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Video shows CEO kicking puppy in elevator: ‘A friend’s pet caused me to lose control’

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A major concessions company faces boycotts from sports fans outraged by surveillance video of its CEO kicking a puppy and yanking its leash during an elevator ride.

Des Hague, chief executive officer of Connecticut-based Centerplate, insisted his actions were “completely and utterly out of character.”

The video was recorded by a surveillance camera at a Vancouver apartment building, and it shows Hague lightly kick the Doberman pinscher puppy in the abdomen.

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He then kicks several more times, but increasingly harder, and yanks the puppy’s leash as it cowers away from him on the elevator’s floor.

Hague then roughly pulls the dog by its leash behind him as he exits the elevator.

“I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response,” Hague said in a statement. “I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.”

The video surfaced last week, and fans began protesting this weekend at sports arenas where Centerplate sells food and drinks.

Some fans outside BC Place in Vancouver, which was hosting a Canadian Football League Game, said they would not buy any food or drinks at the stadium and called for Hague’s firing.

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The $6 billion business supplies concessions at venues around the U.S. and Canada, including Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Superdome in New Orleans, the new Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, and Notre Dame.

Centerplate has more than 30,000 employees and 350 clients, and the company issued a statement saying it did “not condone the mistreatment of animals.”

Hague previously held executive positions at IHOP, Safeway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and 7-Eleven.

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He has agreed to attend anger management counseling and has “pledged a significant, personal, multi-year financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals.”

The dog did not suffer any serious injuries in the incident, and it has been removed from its owner’s care by the SPCA of British Columbia.

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No charges have been filed at this point against Hague, but a crisis management expert said Centerplate must do more than issue a press release.

“My immediate reaction to this news was, this is a guy who will kick and drag a friend’s dog — what else is there to say about him?” said Steve Paskoff, CEO of corporate sensitivity training company ELI. “And if he treats defenseless dogs this way, how is he treating people?”

Watch video of the incident posted online by Global News:

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American Airlines ordered passengers to stop social distancing — because they hadn’t paid for exit seats

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the flight crew on an American Airlines trip ordered two passengers to stop social distancing and move back to their seats.

The reason? The empty row they moved into cost slightly more.

"On a June 30 flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Newark, Joy Gonzalez, an aviation engineer based in Seattle, found herself seated at a window with two older passengers beside her in the middle and aisle seats," reported Elaine Glusac. "In order to gain more social distance, she and the aisle passenger both moved to seats behind them where two rows were empty. But before takeoff, a flight attendant ordered them back to their assigned seats, telling them they had not paid for those exit row seats, which are more expensive."

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Joe Shapiro’s wife disputes Mary Trump’s claim her husband took SATs for Trump

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Mary Trump's upcoming tell-all book alleges that President Donald Trump's sister did his homework and friend and fellow University of Pennsylvania graduate, Joe Shapiro, took his SATs for him.

ABC News reported Wednesday that Pam Shriver, Shapiro's widow, said that he would never have done something like that.

"He always did the right thing, and that's why this hurts," said Shriver.

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Kayleigh McEnany says she has no ‘data’ on whether Tulsa rally increased COVID — but city official says it likely did

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At Wednesday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was confronted with the fact that President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma led to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Her reply was to plead ignorance: "I have no data to indicate that."

However, according to a health official in Tulsa, the pattern of cases indicates it is "likely" that it did just that.

"President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests 'likely contributed' to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday," reported Sean Murphy for the Associated Press. "Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday."

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