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6 things to know about working for Uber

Uber has been making headlines in recent months for everything from a new CEO to industry regulation. But if you want to work as a driver for the service that revolutionized the taxi-transport industry, there is more important information about Uber you'll want to check out.

RELATED: 5 things to know before becoming a Lyft driver

Here are six things you need to know about Uber before working for them as a driver:

Uber has its own system for estimating earnings. When you see those tantalizing statistics about how much Uber drivers in your area are making, keep in mind that they're not referring to a profitable side hustle or long-term estimations. Uber estimates local net median hourly earnings of drivers using stats from the previous month and assumes you'd be working 40 hours per week and four weeks per month.

You need to be a fit driver to work for Uber. If you've sat in the back of an Uber vehicle on your way home from a bar and thought, "I could do this," well, maybe. But before you even start worrying about your vehicle qualifying, recognize that you yourself could be denied work for any number of reasons, according to an article written by Ridester staff and last updated in September 2017. 

To start, you must be 21 to drive for Uber and have three years of driving experience. From there, it gets trickier. You'll need an in-state drivers license, in-state insurance with your name on the policy and pass a background check successfully. 

You must not appear on any national or state sex offender registries or suspected terrorist databases.

 And just in case you think you're home free, you might also face disqualification if you've got one of these on your record:

  • DUI or drug related driving conviction
  • Fraud
  • Reckless driving
  • Hit and run
  • Violent crime (assault, battery, homicide)
  • Act of terror
  • Sexual offense
  • Crime involving property damage
  • Felony or misdemeanor for theft (burglary, stealing, robbery or anything similar)
  • Fatal accidents
  • Resisting/evading arrest
  • Any other felony
  • You'll also be disqualified if within the past three years you have driven on a suspended, revoked or invalid license.

Your vehicle's gotta be fairly roomy. Even to drive for UberX, the basic service, you'll need a four-door car, minivan or truck that sits four passengers plus a driver. And it can't be too beat up − no major cosmetic damage and it must be able to pass vehicle inspection. You can't get the gig with a taxi, police or other marked vehicle or full-size van.

Local vehicle regulation can trip you up. In addition to Uber's minimum requirements, your city will have its own regulations for vehicles. Sign up on Uber to get more information.

Uber will lease you a vehicle. If you qualify as a driver but your vehicle isn't up to snuff, renting or leasing a vehicle through Uber might be the solution to send you on your way.

You can work for Uber on scooter too. Uber has a delivery service, and some of the possible vehicles are bikes and scooters (they'll also take cars, usually).

Papa John's CEO apologizes for comments on NFL anthem protest controversy

The Papa John’s pizza CEO Twitter account issued an apology on Tuesday night for comments made about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

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The chain’s CEO, John Schnatter, had blamed slow pizza sales on the national anthem protests, saying in a Nov. 1 earnings call that “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” and that the protests “should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”

>> Related: Papa John’s says 'the NFL has hurt us,' cites declining sales

In a tweet, Papa John’s issued a statement Tuesday saying, “The statements made on our earnings call were describing the factors that impact our business and we sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive. That definitely was not our intention.”

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling during the anthem last year to protest police violence against minorities. The protest got mixed reactions, but other NFL players -- and players in other sports -- have since followed Kaepernick’s lead to protest inequality.

President Donald Trump in September suggested that NFL team owners should fire players who refuse to stand during the anthem, telling a crowd in Alabama that “that’s a total disrespect for our heritage.”

Walmart responds after video shows carts of food thrown out after tornado

Walmart responded Monday after a man accused the chain of wasting cartloads of food in a video that went viral on Facebook.

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Gary Joe Ahrns posted a video on Facebook last week showing dozens of shopping carts filled with deli meat, milk, butter, cakes and other foods sitting outside a Walmart in Celina, Ohio.

“They don’t let employees have it,” Ahrns says in the video. “They won’t sell it to anybody else. They’re throwing it away.”

(Warning: The below video contains language that may be offensive to some viewers. Discretion is advised.)

