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Restaurant-LiveIamA former manager of Papa John's (2 years) and Dominos (4 months), AMA!

Jun 3rd 2017 by sikkerhet • 27 Questions • 3848 Points

In at least six cases since 2001, professed racist "Odinists" have been convicted of plotting – or pulling off – domestic terrorism attacks. Odinism is a perfect fit for a strain of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who think Christianity has been corrupted by outsiders and weakened by passivity. Today’s racist Odinists say it is the only pure religion for white people, one not “mongrelized” by the Jewish prophet Jesus. They see themselves as warriors, ready to reclaim America for the white race and fight against a white genocide, driven by Jews, that has left the greatest country on Earth in tatters.

The story: https://www.revealnews.org/article/an-ancient-nordic-religion-is-inspiring-white-supremacist-jihad/

https://twitter.com/willcarless/status/868236725801279488

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If I use Grubhub to buy pizza from Papa Johns, and include a tip on my credit-card-charged order, who does that tip $$ amount REALLY go to?

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Have you ever feared for your life while on the job because of weather?


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What do you feel is the primary link between Odinism and ancient Nordic religious beliefs? On its face value they seem very different to me, and that's it's more of a "wild interpretation" of Viking Paganism from American men who are white supremacists. Almost like they're bored with neo-Nazism, occultism and satanism and this whole Viking thing sounds pretty cool. But it's extremely fascinating to compare an Islamic terrorist with an Odinist terrorist because they both interpret a religion in a way that it clearly wasn't meant to be interpreted. Which ends up being dangerous(not that Islam or Paganism are inherently dangerous because I don't feel they are). Hope this makes sense and thanks for doing this!

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the tip goes to the driver but the cut grubhub takes comes out of the labor budget and contributes to understaffing.


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When out in the weather, chasing or doing live shots I'm always worried about lightning. There is no warning, it just strikes. And usually I'm wired up to mic and earpiece so I feel like I'm a natural lightning conductor!

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This does make perfect sense and I think your analysis is spot-on


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Which pizza do you prefer between the two places?

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You might get super power tho.


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what was the strangest contradictory behavior you've seen among this group (e.g. they are big fans of Seinfeld and Drake)?

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Papa John's has better ingredients overall and Dominos has better cheese. I don't like pizza anymore.


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I think I'll pass on that chance, but super power would be awesome!

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I find it really interesting that a lot of these guys consider themselves "historians" and a lot of them are very (technically) smart, yet they ignore certain overwhelming evidence that would show their beliefs up as hateful and small-minded. That's pretty weird to me.


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"Better Ingredients, Better Pizza, Papa Johns"

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What would your lighting related superpower be?


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Did you see any such instances where they seem self-aware of this?

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They do actually have better ingredients. The sauce is surprisingly high quality and the vegetables are all fresh.


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I think I would like to be able to warp time. Basically slow it down while still moving normally. Kind of like a guy version of Sway....lol

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No. Indeed, the opposite. A lot of people have painted themselves into a corner, intellectually.

Actually, that's not true. The case of Leo Felton/Leo Olamidu did show a lot of introspection. Leo turned his back on Odinism and white supremacy because he ultimately read and studied more and decided he'd been wrong.


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What made you leave the game?

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It was till today.


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Have you found any evidence that ancient Nordic people were themselves racist?

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I got a better paying job as a furniture salesman and I was sick of micromanagement, but that was Dominos local, not corporate.


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Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf Of Mexico) runs from June 1 to November 30. Other basins have different seasonal lengths and start dates.

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No, and indeed this is a bone of contention within Odinism -- whether there are actual overt references in the poetic eddas and other texts that could be identified as overt racism, or the supremacy of one race over another. Certainly most heathens don't believe there are any such points. But some racist heathens do.


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Can you drop a bunch of Papa John gossip on us? He seems like a douche.

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Why does NOAA think we're going to have an above average hurricane season? Didn't they first predict a below average one?


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Interesting, thanks for clarifying for me. Very interesting investigative work on this and glad you did a AMA session! Good luck with all your future work!

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he is a douche

I only met him in person once, he told me I was making the pizza wrong but wouldn't tell me what I was doing wrong. My pizzas consistently got 9.5/10 on random quality checks. Fuck that guy.

he does everything in his power to prevent his company from having to in any way provide insurance for full time employees. When tax season came around they actually passed around contracts saying that you were offered insurance benefits and chose to decline. Anyone who refused to sign was fired for whatever bullshit reason they could come up with. A lot of people had their hours cut on a regular basis because of the threat that we'd have to insure them.

