trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 674027

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They grow really quickly.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917f9f2970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants     \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917f9f2970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917f9f2970d-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants     \" /></a>2. Cactus –&#0160;It&#39;s no secret that I REALLY love Cacti. There are endless varieties. I am trying to buy more of the spineless ones from here on out, just to keep the house a little more safe for children (we have a LOT of kiddo house guests and visitors around here). 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SUPER excited to plant some outside.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917fa35970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants    \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917fa35970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917fa35970d-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants    \" /></a>This huge eight foot cactus is super low maintenance. I&#39;m only supposed to water it once a month (that&#39;s pretty normal for cacti).&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c87489f5970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants       \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c87489f5970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c87489f5970b-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants       \" /></a>3. Snake Plant –&#0160;These snake plants are very easy to keep alive and work well in low light rooms. In rooms with high light (like our sunroom) they do well too, they just grow more. I love the shape they have, good for variety!&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4fa0970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants         \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4fa0970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4fa0970c-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants         \" /></a>4. Ponytail Palm Trees&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>A type of bonsai tree, these little guys have SO much personality and are very easy to care for. I have three in very different sizes (the mini is the cutest, though, I have to say!), and they live in rooms with high and low light, even though they are recommended for low light.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Here&#39;s the big one...&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4ff5970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants        \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4ff5970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4ff5970c-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants        \" /></a>I love that their leaves look like hair. 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This one is growing like crazy in&#0160;our kitchen right now.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>When it comes to watering and keeping them alive, here are the two tricks that help me!</p>\r\n<ol>\r\n<li>Water on the same day every week. My day is Sunday. We usually tidy up on that day too, so that&#39;s the first step in that process. It&#39;s really good to get into a consistent routine so you don&#39;t forget about watering. When I buy new plants, I always check the tag or ask how much much to water and what kind of light, but after a while, it&#39;s up to you to use common sense and tweak things if your plant seems unhealthy.&#0160;</li>\r\n<li>Move them around. If you notice brown leaves or a lot of dropped leaves and you know you&#39;re watering the correct amount, then move them to a different lighting situation. Sometimes the smallest changes (like one room over) can be the difference between dying and thriving for my plants. 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SUPER excited to plant some outside.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917fa35970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants    \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917fa35970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0917fa35970d-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants    \" /></a>This huge eight foot cactus is super low maintenance. I&#39;m only supposed to water it once a month (that&#39;s pretty normal for cacti).&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c87489f5970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants       \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c87489f5970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c87489f5970b-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants       \" /></a>3. Snake Plant –&#0160;These snake plants are very easy to keep alive and work well in low light rooms. In rooms with high light (like our sunroom) they do well too, they just grow more. 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I have three in very different sizes (the mini is the cutest, though, I have to say!), and they live in rooms with high and low light, even though they are recommended for low light.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Here&#39;s the big one...&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4ff5970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants        \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4ff5970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe4ff5970c-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants        \" /></a>I love that their leaves look like hair. So adorable!!