“People starving to death in the world… and they’re going to throw it all away,” Ahrns says in the video. “Good old U.S. of A, we’ve got so much stuff we can throw it away. … This is wrong, and you all know that this is wrong. This is terrible.”

The video was taken on Nov. 6, one day after a tornado knocked out power to the area for hours.

Walmart officials said in a post on the store’s Facebook page that the food wasn’t safe to eat, despite the fact that none of the foods had reached their expiration dates.

“The food being disposed of was unsafe for consumption after the store lost power for 14 hours,” officials said. “Per internal and health department policies, we followed proper procedures by disposing of the food.”

Eight people were injured when a pair of EF-2 tornadoes swept through Celina on Nov. 5, prompting the city’s mayor to declare a state of emergency, according to WHIO.

The storm caused heavy damage to buildings in the area.

“I’ve seen a lot of hard hit areas with storms, even as far as having relatives down in the hurricanes,” Mayor Jeffrey Hazel told WHIO. “I can say this is pretty tremendous damage in this area.”

Celina is about 120 miles north of Cincinnati.

Target debuts first 'next-gen' store

It’s a first for Target: The red-themed retailer recently unveiled its first “next-gen” store in Richmond, Texas, near Houston.

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The 124,000-square-foot store opened last week. It’s the first of hundreds of stores the retailer plans to open in the next two years.

“With our next generation of store design, we’re investing to take the Target shopping experience to the next level by offering more elevated product presentations and a number of time-saving features,” Target’s chairman and CEO Brian Cornell said earlier this year. “The new design for this Houston store will provide the vision for the 500 reimagined stores planned for 2018 and 2019, with the goal of taking a customized approach to creating an enhanced shopping experience.”

One of the differences shoppers may notice between the new Target design and other locations is how the “next-gen” store is two concepts within one.

According to Target spokespersons, for the convenience of the on-the-go-shopper, one side of the store comes with grocery items and pick-up for those who prefer to order online.

The other side of the Target store is similar to a virtual department store, according to Target representatives. Shoppers can find items from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new “Hearth & Hand” collection in that section of the store.

RELATED: 'Fixer Upper' couple criticized over new home decor line at Target

“We wanted to tailor the experience to what shoppers are looking for,” store manager Shannon Wolford said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

RELATED: Fans rush in early to make sure they don’t miss Chip and Joanna’s Target line

The in-store Starbucks is even next-gen, complete with patio seating.

Read more at Houston Chronicle and Target

RELATED: Target is making some big changes that will lead to better, faster shopping

World’s biggest shopping day tops $20 billion 

The biggest shopping day of the season has been a record-setter, CNN reported Saturday.

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But it’s not Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Saturday that sales topped $20 billion of sales on Singles Day, topping the $17.8 billion collected during last year’s sale.

Singles Day has for years racked up more sales than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, CNN reported. 

By comparison, American shoppers last year spent more than $5 billion shopping online on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, according to Adobe, which tracks such data. Shoppers also spent $3.39 billion on Cyber Monday last year, the largest single online shopping day in the U.S., Adobe said.

Earlier Saturday, Alibaba said shoppers spent $1 billion in just 2 minutes and $18 billion in 13 hours. 

Singles Day started out as an informal holiday in China celebrating single people on a day that epitomizes not being paired off: 11/11. Alibaba turned it into a festival of discount deals in 2009.

Jury awards man $7.5M after being injured by Walmart watermelon display

An Alabama man has been awarded $7.5 million by a jury after he said he tripped and broke his hip while shopping for a watermelon at Walmart.The verdict was rendered Wednesday in a Phenix City courtroom, The Associated Press reported. The jury awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. 

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Henry Walker, 61, sued Walmart for the 2015 incident in which he claimed the store was negligent for failing to cover a pallet beneath the watermelon display. His foot became tangled in the pallet, causing him to trip and break his hip, according to court documents.Walmart officials insist that the watermelon displays are safe, and its stores continue to use the pre-packaged displays from producers.Walmart plans on appealing the decision, The Associated Press reported.

Dream job alert: Get paid $10,000 per month to 'experience' Cancun

Love to travel? Looking for a new job? 

A new job posting by Cancun.com might be just what you’re looking for. 

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The travel site is seeking a social media savvy CEO, or a “Cancun Experience Officer.”

A description of the position online notes that the company is looking for “an outgoing, authentic and dynamic individual (or team) to represent the amazing destination of Cancun.”

The CEO will live in Cancun between March and August 2018, developing video of the vacation, capturing photos and creating written content. The CEO will be the face of the Cancun.com brand and its newly launched website.

Salary is listed at $10,000 per month -- and that doesn’t include the housing costs that will be completely paid for during the six-month period.

“You’ll get paid to dive into the culture, charm and wonder of Cancun and share your experiences with a worldwide audience,” the posting reads. 

“We can’t wait to get started on our search for a CEO to be the face and personality of Cancun. Getting paid to live and travel around Mexico is a once in a lifetime experience,” Chad Meyerson, general manager at Cancun.com, said in a press release. “It’s truly one of the most remarkable travel destinations, and we want to make sure we find the right person to help us show the rest of the world everything Cancun has to offer, from the culture and community to its beautiful hotels and pristine beaches.”

According to the press release, other perks include: 

  • Sleeping in luxurious beds overlooking the most pristine beaches
  • Scaling 3,000-year-old pyramids followed by a swim with a 40,000-pound whale shark
  • Sipping an ice-cold beverage before teeing off 200 yards down an ocean fairway
  • Mingling with locals and tourists at your VIP table in the hottest clubs
  • Coordinating charitable projects with local organizations to support education, health and well-being 
  • Having the most enviable job on the planet

Interested job seekers have until Dec. 17 to apply. A minute-long video describing why you’d be the perfect fit for the position is required.

The top five finalists will travel to Cancun in January, and the winner or winners will be announced Jan. 31. 

Apply here

Coupon scam: Aldi continues to warn customers of fake offers on Facebook

Aldi continues to battle fake coupon scams on Facebook.

WNEM reported that the latest fake coupon has a link to an illegitimate website and claims to give out a $40 coupon to customers who complete a survey.

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“Hey ALDI fans! Looks like another fake ALDI coupon is making its way around the internet,” the low-cost grocery store said in a Monday Facebook post. “We’re sorry for any confusion, but we don’t offer electronic coupons and they won’t be accepted at our stores. We’re currently working on fixing the situation, but we’d love your help. Feel free to share this post to help us spread the word.”

The November scam is the latest in a string of fake coupons claiming to be from the retailer.

Related: If you see this Publix coupon, it's a fake

In June,  WTHR reported that another bogus coupon was circulating that claimed to offer $75 off an $80 purchase. 

“This was not authorized by ALDI. ALDI does not issue electronic coupons. Sorry for the confusion,” the grocery chain said on Twitter.

In March, WSYR reported that Facebook user Melissa Sheriff noticed a post that claimed to offer a $100-off coupon at Aldi stores, and it seemed too good to be true.

"Next thing I know everyone is sharing it," Sheriff said. "People are sharing it on each other's pages and messaging the coupon to each other and tagging each other in posts saying, ‘Great deal, great deal, you have to print out this coupon.'"

Related: Kroger warns shoppers of fake ‘$60 off’ coupon

Aaron Sumida, vice president of Aldi’s Tully division, issued the following statement in response to the scam:

We understand the confusion that some customers have experienced with digital coupon scams affecting ALDI and other retailers. On Friday, we shared a post on our Facebook page to let our customers know that ALDI doesn't issue electronic coupons or gift cards. These offers weren't authorized or distributed by ALDI and will not be honored at ALDI locations. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this situation may cause our customers.

Aldi addressed the scam in a March 8 Facebook post.

