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Grocery chain Kroger has some basic rules they want their customers to abide by when shopping at their establishments. Alone, those rules are completely reasonable.

But it's a completely different story when we consider them next to another practice the company currently finds acceptable.


1. Kroger does not allow skateboards in their stores.

That makes sense, right? They wouldn't want an unsafe shopping environment for their customers. And think of all the scuffs! Ain't nobody got time for that!

On the other hand, they see no problems with the open carry of a loaded gun.

2. Kroger prohibits outside food and drinks in their stores.

Not a bad rule for a grocery store. The floors are tile. If something spills, not only is it an accident waiting to happen, but someone's work gets interrupted to clean it up.

Of course, it can also be argued that the presence of a loaded gun is an accident waiting to happen — one that can't be handled with a mop and a wet floor sign.

3. Kroger says, "no shirt, no shoes, no service."

It's potentially unsanitary (this is food we're talking about, people) and unsafe.

Well, maybe it's just me, but a loaded gun in the produce aisle wouldn't make browsing the seasonal veggies feel any safer.

These ads are not a wholesale condemnation of lawful gun ownership. The simple point they're trying to make is that you can probably get those milk and eggs just fine without an assault rifle.

Join hundreds of thousands of rational people in demanding that Kroger keep their customers and employees safe by banning the open carry of firearms in their stores.

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked his Senate colleagues the questions millions of Americans have after a mass shooting.

Another school shooting. Another mass murder of innocent children. They were elementary school kids this time. There were 18 children killed—so far—this time.

The fact that I can say "this time" is enraging, but that's the routine nature of mass shootings in the U.S. It happened in Texas this time. At least three adults were killed this time. The shooter was a teenager this time.

The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

Some of those things have been factors in some shootings, but the single common denominator in every mass shooting is guns. That's not a secret. It's not controversial. It's fact. The only thing all mass shootings have in common is guns.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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