&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe5014970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants          \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe5014970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe5014970c-pi\" title=\"Five EASY To Care For Houseplants          \" /></a>5. Ivy –&#0160;These are my favorite for hanging planters because they can grow really long and pretty. This one is growing like crazy in&#0160;our kitchen right now.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>When it comes to watering and keeping them alive, here are the two tricks that help me!</p>\r\n<ol>\r\n<li>Water on the same day every week. My day is Sunday. We usually tidy up on that day too, so that&#39;s the first step in that process. It&#39;s really good to get into a consistent routine so you don&#39;t forget about watering. When I buy new plants, I always check the tag or ask how much much to water and what kind of light, but after a while, it&#39;s up to you to use common sense and tweak things if your plant seems unhealthy.&#0160;</li>\r\n<li>Move them around. If you notice brown leaves or a lot of dropped leaves and you know you&#39;re watering the correct amount, then move them to a different lighting situation. Sometimes the smallest changes (like one room over) can be the difference between dying and thriving for my plants. 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She accomplished an amazing challenge when she completed her English Channel swim, yesterday, in 13 hours and 24 minutes!! Brilliant achievement Julie!</p>\r\n<p>I hope everyone had a great morning and the sense of fun continues throughout your day</p>\r\n<p>Lisa</p>\r\n<p>=====================================================================================================</p>\r\n<p>It&#39;s that time again. Winter is here ... and so are the winter badges. To recap; Winter swim season runs from 1 June to 31 August.&#0160; To qualify for a winter badge, you must:</p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li><strong><em>swim at least 20 times during this period</em></strong></li>\r\n<li><strong><em>swim in at least 7 different weeks</em></strong></li>\r\n<li><strong><em>log your swims</em></strong></li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p>Clarity on the&#0160;<strong><em>WWW badge</em></strong>.&#0160; Please be aware that to obtain the coveted WinterWithoutWetsuit badge, the only parts of the body where wetsuit material is a permitted covering are the feet (booties allowed).&#0160; Apart from the feet, the rest of the body must be in non-wetsuit material. Don&#39;t forget to check the &quot;without wetsuit&quot; button on the login screen</p>\r\n<p>Why not give it a try?&#0160; Any questions - email Ian:&#0160;<a href=\"mailto:ugoboyo@gmail.com\">ugoboyo@gmail.com</a></p>\r\n<p><strong>BE NICE</strong></p>\r\n<p>Also, a reminder that the&#0160;<strong><em>philosophy of the B&amp;B group</em></strong>&#0160;is that we are a group activity - and that swims are only to be logged for swims made between the hours of 6 am and the final 7 am swim (or double or triple or other sanctioned swims).&#0160;&#0160;<strong><em>Swims are not to be logged outside of these times for social and safety reasons.</em></strong></p>\r\n<p>- Management</p>\r\n<p><strong>&#0160;</strong></p>\r\n<p><strong>Staying safe</strong></p>\r\n<p>If you bring along a friend please ensure they can swim!!!</p>\r\n<p>Remember that there are no badges for scaring yourself silly! While it is great to extend your boundaries, it is important to know your limits. &#0160;Also, if you have a bit more experience, keep an eye out for new swimmers who might need company. Do read these excellent tips on staying safe in the surf. To read, or even download,&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.boldandbeautifulmanly.com.au/safety-in-the-surf.html\">click here</a>.</p>\r\n<p><strong>The Stats</strong></p>\r\n<p>Regulars: &#0160; 180</p>\r\n<p>Newbies: &#0160; 1 oh so brave newbie</p>\r\n<p>Temp: &#0160; &#0160; &#0160; &#0160;(water) 18.1 degrees (air 7 degrees)</p>\r\n<p>SIGNATURE</p>\r\n<p>Bold and Beautiful is owned and operated by Bold and Beautiful Swim Squad Pty Ltd.</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>",
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I&#39;d like to have a Hasselblad X1d-50c for certain kinds of work, but as an only camera it would surely be too disadvantageous to give up the APS-C or 4/3 sensor.</p>\r\n<p>I would even go so far as to say that the ready availability of high-quality sensors that are appreciably smaller than 24x36mm is one of the central advantages of the digital age as far as equipment is concerned.</p>\r\n<p>...But that&#39;s not the way the world is now. The conventional wisdom has flipped, and everyone wants shallow focus. Very often, too shallow.</p>\r\n<p>Ah, the odd vagaries of group taste!</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em><br /><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">(Thanks to John Krumm)</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2016 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/affiliates.html\" target=\"_blank\">TOP&#39;s links!</a></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>John McMillin</strong>: &quot;As I like to say, &#39;Your pictures are too sharp. You need a more expensive camera to take blurrier pictures.