Management makes about $9 an hour, which would be perfectly acceptable in the middle of nowhere but not in a city that gets ridiculous business and understaffs their stores.

he's also had a lot of work done and it's kind of obvious in person but I don't honestly feel that's a bad thing. Do whatever you want to your own face.


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So the hurricane season for the Atlantic is largely influenced by the state of El Niño and the early forecast was for a moderate to strong El Niño. In that case we would see few Atlantic storms. But now it looks like El Niño may not be strong, and other conditions in the Atlantic like slightly lower air pressure and slightly warmer water in the middle of the ocean could lead to an above normal season.

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Thanks for reading!


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Management makes about $9 an hour, which would be perfectly acceptable in the middle of nowhere but not in a city that gets ridiculous business and understaffs their stores.

Live in Austin and ordered Papa Johns on 4/20 (1st mistake) for delivery (2nd mistake). Waited an 1.5 hours for the pizza before I said fuck it and drove to the store. They had maybe a couple people doing deliveries (who were only delivering 1 order at a time), 2 people making pizzas, the manager and a new hire who had no idea what he was doing at the registers. Phones were going off like crazy. Manager there said to just ignore the phones.

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I live in Miami, I just moved here last year. What should I have to prepare for a hurricane? I already have a bin in my room with lots of water, more water in my garage, storage of food, extra cash, flashlights, batteries, and a hand cranked radio. Anything else I should add? It is for a family of 4.


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Hi Will, when we published this piece on Public Radio International (PRI) https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-05-25/white-supremacists-are-killing-name-ancient-nordic-religion some felt that the piece made a blanket statement about this religion. One comment stood out on our FB page: Implying that Odinism IS the ancient Norse religion is much like implying that the Salafist Islam practiced by Isis IS Islam. Reductive, insulting, potentially dangerous, and evidence of research-free clickbait journalism How would you respond?

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I looked at the schedule for 4/20 once and just flat out said "schedule more people for weed day or I'm not going in"


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You sound pretty prepared. Make sure you have activities for the kids that don't require power or internet. Things like board games, cards, anything to keep them busy during and after a storm. Also, make sure you gas up your car(s) several days before a storm is expected and keep it topped off. Gas lines can be crazy down here.

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This is certainly the main criticism I've received: Several mainstream heathens are upset that this radical strain of their religion gets so much attention. And they wonder why mainstream heathenism isn't covered more by the mainstream press. My job, however, is to cover hate and extremism. And there's no question that racist Odinists are a real and credible threat to the American public. I therefore wholeheartedly defend the choice to cover this group. I think it's an important story. And I believe I make very clear in the piece that these people are a small subset of the broader heathen population!


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Is it true that if you need to find weed in an area that you just have to order a pizza and ask the delivery person? Of course it isn't 100% but mostly true?

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Shout-out to /r/boardgames for non-monoply games.

Because when your family is stranded in your home is the wrong time to find out first hand how terrible Monopoly is.


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What are some examples of the religion that haven't been co-opted by this radical faction?

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Yeah. Especially Pizza Hut.


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Hahaha

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Good question. I would definitely check out Heathens United Against Racism, as well as other mainstream heathen groups. In general, I have found that anyone identifying themselves specifically as "Odinist" or "Wotanist" tends to be more likely to be of a racist or extremist persuasion than someone who identifies as "Asatru" or simply "heathen." That's not cut and dry, but it's a good rule of thumb.


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How does Dominos get those wings so rubbery?

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Does La Niña play any role?


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How does this jive with fascists who coyly inject their propaganda on the technicality they believe differentiates racism from fascism? Is it possible that HUAR is still a fascist organization, despite their purported opposition to racism?

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they are cheap.


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Yes, La Niña creates favorable conditions in the Atlantic for hurricanes by reducing wind shear that typically disrupts hurricanes. In fact, Florida sees about 40% more hurricane threats during La Niña years than El Niño years.

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What do you mean "still a fascist organization?" Where does that come from?


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What was the worst thing you had to do, saw, or been a part of? What was your overall experience? is pizza ruined for you aNDDDD would you make me a pizza and garlic knots y/n

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El Niño and La Niña are like two sides to the same coin. Together they are known as ENSO. When one is strong, the other is weak.


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It was poorly worded. This is the first I have heard of HUAR, so I'm merely asking if you think it's possible that HUAR might have fascist interests in some regards, despite their purported stance against racism. My implied claim is that there are fascists vocally standing out against racism, not that HUAR might be fascist or racist, but only questioning the possibility and your knowledge on the matter.

