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You’ll Never See These in Walmart Again After a Failed 3-Year Experiment



Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is consistently at the forefront of the latest in shopping technology. And while the company recently announced that they’d be delivering groceries via drone in the near future, another technological advancement has proven less successful. After trying them out in stores over the last three years, Walmart has abandoned plans to have robot staff working the aisles at its stores. Read on for the details on what went wrong, and for more on when you shouldn’t do your weekly shopping trip, read up on the This Is the Absolute Worst Time to Shop at Walmart, Employees Say.

While it sounds far-fetched and futuristic, like something out of The Jetsons, the planned employment of robots had begun to be rolled out in 500 stores, where they scanned the shelves and automatically checked stock levels. A promotional video from Bossa Nova Robotics, which developed the technology, showed the Walmart robots also having the functionality to check prices and find misplaced items. The six-foot tall robotic operatives, which were first introduced to stores in 2017, looked somewhat like a home dehumidifier with a periscope attachment on top. Now, however, the partnership with Bossa Nova Robotics has ended, The Wall Street Journal was the first to report.

The idea was that by using these robotic helpers, the retail giant could reduce labor costs while managing inventory more effectively and thus reducing waste and increasing sales. However, this week, The WSJ reported that as more people began shopping online during the ongoing pandemic, Walmart found it had a surplus of human staff who could perform the same checks and tasks as the robots, but perform them quicker. The WSJ also reported that Walmart’s U.S. Chief Executive John Furner had worries about what customers would think seeing robots in the company’s stores.

“We learned a lot about how technology can assist associates, make jobs easier and provide a better customer experience,” a Walmart spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal. “We will continue testing new technologies and investing in our own processes and apps to best understand and track our inventory and help move products to our shelves as quickly as we can.”

This isn’t the end for robotics completely at Walmart, however. Other smart devices for floor cleaning and stock unloading are still in place.

The news comes at a bumper time for the retailer—online sales nearly doubled in the second quarter of this year, while sales at physical stores that opened last year have jumped 9.3 percent. Walmart also recently announced they’re hiring of 20,000 seasonal workers at e-commerce fulfillment centers. And for more on this superstore, check out Walmart Is Bringing Back the One Thing Customers Have Missed Most.

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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.

Missing from the SJPD’s spelling of the word “heros” is the letter e.

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.

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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 .)

Read More : Why America’s vaccine rollout was a total disaster – and what it means for the next few months

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.

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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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