&#39; My new 27-inch Retina screen is revealing how much fine detail lurks in all my old pictures, even the first digital shots from that 4-MP compact. Once we&#39;re into the Fuji X era, the photos are dazzlingly detailed. But are they better photos?</p>\r\n<p>&quot;I&#39;m not sure. 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In fact, many times today, I see what we used to call &#39;subjective focus&#39; (back in the &#39;70s), and it makes no sense...the person is using the lens wide open (I&#39;m assuming), but not enough of what <em>is</em> in focus, is in focus! It needs more to make graphic or design (or even commercial) sense. It&#39;s just people using the lens open all the way with no reason to do it. And of course, with commercial work, the art director is going to tell you what they need in focus, in the shot, and I guarantee it isn&#39;t going to be wide open. This too will pass. I&#39;ve seen trends all through my career: posterization, shooting everything with a fish-eye, shooting everything with a tilted horizon, shooting everything with colored gels; it&#39;ll stop sooner or later, but it will stop....&quot;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><strong>Mike adds</strong>: <em>Don&#39;t forget light-painting, fill-flash at dusk, ringlights....</em></p>\r\n<p><strong>David A Bateman</strong>: &quot;Exactly!! This maybe odd, but I think the new X1d-50c is a great companion to a Micro 4/3 system. For those few times you need or want something different. I also have run into many times on my 4/3 camera (E3) where I did not have enough d-o-f, and needed to focus stack for plate copy work. 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It was the reason for the name of <a href=\"http://amzn.to/298JbkN\" target=\"_blank\">Group ƒ/64</a>, of course—a small aperture (on a view camera, of course) that allowed for pictures to be sharp front to back. Along come the fingernail-sized digital chips, and suddenly the conventional wisdom flips. Everyone is all concerned with how <em>little</em> depth of field they can achieve. And, no surprise, I&#39;m seeing far more pictures in which poor technique shows up as inadequate depth of field. (Along with a lot of great shallow-focus work, it should go without saying.)</p>\r\n<p>Personally, I think the more limited d-o-f of a FF or larger sensor is possibly a <em>disadvantage</em> of that size of sensor, for some people, which must be overcome by other advantages offered. All things considered, a &quot;crop sensor&quot; (we are really dominated by 135 thinking, still) is more ideal for getting enough depth of field most of the time. 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         "content": "<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b7c874b304970b-pi\"><img alt=\"C1\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a098883401b7c874b304970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b7c874b304970b-640wi\" style=\"width: 614px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"C1\" /></a></p>\r\n<p><em>From Daily Mail:</em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">An 18-year-old girl was fired from a clothes store after having a near-fatal allergic reaction.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Danielle Duperreault was working at the Urban Planet in Saskatoon, Canada, last week when she accidentally ate a bell pepper and went into anaphylactic shock.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">A colleague took her to hospital, where doctors told her if she would have died if she&#39;d waited another 10 minutes.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Then, as she lay in an ambulance, she got a text message from her boss saying she was no longer needed at the store and her shifts had been given away.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">The co-worker who helped her was also shown the door from the Centre Mall store, even though he was forced to carry her to his car.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Urban Planet&#39;s CEO has apologized to the teen, but she now wants her boss to say sorry.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Duperreault, who was employed at Urban Planet for two months, has an anaphylactic allergy to peppers, including all bell peppers and hot peppers.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">She&#39;s also allergic to the touch and smell of mangoes.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;If someone is cooking pepper, my throat will close and if I touch a mango my hand will blister, she told <a class=\"\" href=\"http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatoon-woman-fired-urban-planet-1.3650439\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\">CBC News</a>.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#0160; <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe7929970c-pi\"><img alt=\"D2\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe7929970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe7929970c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"D2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">After Duperreault ate the bell pepper, her neck started to close up, so she called a manager and told her it was an emergency.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">She tried to find her EpiPen, but it wasn&#39;t in her handbag.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">When her manager arrived, she didn&#39;t react in the way Duperreault predicted.