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mostly wage skimming and tax evasion. Overall it was doing 3 peoples' job for 1 person's pay. Pizza isn't ruined for me and you're buying the ingredients.


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Mostly correct. Both can be strong but they are basically opposites. They have a profound effect on the Atlantic hurricane season.

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No, I don't think that's their aim at all. HUAR, from my knowledge of it, works simply to dispel the myth that ALL Odinists/people interested in Asatru and heathenry are racist.


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I've worked as a driver for both papa and dominos and an assistant manager at dominos.

What was the best tip you or a driver you worked with got?

What is the craziest creation you made in the oven?

I'll answer my own questions for reference. I got a 140$ tip on a 75 pie order that was across the street from the store. So no real driving. I helped prep the order and it was just me and the AM. Pretty much the only order we got. After it was done we order Roy Rogers and got literally one of everything. Ate like kings.

One bored afternoon a driver picked up some apples on a delivery. We cut it up made a cinnamon sugar butter sauce and made an apple pie.

A:

Do you see Sharknado scenario happening any time soon?


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Another reader really wished that people wouldn't go around thinking that everyone with a Viking tattoo is a racist.

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My best tip ever was an unopened bottle of whiskey on my 22nd birthday. I had a driver once make a pizza with nachos and taco bell on it, he called it the ultimate munchies pizza.


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Hmmm, Sharknado season is almost over so I think we are done for now.

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Absolutely. I'm in daily contact with heathens who are extremely frustrated about this portrayal of their religion. I would just say that I hope mainstream heathenism gets more attention in the future. It's a legitimate religion with millions of dedicated followers.


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In your opinion what is the worst pizza topping combination possible that's available?

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That's what they thought before Sharknado 3


Q:

Difference between pagan and heathen, in your opinion?

Also, did you work with Randy Blazak at all in researching this ?

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Johns Favorite is awful. It's just grease on top of grease.


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That's a good point but there are always outliers. Can't forecast those....

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I did speak to Randy. As for the difference, I'm not entirely qualified to say.


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I'm going to go ahead and upvote you a bunch because you've responded to a ton of questions? This isn't actually a question, but the the reddit bots don't know the difference?

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How will budget cuts to NOAA hinder your job and public safety when predicting/tracking hurricanes?


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Onan. Hence the word "onanism".

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I appreciate you


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Well, this year there are no cuts so that's a good thing and we also have a new, super tech satellite (GOES-16) up there to use this year. My concern with budget cuts would be in the areas of hurricane research more than forecasting. The brilliant men and women that do research help advance the science of hurricane forecasting each year. It isn't sexy work but it is needed and well worth it. So any budget cuts, IMHO have a long term detrimental impact to us.

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You've totally lost me, I'm afraid :)


Q:

What's the hardest thing about being a former manager?

A:

Hi Craig! We miss you in Colorado Springs. Do you find it more challenging forecasting in Florida or Colorado?


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Will,

You talk a lot about these individuals becoming radicalized in prison. In your research, did you find anything to suggest Odinists groups were also showing up on college campuses? "Identity Evropa" posted fliers all over my school and I just wonder if this group is related to the ones you looked at.

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I feel like this question was a joke but honestly it took a lot of work to stop taking control of situations. Moving to my current job, which is not in management, I had a very hard time with going to find a manager instead of trying to handle situations on my own.


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Awww, I miss you guys too. That was one of the best places I have ever lived. At least if I was going to move, I was able to trade the mountains for the ocean. Both places have unique forecast challenges but I miss having a forecast for snow and tornadoes all on the same day. Don't get that in Florida.

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I did not look into the spread of Odinism on campuses. That could be a good follow-up! I'm well aware of Identity Evropa, and have written about them, but I don't believe they're affiliated with any heathen traditions/religion. I would be very interested to hear about active Odinist groups on campus, if you learn about them!


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The question was not a joke but thanks for answering

A:

Favorite kind of beer to drink on a hot summer day?


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There has been an occasional attempt by some of the white supremacist Odinists to participate in neopagan festivals. They have not been well-received, and I think they've been asked to leave more than one.

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I think it was just the phrasing tbh

no problem


Q:

Hmmmm, depends where I am. In the Bahamas Kalik! In the US I am more of a Hefeweizen snob.

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This is true. I have heard about this too.


Q:

You are paid so little for so much work. How do you make ends meet?

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I'd like to suggest Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company.


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Did you know that an Oklahoma inmate was executed in 2012 and his last words included "Valhalla, Odin slay the beast"? http://www.reuters.com/article/us-execution-oklahoma-idUSTRE80424R20120106

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I rented a room in an area with a lot of students and never had weekends off anyway.


