Backpackers sexually harassed and underpaid, government report finds

More than a third surveyed in Fair Work Ombudsman report say they earn less than the minimum wage, and some say they work just for accommodation

Backpackers are being sexually harassed, underpaid and exploited by unscrupulous employers in regional Australia, the workplace regulator has found.

And most of them do not complain, fearing a backlash from their employers.

A two-year national inquiry into the conditions of working holiday visa holders has confirmed recent reports that some are being taken advantage of.

The Fair Work Ombudsman report found that not only was it common for workers to be underpaid, but some were not paid their wages at all.

Sexual harassment, withholding passports without permission, and payment for tools and equipment that the business was meant to provide were also common.

Some workers were asked to pay for their jobs and accommodation, while others worked for free in exchange for non-certified accommodation.

More than a third surveyed in the report said they were paid less than the minimum wage, while 14% said they had to pay before getting work and 6% had to pay an employer to sign off on their regional work requirement.

Some were subjected to pay deductions that they did not agree to in writing as legally required.

Most of those surveyed especially Asian workers did not know their work rights. Unscrupulous businesses are believed to be targeting this group because of the lack of awareness.

Overall, 38% of respondents felt positive about their work experience.

The report calls for changes to visa rules and laws, and making governments and authorities work together to ensure backpackers are protected and aware of their rights.

The ombudsman Natalie James issued a warning to employers, saying minimum pay rates in Australia were non-negotiable.

Those who turn a blind eye to exploitation face very real risks legal risks and risks to reputation and impact on their bottom line, she said.

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One paycheck, six people: What payday really means

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A paycheck is more than just the dollars and cents it stands for. A paycheck represents something bigger – all the hopes, dreams, and hard work that are tied up in it. And at the end of the week it can be a little slice of magic.

Money means freedom. The freedom to eat what you want, travel to where you want and make purchasing decisions based on your own wants and needs.

We spoke to six people across the country to learn what a paycheck means to them, and received some surprising answers along the way.


37-year-old business author, entrepreneur, and part-time driver for a ride-sharing service in New Jersey

If we could only choose one word to describe Khalilah, itd be this: hustler. While working a fulltime job to grow her career as a business author, speaker, and entrepreneur, she puts in extra hours with a ride-sharing company. The paycheck she earns from her second job is what she uses to fund her dream.

What makes your paycheck important?

The money that I earn is very important because it provides an opportunity to grow my business. I earn money as driver and I use the money that I make to pay for marketing and to pay for business coaching. I also work a full time job and the money that I earn is very significant because it is funding my future. I look at my employer as my investor.


21-year-old student and freelance fashion/beauty journalist in Philadelphia

Her status as a junior in college (and a self-identified Millennial) doesnt stop this fashion and beauty journalist from getting a jumpstart on her career. For Tweety, earning a paycheck is a pathway to her dreams.

What do you do to earn your paycheck?

I earn my money as a freelance writer and graphic designer. Every paycheck that I earn means a great deal to me. It means that I can accomplish the goals that I set for myself whether it is weekly, monthly or yearly.

What do you spend your paycheck on?

I pay my bills, I put money away and then I spend a few bucks to enjoy a little shopping at my favorite boutiques. I work hard for my money and I refuse to hand it all away. I created a budget to get through the week, I save money and invest I make my money work for me. As a Millennial adult, I have to take my finances seriously in order to take care of my future family and my parents.

I learned from my parents that every penny counts, so spend it wisely. I have seen too many of my Millennial friends spend their cash on items that won’t make it to the next trend and end up broke and borrowing from their parents. I refuse to let that be me!

What does a paycheck signify for you?

A paycheck is a job well done. I work very hard for my check and I know that I deserve every penny that I receive. I’m able to pay my bills and save money for my future plans. A paycheck means being in control of your resources and your life. When you are in control of your finances you can make any vision that you have come to reality.


30-year-old tutoring company owner in Houston

As a self-made business owner, AJ knows that the harder he works at growing his tutoring company, the bigger his paycheck will be and the more he can reinvest in his dreams.

What does your paycheck mean to you?

The paycheck is extremely significant to me because it is the growth of the company. When the company grows, I am able to be rewarded with pride so that paycheck means a lot to me. It signifies all the hard work I have accomplished and the success of my business.

How do you spend your paycheck?

I give myself a paycheck every month based on company income. When the company grows, I use half of the paycheck for entertainment with friends and save the rest in a savings account.


31-year-old copywriter in New York City

Making a paycheck is synonymous with freedom for Anne, who enjoys all the choices that come with cashing in on what shes earned. It means being able to do more, see more, and spend on things that are important to her.

What does a paycheck mean to you?

Choices and freedom. It means the ability to eat what I want and wear what I want and still remember to work towards goals I need to save up for.

What do you do to earn your paycheck?

Work! Show up on time and do my best. Serve as a resource when necessary.

What do you spend your paycheck on?

Mostly food. Sometimes fun. A lot of trips and gifts. I’m at a point in my life when many people are getting married and having kids, so a lot goes towards celebrating those choices.

What does the phrase “the power of a paycheck” mean to you?

I’ve always thought that the point of money is to make life easier, or at least more comfortable. The “power of the paycheck” is the ability to choose your comfort level. Cabs, direct flights, food delivery, your living situation a paycheck is what lets you order from that menu. Because there are so many pre-tax deductions now, too, the paycheck is what’s left over after taxes and savings have already been accounted for, so by the time that cash reaches me, it’s all mine. It’s my ticket to the world.


25-year-old freelance publicist and writer in New Jersey

Marie learned at a young age the value of work. From running a lemonade stand as a child and hiring her first employee at age 11 to taking on her first real job in her teen years, the value of a paycheck has shifted and changed with time.

What was your view of money when you first started working?

When I was in my teen years, I got my first real job and didn’t understand the value of money. A paycheck was just to get the things I wanted and to make me feel better about myself. It was a way to compensate for my insecurities and I never saved a dime.

When I was in college, a paycheck was still to get the things I wanted and needed, but the things had to have meaning. For example: experiences, travel, concerts, books, etc. At one time, I was working four jobs, going to school and doing a fashion internship. Still, I didn’t understand the value of a paycheck, and never saved until it finally hit me that I had nothing to show for it.

What does a paycheck mean to you now?

Being self-employed and working part-time, a paycheck and money to me is a tool. A tool to obtain things that will benefit my ultimate goals like happiness, personal development, and future financial security for myself and family.

A paycheck is a tool that should have some return on investment. This ROI is the things I can’t live without, for personal development (ex. skills) or the things that will move me toward my definition of success and benefit my happiness, my future financial goals, and the people I care about.

What do you spend your paycheck on?

Short Answer: Rent, Food, Experiences, Travel and Self-Care. Long Answer: I spend my paycheck on things in the following categories: non-negotiables, negotiables and misc. The non-negotiables would be things like rent, savings/investments, and food/water – can’t survive without those. The negotiables would be massages, muay thai lessons or a trip to the nail salon – these negotiable things I can eliminate or find inexpensive or free alternatives. Misc, is unexpected purchases, but fall under non-negotiables or negotiables.


24-year-old Marketing Director in Denver

For Mike, the greatest satisfaction about cashing his paycheck each month is that its completely self-made. In business just four months, the marketing agency he owns with a friend is the freedom to pave his own way.

What do you do to earn your paycheck?

I own and operate my own business, a digital marketing agency based out of Denver. I am an entrepreneur through and through. Every week of 60+ hours of work leads to that one paycheck so we can see exactly how productive our work has been over the course of the last month. This paycheck normally goes back into the business to continue the growth and expansion of our startup.

What does a paycheck signify for you?