“There’s a fake ALDI coupon making its way around the internet…again. We don’t offer electronic coupons and they won’t be accepted at our stores. We’re working on fixing the situation, so if you’d like to help us out and spread the news, feel free to share this post. We’re sorry for the confusion,” the company said.

Aldi is not the only retailer being used in fake coupon scams. Kroger and Publix grocery stores have also been victims of coupons claiming to offer $60 and $75 off of purchases.

The takeaway for many of these offers is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Too many or just right? Here’s how that new credit card affects your credit

A newly embossed credit card can raise your spirits just like a decadent dessert or a sunny spring day. But is the shiny new card feeling worth the impact on your credit?

RELATED: Numbers don’t lie: 5 things to know about your FICO score

The answer depends on your spending history, borrowing goals and ability to handle spending power, according to credit experts like NerdWallet and Experian. 

Here's how a new credit card will affect your credit at every stage of the process:

That new credit card will have an immediate impact on your FICO score.

Applying for a credit card has an immediate impact on your FICO, or credit score, because the credit card issuer will check your credit report. 

This generates a "hard inquiry" that can cause your credit score to drop by a few points, according to Experian. "It's called a hard inquiry because it represents a potential new debt that doesn't yet show in the report as an account," the credit bureau noted. "That unknown debt represents possible risk." Each hard credit inquiry will stay on your report for two years, but most people regain the points within about six months of a credit card application. "But if your credit score was poor to begin with, those points might really count," NerdWallet noted.

It does matter how many cards you accumulate in short period of time.

Avoid applying for a new credit card in the three to six months before borrowing for a major purchase or mortgage. That way you can keep your score at its highest to get the best possible interest rate for the loans.

Applying for multiple credit cards in a short period of time isn't like applying for multiple home loans, because that is a situation where the credit bureaus expect you to comparison shop.

Instead, each credit card application incurs a separate "hard inquiry" and contributes to your credit-risk rating. "Several different inquires for new plastic in a short span of time will cause your credit score to drop significantly," according to NerdWallet. The blog encouraged those who have already applied for too many credit cards at once to realize their credit scores will bounce back. "Just be sure you pay on time and keep balances low and wait six months to a year before you apply for another one."

To estimate the impact of credit application scenarios without incurring hard inquiries, check out NerdWallet's free debt calculator and credit score simulator.

You may notice a dip in your score - but it could be brief.

According to Experian, when a new account opens, you may notice a dip in scores when it first appears in your credit report. "However, if you keep your balances low and make all your payments on time, your scores should rebound," the credit bureau noted.

Myths about new credit cards and your credit score

The whole topic of new credit cards and how they affect credit involves many myths, according to the Magnify Money blog. Avoid these sensible-sounding steps and use your credit cards in a way that will help build your credit score:

  • Myth: Just get prepaid or debit card instead of a credit card, since they don't impact your credit score. "There is a common misconception that carrying a credit card will ultimately lead to damaging credit card debt," Magnify Money noted. "However, for the responsible individual, a credit card offers one of the easiest ways to establish and build credit history."
  • Myth: Don't pay off your credit card on time and in full, since carrying a balance imoroves your credit. "If you're carrying a balance on your credit card and paying the minimum month-to-month because you heard you should, you aren't damaging your score nor are you improving it. But you are losing money each month in interest to your lender. Why throw away money?"
  • Myth: Only have one credit card. "Utilization" or "amounts owed" accounts for about 30 percent of your credit score and you want to keep yours as low as possible. "One way to make sure that happens is to have a number of credit cards open. That increases your total limit available, making it easier to keep your utilization low,” according to Magnify Money.

Hershey's to release 'Gold' bar

Hershey's is going for the gold, announcing its first new candy bar in more than two decades.Hershey's Gold is described as a "caramelized cream bar embedded with salty peanut and pretzel bits." The company told The Associated Press that the new offering is in response to the popularity of "crunchy multi-textured candy.”

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Hershey's Gold will go on sale Dec. 1.The last bar to be released by Hershey's was Cookies ’n’ Creme in 1995. 

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