The 404: Ep.1298: Where we're the last to leave
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The 404: Ep.1298: Where we're the last to leave32:24 /
Jeff and Ariel are both away so it's up to Richard, Bridget, and me to kick off the week. We're all over the place today, from fireworks complaints, pulling a Houdini at parties, Google Glass Arrests, and the new Radioshack "concept stores."
-Oh right. It's Monday, July 8th, 2013. Thanks for listening or watching the 404 Show on CNET.com. I'm Justin Yu. -I'm Richard Peterson. -And I'm Bridget Carey. -Oh right. -Right. -Nice little Monday after the four-day holiday. What's going on guys? -Nothing. -It's an expression of a great morning. -Hard to come back. -Yeah. -I know, definitely. -It was such a long break. -Well, it's nice coming back because Jeff's not here today, and Ariel's not here today too. He's been out in California for the past week and Jeff's gone. We actually have no idea where he is. He told us, but we forgot. -And now we're in charge of everything. -And now we're in charge of everything, so that's why we're a responsible crew. That's fine though, because I wanna have a good time with you guys today. How was your extended weekend? -Oh, you know, I didn't do anything too special. I guess I manage just about catching up with yourself, you know. I tried to see the fireworks in New York City. -Yeah. -That was kind of a failed attempt though. -It's hard because they keep switching it every year. I feel that they go from the East side to the West side [unk] from Hudson, on the East river, hard to keep up with it-- but what happened? Did you try to go to a party, it didn't work out? -No, well, I could have seen it great from my apartment on TV. I should have just you know relax by the AC, but we were out already going, you know what, we're in New York, let's give it a try. Let's see how crazy it is. -Yeah. -Oh checkpoints, everywhere. You can't go pass this street-- -Yeah, that's crazy. -finally, by the-- we didn't go ahead enough in time. Obviously, this is the kind of thing where you gotta really camp out for a while and we just kinda said, let's just try to show up. -Yeah. -And it was-- we saw from afar distance and like everyone's packing the streets going, "Oh, it's an explosion," and like if you never seen fireworks before, you're like a stranger and I have to see it through buildings and like, ah, ah, no. So we just walk back home. I got the-- -You didn't even watch though? -well, we like stood there for like 2 minutes-- -Yeah. -and we're like, I get the gist. That's good 'cause you can't hear any music- -Yeah, right. -from where we were. It's I'm like, I've seen a lot of fireworks [unk]-- -You know, people camp out for weeks leading up to the 4th of July to get a good view of this. -Really? Oh yeah, I'm sure it is. -Yeah. I'm serious. I mean you can't just walk out. -Well, you know, at least you have to go there an hour ahead of time to walk- -Right. -you know, yeah. There was a long line for checking your purses. It was like, oh give me a break. -You're a true New Yorker, right? I mean, like I feel like the first year you came in you probably really wanted to watch the fireworks. Now, two years later, like oh forget it. I hate it-- doesn't matter. -I just don't wanna deal with the stupidity of the crowd. Yeah-- -Yes. -Yeah. -I mean, I love cheesy things like, you know, doing the like touristy stuff-- -Right. -I just didn't wanna deal with it. -There are like most things like that in New York with big events like the fireworks or the Time Square in New York or New York's eve. -You get trapped in that. I didn't wanna do it-- -Yeah-- -'cause you get trapped. -they're not worth it. -Right. -Like you do them once just to say you did it, but then you never do it again. -If you live in New York, it's not a big deal. If you're visiting New York once in your entire life and you're from a different country and you have the opportunity to do that, then yeah, you're right, you should-- you should do it. -I agree with that. -This year was kinda special though. They had like a 25-minute fireworks show and this was the first year they had a sound track. Did you hear about this? It was scored by Usher. -No way I know that. -Well, I mean, there's always music playing-- -Yeah. -but you mean like this was like a specially designs-- -This was like-- the soundtrack was curated by Usher and it featured all the great artist from the past centuries like Usher, Usher, Usher, Usher, and Usher. It was all Usher, which is ridiculous, but-- -Really. -yeah. -Oh my god. -I didn't hear it myself, 'cause I watched it from a rooftop in Brooklyn. -Uh huh. -But it was kinda cool 'cause the Empire State Building you-- did you notice that the lights were moving around the building? It was kinda dancing to the beat. -No. -The Empire State Building is pretty cool now they got updated lights, like a [unk] do that now. -Yeah. It's crazy, I thought the lights-- I don't know, they were static, but it was cool. It was very interesting and then it had special