A paycheck represents my success in my business. Because I started my own business from literally nothing, every dollar that I am able to pay myself is worth more than gold. The ability to be self-sufficient with a job and being able to pay myself is such a complete sense of happiness because I know that I made it happen.

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Boy Pulls Out A Book At The Barbershop, Then They Tell Him Hes Getting A Discount On His Cut

Learning to read is oftentimes a difficult task for young kids. Making sense of the letters and assigning sounds to each of them doesn’t come naturally for many.

For that reason, a lot of children shy away from the task and only read as much literature as is assigned to them at school.

But one Michigan barbershop is doing itsbest to ensure that kids in the area are making the most of their reading skills.

The Fuller Cut, located in Ypsilanti, MI, is giving a $2 discount to every child that reads aloud to his barber during his haircut.

It doesn’t seem like a huge task, but that extra few minutes of reading in a different environment and getting a reward for it can change the way that kids look at books in their everyday lives.

The shop has been using the Frederick Douglass quote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” when referencing their effort to promote literacy in children, and we wholeheartedly agree with them on that.

TheFuller Cut barbershop in Ypsilanti, MI, is asmall business doing its best to make a huge impact on the world.

Last year, the Fuller Cut began offering $2 discounts to any kid who reads aloud to their barber during their haircut.

The shop is hoping to promote literacy in children, and is even using the Frederick Douglass quote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” to make their mission as clear as possible: This is for the future of the children.

As word got out, the shop had an influx of donations and now boasts a ton of wonderful books for customers to choose from.

They’ve even had siblings get in on the fun while they wait for their brothers and sisters.

It sure seems like they’redoing a wonderful job in making a positive change in not only their community, but the world.

PleaseSHAREthis amazing story with everyone you know and let your local barbershop know about the difference they can make with asimilar program!

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Justin Timberlake Promises To Buy Fans Pizza, Then He Shows Up On Their Doorstep

Justin Timberlake has been loved by the public since the ’90s, when he was just a squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse Club singer.

As he rose to prominence as the lead singer of ‘NSYNC, he became a bonafide heartthrob. Even after 20-something years in the business, he’s still a sweetheart.

In preparation for his special on Netflix, Justin Timberlake and the Tenessee Kids, Justin decided to have some fun with his fans. As the special revolved around the final performance from 20/20 Experience World Tour, he wanted to commemorate the tour.

To get some buzz around the special and show how much he appreciated his fans, Justin reached out to his fans online, asking them what their favorite memories from the tour were. For some very special fans, if they tweeted their memories and locations, he’d send them some pizza so they could ‘Timberlake and Chill” in style.

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In order for fans to qualify for this super cool (and tasty) giveaway, they had to let Justin know what they loved about his recent 20/20 Tour.

Have you ever heard of Netflix and chill? Instead of Netflix & Chill, he wanted his fans to Timberlake & Chill – with some pizza!

Celebritiesget bombarded online every day but for once Justin didn’t have to worry about angry tweets. He was getting thousands of hungry tweets!

The fans who responded to the tweet could have never guessed that Justin would be personally delivering some of these pies!

For the fans who didn’t get these pizzas personally delivered, they at least can feel lucky too, as Justin wrote out notes for all of his loyal fans!

Don’t forget to SHARE this awesome giveaway with all of your friends and family who would have loved a gift like this from Justin Timberlake!

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Truckers Scary Dash Cam Footage Proves Exactly Why Road Rage Is So Dangerous

This heart-stopping footage shows exactly why, no matter how much of a rush you might find yourself in, you shouldneverspeed or put other people at risk!

A truck driver was happily cruising down the road at the proper speed when he suddenly noticed something quite startling on the right side of the road. It seemed there was a carfollowing way too closelyto the car in front of them; it seemed like the car in the front was going just too slow!

It’s sad to think that there are actually people out there who wouldrisk their own lives, the lives of the people inside their car, the lives of other drivers on the road, and, as we’ll see in the video below, the lives of pedestrians minding their own business. Selfish people like this should have their licenses revoked and should never be allowed to operate a motor vehicle ever again.

