According to the Kickstarter, the idea came from their childhood: Kids tend to love their stuffed animals pretty hard, leading to heartbreak when they fall apart.
“We were motivated to solve plush losing shape when washed, used as a pillow, or cuddled with. We created Memory Plush, memory foam plush (the name is literal), to solve this tragic issue that plagued us when we were young and continues to plague millions of children in America every year,” the website reads.
Why a corgi? It’s simple: Feng loves dogs, especially this short-legged breed. But the couple plans to make various dog breeds, from pugs to blue heelers to mixed breeds.
You can get your own Waffles if you pledge $39 to the couple’s Kickstarter, and if you pledge at least $54, you can get a name embroidered on your Waffles. If you don’t have the budget for your own fluffy friend but you still want to help them out, a $5 pledge gets you an adorable Waffles sticker, and $10 gets you a magnet AND a sticker. So you can have Waffles with you always.
Here’s how the listmakers crunched the numbers, according to Business Insider:
Using NAR’s data on housing affordability, we gathered a list of the US metro areas where the minimum salary required to qualify for a mortgage, with 20% down, is the highest. NAR assumes a mortgage rate of 3.9% for all areas, with the monthly principle and interest payment limited to 25% of income.
The American-Statesman reported last month that experts expect 2017 to be a strong year for the Austin-area housing market. Steady job growth and continued demand for homes factor into the high home prices.
Also worth noting: The Austin-Round Rock area is the only metro from Texas on the list. The median home price in the three bigger Lone Star metros are lower than in Austin. In the San Antonio-New Braunfels area, the price sits at $206,300; the Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land area comes in at $224,500; and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area goes for $230,600.
The first H-E-B grocery store was opened in 1905 by Florence Butt after her husband was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Charles Butt took over the company in 1971 and is the majority shareholder though he and four other family members hold the fortune. He shares it with his sister Eleanor Butt Crook, his brother Howard Butt Jr. and his two nephews Howard Butt III and Stephen Butt.
Though the proposition called for the repeal of other driver requirements — like trade dress and avoidance of travel lanes when picking up passengers — online conversation often reached the highest screen-bound volume over the fingerprint issue. Uber and Lyft maintained that their name-based background checks were sufficient safety measures.
In what other circumstances is a fingerprint-based background check required around these parts?
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, “Texas law authorizes fingerprint-based criminal history checks for designated volunteers and employment or licensing applicants in a wide variety of areas.” These include:
Child care providers
Security and armed guards
Security system contractors
In an April 29 anti-Prop 1 op-ed, former American-Statesman reporter and editor Brenda Bell wrote that fingerprint checks are also required in Austin for cab drivers, people who work for janitorial services, pedicab operators and “not just teachers but pretty much everyone on the Austin school district payroll.”
According to the Texas Racing Commission website, anyone involved in pari-mutuel racing must be licensed by the commission, a process which requires fingerprint checks. Such individuals include owners of racing animals, owners of kennels, trainers, jockeys, grooms and “those in jobs that provide the opportunity to influence racing,” as well as “those who will likely have significant access to the backside of a racetrack or to restricted areas of the front side of a racetrack.”
For the record, the Texas public safety department’s official stance on fingerprint checks is clear.
According to the DPS website, “A fingerprint-based search is the most accurate method available returning records based on matching fingerprints; a name-based search has a greater potential to match multiple candidates as the search relies on a comparison of similar sounding names or, if requested, names spelled exactly alike. With a name based search it is possible to match against records that do not relate to the person in whom you are interested, and it is possible to miss the record that does relate to the person in whom you are interested.”
Note: This post is not intended to be a complete list of situations requiring fingerprint background checks in Texas.
A server at an Austin IHOP probably wishes he had been more thoughtful when he served a traveling couple early Monday morning.
Arainia Brown and her boyfriend Rolman Sparkman stopped at the IHOP on Cesar Chavez Street and Interstate 35 around 3 a.m. Monday, KVUE reported. All was well until the couple asked for the receipt. When the waiter gave them their check, they weren’t thrilled with what it said.
No, there was no rude handwritten note, and there were no out-of-the-ordinary charges. What Sparkman and Brown took issue with was the at the top of the receipt.
It simply read “BLACK PPL.”
“You could have asked me my name,” said Brown, who added the incident was made worse by the fact that their server was also black. “Don’t put, don’t label me. I don’t label you.”
Brown shared the receipt on Facebook rather than bring it up at the restaurant. It has since been shared by multiple news outlets, and the original receipt picture has been viewed thousands of times.
“This is not a joke,” Sparkman said to KVUE. “It’s very serious and it hurt a lot of people’s feelings.”
IHOP’s corporate office released the following statement about the incident:
“This was a poor choice made by our franchisee’s team member, and is not in keeping with policies and procedures. We recognize that it could be offensive and apologize. Everyone is welcome in our restaurants and our franchisee is using this as a teachable moment for the entire team so that it will not reoccur.”