Sunday, May 19 2013 1:00 AM EDT2013-05-19 05:00:12 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park this Sunday.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:32:55 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million.Full Story >
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The general manager of the Independence Mall is reacting to allegations of discrimination at one of the salons located within the mall.
The family of a woman from Wilmington says that she was the victim of discrimination after Lee Nail Salon reportedly tried to charge the 86-year-old an extra fee because she is in a wheelchair.
In a statement, Helen Lewis, the GM of the mall, wrote:
"We regret that a member of our community had an unpleasant experience while visiting an Independence Mall retailer. Retail landlords do not have the ability to control individual tenant policies and procedures, but we do expect them to comply with state and federal laws. We are also bound and confined by our lease provisions and tenant laws as set forth by the state of North Carolina when dealing with tenants, and have taken every action allowed to us under those provisions to address the situation."
Earlier this week, Ilse Rosenberg, a Holocaust survivor, was with her caregiver, Melissa Padgett, who took her to Lee Nails for a manicure and pedicure.
"After she gets her feet in the chair and she's comfortable and her feet are in the water, he [an employee at the salon] said because she is in a wheelchair and it's an inconvenience of her being transferred in the chair, it is a $30 dollar up charge," said Padgett.
But Padgett, who is a CNA, said she had already transferred Rosenberg into the salon chair.
Still, she says that the salon manager told her to leave if she didn't want to pay the extra fee.
"I went back to Ilse, and at this point, I'm crying because I'm humiliated," she said. "When I saw her face, and I had to tell her we had to leave or pay an up charge, it broke my heart."
Rosenberg's family is outraged by what happened.
"She's only in a wheelchair because of her age, and she's been through a lot," said Ilse's son, Robert Rosenberg. "And she loves life, and it's very disappointing to find that this nail salon treated her so badly. It's discrimination."
"She went there to have her nails done and to feel beautiful and walked away humiliated," said Ilse's daughter-in-law, Charlotte. "That's just wrong."
On the phone, salon employees told WECT that they charge an extra $30 for those in wheelchairs because "it takes more time" for their workers to give them manicures and pedicures.
However, when we went to the salon to try to talk to the manager or owner on camera, we were escorted out of the business and out of the mall by security officers.
Now, her family is asking the community to boycott the business.
They filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
BBB officials said if the salon is charging more for those in wheelchairs, they are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability.
The family also complained to the North Carolina Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.
A representative from that office said they have forwarded the family's complaint to the US Department of Justice, which handles investigations into ADA violations.
Independence Mall posted this statement on its Facebook page:
"Dear Friends, we have been made aware of a potential situation at Independence Mall where a valued customer may have received sub-par treatment. Our first concern is the safety and enjoyable experience that all of our customers have at our center, and we are looking into this reported incident. That said, all of the merchants at Independence Mall establish their own individual policies, and we encourage them to adhere to best practices in all situations."
The Disability Resource Center, a local non-profit that helps and fights for equal treatment for disabled people in our community, investigated this case.
The center's director, Gloria Garton, said she also called the nail salon to inquire about what happened. She said they also admitted to her that they charge more for people in wheelchairs.
Given their willingness to talk openly about this, Garton thinks it's likely that others have paid this extra fee but didn't think anything was wrong with it or were too humiliated to say anything.
She hopes other businesses learn from what happened.
"We hope that for the business's sake, it's a learning experience for them and it doesn't get duplicated anywhere else and that other businesses realize you just can't do this kind of thing to people," Garton said.
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >