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Mod PostCasual Christmas is back!

Dec 24th 2017 by Seraph_Grymm • 39 Questions • 538 Points

I closed a bit early today as it was a Thursday, and thought people might be interested. I'm an owner operator for a large independent all you can eat concept in the US. Ask me anything, from how the business works, stories that may or may not be true, "How the hell you you guys make so much food?", and "Why does every Chinese buffet (or restaurant for that matter) look the same?". Leave no territory unmarked.

Proof: https://imgur.com/gallery/Ucubl

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What did you do?

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How hard was it seeing some of the extremely hard comments on instagram/Facebook that accused you guys of being killers and just standing there? We all know nothing could be done, but seeing all of that when you’re just doing your job must have been tough.


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Why do some ride operators need to repeat the safety message every single ride, rather than just having a pre-recorded message to play?

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With the ban on social media, how are you able to access Reddit? And that would be the repercussions if they were to find out you’re doing this AMA?


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What stunts have you turned down as too dangerous?

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Is it true that some places there you can buy a house for 5 dollars?


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As a fan of American-Chinese food, I have to ask, Hot and Sour Soup. My absolute favorite but it is never the same place to place. Some it is ok, some it is amazing, never had one I hated, what is the story on it?

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This post is (mostly) a copy from the first Casual Christmas post we had, authored by /u/lula2488

Also, Lula is generally an awesome person, and they deserve all the shout-outs.


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Thank you. It was difficult to read those comments. Just the way war photographers who take a beating for not rescuing a starving child or for not getting in the middle of a battle, we were being accused of not saving the bear. After the trash can, the bear swam out of sight. We were left there standing numb and saddened. We vowed to share this footage with the world to spark a global debate so it was worth all of the hurtful comments. PN

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It wouldn't a real theme park if you can't understand the safety instructions because they're talking fast and the mic quality is bad. A prerecorded message would take all that away.


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The ban isnt a ban per se. Nothing written, no clear directive. But.. for example if you post something derogatory towards the Immigration officials on facebook, they confiscate your phone. We had one guy whose x-wife put him here. He posted his story and it got thousands of followers. She complained to Immigration. They confiscated his phone. I expect they will confiscate my phone tomorrow or later this week. Only one artist here. Your phone is your lifeline. Its communication with the outside world, family, wife or girlfriend if you have one, friends, work, attorney, bank.... Its more than that. Its our mental escape. Its movies, games whatever you need to take your mind somewhere else. For me its music, art and ebooks. We have a few paperbacks. Ive read them. Numerous times. The Koreans and Taiwanese own mp3 soundsystems so we get a half dozen compilations of their music playing. Again and again and again... There is a tv which is sometimes on for a few hours, but the guards have the controls so not useful if you dont enjoy beauty contests or local soaps. It makes a world of difference to slip on a pair of earphones, close your eyes and escape into music. Its sanity. Its a very thin thread which can help you hold on to sanity. Without a phone this place is hell.

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I haven't. Effectively there's always a way to make it doable.


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I don't know about $5. I have read some people have bought a house for $100, and I know someone who bought one for $600, and that one required massive renovation.

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Egg composition. Hot and sour soup contains a lot of egg, and some places put less in the soup base when egg prices swing too high. It is made in a wok on high heat, so a high egg content makes it thicker.


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Automod seems to hate Casual Christmas 😓

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  • Stephanie Meyer

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Now that the park is open 365 days a year, where are they going to find employees to work weekdays? Most employees look like students. Also, how can they make money being open on weekdays when all of their potential customers are in school?

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Are you able to share anymore photos documenting the conditions you are in? Before they come for your phone. ;-) Stay safe brother!


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Did you enjoy doing voice acting for Fallout New Vegas? How different was that for you than doing a more traditional role?

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My husband’s family is from Detroit. The last time we visited, it was interesting to see the city’s progress regarding demolition of abandoned homes. Many streets now have empty lots where homes used to be. His parents can’t believe how much the city has changed over their lifetime.

As a resident, what is it like seeing the vast changes going on in Detroit?


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How much is prepared by your kitchen vs how much is prepared outside of your kitchen? Are things like sesame chicken already breaded or do you do that?

I just noticed over the years that buffet food is fairly consistent across restaurants and made me think it's mostly prepackaged.

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Link to any issues and I'll fix!


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We really do know. I asked a scientist and he said that it was likely from atrophied muscles due to starvation. Muscles eventually stop working. It could have been an injury from countless things. There have been a lot of guesses. My one wish is that a vet will return to the area to perform a necropsy. PN

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Well, a majority of the employees are students but there are still people who aren't. I'm still in highschool so I won't be working during the week except on breaks. And I honestly have no idea how six flags is planning on making a profit. The price that rides and employees cost versus the income they'll be making seems way out of balance for a regular Tuesday in the middle or March. But hey that's just me


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We have some photos posted at flowersforbicutan.jimdo.com and there are a lot more out there. Just google Bicutan Immigration Detention Center and some of those sites have a lot of pics. To be honest, Im only allowed to use my phone a few hours a day(international law says I get unlimited access. Local office of the Ombudsman says I get unlimited access. Local Commission on Human Rights says I get unlimited access. I dont get unlimited access). Im borrowing a phone from a Korean. We recently had about 60 Koreans deported, all organized crime, all of whom had been paying bribes to avoid deportation because they have criminal charges back home. The way it works is you pay a bribe to the administration office( the admin staff are nicknamed "how-much-E" by the Koreans because they can be bribed to do ANYTHING) and you get your phone inside, its done monthly just like a utility fee. So some Koreans were deported and there are extra phones inside that other Koreans inherited. Im borrowing one, but if they see me with it taking pictures I'll lose this one. I cant use my phone for this, the admin staff go through your phone pretty often while its in the office. Another detainee here who is a real reddit addict tried to post some pics in a comment here today but the mods seem to have barred it. But there are tons of pics online. Just do a google search.

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Loved it - would love to do more actually.


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The major changes have been amazing, but so far the new housing, restaurants etc are mostly located in about 8 square miles of the 139-square-mile city. Detroit is cleaner and better lit all over, but stats show it is the USA's poorest and most violent big city, so it's fair to say not every neighborhood is enjoying a renaissance.

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The meat dishes are made from scratch, but the base for the sauces are from the supplier. Most of these dishes are made with ingredients common to each other, such as General Tso's Chicken, Sesame Chicken, and other American Chinese dishes. Some things like the pizza, fries, sesame balls, desserts, are all from the supplier and come frozen. The microwave is not used that frequently, but the fryers are.