fireworks this year. They debuted one that looked like a butterfly-- that was kinda cool-- and then another one, that was a smiley face, I'm not sure that was new. -I've seen the smiley face-- -I feel like I've seen the smiley face before. -before, but sometimes they come up upside down, in sideways-- -Yeah. -Yeah. -you know. -Yeah, and there's a jelly fish one-- that was kinda cool. -Uh huh. -Yeah, but [unk]-- -Would you-- would you recognize the jelly fish? [unk]-- -that's a blob -a blobs of light. -Yeah, exactly. -Yes, sometimes they try to do this special shapes but it just looks like a blob-- -Oh, yeah. -weirdness. -and the smiley faces we're kind of upside down too they should have make them look like [unk]. -Yeah, it's hard to [unk]-- -Yeah, that is weird-- kind of a bust. But Richard, your 4th of July plans were really interesting on Friday, you-- no Thursday, I'm sorry-- no Wednesday-- -Wednesday. -You told us that you were going to the White House. -Yes. Yeah, I got to go to the White House. There's a special party on the lawn, the south lawn of the White House and I just got lucky enough to get invited 'cause I know someone who knows someone and so it was this-- yeah it was this exclusively party. There were still like a few thousand people there, but you had to like have a background check beforehand. You had to give your name, show ID, before you got in. -It's a big lawn-- -Yeah. -so there's plenty of room for everybody -Yeah, it was pretty big, but it was awesome. Definitely the closest I've ever been to the White House. -Yeah, did you see any political celebrities? -No, not really. I feel like most-- I'm not entirely sure who most of the people are that go to this. I think it's a lot of veterans and military people-- -Right. -and then just like family and friends of White House staff-- -Uh huh. -things like that. -Did you see a lot of secret service agents? With like a suit on top and then shorts on the bottom? -Or people like yeah-- armed, guarding things? -There were a lot of security there but they were dressed in like security uniforms. There aren't like or at least I didn't notice secret service people. -Okay. -I don't think the president was even there. -Right. -I mean he was probably in the White House. -Looking out through the windows at you guys. -Yeah. -Don't step on my flowers. -What's going on in there? -I got the vibe from a lot of people I talked to just casually that it just didn't feel like all what you do this year about the 4th of July because of all the NSA, Edward Snowden stuff. Everyone's like, "Oh, yeah." I mean there were some protests going on in San Francisco and New York, so if you haven't think-- I think the mood this year wasn't ra-ra-ra as much as that as it usually is. -Yeah everyone is a little suspect-- -Yeah. -for the government. Although it looked like, Richard, you had a pretty good time. You sent us a few photos here. -Yeah, those pictures. -I wanted to show everybody, look at that smile. Huge smiles in front of the White House, that's pretty cool. -Yeah. -I'm gonna step foot on that lawn. -I love cotton candy. -It looks pretty cool. -Yeah, they had all sorts of treats and drinks and stuff available, games for the children. -Very nice, and then there was music playing as well, right? Such as the-- -Yes, the band Fun was there, that's-- -Oh that's cool. -them right there. Very [unk]-- yeah it was very into male like you got to be-- you had to get really close to the stage and they performed like for an hour, I think, [unk]-- it was like a whole concert? -You know, I'm not gonna lie, I'm not a huge Fun fan, though I've heard their music played thousands of times, unwillingly, but you know what, their music is very patriotic. It's very uplifting. -Yeah. -It is, yeah. -I remember right after Sandy, they performed on SNL and they played that Carry On song-- -Uh huh. -and I almost got out of my seat. Like I was rising out of my seat-- -Yeah. -on my couch at home because it was so inspirational. I'd imagine that watching them play at the White House was pretty fun. -Yeah, I think it was the perfect band for the White House-- -Yeah. -they got everyone pumped up and excited, but it wasn't like too rocky or like it's enough or it's a good style for like the whole family to enjoy. -Very cool, and how are the fireworks there? -They were all right, but I didn't think they were the greatest firework. -What at the capital? -Well and you couldn't see them very well from where we were 'cause there were a lot of trees-- -Uh huh. -in the way. But it was just cool to see them from the White House. -Right. Very awesome-- cool. Yes, so I should do that for this year. You can actually go and I'll put a link too in the Rundown of where you can go and download all those songs. They also played some of the other like classic American hits like-- -Like Miley Cyrus. -Like Miley Cyrus, Party in the USA. -Exactly. Seriously, they played that? -Are you serious? -Yes. They played Rhianna's Diamonds-- -These are classics. -Kanye's All the Lights, and of course, Frank