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">She claims her boss didn&#39;t call 911 and showed her &#39;attitude&#39; while she was vomiting and struggling to breath.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">In a lengthy Facebook post about the incident, she wrote: &#39;She proceeded to show a tremendous amount of attitude.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;I did not have an epi pen on me at the time because mine was expired and I needed to get a prescription for a new one.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;So she told me to go look in my car then proceeded to of wander off, meanwhile I&#39;m getting fainty and I&#39;m vomiting, I went out to my car and searched for one but no luck.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;So I go back into the store, gurgling and clutching my throat while customers and a few staff around me were freaking out and that same manager stood calmly at the computer typing away,&#39; she wrote.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe793f970c-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"D3\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe793f970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe793f970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"D3\" /></a>&#39;I proceed to the back room where a male staff member basically had to carry me up the stairs and get my stuff for me, because was so lightheaded I could barley stand up, and I couldn&#39;t feel my extremities.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;I go to clock out when I hear a colleague of mine yell &#39;should I call an ambulance&#39; the manager ignores her.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">When she arrived at Lakeside Medical Clinic, they gave her a dose of epinephrine and Benadryl.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\" id=\"ext-gen162\">She then got into an ambulance and she says that&#39;s when she received a text from her manager saying she no longer had shifts at the store.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Duperreault said the parent company for Urban Planet, Y.M. Inc., contacted her on Thursday and she spoke to the CEO who personally apologized for how the situation was handled.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">She also said Y.M. Inc., has agreed to work something out so she&#39;s financially covered until she finds another job. But she says Y.M. Inc. did not say much about how the manager at Urban Planet acted.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;That&#39;s more than I could&#39;ve asked for,&#39; she said.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Urban Planet posted a statement on Facebook that read: &#39;We have thoroughly investigated this. Simply put, the actions were unacceptable.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;While we have a duty to respect confidentiality in Human Resource matters, we can state the following: Our CEO apologized to the employee personally, as will the&#0160;manager</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;We are also moving quickly to ensure all of our store management clearly understands our expectations in a situation like this. That direction is simple: the safety of our employees comes first.&#39;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Despite the apology from the company CEO, Duperreault said she&#39;s still waiting to hear from someone else.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;The person that really needs to apologize is my boss because it was her decision to handle the things the way she did and to terminate me,&#39; she said. &#39;I feel if anyone needs to apologize it needs to be her.&#39;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Duperreault said the CEO of Urban Planet called her up and personally apologized for what happened. But she insists she wants her boss to say sorry.</p>\r\n<h3 class=\"wocc\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401bb091824fe970d-pi\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"D1\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a098883401bb091824fe970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401bb091824fe970d-320wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"D1\" /></a>DANIELLE&#39;S &#0160;FACEBOOK POST IN FULL:</h3>\r\n<div class=\"ins cleared xolcc bdrcc\">\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">I got fired today, from Urban Planet. And you all would probably think it would be over tardiness or not doing my job and so on and forth.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">But today I came into contact with bell peppers, something I am severely allergic to.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">I called a manager upstairs and one came up asking me what was wrong, at that point my airway was already closing.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">She proceeded to show a tremendous amount of attitude, I did not have an epi pen on me at the time because mine was expired and I needed to get a prescription for a new one.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">So she told me to go look in my car then proceeded to of wander off, Meanwhile I&#39;m getting fainty and I&#39;m vomiting, I went out to my car and searched for one but no luck.