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Hello,

I thought the video was very strong, thank you guys for sharing!

But I also heard in some media that in this case, gobal warming was not what caused this. Can you elaborate on this?

I know that global warming is an issue for polar bears, but I just wondered what's the true story in this case.

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Are there any rides that the staff agrees are more entertaining to operate?


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If you're the only artist there then logically, they already know who you are just by your making this post.

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Have you ever been asked to double for someone who you did not resemble in any way, shape or form? If so, did you take the job? What was involved in trying to mimic the main actress/actor?


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How many cars did it take?

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What is the largest amount of food you have seen/heard about someone eating at one sitting?


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Hello; we were completely surprised by how much opposition there is to the idea that climate change is upon us. I suppose many people would not want to change their lifestyles or see their profits (from whatever activities that contribute to climate change or the exploitation of nature) changed. Fear is also a common response to an enormous threat, so people would naturally prefer to deny it than confront it. The vast majority of viewers and comments, however, were positive. I am very proud of the work we are doing with SeaLegacy because if we don't, biodiversity will die in darkness, with no one there to document it. Our job is to shine a light on issues regular reporters are not documenting and to bring those stories to the court of pubic opinion. It is not always positive and there is a tendency to shoot the messenger. We are happy to take the brunt of the criticism as long as we are moving the conversation forward. CM

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Easiest to operate would be Justice League. You just need to hit the dispatch button. The tricky part happens when it pops up with an error and you need to know how to handle it. I'm not sure about the most entertaining, but it would probably be one of the launch rollercoasters (Superman or full throttle)


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Correct. I expect they will seize my phone this week. It might take them a bit longer, it's the holiday season and not many government employees are doing much by way of work. It's a question of how motivated they are to punish me, and how much bad press punishing me will get them. Being European, they are unlikely to send me to the solitary cells for this. Not for very long anyway. If I were from an African country for example the repercussions could be vastly worse for me.

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I once had to double nz actor Kevin Smith who played Ares, god of war on Xena. I was required to wear a fake beard and mustache and strap my tits down. I still have pics. I make kind of a hot guy.


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I used company cars. You can treat them like off-road vehicles.

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Personally I had seen one man pile 9 plates of Chinese food (mostly cheap noodles and chicken). When they eat by themselves, I think they eat a lot more. When they are with friends, the social pressure keeps them from gorging too much. My waiters had said a larger number, but they might be overestimating. No one can really eat more than 2 pounds.


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Thanks for the answer, I also hope that people will change their view as soon as possible, and believe that the work of people like you can really make a difference!

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How long is your longest TATSUuuuUuuuuu uuu UU uUUUUUuuU!!!?


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If you don't mind me asking,

1.) what got you jailed? 2.) how long have you been there? 3.) what actions can you take to secure your release? 4.) could you contact your family? 5.) would you be able to get a public lawyer? 6.) is it near impossible to secure your release once there?

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What was it like on the hood of the car in Death Proof?


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Hi Bill, this isn't very specific, but after driving 2,100 roads in Detroit - what's one of the most unique or most interesting things you saw?

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Is your restaurant menu fairly standard, or do you try new menu items regularly to mix things up?

How do you feel about patrons who dine-in and then ask to take a box home?


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Thank you. We were very clear from the very first post on our own social media channels that we don't know why this bear was dying. We stated that if we don't do something to reverse climate change, we will see more images like this as polar bears struggle to find food. PN

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I don't work at tatsu, but if I did I'd make that mother fucker long


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I over stayed my visa. My fault, I admit it. Ive been here for several years and since the people who reported me and then stole everything I owned upon my arrest have no doubt made a complaint against me, I cannot be released. This is the beauty of it, if you are charged with a crime you get a trial, right? You have your chance to tell your side of the story. But a complaint goes to Immigration, not through any part of the legal/judiciary system. You do NOT get to tell your side of the story without an attorney. Hard to hire an attorney when everything you own has been stolen by the people that put you here. There are public attorneys. Once a year they come here, put up a big banner, sit with a few detainees and have their pictures taken. We do not hear from them again. Various human rights groups do the same. Unfortunately Amnesty International doesnt cover "detention camps", I dont know why. I dont have any family but others do and they have limited phone access and laptop access(international law says we get unlimited access. We dont.) to contact them. We get visitors a few days a week(international law says 7 days a week. Isnt applied to us). Getting released or deported varies for every individual. Getting released requires paying bribes. Very large bribes. With no guarentee you will actually be released. We have one guy here, already spent €50k to get bail, hes "out" on bail in a criminal case. He's still here. Its a good game. Getting released if you have criminal charges against you in your own country or an influential country like the U.S. is pretty much impossible. Ive seen it done, but we're talking bribes in the €100k+ ballpark, and even then... For the rest of us getting released is a question of money. Deported may be easier. You see, they dont like to release you once youve been here, you might file charges against them. We file charges against them from inside but we arent taken to the hearings so the charges get dismissed. Another good game.

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Breezey, at times buggy.


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For the most part I saw people just going about their lives, as they would be doing in any city or suburb in the country. I did come across a burning house, and people were screaming that a woman was trapped inside. The DFD rolled up and firefighters ran right into the house to try to find her. She was across the street, visiting a neighbor.

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I would say about half of them are rotated regularly, but on a fixed schedule. Some things we just try because the ingredients are cheap. Right now tomatoes are at $57/cs while they were $11/cs 4 months ago. However the price of cabbage and potatoes dropped, as well as bass. That influences the new dishes we make.

For the customers who want to take their food home, it's usually a small amount left on their plate and they just want to limit wastage. In most cases they ask to pay for the box themselves, but we let it go if it's a small quantity, as it will be wasted anyway.


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How do you know that it was starving due to lack of food, and not due to something like illness?

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Seen anyone throw up?


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Damn. I can't imagine how it must be like.

It's really shitty that you're pretty much like one step higher from how actual criminals get treated just for overstaying.

I'm guessing the reason why they don't want anyone knowing anything is because what they're doing is borderline illegal and their abuse of authority would be put into question if people knew more about the situation.

Hope things get better. If it wouldn't be too risky, getting some evidence as to the conditions there could probably serve as a trump card in the future.

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Hi, Zoe! How does one find their way to working in a stunt team? Like.. what would the requirements be, besides "be in great physical shape and maybe a little crazy"?