Sinatra's New York, New York. -Katy Perry is the only one now. -Fireworks, right? -Yeah. -Oh and then the Empire State of Mind too, I think he played that as well. -I like that song. -Cryptic clichÃ©. But anyways, so now that the 4th of July is over, we could talk about-- let's talk about citizen journalism. -Why not? -Actually, wait, before we get into that-- -Yeah. -I wanted to bring up something that-- I wanted to ask you guys about. -Right. -We've been talking a lot about etiquette and social morays lately, at least using technology, like last week we talked about a woman in the UK that was denied service at a grocery store because she was on her phone yapping away, won't being helped by the grocery clerk. -Uh huh. -Right. -It's rude. -We were like yeah-- and we are deciding whether or not it should be corporate policy for them to enforce a no cellphone policy in line, right? But while I was at this party on Thursday, I was thinking, man there is another social moray that we need to address here on the show and I wanna get you guys' opinion on it and it was actually brought to my attention through slates of manners blog. They have one called the department of complaints, and it's written by this one guy named Steph-- I'm sorry, Steph-- Seth Stephenson, right? And he brings up a topic that I think it's kind of interesting. The writer's taking issue with the most awkward part of attending a party, right and it's not the introductions, it's not what food you should bring or anything like that-- -Those are kinda awkward though. -Those are very awkward, I admit. There are plenty of awkward parts of being around people. But we've all been there, you know, the night's kinda wearing down, people are packing up, and you're ready to leave, but you and you wanna say goodbye to the host. You wanna thank them for being so gracious, but that host is sort of engaged in a pretty good conversation. Just being a good host, right, he or she is walking around talking to people. It's hard to just interrupt them and be like, "Hey, we're gonna go." -That's not that hard. -I wanna say goodbye. No, that's not awkward for you? -Okay, are you saying, that you didn't say goodbye, you dibbed out of a party that someone took the time to host. -Hold on, let me get-- let me get to that. Just I feel like there's always that awkward moment, where you're like standing next to two people having a conversation, the host and one of your other friends, and you're sort of just waiting for a lull in the conversation or at least until one of them looks at you like what the hell do you want, you know-- -Yeah. -and then you gotta be like, "Hey, sorry, you're party is really fun, but we found another party to go to, so we're gonna go to that one and leave this." You know, like it's just like the goodbye is very awkward and so what I'm getting at is this late article talks about-- talks about what they call the old Irish goodbye. -Oh, it has to be Irish, now. -That's-- hey, I'm just the reporter, Bridget. I don't make up this stereotype. No, the writer makes case for it and he calls it the Irish goodbye which I guess is the equivalent of just leaving without saying goodbye to the host, right? -It's probably the Irish goodbye, because we're so drunk we forgot to say goodbye or I don't know. -That's exactly it. -Is it? -Perfect. That is exactly where the saying comes from. However, racist did exist. It does, yeah, it does play into those stereotypes that you're maybe a little too tipsy to say goodbye eventually. -How big was this party? Okay, because if you're talking that you can count the people on your hands-- -Yeah. -you are rude. -You're right. -Yeah. -Because it's like, where did Justin go, we can tell he's gone. -There's a limit to it, yeah. -Yeah. -And it's even more awkward if there's five people in a room and you're just like shrinking away in front of everyone without saying anything and like okay, bye. You can't just like moon walk out of the room. It's weird, I know. But what we're talking about here is like a maybe 20 to 30 plus person party. Do you think that it's ever okay? I'm gonna go away from the Irish goodbye title and call it Houdini, right. Like if you're gonna pull a Houdini then that-- I think that's a little bit better of a term-- -Uh huh. -because that basically just you know, it's the same thing-- -Yeah. -but without the social stereotype. -And then are you suppose to send a message the next day that's like, "Sorry, I didn't say goodbye. I was drunk-- -Yeah. -and I have to leave or something." -Yeah. I think-- this is what the-- or the writer of this article saying is that if you wanna do that, then you could send a letter of thank you the next day, or send a text message, make a phone call, thanks for inviting us, but to do it at the moment, well it's not really necessary anymore. -Okay, 30 people-- if you don't know the host very well, you can get away with it. -May-- yeah, right. -And, and it better darn well be like so crowded that like you just are not even noticed that you came in or so late in the