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How to return almost anything without a receipt

Hate everything you got for Christmas? You can probably return most of it without a receipt.  (iStock) For people who meticulously organize and catalog their receipts, returning merchandise is no problem. But for the rest of us, it’s a huge pain in the pocketbook. Luckily, there’s no reason to fret over past purchases. Just because you can’t find your receipt ...

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Russia’s dysfunctional funeral business gets a makeover

Stiffer competition is coming THE calls began shortly after Yulia’s grandmother died. The undertaker offered help arranging the funeral, for 47,000 roubles ($800) in cash. She then travelled to Moscow’s Khovanskoe Cemetery, where she was offered a discount on a gravesite—150,000 roubles off—if she could bring cash within three hours and sign a receipt saying she had paid half that ...

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British wine glasses have got bigger over the years

IN 1674 George Ravenscroft, an English glass merchant, was granted a patent for the discovery made at his factory in London that adding lead oxide to the melt resulted in a clearer, more durable product. Thus was born lead crystal, and with it the fashion, in England, of drinking wine from glass vessels rather than, say, pewter ones. Wine glasses ...

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Queen Elizabeth is hiring a new chef

It’s the gig of a lifetime for aspiring chefs.  (Reuters) If you’ve ever dreamed of living like royalty, wishful chefs, the opportunity of a lifetime awaits. On Dec. 21., Metro reported that an opening for a Demi Chef di Partie at Buckingham Palace was posted to the royal household’s website. “This is no ordinary Demi Chef de Partie role. In ...

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Vice Media co-founders apologize for 'boys club' culture

Vice Media co-founders Shane Smith, left, and Suroosh Alvi are seen in New York City, May 16, 2016.  (Reuters) Vice Media has had to settle at least four cases of sexual harassment or defamation against its employees – including its current company president, according to a published report. In response to a Saturday story in the New York Times, two ...

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An experiment with in-home deliveries is under way

AFTER staying at home one afternoon for a delivery of discounted toilet disinfectant that never came, Valentin Romanov, a Stockholm IT manager, installed a special lock on his flat’s entrance. When no one is in, deliverymen unlock the door and slip packages inside. Four months on, Mr Romanov has doubled his spending online and says he cannot imagine life without ...

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