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American corporations have cut their sick leave policies for asymptomatic workers who abuse the COVID sick leave policy.
Millions of asymptomatic Americans stood in lines for hours to get tested during the holidays. They then requested 10 days of paid sick leave despite having no COVID symptoms.
PCR tests have been criticized for returning false positive results for people who have the common cold or flu.
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The epidemic of testing caused severe staff shortages in every industry over the holidays.
Major corporations complained to the CDC, which reduced the quarantine time from 10 days to just 5.
Corporations such as Amazon and Walmart followed suit by cutting sick pay to 40 hours.
Furniture retailer IKEA went one step further and cut sick pay to zero for unvaccinated employees who test positive and self isolate even though they have no symptoms.
The company announced the new policy will apply only to unvaccinated employees with "high levels of absence."
IKEA already offers workers paid leave to go get vaccinated.
In London, PCR tests are banned for people who have no Covid-19 symptoms.
Oncology professor Angus Dalgleish of St George's Hospital, University of London says British people have become obsessed with taking COVID tests.
Dagleish said "hundreds of thousands of British businesses are now being crippled because of a mania over checking people for an infection that they may have no symptoms for."
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Ikea store's Juneteenth menu featuring fried chicken and watermelon angered employees at an Atlanta area store.
The store's Juneteenth menu was created in honor of the first official Juneteenth federal holiday on the weekend of June 19.
The Juneteenth menu contained fried chicken, watermelon, macaroni and cheese and collard greens -- all southern food staples.
The soul food was to be served to all employees on Saturday to "honor and persevere Black Americans" on Juneteenth, the store stated in an email sent to employees, according to WGCL CBS46 in Atlanta.
However, Black employees expressed outrage after discovering the menu was created by execs at Ikea's corporate office.
"You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don't even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time," one employee told CBS46.
Following the backlash, Ikea released a statement, saying "the meal was intended to be served to co-workers as an internal celebration, not customers."
Some employees told CBS46 that no Black employees were involved with creating the menu, But Ikea stated that there were a few Black people on the menu selection committee.
A Plano, Texas couple has found a unique way to save money on rent -- by combining 2 beds into one family bed that sleeps 7.
The couple insists their sex life doesn't suffer. "Sex doesn't have to be in a bed," said Elizabeth and Tom Boyce, who combined two IKEA beds into one bed with compartments that sleeps all 5 of their children.
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