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Do you have any recommendations for under-the-radar things far outside of the immediate downtown core? I'm a big fan of Cadeiux Cafe and the Dakota Inn and I'm sure that there's more out there that I just don't know about.

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If people constantly get multiple plates of the most expensive foods, do you lose money?


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Thanks,

We don't and that was stated in the original caption. All we are saying is that if credible scientists are saying that 30% of polar bears are going to disappear by 2050 and they could be extinct in a 100 to 150 years then this is what a starving bear looks like. It is gut-wrenching to watch. These are not just data points falling off a piece of paper. These are great Arctic nomads dying a slow and painful death. PN

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I haven't seen anyone throwup, but I've seen the aftermath. Not. Fun.


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We have it in spades. Doesnt make a difference. Without an Embassy to back you up, you cant get anywhere from within the system. We had a guy was locked up in solitary for months. His x-gf put him here and she told the officials he had TB, HIV, a host of diseases. They locked him in solitary as a protective measure, to keep us from getting infected. Until he payed for a medical examination which proved he didnt have any of those diseases. The first 4 days he was there they forgot to feed him. A rat bit him on the foot and he got no medical attention. This guys story was a nightmare. He joined my complaint to the Commission on Human Rights. They didnt want to touch it. His Embassy(U.S.) said "we cant get involved". He was here with no criminal charges, just a complaint from his x-girlfriend who was jealous that he found a new girl. They got him out after about half a year, thats fast. No Western embassy will touch this place. Unless you include the Israeli embassy. Their citizens dont stay here 24 hours, because their embassy informs the locals that after 24 hours the Israelis will get their citizen out and any dead bodies left behind are not their concern. I wish I was Israeli.

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Either having extensive experience in one thing - martial arts, gymnastics, motocross etc etc or a little in a couple is really helpful.

Being a good listener, a quick study and intuitive also makes it much easier for someone to hire you and then hire you again.


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Scotty's Fish and Chips on Fenkell in Brightmoor...

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Yes, but only a small amount. You see, not many people can eat 1 1/2 day's worth of protein or seafood in one sitting.


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Much of the criticism was aimed at the assertion or implication in the NatGeo article you linked that a lack of ice was the cause of the starvation.

Numerous scientists and journalists have come out since then refuting that claim.

I understand that you guys aren't responsible for writing the actual article, but what amount of input do photographers generally get in the editing process?

Were you sent out to find photos of starving bears? Or was the story and accompanying narrative developed around the photos? How do you deal with the possibility that your photos could be misinterpreted or misconstrued by editors?

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What ride do you operate, and what do you want to operate? Also, do you know the average number of trains/riders per hour TC on normal op days/any explanation on why it never really gets to duel?


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As an NBI (like FBI) officer said to me..."you have no rights unless we choose to give them to you".

None of the embassies get involved unless their citizen is close to death. The usual response is "we cannot interfere in judicial matters or the internal affairs of another country".

In fact...sometimes it's the embassies that keep people here. People like Art Benjamin who is dying from multiple stage 3/4 cancers and probably has less than 4 months to live. Immigration wanted to grant him bail so that he could die with dignity in his home with his wife. But the US Embassy objected as he is facing duplicate charges in the US...charges that will go nowhere as he will be dead long before he touches US soul again.

So now he's stuck in an isolation cell, dying alone with no family to comfort or help him. He's in isolation to protect him as his immune system is weakened so severely.

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would you like to be cast more as an actress, or do you like primarily being working as a stuntwoman?


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Did you hit about 20 pot holes per day like I do driving around for work everyday?

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The oysters always sketched me out. You say the crab legs you should avoid and the sushi is fine. But what about the oysters?


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You know what has been one of the most shocking aspects of sharing this story? How people not read captions and how media outlets sensationalize and embellish. I was utterly surprised to find media sources that put words in my mouth, twisted what I said, put stuff out of context, etc. CM

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I mainly operate Justice League, but I think it would be fun to do Superman or one of those launch rides. Idk qbout twisted though, never worked there. My guess is that they want to launch the trains asap


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It isn't legal. No, there is little criticism of our host country as most Western countries have agreements with them that allow them to work around the lack of an extradition treaty. In exchange for co-operation on law and order and security issues, the Western countries turn a blind eye to this place. When you complain to your embassy about your illegal detention you inevitably hear "we can't get involved".

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Definitely. Before Thor, I hadn't been a stunt double in 8 years. I love it all but acting (doing my own stunts of course) and most recently directing are taking precedence.


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The streets in Detroit are bad, but so are many streets in the suburbs.

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Oysters are also to be avoided as they source them, especially in the midwest, from groceries and fisheries past their prime. Sometimes on the coasts they are imported from China and South America, but are decent quality while they are fresh.


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Well its certainly refreshing to hear that it wasn't you guys messing up.

Kudos on you all for speaking up about this, you should not be wearing any of this.

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I've only been there twice. Once during my 6th grade graduation and another time when I was 23. I live 5 minutes away.

When is the least busiest time to visit the park? And are there any rides that just constantly have no line?


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We get them occasionally but I don't know where they come from.

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Have you ever stabbed anyone with a movie prop?


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European (italian) here, i don't know much but read a lot of nasty things about Detroit on the internet and how urban degradation is widespread in the city. Is it really that bad as depicted? How is the situation changed in the last 20 years? What do the white and black communities think about the city?

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Why do the deserts always look so delicious but taste like stale cardboard covered in colored sugar?


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I also think that certain outlets took the opportunity to generate controversy. I was shocked by the lack of professionalism and accuracy of the CBC, the National Post and the Toronto Star. CM

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Least: Tuesdays or Wednesday in general. Specifically on Superbowl Sunday or Christmas eve are the least busy days.

Most: Summer Saturdays, Sundays are generally a little less busy, but still packed. This is kinda obvious but never go on bring a friend free days or three day weekends (like labor day)


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Umm... Right.......

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Only in my down time


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Detroit is a big place -- 139 square miles. There is everything: mansions, slums, blighted property, miles of middle-class housing. There have been many positive changes in the past 10 years, but abandoned housing remains a major problem, and is often the main thing visitors take away with them.

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That's what they are. They all come from the same factory in one of the major cities for Chinese immigrants in the US. The ingredients used are not half bad, but they lack preservatives to help it taste fresh. Some customers do say they get hard after some time on the trays. But I doubt these factories hire any food scientist to prevent them from turning into cardboard.