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Thanks, I'll try it!

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I came across this case during my research. I didn't include it since the murder was not "terrorism" per se. The inmate spent a lot of time incarcerated, which means he almost certainly was confronted with Odinism repeatedly. Odinism is extremely common and popular in prisons.


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Why do 75% of the delivery customers living in $1M + houses always tip under $2 or stiff their driver completely?

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What is the craziest thing you have seen on the job?


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What other stories are you working on for the near future?

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because they've never worked a job where tey see firsthand what happens when people don't tip.


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Ha! In TV or in the weather field? In TV some crazy stuff happens behind the scenes. The craziest was when I first started and I was supposed to have maps behind me, instead I was in a farm field. Also once on a live shot the lawn sprinklers came on and I was soaked within seconds.....ON LIVE TV! With weather I used to chase tornadoes and I've seen some crazy weather stuff.


Q:

My friend's trying to move up to GM asap, any tips?

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Way to just tease the awesome part at the end. There aren't ad breaks! No cliffhangers!


Q:

Their religion sounds like blend of Wicca and Christianity.

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Make the DM like you, that's the most important.

Also, get really good at upselling and get really good at stocking so nothing goes bad and nothing runs out. Make sure your numbers look better than everyone else's numbers (delivery times, order production times, etc.). Your numbers don't have to be incredible they just have to be the best in your area.

Their whole job is to maximize the profit going up the ladder, so they're primarily just looking at the numbers and rewarding anyone whose numbers are good for profit.


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Yes, but remember the racist extremists are the minority. I would say they have co-opted the religion to their own ends.


Q:

I work for a frozen pizza company, and frequently order Papa John's and Dominos to my workplace for competitive tastings. Sometimes the drivers will say "Doing some research huh?" but no one has ever given me any pushback on delivering to a competitor. In your opinion, does the management know/care about this?

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You...chase storms and tornadoes for a living...and the craziest thing that's happened is getting soaked by a sprinkler?


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Have you come across Varg Vikernes in any of your studies? I'm a big Burzum fan but despise Varg because he says things exactly like what you described

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management thinks it's hilarious and sometimes we ordered from competitors for something different.


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That's the craziest thing that has happened LIVE on TV. I have seen baseball sized hail, a flash flood of hail and rain washing cars off the road, lightning that struck near the road and created a steam geyser.

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That's not a name I know, no. But I have seen lots of people on social media who call themselves "Varg." Can you tell me more about him?


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What are the best ongoing secret discounts? My roommate worked at PJ's in college, the employees would punch in some code to get a $4 medium with several toppings, but you had to ask for it by name. Any deals like that?

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Did you ever study weather near Bermuda Triangle ?


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He's a Norwegian black metal musician who played in Burzum and Mayhem briefly. He's probably more famous for being involved in church burnings and the murder of a fellow musician.

Once in jail he started being way more vocal about these bizarre beliefs surrounding ancient Nordic religion and white supremacy (and, specifically, the "Jewishness" of modern Christianity). He invokes Baldur a lot and was briefly in jail for hate speech in France as well as illegal guns, I believe.

He has a YouTube channel called ThuleanPerspective where he talks a lot about what you've mentioned. He was also pretty influential in the development of National Socialist Black Metal, I believe, despite white supremacy mostly not coming up in his actual music.

Edit: admittedly, I'm not an expert on National Socialist Black Metal because it sounds altogether horrible to me, so I could be misstating his influence on the genre.

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student discount is usually the best they have but not all locations have it. AARP is 25% and they usually don't care enough to check as long as you look kinda old.


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I have been in the triangle, a lot of weird natural things going on there so it seems like it's not a good place to be lost (or stuck on a boat).

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Thanks very much for the information. I had not come across him in my research but his views sound very similar to what I am seeing espoused by racist Odinists across the US and Europe. I will certainly take a look at him. Much appreciated.


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Why does papa John pizza have a sweet after taste? It's like the red sauce is candied.

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Cool, Thanks for replying. I have one more question for you if you don't mind can i know what was the most difficult thing that you ever face in your job ?


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What do you feel like draws people towards Odinism as opposed to traditional white supremacy? Are there parallels between Al-Qaeda/ISIS where one is a more extreme version of the other?

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it's full of sugar


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Seriously, losing my voice. I don't have a strong TV (deep anchorman) voice anyway so when it goes I feel like my thoughts are trapped....lol It may sound strange but when your job is to communicate, if you can't, it's frustrating.

