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Photos: Women's costumes for 2016

Disney Store focus of online anger for Maui costume

The Disney Store is coming under fire over a new costume inspired by the mouse house's upcoming movie "Moana."

The store has introduced a costume for kids that will allow children to dress up as the character Maui. 

The problem, as many see it, is that the costume sports Polynesian tribal tattoos on cloth that is representative of brown skin, The Washington Post reported

Many on social media say the costume is offensive.

Neither Disney, nor Dwayne Johnson, who portrays the character of Maui in "Moana," have responded, the Post reported.

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Photos: Walmart's top toy list 2016

Job hunting? UPS to hire 95,000 seasonal workers for the holidays

United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to hire about 95,000 seasonal and part-time workers to support the surge in business expected during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

The Sandy Springs, Georgia-based package-delivery giant said it expects to hire primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers to help with the annual holiday rush from November through January.

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“We’re ready to kick off our annual holiday hiring process, and need lots of great people for various positions on all shifts across the country,” said Myron Gray, president of UPS's U.S. operations. “UPS delivers the holidays, and we also deliver some of the best temporary jobs in the country for tens of thousands of Americans.”

While most of the temporary positions will disappear after the holidays, UPS noted that about 37 percent of people hired seasonally in 2015 now have permanent jobs with the company.

Christmas 2016: These are the hottest toys right now

Dozens of new toys are available for upcoming holiday season, but not all will be high on children's letters to Santa.

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Here are some of the hottest kid's toys for Christmas this year:

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Photos: Target's hot toys for Christmas 2016

Target hiring 70,000 workers for the holiday season

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Looking for a seasonal job? Look no further than your neighborhood Target store. 

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The company said Monday that it plans to hire at least 70,000 seasonal workers during the busy fall and winter months.

"The Target team is famous for serving up exceptional shopping experiences," said Janna Potts, chief stores officer of Target. "We can't wait to welcome new seasonal team members on board to help us make the holidays extra bright for our guests. And new this year, all of our 1,800 stores will host dedicated hiring events in October, meeting with thousands of prospective candidates in just 48 hours."

Fortune pointed out that the retailer opened the same number of positions last year during the same time. The stagnant number reflects a slowdown in the retailer's business, the magazine noted.

But Target can report an increase in the starting wage for many workers, which is a positive improvement to the company's employment benefits.

Target also plans to hire an additional 7,500 people for distribution facilities, which ship online orders and send products to stores.

"Our distribution teams will be major players in that game, helping us get all those products to guests in time to host holiday events, give gifts and celebrate all season long," said Carson Landsgard, senior vice president of distribution at Target.

The discount chain said it will hold hiring events at all of its 1,800 stores on Oct. 14 and 15. Candidates can also apply online.

The company also said existing employees will get "first dibs" on any extra holiday hours they want.

Photos: Toys R Us hot toys 2016

Snag free Krispy Kreme doughnuts Monday for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Yes, there's an International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

And the best way to celebrate it is to dress up like a marauder and get free food.

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 For all who "speak ye pirate," Krispy Kreme is offering a free original glazed doughnut. Those who dress like a pirate will receive a dozen free glazed doughnuts.

According to the doughnut chain, customers must include at least three of the following elements: 

  • Eye patch
  • Pirate hat
  • Pirate flag
  • Bandana
  • Peg leg
  • Parrot on shoulder
  • Pirate shirt or loose white shirt
  • Knickers
  • Leather belt
  • Silver and gold necklaces and earrings
  • Pirate hook
  • Pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals

SnapChat users can also use a custom Krispy Kreme Snapchat pirate filter to "dress up," according to the event page. Customers who present a photo with the pirate filter can also qualify for a dozen original glazed doughnuts.  

In addition to the chance to score freebies, Krispy Kreme is offering the Pirate Doughnut, a filled doughnut decorated with a pirate face. Another doughnut, the Skull and Crossbones Doughnut, is topped with chocolate icing and finished with white icing and a skull candy piece.

The deal is valid at all chain locations in the U.S. and Canada only on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19.

Long John Silver's is offering a similar deal. Customers who talk like a pirate will receive a free fish tender or a piece of chicken, and those who dress like a pirate will receive a free two-piece fish or chicken basket.

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Olive Garden serves first responders free food on Labor Day

Firefighters and paramedics across the country didn't have to worry about who would cook lunch on Labor Day.

Representatives from Olive Garden restaurants prepared and delivered complete pasta and salad lunches to first responders Monday, continuing a tradition the national chain started 15 years ago.

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More than 800 Olive Garden restaurants nationwide served their local first responders a special "thank you" lunch for their ongoing, dedicated service to the community. Restaurant chain officials said they have served more than 10,000 free meals since the program started in 2002.

For first-responders at the Fairfield Fire Department in Ohio, the efforts of the restaurant and its employees were greatly appreciated.

"We as a department definitely appreciate it, especially on holidays like this when we get busy" firefighter and paramedic Briana Molfetta told the Journal-News. 

Several pans of spaghetti, fettuccine Alfredo, meatballs, sausage and chicken were set up by Olive Garden employees at the Fairfield Fire Station No. 2, where Molfetta works. They also prepared bowls of salad and bags of bread sticks. Thirty minutes after the food arrived, 15 firefighters and medics, plus one Fairfield police officer, had eaten most of the food.

Molfetta said she was one of the last to eat because her lunch break was delayed because she was on a medic run. 

"We get busy, especially on holidays. It helps us out. It was nice to come back from a run to a hot meal," she said.

Lt. Jamie Ruhl called the prepared lunch "a nice break" for the firefighters, especially on a holiday.

Jessica Adamson, a cook at Olive Garden, said she was "very proud and honored" to serve the firefighters. She applauded her company for supporting the first responders.

"It's a very good cause -- giving back to them because they do it every day for us," Adamson said.

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