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I have a question for people who saw this and thought it was out of the ordinary: How exactly do you think the average polar bear life ends? Curled up peacefully in a nursing home? Revenge murder by a pack of seals?

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is there such thing as homemade snakes or are they all just mass produced in a factory? these are questions of doctors everywhere


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Hi Zoe! I've heard lots of people clamoring/wishing for more awards recognition for stunt teams and the work they on set (I know SAG has recently added a category like this), but some think it will encourage more accidents due to increasingly dangerous stunts. What is your stance on this, as someone directly involved in the industry?

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I worked downtown Detroit from 2003-2016 and spent a lot of time driving around the city looking for cool things to see and photograph. Along the way, I saw my fair share of crazy stuff - burning houses (twice), burning cars (twice as well), a car that had smashed into a barricade and been abandoned with the engine still running, urban farms, and transient communities squatting in abandoned houses...

But one of the things that surprised me most was the amount of wildlife I've seen wandering freely through the city. I've seen deer, pheasants, grouse, a coyote, packs of wild dogs, and once, I swear to god, I thought I saw a peacock. No joke.

What has your experience been in this regard? What's the craziest animal you've seen wandering around the city?


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What is one item you would advise people to stay away from at an all you can eat buffet?

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Great question although this bear did not have any breeding scars on his face. I suspect he was a very large male but probably less than 10 to 12 years old. PN


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Well who's to say that a factory isn't a home

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We already risk life and limb at times, that happens without awards being present. I used to be pretty reserved about it all - I love the hidden wonder, movie magic of it all and was happy to not have the spot light on our side of the biz. However, these day the behind the scenes are so exposed that's gone out the window and o be honest with so many other categories getting recognition - its painful that stunts isn't among them. So many movies would stand naked and soulless with the action removed. Its not just about risking life and limb its about the magic the stunt department brings to movies.


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With the way Detroit's buildings and homes have disappeared, nature has come roaring back, including trees growing on the tops of buildings and many animals. I've seen coyotes, bald eagles, deer, foxes, wild turkeys, peacocks, pheasants....I didn't see many wild dogs. The wild-dog issue in Detroit seems over-hyped.

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Crab legs. I'm being serious. I have seen Chinese buffets at the fish market going and buying bottom of the barrel seafood including crab legs past their prime. And then they don't steam them properly either to save on volume.

The sushi on the other hand, a common misconception, is relatively safe to eat IN A BUSY PLACE, as the health code standards in the region of raw food is very strict, and you cannot skimp out on prices of salmon and tuna fillet.


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I read reports that you guys were standing there crying while filming the scene. Is that accurate?

I have also seen supposed experts discuss the video saying that the bear is likely not starving exclusively because of climate change's effect on the bear's hunting environment, but that it is likely also sick with something that is causing it to be unable to hunt and get around as it should, likely some sort of bear cancer. Does that seem likely?

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Can you tell us more about your character in Django? It felt like there was more to that character that was left on the cutting room floor.


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Have things gotten better or worse for the outlying Detroit neighborhoods in the past 10 years? Were there streets then or now that you felt unsafe driving down?

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Isn't getting the crab legs past their prime dangerous? Wouldn't it make people sick?


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Good questions. Yes, the team was overcome with emotion. It is not like the team was standing there balling but we had to work through our emotions and yes there were a lot of sniffles. We never said that it was because of climate change. If you go to the original post we say that we cannot conclude that climate change is the cause but we want people to know what a starving bear looks like. Is this a glimpse into the future? PN

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Tracker Peg. We had a whole backstory for her and the other Trackers - kind of a fucked up love story actually. And there was a big fight but we never shoot it.


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I never felt unsafe driving down any streets or talking to people, and I had no incidents. Blight continues to be a huge problem in many neighborhoods, but the streets are better lit and cleaner than they were 10 years ago.

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It does, unfortunately. Very often. But it is very hard to sue with the little amount of evidence people have. We do not even risk giving cheap crab legs for that reason


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Thanks for your reply. I haven't been able to bring myself to look at the footage myself, because I get too worked up just from the thumbnails and conversation around it. I'm sorry if I implied that you reported something inaccurately, that wasn't my intention, I was just trying to clarify some of the third-party conversation and speculation that I've heard regarding the footage.

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If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?


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What do you consider blight in Detroit?

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assuming yours is a chinese buffet. i became close with a couple who waited for a buffet and they told me they were 'recruited' to come to the states and work in that restaurant, leaving their parents and son in china.
is this common practice? it seems to me that all of the wait staff i encounter (anywhere) have just been flown over with rudimentary english classes and put to work.


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No worries at all. We are used to that question now and welcome the opportunity to clarify. - PN

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To be able to belt out a tune like Adele.

Or fly. Seems like it might feel the same.


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Blight in Detroit is empty houses and commercial buildings, and there are tens of thousands of them, sadly.

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I am not chinese or east asian for that matter but I am very familiar with the culture and speak the language. They do recruit from Fuzhou provinces, but where I am in the us doesn't require much effort to get employees.


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If you don't mind my asking, do you always manage to stay emotionally detached during the filming process, especially when it involves something so clearly heart wrenching? If no, what do you do to deal with it?

I just wanted to thank you guys, and so many like you, who work in such harsh conditions to make knowledge about the state of the natural world so much more accessible to the layman. It's a good thing this footage has been the subject of debate, because it'll bring about more public interest. Thanks!

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Working on Death Proof, did you find it, I guess, more fun, since you were able to act AND do stunt work? You were such a BADASS in that film!


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What is the biggest change you've noticed in Detroit in the last 10 years??

Maybe you could share one positive change and one negative change?

Thanks!

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There's a buffet near me that charges people for any food left on their plate. What do you think about that kind of policy? Do you think it's sensible, or risks driving customers away? Is wasted food a serious enough problem to necessitate such strict measures?


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The problem was that we are incredibly attached. I am a crier when it comes to nature and this was one of the hardest things I have watched. But, we have to capture the moment to share with the world. Thank you for all you do. - PN

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Yep - I loved it!


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Positive: Virtually all of the city is better lit. Much of it is cleaner than 10 years ago, when we did the original "Driving Detroit."

Negative: Abandonment remains a massive problem, even as Mayor Duggan has presided over the demolition of more than 13,000 blighted homes.

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I would imagine if we implemented that policy we would lose some of our new customers. In practice, it is sensible, as running this place is very low margin, and any food wasted lowers that. But driving customers away ultimately results in fewer customers, which is more devastating than a bit more wastage.