night-- -Right. -that they assume people-- you walked out with another group. -Oh true, right. -But it-- I interrupt the people that's having a conversation. "Hey, great-- I'm sorry I gotta go, I got a thing-- -Uh huh. -I got a thing in the morning. Owns a thing, it's like something that a morning wake up, you know, wake up, but it was wonderful, thank you--" -You're right. -and then you say goodbye really quick. -Right, right, right. -So, I interrupt. I'm just like I kind of dance around your conversation, this is boring-- -Yeah, you're right though, you bring up a good point. The Houdini only works if it's really late in the night-- -Yeah. -and you can't pull a Houdini in like 8:00 PM when the guests are still arriving, you know-- -Yeah. -you have to wait until everyone's pretty drunk, the host themselves are passed out. Then you could just leave, you don't have to like, nudge them the consciousness-- -Yeah-- -to say goodbye. -and then you send the thank you text. -Yeah. -Yeah. -That's fine. -Yeah, I like that. Have you ever hosted a party before? Are you guys-- -Yeah. -are you guys into doing that? Would you-- would you really be upset if guests didn't say goodbye? -The last time I threw a party big enough to do a Houdini-- -Uh huh. -was in college and no because I expect people after midnight to just kinda dipped out or whatever, you know. -Right, right, right. -But most people are actually my friends and they're awesome people. So-- -Yeah. -unless they do that. -They wouldn't do that. If you're in a bar though, if you're in a bar and it's nothing celebratory, you don't have an event, it's not birthday or anything, it's just a get together and you're gonna see those friends probably the next day-- -Say-- -to discuss how drank you were the night before-- -Let-- -then pull the Houdini, you're fine, you're gonna see them again. -Yeah, pull the Houdini or like let one or two people know you're gone so they can-- -Right. -relay the gone message. -Right. -You know if so-- if the person who gathered it is like all up in some business at the bar-- -Right. -like, "I'm heading out, so you'll pass that along, right?" -Yeah, yeah, okay bye. Yeah sure you can have it that way. -See, there's ways you can work it out. -Right. However, if you're at the White House, you should probably thank whoever invited you there because that's somewhere you're never gonna go again. -Yeah, that's true. -Yeah. -I didn't though. [unk] I didn't meet like the guy I got the invite from, I didn't even ever meet him so-- -Wait, what? -It was a friend of a friend. -Because it was a friend of a friend, yeah. -Oh, but he was at the White House too? -He was there but I never saw him. -You should be required to Facebook friend him now and Tweet him-- -I know I should. -publicly and I'm just kidding. -Right. -But I relayed the thank you through my friend and so he-- -Right. -got the thank you. -Okay. Okay, I'm glad that we established this rules of pulling the Houdini. -Yes. -If you ever need some moral checks, happy to-- happy to let you know if you're on the right track. -Yeah. -But I'm really bad at saying goodbye in like any situation not just parties, like there's a gathering like a work happy hour or something. -Uh huh. -Like I usually just end up staying to the very end because I hate it like leaving and saying goodbye and like I don't know. -You have to-- you have to-- -It's just, I'm awkward. -So, you're saying that you stay there until everyone else is gone? -Yes. -That's the other way if you could probably-- -'Cause I won't have to say goodbye. -That's why you latch on to-- -You and the host are the only people there at the party-- that is like, "Okay, we've cleaned up the entire house, you should probably go now. All right, it's already 5:00 in the morning." -That is why you latch on to the first person who leaves or say goodbye, like-- -No. -I'm going-- I'm going with them, so it doesn't feel so bad and awkward and I do that, you know. -I like that. Yeah, I do that too. I always wait 'til someone else leaves and then I go, "Okay, I'll leave with you." -Yeah, yeah, me too. -Then we're gonna go. -It is late yeah, yeah. -Yeah. -And I never say that I'm going to another party even if I'm going to another party, I would say that I'm going home, it's late, I had too much. I'm calling the cab. -Clearly you have had enough. -Yeah. All right, so let's move on. I wanna talk about this story 'cause it happened over the weekend too and it's kind of interesting. We've been talking about Google Glass. -Uh huh. -Bridget, you came in with your own pair that you reviewed right, or Scott Stein review but you guys both-- -Yeah, we both-- -got it. -we both have been playing around with it. -Yeah. So, since then a lot of people have gotten their hands on Google Glass, right? -Uh huh. -And we've started to see all these new videos coming out, photos as well, right at people in the shower, etcetera. Well, over the weekend, a video was shot on Google Glass that's sort of a landmark video. It's the first arrest ever made and recorded on