With the holidays among us, many offices around the Twin Cities will be holding their annual "Secret Santa" tradition. However, what do you do if you don't want to partake?
That is what listener Linda wants to know...
My office is planning on doing another Secret Santa this year and I’m getting a lot of crap for not wanting to participate in it.
I think it’s a total waste of money spent on gag gifts and candy that nobody wants.
I asked everyone if they just wanted to donate money to a charity instead this year and they looked at me like I ran over a puppy.
How do I bow out of Secret Santa without upsetting everybody?
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So what should Linda do? Have you or someone you know ever not participated in Secret Santa?
Let us know what kind of advice to give to Linda. Share your ideas or opinions in the comment section below!
How about this for crazy customer service…
If you forget to close out your tab and leave your credit card overnight at Christian’s Bar in St. John’s, Canada, you’ll be charged an “idiot tax” of 25 percent.
When questioned, the employees will actually tell you that it’s an idiot tax.
In other words, the bar you spent money at the night before will openly call you an idiot.
(Source: CBC) (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Some Victoria's Secret stores train their employees to treat male customers differently from females.
The workers are taught that men will pretty much buy anything in order to get out of the store as quickly as possible – which means they’ll spend more money.
Workers are more likely to tell women about promotions – like five for $25 panties – and then turn around and try to sell men full-priced stuff.
And because employees compete to sell as much merchandise as possible, they often fight over male customers.
(Source: BusinessInsider.com) (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Do you get this impression whenever you are in a Victoria's Secret store?
Luke Bryan, along with Make-A-Wish, helped make a dream come true for Tatum Libbesmeier, an eight-year-old child from Minnesota who is battling retinoblastoma cancer. Libbesmeier was able to meet Bryan at the CMA Country Christmas special in Nashville.
He performed a special intimate concert for Libbesmeier, added her name to one of his lyrics while singing to her, gave her special license plate, boots, tour of his bus and - after getting a pretty new dress along with her hair and nails done - she got to help host Jennifer Nettle introduce Bryan's performance of "Run Run Rudolph."
Libbesmeier said, “He is cute and nice, and we went to meet him and he gave me these and he signed them here and here.”
Bryan also wore her bracelet and after singing, walked down from the stage to hug and kiss her.
So far, this is the only video we have found of the two of them meeting that we could post...
You can wacth the entire segment from the CMA Country Christmas special (it starts after Jake Owen's performance around the 35 minute mark) by clicking here.
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What an awesome thing for Luke to help with and just another reason why we love him!!!
Blake Shelton wasn't happy that the words to a gospal song were changed on his hit TV show "The Voice."
This all happened when Seattle's Starbucks Chorus performed, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" with the other remaining contestants this season. While singing, they replaced the word "Lord" in the lyric "in the sky, Lord, in the sky," with "oh."
Shelton says he didn't even realize what happened because he was singing the song loudly until his Twitter account blew up with people complaining.
“I don’t know what, how it happened, I’m learning about it just like you guys are,” Shelton tells Zap2it. “I was sitting in my chair singing that song how I grew up on it, with ‘in the sky, Lord, in the sky.’ I sang it as loud as I could. And that might be why I didn’t realize until after the fact that ‘Lord’ was either taken out, or it was just performed some other way.”
He promised to try and get to the bottom of what happened.
Does or would it bother you if the world "Lord" was taken out of song and replaced?
Let us know what you think in the comment section below!
It looks like the model who dissed Taylor Swift after the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show taping last month has been fired.
Aussie model Jessica Hart told a reporter that she didn't think T "fit in" with the rest of the models. She later backpedaled and said her remarks were misunderstood. But now the word is that Jess won't be working for the lingerie company any longer.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs on December 10th on CBS.
As a possible act of contrition, the models got together to lip-synch Taylor's song, "I Knew You Were Trouble."
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Garth Brooks and his band will hit the stage of the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas next month.
Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music is moving into the theater for four shows -- January 3rd and 4th at 7:00 and 10:30 p.m. Garth says, "I’ve been itching for the chance to bring my band to Vegas to play this room."
Garth just wound down his solo residency at the Wynn last week. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday.
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With the winter storm this morning here in the Twin Cities, it is almost perfect timing to share this list of 15 things every Midwesterner knows about the cold & winter.
1. It's okay for you to laugh in the face of someone who complains about zero degree weather.
2. No one understands true beauty until they've seen a field covered in snow.
3. There is a high probability that there's a frozen lake within a mile radius to skate on...or go ice fishing...or where friends can be challenged to a game of broomball.
4. it's your duty as a Midwesterner to help shovel your neighbor's driveway without asking.
5. "Lake effect" is a concept you're all too familiar with.
6. Your pets are just as used to the harsh winters as you are.
There are several more good ones for you to check out in the story. Click here to read them and see photos that the original article posted!
Which one was your favoirte or best represented your opinion on winter?
The list of most popular baby names of 2013 has been released. If you didn't seem them, Amy James had the posted on her blog yesterday (click here).
While the Top 10 hasn’t changed too much from last year, certain surprising celebrities have influenced parents with their baby names this year.