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Thank you for your comprehensive response.

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Was Cate Blanchett as fun to work with as she was on screen?


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Is it going to be possible to keep the infrastructure running for the few people that remain in some of these areas? No matter how well kept, how can a city service just a few houses in what was once a neighborhood of hundreds of houses?

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Over here where I live all buffets have a wastage charge but it is rarely enforced, it's mostly there to prevent those very few who leave whole plates stacked and untouched.


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The initial reaction was very favorable and supportive and then mainstream media sources started to embellish and alter the story like they sometimes do. The National Post and the Toronto Star in particular were way out of line. That started the backlash. - PN

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A straight up legend. Instant fav


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That is a huge question for politicians. As I write in the main story of today's package, how to deal with Detroit's empty land is difficult because many people hear "they're stealing my home" when the officeholders discuss shrinking the city. Right now there are approx 24 square miles of empty land in the city, and that figure is growing.

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Rarely enforced

If it was more often, you will lose customers. The scare tactic is enough.


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Thank you both for your vital conservation work, and for the poignant, haunting, and beautiful (sometimes all at once) visual content that you create.

I know many people who deny the influence or even existence of man-made climate change. When I've referred them to this story to demonstrate the adverse effects of warming poles, they invariably demand to know how we can definitively prove that this particular bear's demise was the result of human activity. How do you typically respond in such debates? Do you think that these people genuinely believe AGW is a political hoax, or that they simply can't come to terms with the fact that our activity on Earth has created such tragic scenes as the one you've captured here? And in the interest of fairness, what can we "climate hawks" learn from people who are skeptical of the mainstream consensus?

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Though it's definitely an unpopular opinion, Death Proof remains one of my favorite Tarantino flicks! What was your favorite scene to film in the movie? Thanks, Zoe!


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In your experience, has that 'empty land' approach to remove blight, group housing and possibly raise real estate pricing been approached effectively? What do city planners say? In 10 years will we be looking at diversified and thoughtful parks across the city or a hodgepodge of Urban Forrest cutting off communities from each other?

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What measure do you have in place to prevent 'water drinkers' from drinking the soda?


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Great question. You simply stick to the science and the math. Predictions (scientists often under-predict) are that 30 percent of polar bears are going to disappear by 2050 and could become extinct by 2150. Show them the nasa graph of carbon and the warming Earth. They just can't come to terms. It is must less painful to deny than to have to deal with AGW. I wish it wasn't real either but it is and we must all join in efforts to protect our one home. PN

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Hmmm..... I loved shooting the Res Dogs, around the table scene. It was my first real taste as an actor, of bouncing off other actors. It is just like when a fight goes right.


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City planners in Detroit today are working to increase density. They don't want to continue to replicate single family homes, but rather build townhouses and apartments, like in many big cities. The question of what to do with all the empty land is complicated, but if you check out the Detroit Future City website, you'll see a coherent vision of how to handle the empty acres. Making that happen in real life is a challenge.

Lastly, there are a lot of small-scale Green Infrastructure projects underway. Emphasis on small.

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Our waiters serve the soda, so that is not a problem.


Q:

How do we get Canada to change their legislation on being able to feed polar bears? Obviously there is a risk but we also have a duty to help them considering that we're destroying their habitats.

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Hi Zoe! Never been in time for an AMA before! I love your work in QT's films! What is he like as a director, and what was the most fun you had on a film of his?


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Did you see the chickens and peacock on 4th st?

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What type of discounts do your employees get?


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We are trying to change legislation so their habitat is protected so they can find their own food. If we are at the point of feeding polar bears then most of the Arctic ecosystem will be collapsing. Most species in the Arctic require ice. From copepods (lifecycle is tied to ice) to bowhead whales (which feed on copepods) all involve sea ice. If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire ecosystem. PN

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Me either - my first time!

QT is awesome, like a very tall, very brilliant kid in a candy store. A passionate, excitable, mischievous, meticulous, vivacious kid in a candy store. He's truly one of a kind.


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I didnt see chickens, but I certainly saw peacocks. I once wrote a story about a lovely peacock who had been shot with a long bullet from a crossbow pistol. The bullet lodged in the fleshly part of its neck, and it was caught and healed...

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We let them have free food to eat there and a box to take home. 25% off for their family as well.


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What are your sources? The OP has proof she is who she says she is, but who are you and how do you know about the place where the Polar Bear died?

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Loved the stunt work in Death Proof! That roof scene was insane. You really need for acting roles. And not so short like Hateful Eight.


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What is “Mexicantown” in Detroit? I heard it’s a vibrant community in Detroit, but not sure what it is. Can you elaborate? Is it like Chinatown?

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How do I make/buy egg drop soup that tastes like the egg drop soup in the buffet?


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  1. We didn't see the polar bear again after he swam away. He looked more at ease in the water.
  2. Thank you. We need more people to realize the facts. We were clear from the very beginning, when this story first came out, that we don't know why this particular bear was starving. It is, for us, a very strong foreshadowing of what is to come for future generations of polar bears if we don't reverse the effects of climate change. - PN
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Thank you!


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Mexicantown is a sprawling neighborhood in SW Detroit that stretches from the old train station virtually to the Dearborn city limits. The predominant ethnic group is Mexican, but it is also home to other Hispanic nationalities, whites, African Americans, plus poor, working class and middle-class residents. There are lots of restaurants and shops with an ethnic theme, and also hip venues like El Club, for all sorts of bands.

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Use a wok and shop at an asian market for traditional chinese vegetables.


Q:

Hi, could you share how you plan your photography work based on your conservation efforts? Wondering what factors go into what you decide to cover and when. Thanks for your work.

A:

As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of?


Q:

What's you take on the potential with Amazon; but even more so, what do you think the released proposal and incentive package says about the city to other companies considering opening or moving here, both from within the state, around the country, and around the world?

A:

Why are you always running out of chicken wings?


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Hi, we always rely on the advice of scientists and conservation experts who work on issues at a more local level. It is very important to have local players that will continue pushing for policies after we finish documenting. We work in places and issues where there is a strong policy process or a campaign underway, so that we can inject the kind of momentum that helps tip the scales. We also prefer to work in places where our added value is urgently needed and/or where no one else is working. CM

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Taxes


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I think Detroit's -- and metro Detroit's -- horrible transit will make Amazon look elsewhere. I also have to read about the proposal that emerged this week. I've been busy finishing our "Driving Detroit" update

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Chicken wings are hard to make in a busy kitchen. Each wing has to be spun and dipped by hand in sauce, which increases time. Chicken wings also come in smaller cases from restaurant wholesalers now for some reason, and the price increased.