Google Glass. -Okay, 'cause the guy just happened to be wearing his Google Glass watching fireworks like festivities I suppose, going on at-- -Right. -New Jersey and then he was like out and about, 'cause I kept thinking, why are you bringing your Google Glass around on vacation. Well, may be because he wanted to record fireworks or some-- -Right. -or something with it and he hears a commotion around him-- -Yeah. -and just, while he's wearing it, runs over to see what's going on and it hits that quick record button. -Right. -So, would you call it just, I happened to also have a smartphone in my pocket, you wanna record-- -Right. -but maybe it's a little easier to just go tap-tap rather than go, oh, let me get my smartphone underneath, turn it on, unlock it and-- -Right. -everything. So, you don't have to unlock it, but it's interesting how like, oh my god, it's the first arrest on Glass. -Right. Yeah, yeah. I think it would have been more exciting if the guy had-- if it had been a cop wearing the glasses-- -Uh huh. -arresting the guy. -Yeah. -You know, like that would have been a really cool first person video. -Well, instead of dash cams, you know, like you see in cop cars-- -Uh huh. -they'll have a-- -Cop cams. -cop cams, right. -Yeah. -You know, I have-- I have walked around with Google Glass recording people and they don't know it-- -Uh huh. -they always say, oh you'll see a light and that's not something that people take on to, 'cause they're not familiar with it yet. -Right, right. -So, it's not like a red recording light like in a camera. It's just a reflection of some white light bouncing off your eye. -Right. -So, this is something that you know, maybe people will use it for, you know, journaling experiences-- -Uh huh. -without people knowing kinda like a hidden camera sense-- -Yeah. -but you gotta be like aware of the laws and stuff like that, but yeah like I can walk up to someone and you know, order something and if they're being mean to me, I can record-- I can report them and be like look at my experience like-- -Yeah. -how terrible it was. But how often will you really recording everything in our lives. -Yeah, you're right. Here's the video, we're watching it on camera now, there's audio that goes with it too but-- so what you're looking at right now is kind of a tour of the Jersey shore. By the way, is anyone surprised that the first fight and arrest recorded on Google Glass happened in New Jersey and on the New Jersey shore? -No. -That's really not helping the stereotype right, like I wish Jeff was here 'cause I'd love to hear his justification for this. But it's really bad so, you see them walking through the crowd and this guy has no idea that a fight's going on, but he sees that a commotion is happening and he sort of makes his way through the crowd like a good rubbernecker, right, that's because that's all that Google Glass is gonna be, rubbernecks of like car crashes and fights, and anyway so it progresses past there and it goes on for 4 minutes-- it sort of a boring video actually. -Yeah. -You know, it's like any other fight video you would see on world star hip hop except that instead of shouting out, "World star," you hear the guys chanting USA afterward which is really just sad and a hit to humanity in general. So, the guy that filmed the fight was this guy named Chris Barrett and he's a documentary film maker though you can tell from his amateur shot film, he cut the scuffle in the midst of crowd and then-- -Oh there he goes, yeah. -eventually, yeah, there you see this fight happened. Of course the guy takes off his shirt 'cause what New Jersey fight would be there without the shirt. -Well, yeah this is the arrest now you really see because the crowds were too much before but you're seeing the cops coming in-- -Right. -and break it up. -I think like the most telling part of this video, and this is really the meat of the story, is that none of the people in the shot are looking at him, looking at the filmer, right? -Uh huh. -So, they have no idea that they're on camera and that's really like, I think that's the story here. It's that no one really knows that they're being filmed. I guess the reporter here asked this guy Chris Barrett, if anyone came up to him and commented on the Google Glass he was wearing, and only two people asked him about it. Everyone else was probably either too drunk or too busy punching other people. -Yeah, that's interesting to me because you kinda become this all attention on you when you wear it, at least that's how I feel-- -Right. -when I put it on. I don't wanna put it on a public. I don't wanna take it on vacation or in a place like this, 'cause I don't wanna be the center of attention-- -Uh huh. -and what I also find interesting in watching this video is that, compared to the videos you see on the news when people take out their smartphones and start shooting something-- -Uh huh. -I feel like I can file this more the quality's better and if this is something that becomes a tool people can share their eye witness moments-- -Yeah. -with