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A CBS anchor went viral for excusing a shoplifter who rode his bike into a San Francisco Walgreens and cleaned the store out.

“CBS This Morning” co-host Tony Dokoupil went viral on Wednesday morning after he excused a man for stealing a trash bag full of goods and fleeing the store on a bicycle.

“So crime is never justified of course,” said Dokoupil. He was interrupted by co-host Anthony Mason, saying, “I will say that I think they could have made a little better effort to stop that bicycle. I mean you could have disrupted that bike.”

“Well, I mean, I don’t know,” Dokoupil said. “You don’t need to be a hero over some toothbrushes or whatever it is.”

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Dokoupil implied that the Black male shoplifter was “desperate” and probably needed essential items, such as a toothbrush and hair products.

“That reads also as an act of desperation. I mean, you’re not getting rich off what you take from a Walgreens, you’re getting probably something you need. I don’t know the details of that particular case.”

The incident happened at the Walgreens on the corner of Gough and Fell Streets in very liberal San Francisco.

The police stopped answering shoplifting calls after a 2014 ballot referendum downgraded property theft of less than $950 to a misdemeanor.

Now shoplifting is so routine in San Francisco, that shoplifters often sell their stolen merchandise on the sidewalk around the corner from the store they stole from.

ABC7 reporter Lyanne Melendez tweeted a video of the shoplifting incident on Monday, and her video went viral.

Pop singer Aubrey O’Day was also criticized for saying shoplifting is justified because Walgreens’ CEO earns millions of dollars in bonuses.



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End of An Era: Twitter Reacts to Atlanta Hawks Replacing Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger as Announcer

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The Atlanta Hawks have replaced announcer Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger. The Hawks also hired Tenitra Batiste as in-game sports analyst.

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As the news spread on social media on Wednesday, Cameron’s fans voiced their outrage.

One Twitter user wrote: “I love Big Tigg but what’s up with Ryan Cameron? No one announces the for 3s like he does.”

Cameron, father to daughters Ryan Megan and Kai and son Cayden, has not responded to the report.

Cameron is the host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored from 2p-6p on Majic 107.5 FM in Atlanta.



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Outrage Over Barack Obama’s 60th Birthday BBQ with 500 Guests Amid COVID Surge

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Barack Obama sparked outrage over his huge 60th birthday bash with a guest list of 500 people at his beachfront Martha’s Vineyard mansion amid a surge in Delta variant cases.

The former U.S. President hired 200 workers for the huge bash next weekend to celebrate turning 60 on Aug. 4.

AXIOS reports that all attendees must be tested for COVID and be fully vaccinated, but face masks are not required.

Politicians, public figures, and social media users expressed outrage over news of the bash. But the White House dismissed the criticism.

READ ALSO: Barack Obama Urges Black Americans to Get Vaccines Because ‘Wealthy and Powerful’ Are Taking It

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Others pointed out the hypocrisy of elites like Obama operating under a different set of rules than average Americans.

Mark R. Jacobsen, an Assistant Dean at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University tweeted:

“Sorry Mr President @BarackObama – my kid would like a big birthday bash too – but this is tone deaf and we need some more leadership from influencers like you.”

Greg Pollowitz, Twitchy.com editor, said: “Obama must cancel his birthday party.” Pollowitz cited a recent Covid-19 outbreak in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as the reason.

Mediate Senior Columnist John Ziegler tweeted:

“Elite Liberals: The two greatest threats we face are the COVID pandemic and global warming!! Also Elite Liberals: Let’s have a huge party on super-expensive beach front property we own, even though we claim to believe it will be soon overrun by the rising ocean!!”

Twitter also dragged Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett who asked the public for donations for Obama’s Presidential Center in Chicago.

“My dear friend @BarackObama is turning 60 tomorrow. For his birthday gift, I’m asking you to chip in $6 or $60 to help us bring the Obama Presidential Center to life in Chicago. Donate at http://obama.org/60-for-60/ #HappyBdayObama.”

Candace Owens tweeted in response:

“LOL.
He is throwing a party with 700 people on a private beach in Martha’s Vineyard but please peasants, remember to give whatever is left in your savings accounts to his causes and remember— we’re all in this together!”



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DaBaby Reportedly Lost Lollapalooza Gig After Failing to Deliver Apology Video

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Earlier this month, it was reported that rapper DaBaby did not respond to requests from LGBT+ groups to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

DaBaby was “canceled” after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami last month.

In addition to the PSA campaign, the “Suge” rapper was asked by music festival organizers to record a video of his “sincere and heartfelt” apology to the LGBT+ community.

According to industry insiders, DaBaby agreed to record a video in which he planned to confess that he was “touched” by a male family acquaintance as a child.

That incident reportedly fueled his longstanding hostility and resentment toward homosexuals as an adult.

READ ALSO: Elton John Drives the Final Nail Into DaBaby’s Rap Career

As reported by Billboard, a publicist for DaBaby reached out to seven fall festival promoters and assured them that the video was forthcoming.

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The apology video was to be played before he hit the stage at Lollapalooza. However, DaBaby missed the deadline to submit the video to Lollapalooza organizers for their approval.

He was dropped from the lineup and his slot was given to another rapper with feminine tendencies, Young Thug.

DaBaby has since lost lucrative gigs at other music festivals including Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

To control the significant damage to his rap career, DaBaby’s publicist wrote a heartfelt apology to the LGBT+ community and shared it on the rapper’s Instagram.

But the third party apology was too little, too late.
 

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