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What are some other species we should be paying closer attention to as far as our impact on their habitats?

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Are there any folks in the industry (actors, directors , cinematographers,etc ) that you'd love to work with or just really admire ?


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How did you plan where you would go? Was it all pre-planned or did you just decide to cover a certain area each day?

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  1. Do you ever have to ban someone from returning because they ate too much or wasted too much food?

  2. How profitable are buffets in general?

  3. How long does it take to prep and cook everything before the store opens?

  4. With so much food, are roaches and rodents a problem? How do you keep it under control?

  5. Are sushi made from a factory? Or made in-house? The're usually pretty bland.


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The polar regions are being affected greatly, and penguins in Antarctica have experienced a couple of mass mortality events. Coral reefs are also under great stress and last year we lost 30% of all reefs. Plastic and pollutants in our oceans are having a very serious impact on whales and other marine mammals and then there is the trade of ivory. Not only elephants and rhinos being greatly impacted, other ivory-bearing wildlife, like narwhals are also being killed for their tusks in the Arctic. The list goes on and on. One that we can have an immediate and positive impact on is wild fish. Tuna, wild salmon, and sharks should be at the top of our list of concerns. CM

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Heaps. Catherine Hadwick, Kathryn Bigalow, Paul Fieg, more with Rosario Dawson, Heidi Moneymaker, KT Tunstall, more with Taika, more with QT, Dennis Villeneuve (sp?), Dante Harper, Emily Blunt, Chad Stahelski, Dave Chappelle..... shit this could take the full hour.


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I started testing the idea of driving the whole city on the far east side, from Alter Road and Mack up to Waveny and east to about Nottingham. Once I figured it was a do-able project, I hopped around the city from day to day, keeping track of everything on maps and notebooks. I skipped around to keep it interesting. And the west side is so big it seemed to never end.

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  1. Wasted: No. If they are kids their parents control them.
  2. Very low margins, but good if high volume. Low labor cost. Food cost is slightly higher.
  3. 2-3 hours before we open is how long it takes, with a complete team. Most prep work is done the night before, so it isn't that unreasonable.
  4. We never had roaches or rodents in our place, so I cannot vouch for that. Probably because of a newer building. A decent pest control should always prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. Food is sorted and rotated frequently, and never on floors. From a business perceptive, keeping this standard is great as it lowers wastage.
  5. Sushi are not made from a factory. They are made in house, but not from the finest fisheries or filling. They are made with pretty safe treated fish, but we have to tone down the flavor since it's a wide crowd we are appealing to.

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So, then I think the real question here is what is the best way for people that are over burdened by life (kids, jobs, whatever) to speak up and make sure our government knows we won’t stand for this? I mean, I’d love to storm Capitol Hill right now over this tax disaster but, you know, I’m here at my job today and can’t leave until EOD or I’ll lose my job.

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If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?


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In your estimation, what were the 3 leading root causes of Detroit's fall from prominence to the alleged decrepid contemporary state?

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Is that a yes for #1 if they eat too much?


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Such a great question and I completely understand how the pace of modern life make it hard to be involved. I think voting for people who are willing to put the environment as one of their top issues is very important. Reducing the amount of meat we eat also helps (becoming vegetarian will reduce your carbon footprint by half!). Reducing consumption of energy by lowering thermostat, water heater, etc. Walking more and driving less. Talking to your kids about the environment and making environmental consciousness part of the fabric of your family are also great ways of contributing. Thanks for caring! Every one of us matters and every action helps. CM

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Holy crap.... playing god much? Um.... We must all take responsibility for what happens in our lives. Always ask, what could I do differently to get a more ideal outcome.

Or always spread butter ALL the way to the edges of the toast.


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  1. Flight of business, especially heavy manufacturing, which started after WW II.
  2. Flight of white residents, which also started after WW II
  3. Inability of government at all levels to deal with the ensuing poverty in the city.
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Regulars do not eat too much, as they are there just because we provide a comfort to them. Most are very picky eaters who love the idea of getting anything whenever they want. Fortunately we make a lot of money on these people. The heavy eaters do not come very often. I still don't know why that is the case.

We have never banned anyone because they ate too much food.

Some children however, I would love to ban, throwing food all over the place, and wasting whole plates of deserts they cannot finish, and their parents not giving a shit.


Q:

Has there ever been a stunt that really made you nervous before doing?

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Thanks! But what caused #1 and #2, those were symptoms, not root causes, right? (5 Why Analysis)


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I don't know if this AMA is still active, but here goes.

Would you say on an average, is the cheese clams safe to eat, or would it fall under the same place as the crab (diarrhea in a shell) in buffets?

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Most of them. Even if its not dangerous - theres always performance anxiety!


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I think #1 and #2 were root causes. For starters, Detroit lost something like 143,000 manufacturing jobs between 1947 and 1963. Those were the types of jobs that allowed you to have a nice house, send your kids to college and maybe buy a boat or small cottage. After 1963, the job loss continued.

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We don't serve clams for this same reason. If it is seafood covered in cheese, they are covering its expiration


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Who is your favorite Marvel character?

A:

What neighborhoods piqued your interest in 2007 and again in 2017?


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What food in your restaurant would you say is the best?

Also, how often do you eat at your own restaurant?

A:

Um......Hela.

But I have been told Im more like Tony Stark


Q:

SW Detroit is always interesting because it has everything -- vibrant commerce, street life, interesting restaurants, good neighborhoods, a cool mix of people..but it also has crime, gangs and abandonment

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4-5 dinners/wk is what I manage. Other nights I'm working on other things (mostly weekdays) and eat somewhere else, including competition


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What's your method of choice for cleaning red wine stains out of a carpet?

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I recently "explored" Detroit using Google Street View. It's crazy how much empty space there is. With all of that empty space, is there any urban gardening for food production going on?


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including competition

Such a savvy move. Do you think the competition comes and eats at yours? Do you ever recognize each other?

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Water and half a thing of salt


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There are many farms, gardens etc. Just google Detroit and agriculture.

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Honestly competition looks like the average person. It is only when you go to their place you recognize them


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What got you interested in stunt work?