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Regarding your first question, here's a snippet from my story that sums it up well, I think:

"Odinism is a perfect fit for a strain of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who think Christianity, like so many other institutions, has been corrupted by outsiders and weakened by passivity.

Today’s racist Odinists say it is the only pure religion for white people, one not “mongrelized” by the Jewish prophet Jesus. They see themselves as warriors, ready to reclaim America for the white race and fight against a white genocide, driven by Jews, that has left the greatest country on Earth in tatters."

Regarding the second question, yes, absolutely. Racist/extremist Odinists are a radical subset of a wide group, most of whom don't have a racist bone in their body.


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Which pizza do you prefer of the two?

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deep anchorman voice you mean like all state commercial dude "Are you in good hand?" deep?


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Thanks. Very interesting story. Wonder if they all went and saw Thor together.

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Papa John's pizza is significantly better but I would go local if I was going to buy pizza just on the basis that Dominos tastes bad, Papa John's hates their workers, and I don't even like pizza anymore.


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EXACTLY!!!!

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Actually, a lot of racist Odinists actively boycotted Thor because of the casting of Idris Elba in the movie!


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Worst child related experience?

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Well once again thanks for answering.


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How do they rationalize "reclaiming America for the white race" when the white race were not the original settlers/occupiers of North America?

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I very rarely saw kids. Most people don't bring kids with them to pick up pizza and we were not sit-down restaurants. Nothing comes to mind honestly.


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Welcome!

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Yeah this is an interesting one. I have tried asking this a few times. There are some who believe (and this has been rejected by almost everyone) that white people were somehow in North America before anyone else. Others argue that white men took America by force, using their "superior" strength, intelligence, etc. They say white people have to fight against new invaders, but they're fine with the fact that white people invaded in the first place.


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Why are so many people over 40 years old getting hired as delivery drivers?

A:

How do you prepare to chase a tornado?


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Did he mention if he knew any Jews as a child, or in life before prison?

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Most likely because tipped jobs pay better than minimum wage, they don't have many other options, and they're not pretty enough to make good money as a waiter.


Q:

Wow, well the first thing you have to realize is you may not see anything but at the same time, you might get into very bad weather, very quickly. A lot of things happen very fast when you are close to a tornadic storm so you have to keep a level head. I start with knowing the weather set up and trying to think of all of the conceptual outcomes before I chase.

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Who are you referring to?


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I actually work at dominoes myself as a 17 year old kid, dude I was pretty surprised my first day of work nobody there was less than 28 years of age it was kinda nuts because it's an entry level job after all... apparently the whole dominoes corporation is trying to cut down on the number of underage workers because of the liability

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What is the very best cheese?


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The Odinist that u/Cambionr was friends with in Prison

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underage workers can't legally touch the oven


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I prefer Vermont Cheddar.

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Ah. I will let him reply. My bad.


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Does either place drug test?

A:

What actually happens at hurricane workshops? Also if you don't live in the area but happen to be stuck in a new place where there's a hurricane, what should you do?


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Is it fair to say that Odinism was specifically created or at least promoted as a means to inject religious fanaticsm into the increasingly violent right wing, white nationalism push that seems to be the backbone of groups like the alt-right?

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lmao no they'd have no employees if they did


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The workshops usually go over the latest research advances, new forecasting techniques, all kinds of things on communication. There is a lot of emphasis on messaging because even if the forecast is perfect, if no one gets the correct message, it doesn't matter.
In a new place it's important to listen to the messages from the local emergency managers, probably those on TV. I always try to live by "local knowledge is the best when you're new to an area"

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No, I don't think that's true. From my research, Odinism was developed as a sort of "fusing" of racist, national socialist (Nazi) beliefs with ancient pagan beliefs. There are lots of different "flavors" of Odinism, but its' main proponents were all about spreadig a philosophy/religion. I don't believe it was done as some sort of support or catalyst for the far-right


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I got drug tested twice at Domino's in Utah. I got randomed once as a driver and then again when I became an assistant manager. Had to fake the test both times. 😂😂

A:

How do you feel about the US potentially backing out of the climate change agreement?


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You know this isn't a recent phenomenon, right? The Nazis were ass deep in paganism and esoteric magic, look at Alfred Rosenberg who's hilarious Kafka-esque title was Commissar for Supervision of Intellectual and Ideological Education. He was a rabid de-Christianizer who wanted to replace it with what he called a "Religion of Blood".

Of course they were all hopped up on other weird shit like Blavatskyism too. This isn't a new trend, violent and hateful people find Christianity to be generally restricting and disagreeable.

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Utah is a special place.


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Hmmm, that's a good AMA question but I'm not sure I have an answer here in this hurricane forum. (Yes, I'm ducking the question). And I would answer but it would likely take me several paragraphs.....don't have the time right now.

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This may not be a "new" trend globally, but racist Odinism really only started appearing in the US in the 1970s, from my research.


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I have an interview at Domino's in 2 hours. How big of a mistake am I making, if not, how should I treat this interview?

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In recent years (it seems), more storm are moving further to the North and hitting the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Is this a trend or is it just an aberration?


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wow, so you did a whole couple of months research? Yup, you are a modern expert. Unfortunately it seems people here already know more than you appear to. \ Doesnt that make you look like just some guy who wrote an article?

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if you don't absolutely need the money, don't. Though I've heard corporate locations are better than franchise.


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No, this is a good observation. Look at this map! https://cmgpbpeyeonthestorm.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/capture20.jpg Landfalls occur over periods, they come and go and those periods may last for decades. Right now they are mostly missing South Florida.

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Did you read the article?


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Best way to reheat pizza?

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And thank God for that! Charlie was a nightmare for the west coast. I'm so grateful to be having a reprieve but always, always pay attention to what my meteorologist advises! Thanks for keeping us safe!!!


Q:

frying pan with a lid, very small amount of olive oil. Makes the crust crispy without drying out the toppings.

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You bet!!!!


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What does each store do with the $2 delivery fee?

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Hey, Craig. I was a friend of yours back in Tampa, with the sailing.

So, do you think there is any relation between atmospheric CO2 and hurricanes?


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The driver gets $1 and the rest goes to corporate. A tiny bit of it is used to cover mileage (drivers get an amount of money based on how many miles they drive, which is supposed to cover gas but doesn't really)

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Hard to say. The research seems to keep changing from more hurricanes to fewer but stronger hurricanes. Doesn't seem settled yet. Hopefully soon


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Why is Papa johns the most expensive chain of them all?

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Do you still have those aviator goggles?


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because corporate wants the dollars and customers are willing to give them the dollars.

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Yes, and a hard hat!


Q:

What items are so seldom wondered that you wonder why they are on the menu?

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What movie about anchormen/women do you think is most accurate? Also what's the craziest hurricane preparedness situation that you've seen? Like bunkers?


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Papa John's has a spinach alfredo sauce that's delicious but only gets ordered maybe once a week, and it hits its sell by date 3 days after you open the bag but no one actually throws it out until it's either gone or nasty looking. Dominos has a gluten free pizza crust and I don't know why they bother because if you actually have a gluten intolerance you shouldn't be ordering pizza.

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I'm not sure what is most accurate. There seems to be a little truth in all of them and a lot of embellishment.
I think tape on windows is the craziest because it literally does nothing to protect a home.


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What are the owners like from both locations?

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What are your thoughts on storm chasers who are more thrill seekers less meteorologist?


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if John Schnatter and a cockroach were drowning I would save the cockroach.

I've never met the owner of Dominos.

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I worry more people will be hurt because of the crowds on roads from people distracted by bad weather. Since the movie Twister, the genie is out of the bottle and I don't know how you can put it back in. It's certainly exciting to see a tornado but I'm worried more people will be hurt or killed doing so.


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How many times did someone try to order "left beef" after that meme hit?

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How does storm chasing in Miami differ from storm chas8ng in Oklahoma?

For thise who dont know, Oklahoma has an almost cult like mentality.

Some people go out with little or no training. Some people with lots of training and degrees have died storm chasing. We even have tour business that load people up in vans and take them out to look at tornados up close.


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A few times but not nearly as much as I expected. We did have to call every time to make sure it was intentional because I'm the only one who knew it was definitely intentional.

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Yes, crazy in Oklahoma. When I was at the U of Ok there were only a dozen chasers, now it is insane. In south Florida the road network is bad so chasing, when it's possible, is almost impossible.... unless you have an airboat??? ;-)


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How much would I have to pay you to make vicious eye contact with me, while also making a Pizza for me while I pose seductively in nothing but a spiky condom?

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While out chasing storms, have you ever seen a hurricane victim in a near-death situation?


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the going rate for a prostitute in my area is about $100 an hour but since you're not expecting me to have sex with you I'd do it for $50.

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I was on one tornado in northeast Missouri and came upon a house that looked like a bomb hit it. I stopped to make sure no one needed help. I have not been in many situations involving near-death....thankfully.


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Geez dude. I guess working at two pizza joints has really lowered your standards. My guy does this for no less than 500.