the news, this is pretty good video compared to-- -Yeah, it surely better than like a hand held camera smartphone, not shaky. -and that's-- -Yeah. -and that's just because people get excited and shaky when they're holding a camera. -Right. -They forget themselves, here when you're looking at something you're kind of more or less-- -You steady it yourself. -More or less, yeah. -and there's no-- there's no possibility for a vertical video syndrome-- -True. -when you're shooting the Google Glass as well, so that's a boon. -Uh huh. -Unless you fall over. -Unless you fall-- unless it's a video of you getting beaten up wearing Google Glass, in which case you may fall over, right, and then you're filmed at sideways. -Well, yeah, when you're in the moment, a vertical, you know, recording happens because you have to go really quick and you wanna just hit the record button as soon as possible. -Uh huh. Right, right. -That would be a good video if the guy wearing the Google Glass like caught in the fight. -Yeah. That would be awesome. -He's getting punched in the face. -I'll be sure to test that. I'll get in a fight. Yeah. -Right. -So, film me right but then you don't require the victim to be aware of him being-- himself being filmed, you'll see at that one. I'm sure it'll happen in New Jersey as well. So, let's move on. There's actually another story about citizen journalism that, Bridget, you brought to my attention. This is really gross, but it's something-- -Happy to bring grossness. -that I think we all need to know about, right? -Golden Corral, ladies and gents. If you haven't heard about it already, so-- -What is Golden Corral? -It's a buffet. I have-- has anyone here eaten there? -I have. I have plenty of times. I love Golden Corral. -So, one of the employees starts recording on his iPhone narrating that, "Hey, I work here. There's a health inspector here and you won't believe what my management here has done to avoid the health inspector. They put all-- a bunch of trees of food back behind the dumpster, so they won't have to notice all the food we have out." -Oh, my god. -That is gross. -And we're talking trays and trays of hamburger patties, a big entire tubs of baby back ribs. We have a video going on a vertical film syndrome-- -Right. -so if you have Google Glass, you could-- -And look how shaky it is. -Yeah, exactly. -if you have Google Glass, if would have been better. But-- so he's narrating you know, how he's walking back to the dumpster here to see that they know the inspectors not gonna go back here and it just-- these are massive trays of food and he's completely disgusted and he asked the viewers-- he's like look at the flies by the-- -Yeah with the flies. -Yeah these, so we're looking at-- -by the hamburger patties. -maybe ten trays of uncooked hamburger patties that are just sitting on the sidewalk basically-- -With flies. -behind the dumpster you could see flies all around the trays. Here's a whole bucket of baby back ribs exposed. There's not even any foil or saran wrap over it and then-- this is the worst part, this is the most flagrant thing, I think in the whole video-- this is a whole rack full of different sides and mashed potatoes and meats and chicken all uncooked. -Yeah, and so because that they don't wanna get judged on having it out in their kitchen, they go, "Yeah let's just store it back here," and this guy implies that, you know, that there was all the intention of reusing this because that's why he's reporting it. He's disgusted by it. -Right. -But then after this got out on Reddit in social media, and it went viral. The statement from the-- from the company is, oh no, we threw all this out. No, but still, oh my god, like-- -Yeah, they probably weren't planning on throwing it out. -Right. -I mean they're not in the trash cans at all, so they're clearly not on their way to being thrown out. -Yes. -Yeah, it looks like they could just cook this stuff and serve it up. Well, so what was wrong with it, they just didn't want it out in the kitchen? -Well, clearly-- -That was kind of unclear. -clearly they just want to avoid drama because maybe things were, I mean-- I don't know yeah-- -Yeah, see that's the scary part is that, what if-- even before this food was taken out into the-- into the trash can area, it was already unsafe. -It was already sketchy. -Yeah. -[unk] sketchy for that. -Like-- they're like-- -There was something wrong with it. -Oh, geez we're not following some refrigeration rule maybe-- -Right. -you know by just having it out. -What's even more terrifying is that the Daily Dot uncovered some pictures from another Redditer. A Golden Corral waitress in a different location, who posted up photos of her Golden Corral location. So, check this out, these are even more disgusting. What we're looking out right now are pictures of the kitchen. What-- -Wow. -it looks like the aftermath of the craziest frat party you've ever seen, right, it's just like dishes-- -Wow. -like hundreds of dishes piled up, dirty dishwashing tray, as in food on the ground. It