A:

Can you speak of Techno’s significance in Detroit? Do you know if the music industry, particularly this genre is causing any sort of positive economic growth in the city and if so to what degree?


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What do you do with the food which is left after end of service? Serve it up again the next day? Have always wanted to know about how such places do with the large quantities of food left after a days end.

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Meeting people who were making a living out of flying, flipping and kicking! I was already doing all that and the thought of getting paid and having it bean all day everyday thing......? Whats not to get excited about!


Q:

Techno is very significant culturally, and it draws thousands of people from around the world to the annual techno fest in May on the riverfront. But I thunk it's safe to say techno is much more popular in Europe than it is in Detroit

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Half of the stuff at the end of the day is reprocessed much like other restaurants, even MCD and Panera Bread. You can turn so much stuff into soup, and will still taste fresh. We mark all our food to make sure that the day old soup, while it would normally last 2 days with fresh ingredients, we would only put out for a day. In almost all cases, the food is eaten and turned over within the next 12 hours by the morning. Stuff like fried food however and mushrooms, have to be thrown away.


Q:

Were you ever asked to do something you thought to dangerous? And the obligatory war stories, have you been hurt?

A:

Hi Bill, once a month my fiance and i leave our 9 mile bubble and drive to neighborhoods we have never been to before in Detroit. Do you have any recommendations for specific streets we should drive for any particular reason?


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Do you have to deal with lower tip percentages based on being a buffet? Ive heard people over the years complain about tipping at buffets because they get up and get their own meal.

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If ever I haven't trusted the set up - I hope I am surrounded by professionals that are wise and cool enough to have that discussion 0 often it just takes minor tweaks to taylor the gag to the person performing it.

Twice I have had serious injuries, once I thought I was invincible and didn't trust my boss and those wiser and more experienced,. The second time, I didn't trust my instinct and question my boss when I should have.


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I would drive across Warren, starting in the east, at Mack (the GP city limits) and drive on Warren through Detroit to Dearborn, where it becomes the vibrant main street of Arab America, with restaurants, juice bars, shops etc. Warren in Detroit goes from very blighted to very vibrant.

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Our waiters deal with that, but it turns out to be okay most of the time, as $1pp is on the low end. 1 can handle 10+ tables easy


Q:

Do you have any recommendations on foods to eat when recovering from injuries?

A:

My mother was born and raised in Detroit, and while I was born there I was not raised there. She has taken me through areas of Detroit where she grew up and I felt rather out of place, not afraid for my life, but feeling like I stuck out like a sore thumb.

Were there areas in Detroit where you felt comfortable, or alternatively areas where you felt that your life was in danger?


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I hated my short time working in the food industry. So many people were demanding, wanted everything for free, and overall just nasty and gross. I always thought the buffett crowd would be extra bad. What is the buffett crowd really like to deal with? Extra points if you throw in your worst and best customer experience in the reply :)

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Not sure I would call this a recommendation but my boyfriend just reminded me that on Kill Bll after I was injured, they kept me through the end. In Mexico, to drown my injury sorrows, when everyone left for work (at 7am) and I couldn't go, I would put on my togs (bathing suit) and my vacuum sealed plastic arm cast protector, jump in the pool and order chicken quesadillas and a recurring jug of margaritas. Not sure it helped my wrist but im convinced it made me feel better.


Q:

I've worked in Detroit for more than 40 years and I literally have never felt in danger. I have always been treated with respect by anyone I met.

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Some customers will bitch at you and purposely spoil the food in order to get their food for free. Some customers leave out their food at their table for 10 minutes and say it is cold, AFTER THEIR MEAL, and demanding it should be free.

The worst experience was when a customer wanted a take out box from the buffet, which was by weight. He got two huge boxes, and the bill turned out to be higher than the price of the buffet. He argued and started yelling in the whole restaurant that it was a rip off that he took 5 pounds of food (verified on the scale) and should pay more than the buffet price. He said that he could eat more than the amount in the boxes, but it was 5 POUNDS of food! After arguing and initially lowering the price a bit, he threw a fit and wanted the whole 5 pounds of food for free. Regardless, we have a price policy in place, but some just don't want to pay it. If you are going to take your food home, we cannot charge you the buffet price. This was well known before even walking in. Not to throw a fit and bother other customers.


Q:

I loved you work, special Death Proof & Raze and I gotta you done awesome acting and producing and you did directing of Apocalypse Steven Hansen, would you do directing if you could or acting you main thing.

A:

Transplant who moved downtown a year ago; what do you think is the next up and coming area in the next 5 ten years. Both those near the core city (like City Center, Near North, North Corktown, island view) and that a bit further out, Jefferson Chalmers, East English Village, etc.). Anything you see on the cusp of starting to grow but still in the early stages?


Q:

what's the best sauce you've found over your life that would make most things taste a lot better?

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I figure I am a big enough girl that I can do both!


Q:

Jefferson Chalmers has a lot of things going for it -- near the water, next to GP, easy access downtown. There are definitely things happening there, but the neighborhood north of Jefferson is one of the most empty areas in Detroit.

A:

Sriracha


Q:

what's something that most audiences don't notice but stunt people do in watching stunts in movies?

A:

What neighborhood would you consider underrated or under-the-radar to most people? Which neighborhood has the most potential to come back in a meaningful way?

Also, whats your favorite street and why is it Woodward?


Q:

Can I come to your restaurant and eat for free?

A:

New techniques. I am often rewinding stuff when Im blown away to see if its done practically or not


Q:

Ten years ago, I thought Milwaukee Junction -- north of I-94, east of Woodward and south of E Grand Blvd -- was poised for development because it had some housing and lots of empty buildings, plus it's next to Midtown. That is happening.

Favorite street: I have always liked Corktown, even long before it became hot. In 2007, I wrote that my favorite street was Vinewood in SW Detroit. I like the old houses on it.

A:

In some cases we do let homeless people work for an hour in the back doing dishes for a filling meal and some to go. Free in the sense that you actually cannot afford to pay, which then we will be happy to help you in any circumstance.

Edit: Thanks for gold 2 kind strangers!


Q:

SO how can Lucy Lawless fly when Xena cannot?

A:

Have any of them ended up working for you on the books?


Q:

Don't know what you mean. We all have the fairy dust!

A:

Yes.


Q:

I'm a proud Dad to an 8-year-old Roller Derby player. She was inspired by seeing Derby played locally, but has also recently seen Whip It. She had her first 10-point jam just this last week!

What advice can you give someone her age on developing resilience, bravery, or further bad-assery?