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">So I go back into the store, gurgling and clutching my throat while customers and a few staff around me were freaking out and that same manager stood calmly at the computer typing away. I proceed to the back room where a male staff member basically had to carry me up the stairs and get my stuff for me, because was so lightheaded I could barley stand up, and I couldn&#39;t feel my extremities.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">I go to clock out when I hear a colleague of mine yell &#39;should I call an ambulance&#39; the manager ignores her.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">I clock out and she calmly says &#39;text me when you get to the hospital.&#39; (I&#39;m clearly not able to drive.)&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">Where my friend meets me in the parking lot (another employee on her way into work) I motion her to come over and without hesitation she takes the keys and rushes me to a medical clinic.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<div class=\"mol-article-quote nochannel\" id=\"67842500-3d6a-11e6-90f6-1dbe7312e2ae\">\r\n<div class=\"mol-article-quote-wrapper ccox\"><em>I go back into the store, gurgling and clutching my throat while customers and a few staff around me were freaking out and that same manager stood calmly at the computer typing away&#0160;</em></div>\r\n</div>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">We didn&#39;t even have time to get to the hospital, we had to go to a medical clinic and have epinephrine there where I was then sent by ambulance to RUH. My throat had almost completely closed and I nearly passed out due to lack of oxygen.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">The manager then fires both of us via text message. I firmly believe that there should always be an epi pen on hand in every store.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">Who knows if a customer needs one in an emergency, or someone who doesn&#39;t know they have allergies and doesn&#39;t own an epi pen.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">And frankly everyone I talked to about this believes that if she seen a customer in peril, she&#39;d jump in to help.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">The doctors said if I would have waited another ten minutes I would be dead.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">So please like and share this post to raise awareness about allergies in the workplace. There should be training on how to administer an epi pen, how to handle a situation like that, and how to deal with the after math. The text she sent me is pasted below.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n</div>\r\n<p><em>read more on <a href=\"http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3664791/Clothing-store-employee-18-FIRED-having-allergic-reaction-left-10-minutes-death-colleague-took-hospital-shown-door.html\">Daily Mail</a></em><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p>",
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<a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe7929970c-pi\"><img alt=\"D2\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe7929970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe7929970c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"D2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">After Duperreault ate the bell pepper, her neck started to close up, so she called a manager and told her it was an emergency.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">She tried to find her EpiPen, but it wasn&#39;t in her handbag.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">When her manager arrived, she didn&#39;t react in the way Duperreault predicted.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">She claims her boss didn&#39;t call 911 and showed her &#39;attitude&#39; while she was vomiting and struggling to breath.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">In a lengthy Facebook post about the incident, she wrote: &#39;She proceeded to show a tremendous amount of attitude.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;I did not have an epi pen on me at the time because mine was expired and I needed to get a prescription for a new one.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;So she told me to go look in my car then proceeded to of wander off, meanwhile I&#39;m getting fainty and I&#39;m vomiting, I went out to my car and searched for one but no luck.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;So I go back into the store, gurgling and clutching my throat while customers and a few staff around me were freaking out and that same manager stood calmly at the computer typing away,&#39; she wrote.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe793f970c-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"D3\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe793f970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401b8d1fe793f970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"D3\" /></a>&#39;I proceed to the back room where a male staff member basically had to carry me up the stairs and get my stuff for me, because was so lightheaded I could barley stand up, and I couldn&#39;t feel my extremities.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">&#39;I go to clock out when I hear a colleague of mine yell &#39;should I call an ambulance&#39; the manager ignores her.</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">When she arrived at Lakeside Medical Clinic, they gave her a dose of epinephrine and Benadryl.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\" id=\"ext-gen162\">She then got into an ambulance and she says that&#39;s when she received a text from her manager saying she no longer had shifts at the store.