doesn't even look like this is a place where food is prepared. -Oh my god. -Isn't this terrible? So, that-- I don't know. -Yeah, that's totally crazy. -This is a different location too which I'm not sure is better or worse for the Golden Corral PR team, but either way we're looking out like trash cans filled up with food and things like that. So, I don't know maybe we should never eat at another Golden Corral ever again, right? -Yeah. Most of those buffets are kind of sketchy-- -Well, wait a second-- -like you never know how fresh the food is, that could have been-- -True. -sitting out all day. -True, but-- -I'm still gonna go to buffets when I don't have time. -Well. -This doesn't swore me off to buffets. -There's like two different tiers of or maybe multiple tiers of buffets right, like at the bottom you have like the Golden Corrals and maybe the-- you have like hometown buffets and things like that right, and then you have the upper echelons in Vegas right, where you like go like the wind buffet and you pay $50 something and you get a bunch of crab legs. Does that mean it's necessarily gonna be more sanitary 'cause you're paying more? -Maybe. -I'll tell you what-- breakfast is the best buffet time, 'cause you don't really have to be that scared. I mean in my opinion, I've hit up those breakfast buffets, I'm like you ain't gonna scrub some bacon and eggs, you know-- -Yeah. -Yeah. -compared to like dinner time, you start getting a little worried like this is spaghetti is just kind of [unk]. -Right, right. -And we just less-- I don't know, I have less standards, lower standards on breakfast food. Yeah, just stack over your pancakes, I don't care. -I thought this was concerning Golden Corral like one of the better ones though, like hire them a hometown buffet. -Is it? It has like a good reputation? -Yeah. I think so. -Oh man. -You know, it all comes down to the owner and how stupid they are or they don't care, you know, but-- -Right. -you know what, maybe this is a wake-up call. You can't just assume your employees aren't gonna report on you, you know. -Right, I guess so. I'll also look at who's serving the food too so if it's like a bunch of teenagers then maybe-- -Yeah. -it would be a little more cautious. -Uh huh. -Right? 'cause teenagers just don't care about their job-- -Right. -I was a teenager once. I didn't care. -Right. -So, yeah, you gotta-- you gotta be careful for that kind of stuff. But I'm glad that Reddit was there to expose this scandal. -Uh huh. -Yeah. -Man. -It's like Reddits own whistle blower, right? -Yeah. -Like they have-- they have their own Julian Assange. So, all right, let's move on. We've talked about social etiquette, we talked about Google Glass, let's talk about RadioShack. -Yeah, why not? -You know, 'cause it's almost as good as Golden Corral in terms of our favorite establishments, right? -Well, they're in the news because they have announced that they're gonna make some changes to their stores, starting with one store in Manhattan. -Finally, this is after not changing the way out of the store for the last hundred years. -Well what's interesting is that there were all these tech stores that are closing like Circuit City and what not. They've stood the test of time. They've hung in there-- -Uh huh. -because they have low cost to have small spaces are-- -Yeah, that's true. -and they just keep it simple in their store-- -Right. -of course, everyone kinda teases, "Oh, RadioShack, who goes there?" Well it's not really about the parts as much as it is, it's just about to gain a quick stop if you don't wanna deal with the mall, you just quickly jump in and jump out. -Right. -So, what they're doing to change things up is they're doing something you see in a lot of stores now. They have a store within a store, you know, a giant display of speakers that you can try out. Bluetooth speakers you can try out if you just take your smartphone up to it, you can play the music that's from your smartphone and put it on anywhere of these speakers, kinda like a more, more play with this kind of-- -Yeah, that can be really [unk]. -interface and some of the-- and they also has some tables that kind of reminds you of like an AT&T or Tmobile where they used to have these like stand alone, little islands that you just walked up to. -Right. -Right. -So, is that gonna make a difference? I don't know, but you see Best Buy doing the same thing with like a store within a store, with Samsung has its own area, Apple has its own area, Microsoft will have its own area-- -Yeah. -inside of a big store. So, here they have there speaker area so, you know-- -Yeah, like what-- everything you're describing kinda sounds like what stores have been doing for decades already that like-- -I know, I'm kinda going like-- -demo areas-- -like, yeah. Maybe it's more about like doing more demos with them and they're trying to be hip and cool-- -Right. -and everything like that. I don't see-- I don't see how it's gonna make a big difference but-- -Yeah. -but yeah, I think the fact that they're small is why they're