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Honestly that's really upstanding to hear that you let people who really can't pay work for a meal. I assume since no money changes hands and it's just inventory the gifted food is marked as loss to prevent tax issues?


Q:

Thats awesome! I mean, it seems like shes on the right track!

Check in with heraelf on the reg, is she loving what she is doing, who she is surrounded by, is she loving the effect she is having on others - if not what can she do to make it so - as much as poss a soften as poss!

A:

The law might change soon with many companies doing the same for their employees and free meals to be taxed.


Q:

Hi, Zoe! Huge fan of your work. Is there anything you're doing that's upcoming that you're really excited about? Thanks :)

A:

I'll ask the hard hitting question here:

The chocolate-vanilla swirl machine. You got one? If so, how often is it out of order? Why is it out of order so god damn much?


Q:

Thanks very much! I have just started directing this year - stoked! Keep an eye out first quarter of next year for a little number that I directed with Rosario Dawson as my lead! Also I have three features and two TV shows, one scripted one not, that I hope to get a fire under next year. I would love any and all support I can get - so fingers crossed! Thanks!

A:

The problem with most places run by immigrants is their lack of skills to fix stuff. I can replace a burnt motor easy from yt videos or even call a contractor for severe problems. Some places don't even speak english. My requirement for all staff is that they must have english skills just for the sake of efficiency


Q:

Hiya Zoe!

Fell in love with the Kiwi accent when I saw you in Death Proof. Was wondering besides clashing knuckles and moving fast, what do you do on your off time? Stuff for fun just for you?

Thank you for running an AMA

A:

If an dish runs out are customers able to request a refill? I've noticed with my local some of the more popular dishes are cleaned out within the first couple hours and then the kitchen never replenishes the dish.

Also maybe your restaurant us different, but I notice the quality of the food during lunch service is higher (and cheaper) than the dinner service why might that be?


Q:

Taxes.

Bwa ha ha ha!!

A:

Yeah, there is no problem with refills. The only time I don't refill is when it is closing time and it would just make food to give to the table, to reduce wastage. Here is customer satisfaction based on time of day from my sale data.

https://i.imgur.com/hoaBdCH.png


Q:

How does it make you feel knowing that Deathproof is my favorite film?

Seriously, I love that movie and your stunt work is insane.

A:

For real though how do you read this graph, is the x axis actually the rating? Very strange way to look at this type of data


Q:

It makes me feel great.

A:

I'm not a data scientist, but this is tips collected over 10 minute intervals. So this is about 12 hours of data a day over 3 months. The bottom axis is time, and vertical axis is tip percentage. Since service is the same averaged over all time periods, food quality is the independent var here.


Q:

Do you have any pets? If so, can we see pics??

A:

Hey! I run a restaurant too, is this data collected by your pos? How do you control for cash tips on credit card payments (looks like 0 tip to my system)?

I've always wanted to collect tons of obscure data from my pos - like plotting steak temp vs # of send backs (spoiler - medium well gets the most send backs by far) and use this data to improve service.


Q:

We arent allowed at the place we stay. (sad face) But my first ever Cat's name was Negative. Mum thought it was a great name because it was black and white.

It had a bad attitude.

A:

Lots of data processing. PM me if you want some info on how to do it.


Q:

Hello Zoe!

How does it feel to know you can kick ass and to do so in such well received projects and films?

A:

Satisfaction rating peaks at 30 o’clock.


Q:

Pretty awesome

A:

4:45 pm - When we put fresh dinner dishes out


Q:

Hi Zoe! Huge fan! What is your favorite flavor of milkshake?

A:

What's your profit margin like on sodas? It seems like wait staff always top the glass off with ice and then fill it in with soda to minimize the amount of actual soda you get. Do you guys train them to do this because the margins are so thin?


Q:

Would have to be chocolate. Preferably with little chunks of choco!

A:

12 cents cost/fill to 1.59 sale price. Good markup assuming they dont get 14 fills.


Q:

Can you talk about your experiences with Harvey Weinstein?

A:

I'm hungry. Do you do deliveries?


Q:

Mine were never sexual just unpleasant.

Fuck that guy and the lives he has tarnished.

A:

Too busy most of the time. My kitchen is not laid out for a la carte and takeaway orders as a additional factor.


Q:

What’s your favorite movie? (Or top 3)

A:

I'm always interested to know how these all-you-can-eat for $15.00 joints manage to turn a profit. After paying salaries and operating expenses, how do you manage to stay in the green?


Q:

I deeply dislike favourite questions! I find they make my mind go numb and start emanating a constant dull ringing sound.

A:

You only eat $6 worth of food in a $15 buffet. If my labor at $14 an hour including taxes can cook for 7 people, thats only $8 total. Add the drinks margin and you are profitable. A la carte restaurants are a rip off in this scenario, where you might only get $3 cost of food for $15.


Q:

What's your favorite color?

A:

I had eaten at some bad buffets before where they don’t provide non carbonated drinks. I think it is so people eat lesser food. What the hell. What do you think of this?


Q:

It used to be blue - but I think that was just cause t was reserved for the boys. Now I like sunny oranges.

A:

I would assume carbonated drinks take up more space? I think that is why customers feel they are getting ripped off when they get flat soda.


Q:

Hi Zoe I’m a big fan! I love the movies you have done for Quentin Tarantino and I was wondering just how real the “ship’s mast” game is from death proof. That chase scene is one of my all time favorites in film and it looks so real? Were you really on that hood with only belts to hold onto?

A:

Did a client ever abused a lot of the system?


Q:

I really was on that hood, we really were going that fast and its one of my favourites too

A:

Unfortunately, quite often. Food cost is not that low, and plenty of people stack their plates and end up wasting it all. Fortunately, most of the time, the food wasted is of low value. The people who take the expensive stuff like seafood and meat actually eat most of it. Big eyes, but small stomach.


Q:

I have had weight loss surgery, which made my stomach quite small, and I only eat 4-6 ounces of food per meal. They gave me a nice little card that explains this. If I came to your restaurant with my family and showed me this card, would you be able to give me a discount, knowing that I would not be able to eat much at all?

(Note: I wouldn't be upset if I had to pay full price, I'm just curious if I should even bother to ask if and when we go to buffets.)

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Of course. We let the elderly and disabled have a steep discount as it is good will for more customers and there is a piece of mind someone who is not able to eat is gorging themselves to get their money's worth. It is not right and sets a bad example.