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\">Duperreault said the parent company for Urban Planet, Y.M. 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But she insists she wants her boss to say sorry.</p>\r\n<h3 class=\"wocc\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401bb091824fe970d-pi\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"D1\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f10a098883401bb091824fe970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.retailhellunderground.com/.a/6a00e54f10a098883401bb091824fe970d-320wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"D1\" /></a>DANIELLE&#39;S &#0160;FACEBOOK POST IN FULL:</h3>\r\n<div class=\"ins cleared xolcc bdrcc\">\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">I got fired today, from Urban Planet. And you all would probably think it would be over tardiness or not doing my job and so on and forth.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">But today I came into contact with bell peppers, something I am severely allergic to.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">I called a manager upstairs and one came up asking me what was wrong, at that point my airway was already closing.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">She proceeded to show a tremendous amount of attitude, I did not have an epi pen on me at the time because mine was expired and I needed to get a prescription for a new one.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">So she told me to go look in my car then proceeded to of wander off, Meanwhile I&#39;m getting fainty and I&#39;m vomiting, I went out to my car and searched for one but no luck.&#0160;</span></em></p>\r\n<p class=\"mol-para-with-font\"><em><span class=\"mol-style-bold\">So I go back into the store, gurgling and clutching my throat while customers and a few staff around me were freaking out and that same manager stood calmly at the computer typing away. 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So good.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe2dd6970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"3 beauty products I am loving     \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe2dd6970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d1fe2dd6970c-pi\" title=\"3 beauty products I am loving     \" /></a>Alright!! I hope you enjoyed my randomness. Please do let me know if you try any of these products and what you think. 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So today I am kicking off a small series of posts about the beauty products I use and love. Since I last posted about my routine (a few years ago?), I have changed out almost every product for something with less chemicals. I spent the last six months really cleaning up my beauty, bath and household products. And although it&#39;s <em>not</em> perfect (it never is), I am really proud of the HUGE amount of unnecessary, harmful chemicals that I cut out.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Anyway! 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This one is new to me, and I love it! Bonus points –&#0160;it&#39;s reasonably priced and you can get it at Target.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Here&#39;s what it looks like on your skin–&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c8746686970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"3 beauty products I am loving   \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c8746686970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c8746686970b-pi\" title=\"3 beauty products I am loving   \" /></a>Ew gross! 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Animal shelters report that their <a href=\"http://dogtime.com/how-to/pet-safety/18007-july-5-busiest-day-of-the-year-for-u-dot-s-dot-animal-shelters\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"animal shelters and fireworks\">busiest day</a> for taking in runaway dogs is July 5.</em></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>Veterinarians tell of dogs who took refuge in hiding places so tight that they got stuck, who gnawed on door handles, who crashed through windows or raced into traffic—all desperate efforts to escape inexplicable collisions of noise and flashing light. 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He wags his tail at the least provocation, has a natural and extremely reliable soft mouth (i.e., never bites down or snaps in anger), and he&#39;s gentle, perceptive, and attentive. He suffered from debilitating anxiety as a result of neglect in his youth, which I&#39;ve worked very hard to help him with. And he&#39;s getting much, much better. When he gets anxious it&#39;s hard to watch. He really suffers. Why would anyone want to make him miserable and set his progress back? But that&#39;s what people do, to him or some other poor blameless canine, every time they set off an M80 to hear it go boom. I don&#39;t get the appeal. Could be just me.</p>\r\n<p>This probably sounds more bitter than it is. Not really. I&#39;m sanguine.</p>\r\n<p>I&#39;ll concede the day of the 4th. Lots of people like July 4th, and they love setting off firecrackers and bottle rockets, and they have fond childhood memories of fireworks, and those good folks deserve their fun and who am I to say? So good for them then.