surviving, not because they have some sort of gimmick on how they display their tech. -Right. -Doesn't it seem like there are more RadioShacks in New York than anywhere else in the world? It seems like there's a RadioShack on every other block and they're always right next to Subways for some reason. Not the subway transportations, Subway sandwich-- -Yeah. -Right? -Actually, at my-- -They are. -Actually, at my house, there is one, yeah. -One day, I swear, you know how in New York some names you'll see like a Taco Bell and Dunkin Donuts-- -Yeah. -there will be a day when you can get a sandwich inside the RadioShack. -Get a smartphone upgrade with your stub. -Yeah. -All the free ingredients you want. One extra lettuce, fine. -You know, back in Florida it was the same thing. I kind of take them back back. -Yeah, when was the last time you guys actually step foot or even purchase something in a RadioShack? -This year, with any year. I live next to one, so-- -Oh yeah. -if I need to go in for like something quick, and like when they got on sale. I'm a sale nerd. -Yeah, HDMI cables-- -Yeah. -something like that. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -Yeah, I've been on a couple of times just for work stuff like little cables or adapters or whatever. -Right. -But I never-- I haven't gone for personal things in a long time. -Yeah. I don't know. Over or under on how long have you guys think RadioShack will actually be a company? We should-- we should make bets on whether Game Stop or if RadioShack will go down first, which one will survive longer? I don't know. We can hedge our bets. -Oh man. You know, I think that will stay around for a long while it's because of the fact that they're small, it makes it easier to deal with them than going into a mall. -Yeah. -I don't know. -That's true and there's always only one employee helping the entire store to which I'm sure it's how they-- -I do-- -keep cost low. -Well, I do wanna walk out when that's the case. I get so irritated because there is no one to help me. -Yeah. -I have to get that, what that thing answered or that thing returned-- -Uh huh. -or whatever it is. -You mean steal something. -Yeah. -Okay. I'm kidding. -No, Justin, no. -Just put it into my pocket. -Yeah, well maybe they'll have new security measures at this electronics retailer. I don't know. It just-- first, [unk] I always thought that RadioShacks were for-- more for thinkers, right, people that like to like take a part stuff and build model whenever's-- -That used to be the-- like, yeah, that used to be what they were known for exactly. Now it's about, they got the better cellphone deal on black Friday, you know-- -Right, right. -or just you know, getting something and they don't have a lot of selection. It's just about, you know, if you happen to be living near one, it's convenient. That's the end of the story. -I also feel like RadioShack was one of the first Brick and Mortar stores to take trade backs, trade-ins for your old cellphones, if you wanted to upgrade to the new iPhone for example. -Uh huh. -You know, how like SquareTrade-- -Uh huh. -used to do this, or I think they still do it, but RadioShack was the first place you could actually walk in and then a human would inspect your phone and then give you the cash equivalent-- -Uh huh. -so that was kinda cool, they have that recycling program, but, yeah-- -I think they know more than Best Buy employees sometimes do. -You think so? -It depends on what you get, but I always think that sometimes. -Oh that would be an amazing game show. -Oh, like-- -If we had like who knows more about tech, Best Buy guy, Amazon worker, or RadioShack guy, we could pit-- -That would be good. -these guys each other. -Oh, stay tune, we'll do something like that. -Well do a skit like that, that's a great idea. So, inspirational, I love it when you're on the show, Bridget. All right, well that's gonna do it for today guys. Kind of a short show, but that's good. Tomorrow, we'll have Ariel. He'll be back. Richard, if you're not doing anything tomorrow, you're welcome to come back and to sit in the guest seat and help us out. -All right. -Yeah we could do that and to Bridget-- -Into the corner and alert. -Yes, you could do that and then just wait 'til everyone else leaves before you leave. -Yes. -'Cause apparently your way of Houdini. Bridget, same to you-- please come back tomorrow and help us out. You've been great today. -Happy to do it. -Awesome, all right guys. If you wanna give us a call, we will play voicemails tomorrow. You could send an email or a video voice mail to the 404 at CNET.com. You can also give us a call and leave us a voice mail, we'll play it on the air, it's 1866-404-CNET, that's the number to reach us and we'll be back tomorrow. Ariel will be back and then Jeff will be back on Wednesday, but that's gonna do it for us guys. That's it for us-- 1866-404-CNET. I'll see you guys tomorrow. I'm Justin Yu. -I'm Richard Peterson. -And I'm Bridget Carey. -All right, it's high-tech, it's low brow, we'll check you out tomorrow.