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My mother just moved to Spring Hill, FL, which is right by the Gulf. I'm just curious, which section of FL is most and least likely to be hit by a hurricane? I don't really know a lot about hurricanes, though, so maybe they just sweep right through the entire state. I'm just a little worried about her living there; FL seems to get hit often by hurricanes.


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I'd be doing it for the story more than for the money, but if you want to tip I'm not gonna refuse it.

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This map gives a good layout of the most likely parts of the state that could receive destructive winds. http://www.floridabuilding.org/fbc/Wind_2010/figurea_colors8.png


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What would you do if my salami got sliced during this?

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Are the blue/black dotted areas the second worst? The markings aren't labeled. Also, thanks for the map!


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how much participation do you want me to have in slicing your salami?

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The worst areas extend from south Florida in. The building codes are supposed to take into consideration how strong the winds could be in those areas.


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I want you strokin' my sausage, I don't want my salami to be sliced during this encounter. I'm not comfortable with that shit.

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Does your prediction for hurricane season fall in line with the NWS? Or do you see other variables being more influential than what they've used to create their forecast? Also, how do you foresee climate change affecting hurricane season in the coming decade or two?


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That's gonna bring you up to about $200.

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So, to be honest, most of my meteorology experience is in operational or short term and nowcast forecasting. There are some brilliant people who can tell you about long wave patterns and global teleconnections in the atmosphere. I spend most of my time trying to improve the tools and messaging about hurricanes and threats to people from them. I do lots of work with the NWS and NHC in the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project working to make sure people understand risk and uncertainly and how to respond. So, I operate in the area of seeing the storm form, and planning for how it may affect us.


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Do both companies ever get hit with charges by the EEOC/Labor Department or state from/by employees?

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What are your concerns about the record high temperatures we are having and the prediction of numerous hurricanes this season? Also go Canes!!


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Yes. I used to occasionally pick up extra hours doing menial tasks for Papa John's legal department so they could handle all the drivers suing them for wage skimming. Usually they just settle outside of court and the drivers don't care enough to pursue it.

At Dominos they rarely hired anyone who would have the experience or legal knowledge to do anything to them. The health department shut them down once while I was working there, and they just turned off the lights and kept delivering out the back door. If anyone mentioned that something they were doing was illegal the upper management said "Then call your lawyer"

Both companies never checked whether I had ServSafe certification.

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Well, the heat was pretty bad recently. Fortunately local heat waves are not strong predictors of hurricane seasons. Go Canes!


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How many people did you manage and how late did you all stay open?

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Let's talk about the % chance of rain. Let's use 50% chance of rain as the focal point. If it was REALLY a 50% chance of rain every time they say it is a 50% chance of rain, then it should rain close to 1 out of 2 times that forecast is made. HOWEVER, I find that it only rains maybe 1 out of 10+ times with that forecast. Actually, if it is 50% or less chance, it is a pretty solid bet that it isn't going to rain. Really, I can only count on a chance of rain if the forecast says >= 80%. So what is the deal with this situation?


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At Papa John's it was rarely more than four people at a time, 2-3 drivers and maaaaaybe one person in the store. On weekends it was two managers plus 3-6 drivers and 1-2 insiders. Papa John's is severely understaffed, at least at the three locations I have worked at.

Dominos was properly staffed and typically had double as many people, only exception being on weekdays, which are slow anyway, and had only the manager and two drivers. This isn't a problem 90% of the time because they aren't really getting orders before about 2pm.

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True, and honestly I think saying 50% give the impression you either aren't sure or you could flip a coin. Technically the POP (prob of precip) is the forecasters confidence times the area of rain coverage. That's one reason I don't use POPs on TV. I don't think they are useful when you have 20% chance and it's raining only on you.


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Why didn't you get a job at Pizza Hut or Little Caesars?

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Can any local Miami meteorologist live down the legend of Bryan Norcross?


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There isn't a Little Caesars near me and everyone at Pizza Hut is high all the time, which is fine by me but not something I want to be around full time.

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Bryan hired me in 2000 because I believe he saw some of the same qualities that he has. Hopefully I won't have to live down his legend but maybe I could live up to it. At least it's a worthy goal.


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Most ridiculous Customer complaints while working each place?

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Hi craig I meet you at boat show few year back I like know that you think going busy as forecaster are saying for hurr season? You think elnino not coming time for hurr season ?


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Both places got a lot of people who tried to double their order for free by calling to complain about something insignificant or by saying this isn't what they ordered when it absolutely was. So I'd tell them that's no problem, I'll replace it free of charge, just put their current food back in the box and send it back with the driver. If they wouldn't do that, no replacement.