</p>\r\n<p>But I wish they&#39;d go easier on the dogs on July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th. As any dog owner will tell you, they&#39;re people too. In my next lifetime I&#39;ll start a populist movement: &quot;Keep the 4th on the 4th&quot;...to be kind to the animals.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p>P.S. I&#39;m publishing this now so as not to rain on anyone&#39;s parade closer to the 4th.</p>\r\n<p>[<strong>ADDENDUM</strong>: <em>As if it were a coda to this post, the evening of the day I posted this I heard fireworks going off way up in the hills. First of this year. —MJ</em>]</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2016 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/affiliates.html\" target=\"_blank\">TOP&#39;s links!</a></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Steve L.</strong>: &quot;Well, dogs are <em>not</em> people too. They&#39;re livestock that some people decide is cool to have in their house. That&#39;s the reality of it, although the brainwashed will never see it that way. Dogs shit on people&#39;s lawns, they piss on people&#39;s lawns. They piss on the sidewalks and stink up the neighborhood. They scare the crap out of many people. And oh yeah, they bark. 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Ernie, a wired-hair pointer, was so terrified by thunderstorms that he would vault fences at his Maryland farm and run in a straight line for miles.</em></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>“It’s very serious,” said Dr. Melissa Bain, an associate professor of clinical animal behavior at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s a true panic disorder with a complete flight response.”</em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\">—<em>Jan Hoffman, </em><a href=\"http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/why-thunder-and-fireworks-make-dogs-anxious/\" target=\"_blank\"><em>writing in the</em> New York Times</a></p>\r\n<p>Yes, the 4th celebrates the founding of the nation, and that&#39;s good. But maybe we could give the rockets&#39; red glare a rest on the days <em>surrounding</em> the 4th?</p>\r\n<p>My Butters is one of those dogs who just wants to be friends. He&#39;s socially adept with both humans and other dogs. He wags his tail at the least provocation, has a natural and extremely reliable soft mouth (i.e., never bites down or snaps in anger), and he&#39;s gentle, perceptive, and attentive. He suffered from debilitating anxiety as a result of neglect in his youth, which I&#39;ve worked very hard to help him with. And he&#39;s getting much, much better. When he gets anxious it&#39;s hard to watch. He really suffers. Why would anyone want to make him miserable and set his progress back? But that&#39;s what people do, to him or some other poor blameless canine, every time they set off an M80 to hear it go boom. I don&#39;t get the appeal. Could be just me.</p>\r\n<p>This probably sounds more bitter than it is. Not really. I&#39;m sanguine.</p>\r\n<p>I&#39;ll concede the day of the 4th. Lots of people like July 4th, and they love setting off firecrackers and bottle rockets, and they have fond childhood memories of fireworks, and those good folks deserve their fun and who am I to say? So good for them then.</p>\r\n<p>But I wish they&#39;d go easier on the dogs on July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th. As any dog owner will tell you, they&#39;re people too. In my next lifetime I&#39;ll start a populist movement: &quot;Keep the 4th on the 4th&quot;...to be kind to the animals.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p>P.S. I&#39;m publishing this now so as not to rain on anyone&#39;s parade closer to the 4th.</p>\r\n<p>[<strong>ADDENDUM</strong>: <em>As if it were a coda to this post, the evening of the day I posted this I heard fireworks going off way up in the hills. First of this year. —MJ</em>]</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2016 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/affiliates.html\" target=\"_blank\">TOP&#39;s links!</a></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Steve L.</strong>: &quot;Well, dogs are <em>not</em> people too. They&#39;re livestock that some people decide is cool to have in their house. That&#39;s the reality of it, although the brainwashed will never see it that way. Dogs shit on people&#39;s lawns, they piss on people&#39;s lawns. They piss on the sidewalks and stink up the neighborhood. They scare the crap out of many people. And oh yeah, they bark. 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Our current dog (who is just as sensitive to loud sounds as our previous one) didn&#39;t want to go out for her evening potty. Last night we had a small thunderstorm and, after the rain had finished, she balked at going out once again. I&#39;m not looking forward to the coming days.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Carl</strong>: &quot;Thanks for this post. As with everything, we humans have to overdo it. I live in the country and the Fourth &#39;holiday&#39; weekend sounds like a war zone. Once a few years ago I attended the festivities in a neighboring county. As we were leaving in a long line of other cars, you could see frantic deer coming out of the woods and running across the road. So it&#39;s not only domestic pets; it&#39;s all wildlife, too.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Alex P. Schorsch</strong>: &quot;What could be more fun than blowing things up? I&#39;ve always had dogs and none of my canine family members ever got very worked up over fireworks. 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