across the east coast. That means that people who like to pick up donuts or a coffee while filling up their gas tank might have to settle for a cheap gas station coffee and packaged donut instead of the good stuff that Dunkin’ can sell them.
The Dunkin’ locations that are in the gas station do not make the corporation much money. They only take in about “less than 0.5 percent of Dunkin’ domestic sales in 2019,” the president of Dunkin’ Americas, Scott Murphy said.
Kate Japson, chief financial officer, made the decision to shut down those locations and shovel all the upkeep money into locations that are more profitable.
“By exiting these sites, with minimal financial impact, we’re confident we’ll be better positioned to serve many of these trade areas in the coming years with new Dunkin’ NextGen restaurants that offer a broader menu,” Japson said.
She added, “We will be exiting 450 limited-menu Dunkin’ Speedway owned and operated locations throughout 2020, closing under a termination agreement entered into with Speedway. These limited-menu locations are lower volume units, in total representing less than 0.5 percent of Dunkin’ U.S. annual systemwide sales.
Dunkin’ currently has 9,600 locations across the entire chain. That’s a lot of places for people to get their coffee and fuel up.
However, Dunkin’s may regret having made the decision to shut down so many locations. Because the COVID-19 pandemic is already shutting down stores, people are holding off on spending money on items like coffee, which are often considered luxury items, and instead of grabbing their morning Joe from the grocery store.
Nevertheless, the CEO of Dunkin’s Brands, Dave Hoffman, said, “We’re focused on making your experience as frictionless as possible, whether through our 5,300+ drive-thru locations, On-the-Go ordering and curbside pickup through the Dunkin’ app, or delivery through GrubHub and other providers. Rest assured, we are committed to providing a safe, secure experience at Dunkin’– offering you something familiar and welcoming amid so much change. “
Because the virus is changing the landscape of America, people no longer have a place to go outside of their homes. This has put a lot of strain on families. Some families enjoy the extra time together. Others feel that it is just too much to bear.
But Dunkin’ hopes to be there for you in your time of need.
Hoffman said, “For more than 70 years, Dunkin’ has been at the heart of the communities we serve, keeping America running and taking care of our guests. We are grateful for the dedication of our franchisees and crew members who make our brand stand tall every day. We’re continuing our legacy of being there when people need us most by taking these additional steps to be your place of comfort during all of this uncertainty.”
California cops’ Memorial Day tribute busted by spelling police
Just throw in the “e” for effort.
A well-meaning salute to heroes by the San Jose Police Department was cited for bad spelling on Twitter, where the cops botched an operative word.
“Remembering and Honoring Our Heros,” reads a graphic celebrating Memorial Day.
Several commenters, all of whom should expect to get a ticket if pulled over for speeding in the Silicon Valley area, noted that a heros is a type of fish found in South America.
Only 10 people who’ve gotten Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine have had severe allergic reactions – and more than 4 million doses have been given out
The odds of having a severe allergic reaction after receiving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine are looking incredibly slim.
On Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first comprehensive trove of data detailing how many people have had confirmed allergic reactions after getting Moderna’s new shot.
Among more than 4 million doses of the vaccine that were administered nationwide from December 21 to January 10, just 10 people reported confirmed cases of anaphylaxis after vaccination, which is a severe allergic reaction requiring administration of epinephrine. That rate of anaphylaxis cases is 2.5 per million.
An additional 43 vaccine-takers had less severe nonanaphylactic allergic reactions, with symptoms including itching (especially in the mouth and throat), rashes, and “sensations of throat closure.”
There have been no reports of death so far, and patients have generally recovered well after these allergic reactions, though five of the 10 severe cases had to be admitted to intensive care first. ( Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine , too, has been very rarely associated with severe allergic reactions .)
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10 women have had severe, allergic reactions to the Moderna vaccine
The first day of Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations in Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center on January 4, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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All of the confirmed cases of anaphylaxis after administration of Moderna’s shot so far were in women, which isn’t a huge surprise when you consider that most of the non-elderly people who’ve been vaccinated so far are healthcare workers, an industry which is 76% female in the US.
In addition, according to CDC data, more than 2.4 million woman have gotten Moderna’s shot, compared with 1.4 million men (an additional 125,000-plus people who got Moderna shots didn’t record a sex.)
Most of the anaphylactic reactions happened within just minutes of vaccination. Only one of the ten cases took longer than 30 minutes to present, post-vaccination:
For these reasons, the CDC is recommending that all vaccine sites have doses of epinephrine on hand, and that people who get vaccinated should wait 30 minutes at the vaccine site before heading off, just in case something happens.
“It’s important that anybody who has had anaphylaxis talk to their vaccinator about that, and make sure that if they choose to be vaccinated, they wait the 30 minutes,” Dr. Thomas Clark, who’s been tracking allergic reactions after vaccination at the CDC, told reporters earlier this month .
Nine of the 10 patients who had severe, allergic reactions after Moderna’s shot had a history of allergies, and the most common allergies among them were to drugs (six patients). Just one patient with a severe reaction after vaccination had a food allergy.
“You know, many, many people with histories of allergies were vaccinated uneventfully,” Dr. Clark added.
People who do have an allergic reaction after their first shot of Moderna or Pfizer’s vaccine should not get their second dose, the CDC says.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office: Woman charged with second-degree murder following shooting
PINEY FLATS, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has charged a woman with second-degree murder following a shooting investigation.
According to a release, Teresa Sherrill, 48, is charged for the death of John Sherrill, 71.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a 911 call Sunday just before 9:00 p.m. from 341 Warren Road in Piney Flats in “reference to a shooting.”
“The caller identified herself as Teresa Sherrill and stated that her boyfriend, John Sherrill, had attacked her,” the press release said. “Ms. Sherrill stated that she shot Mr. Sherrill.”
According to the press release, upon arrival, deputies discovered John Sherrill was dead.
The release stated the victim appeared to have both knife and gunshot wounds.
Sherill is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
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