I had a woman once say that she tasted pork on her pizza, and that she can't eat that because she's muslim, and she went so far as to say that she thinks someoneused a dirty pizza cutter or "rubbed a pepperoni on it" before cooking, as there was no actual meat on the thing. Given that this was the first order I'd had that day and that I'd personally made it I knew she was full of shit so I told her she can send it back if she wants a replacement and she threw a fit and demanded to speak to the manager.

I always loved when people asked to speak to a manager because I'm short and young looking with (at the time) bright colored hair and piercings in my face, so if they wanted to bitch about things that weren't true to make us give them something for free they always had to deal with a 21 year old who clearly makes poor life choices.

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Hi, nice to hear from you. I'm not sure about this year. I always focus on August to October and always feel like there's going to be one out there that may head this way so I'm not caught off guard. Some people think I secretly hope for a hurricane but I live here too and you just have to take a look at a community that has been hit and you realize, you never hope for a hurricane.


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How far were/are the delivery radius miles from both stores?

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Do you have a favorite spot to showcase a hurricane's weather conditions? It seems like whenever there's a storm I see Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard.


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Dominos delivery radius is a 20 minute drive in any direction. They try to maintain a 30 minute or less delivery time, even if they no longer market it.

Papa Johns delivery zones depend on the region and who the upper management is.

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Bayshore is so close to Old Tampa Bay and floods so easily. And yet you still see some people drive through that salty water. That's a good spot to see impacts.
I don't have a favorite spot but like a strong building on the coast with the waves breaking about 20 feet below me.


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How do you possibly live on $200 per week?

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Do you think Louisiana is fully prepared for another category three hurricane to make landfall?

I've heard that Florida has a far stricter building code, requiring that new houses in low lying areas be built up on stilts. That's why all the new beach houses are so tall. Should other gulf states have a similar requirement?


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carefully

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I don't know about Louisiana but many cities are doing the smart thing and forcing new construction in storm surge areas to build on stilts. I've seen this in the Keys, Pinellas (Tampa Bay) and other areas. That is to protect from surge. The South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) building codes is to minimize failure of structures from wind. There are codes from securing roofs to having shutters that can withstand missiles and vibration/flexing. While it is more expensive, the goal is to only leave your home in a hurricane if you are in a storm surge evacuation zone.


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What think people waiting for last hour before landfall you think people don't take get ready as tell us doing your tv speical?

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I don't know. I think people keep hoping it will change course or we will be wrong about it. There comes a time in every storm when there is no more time for hope, you must act.


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I know that NOAA puts out a prediction every year, but how active do you see this season being? Named storms? Landfall?

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Well, I don't do enough long term forecasting to really be able to answer, but based on what others are saying, a weak El Niño, warmer than normal temps in the tropical Atlantic and a few other things suggest the season will likely be at least normal with about 12 to 14 named storms. But forecasting landfall chances months away from a storm threat is something I don't think we have any skill with right now.


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Mr. Setzer, Yesterday I heard thunder and saw dark clouds yet lawn maintenance people were still working until it started raining, why does it seem people are not fearful of lightning strikes?

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That's a good question. I see it all the time and then hear every now and then about lawn or construction workers hit. I guess some people just have a higher tolerance to risk. Not me.... I hate close lightning.


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Do you mount your toilet paper so that the sheets tear from under, or over the roll?

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Over. Doesn't everyone?


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Why do some old Floridians pronounce it "hurra-kin"?

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I don't know. I've heard it from some in the Keys and also in the Panhandle.


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What is the most bizarre thing you've seen during hurricane season?

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I've got to say, it was pretty bizarre to see Matthew's forecast track last year looping back on itself looking like it would hit us twice. But what I thought was more bizarre is that everyone was freaking out about that loop back before they had even been hit once. Sometimes people pay more attention to the odd things far off in time than those right at your door.


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Who is your favorite meteorologist? Like your inspiration/most respected/etc?

Also, do you know who Dr. Neil Frank is? He was the big hurricane guy when I lived in Houston a while back, he retired some years ago from regular weather broadcasts but they still bring him in when a hurricane is imminent...

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Yes, I know Neil Frank and respect him very much. He had a great way of explaining hurricanes and their threats. I believe he was Director at NHC when Allen barrelled toward south Texas. His interviews on the evening news were impressive. Another favorite of mine is Tom Skilling in Chicago. He showed more complex maps in three minutes than I've ever seen. Didn't seem to care that most of his graphics were so complex they needed a few minutes to explain but he would fly through them in seconds.