Florida resident has her wallet returned by an unidentified man who found it in a Walmart parking lot.
What We Know:
- Debra Crosby, a resident of Yulee, Florida, noticed her wallet was missing while checking out at a River city Walmart location in North Jacksonville, Florida. Crosby told NBC affiliate WLTV that she quickly began to think of all the things she would have to replace and the inconveniences that would come with it. “I am going to have to replace my military id and my driver’s license. I am going to have to take off work because they are not open during the hours when I get off,” said Crosby.
- Crosby was nervous and anxious as anyone who keeps their valuables in their wallet would expect to be until she received a notification from her phone bearing great news, which can be seen in this video from NBC News. An unidentified man was recorded by her Ring Doorbell, explaining why he was at her house and what he had found.
- According to Apple Maps, the River City Walmart location is about 20 minutes away from Yulee. Reports show Crosby describing the man as her “guardian angel” and commends him for his good deed. Crosby told NBC affiliate WLTV that the man not only returned the wallet, but it had all of its contents inside of it, and he even concealed it for her when leaving it on her front doorstep.
- Crosby, who is also a middle school teacher and a mother, says that she wishes her sons would do the same thing if ever put in the same situation. Reports claim that Crosby will try to spread this great act of citizenship by including it in her lesson plan for her students back at school.
This just goes to show that acts of kindness, such as returning someone’s wallet, can go a very long way.
Instagram Launches Test Where Users Can Choose to See — Or Not See — Likes
The photo-sharing social media site announced the latest test following mixed reactions to previous experiments where the feature was removed.
What We Know:
- On Wednesday, the Facebook-owned site launched a limited global test where users were given the option to hide like counts on other people’s posts or their own. NBC reported the test is a follow-up to previous efforts by the company to remove likes.
- Likes are commonly used to measure engagement on a post, but sometimes this gets equated as a measure of popularity. According to a Facebook spokesperson, the company began testing the feature in 2019.
- In a statement, the spokesperson said the test was done to see if removing likes lessened the pressure users experience when posting. “Some people found this beneficial but some still wanted to see like counts so they could track what’s popular,” said the spokesperson.
- Last month, Instagram conducted a small test where likes were removed for some users. The test accidentally was expanded to include larger numbers of users, prompting many to express their disapproval for the removal of likes. Some found the change positive for mental health. Others pointed out how professional “influencers” are reliant on likes to measure their engagement.
Ppl gettin mad about not seeing the number of likes they receive on ig bcuz they use that as some sort of validation currency shows is how deeply twisted and vain we are. Did Instagram reveal how we are reliant on social media for our sense of worth and self esteem? Yes it did.
— Imani (@Sleezies) March 3, 2021
- The last major feature that was added to Instagram was Reels. The feature consists of 15-second multi-clip videos designed to capitalize on and compete with the success of rival site TikTok.
The users involved in the test can still privately view their own like count. The company did not indicate how many people tested the new feature other than to say it was a small percentage of global users.
REPORT: STDs Hit All-Time High for Sixth-Year in a Row
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the annual cases of sexually transmitted diseases have climbed to an all-time high for the sixth year in a row.
What We Know:
- A 2019 STD Surveillance Report on Tuesday, April 13th, found that there were more than 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported across the United States in 2019. That’s nearly a 30 percent increase in reportable STDs from 2015 to 2019.
- Those primarily affected by STDs are consistently racial and ethnic minority groups, gay and bisexual men, and young people. The report features a statistic that demonstrates how Black people were 5-8 times more likely to contract an STD than non-Hispanic White people. On top of that, cases of congenital syphilis or syphilis found in newborns nearly quadrupled in the last 4 years.
- Raul Romaguera, acting director for the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, stated, “Less than 20 years ago, gonorrhea rates in the U.S. were at historic lows, syphilis was close to elimination, and advances in chlamydia diagnostics made it easier to detect infections. That progress has since unraveled, and our STD defenses are down. We must prioritize and focus our efforts to regain this lost ground and control the spread of STDs.”
- Since the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched resources and healthcare workers, the CDC is proposing new innovative techniques to prioritize STD testing. Their plans include walk-in STD express clinics, partnerships with pharmacies & retail health clinics to provide on-site treatment, and increasing telehealth appointments.
The CDC says while people with STD infections do not always experience symptoms, it is important to be tested regularly. If STDs remain untreated, people can potentially see an increase in the risk of HIV infection, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, severe pregnancy, and newborn complications or infant death.
Old Navy to Add Pockets to Girls Jeans After 1st Grader Writes Letter
A first-grader named Kamryn Gardner noticed her jeans had fake pockets stitched in them and addressed the brand directly in a letter.
What We Know:
- Gardner attended Evening Star Elementary school and was initially assigned the task of writing a persuasive letter as a school assignment. Gardner decided to address Old Navy in regards to her frustration with the brand not designing pockets for girl’s jeans. She included reasons why she hopes the company will add useful pockets to their current design. The letter was sent to Old Navy’s kid’s team, who commented they would be seriously committed to considering Gardner’s input on future products. Gardner and her family appeared on the Today show on Thursday to talk about their experience with Old Navy.
Gardner’s father commented, “We’re very proud of her. She is a persuasive person. She loves to talk, she’s always excited.”
- His daughter expressed that she also just wanted a place to keep her hand warm as well as have a convenient place to stash small toys and natural treasures. Gardner’s school also posted the letters from their student and Old Navy to their Facebook page. The post garnered the attention of hundreds of people.
- Gardner’s mother, Kim Gardner, also teaches at the school. The first-grader originally decided to write her concerns in a letter to Old Navy back in January. Kim revealed that Kamryn always periodically expressed dissatisfaction with her jeans. Kim convinced her daughter that it would be a good life lesson to send a handwritten letter to Old Navy about her problem.
- Gardner was sent two pairs of denim pants and two pairs of shorts as a sign from the retailer that they appreciate her feedback. The products she received all had real pockets sewn onto them. She was more than excited to reveal what Old Navy had sent her during her class’s show-and-tell day.
Old Navy spokeswoman Sandy Goldberg has since stated that although Old Navy already carries a variety of girls’ pants with pockets, the company will keep Kamryn’s request in mind as more styles are developed.
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