To put other lives at risk simply because they’re selfish is unacceptable, and it’s horrifying to realize how many innocent people die every single year because of these horrible drivers!

It’s incredible to see just how lucky everyone was in this shocking video. Somehow, the reckless car managed to pull back onto the road, and thankfully the people walking somehow didn’t get hit. They certainly had a few guardian angels looking over them!

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Officer Spots Homeless Family Living Out Of A Minivan, Then Approaches Mom To Give Her $20

When times get tough, families make due with what they have. Many families say that, as long as they have one another, eventually other things in life will work out with a little faith and hard work.

Helen and John Newton are a couple down on their luck. They lost their housing two months ago, and now live in a minivan with their youngest daughter, Katrina.

It’s not an easy life for them; it gets cold at night, and they are often hungry.

But their luck shifted just a little when a good-hearted officer crossed paths with them. Sgt. Tim Cassidy of Swampscott, MA, saw the homeless family of three living out of their car, and approached them.

They thought he was going to ask them to move their vehicle, but he did quite the opposite. He asked Helen if she was okay, then handed her $20 and his business card.

The officer’s gesture is significant enough, but Sgt. Cassidy returned to the couple later in the day. He came back two more times after that, all to give them more money, blankets, food, and other supplies.

The Newton’s are extremely grateful for the cop’s good deed, as anything can help them survive as the weather gets colder. But they aren’t just thankful for Sgt. Cassidy, but for all cops keeping citizens safe.

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Ben & Jerrys: 12 Things You Never Knew About Your Favorite Ice Cream Spot

There’s simply no question about it everyone loves ice cream. And whether I’m craving regular old vanilla or a truly out-there flavor, I knowBen & Jerry’s will do the trick.

There flavors are so unique, it can be hardto say “no” to a cone. It’s even harderto say “no” on Free Cone Day, an annual event that may as well be considered a national holiday.

But this company wasn’t always on the top of the market. Ben and Jerry started out as two friends with a very differentvision for what they wanted their business to be.

After a long, winding road, the two buddies arrived where they are today. But along the way, they accumulated some pretty fascinating tidbits of triviaabout their company.

Did you know all of these 12 facts about Ben & Jerry’s before? Who knew that while you were taking in those delicious, sweet spoonfuls, there was so much history behind it all?

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1. Employees Get The Ultimate Samples


Every employee gets three pints for themselves each day!

2. Ben And Jerry Are Old, Old Friends


Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield, the founders, met in 7th grade gym class because they were the slowest ones on the track.

3. They Are All About Fun


There is a treehouse and slide located in the corporate office, and they’re both used often.

4. They Take Suggestions


Chocolate chip cookie dough was invented thanks to an anonymous customer suggestion at their first shop.

5. They’ve Always Packaged Unique Flavors


The first pints produced wereOreo Mint, French Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge, Wild Blueberry, Mocha Walnut, Maple Walnut, Honey Coffee and Honey Orange.

6. They Have Strange Methods


When they first got started, Jerry used to drop boxes of toffee from the top of a ladder to use the shattered pieces in the Coffee Heath Bar Crunch flavor.

7. They Believe In Being Different


Every scoop shop is unique, with one in Newport, RI sitting on stilts above water.

8. They Pack In The Ice Cream


Each cone has an average of 259 squares. The indents make the cones able to hold more ice cream. Yum!

9. They Used To Serve More Than Ice Cream


Soup, pottery, and crepes were sold along with the ice cream at the original Ben & Jerry’s location.

10. They Are Very Selective


Chocolate Therapy and Oatmeal Cookie Chunk are the only Limited Batchesthat were ever made into full-time flavors.

11. They Know How To Say “Thanks”


The first Free Cone Day was in 1979, a year after opening, as a way to say thanks to the customers for helping them get through the year.

12. They See The Bigger Picture


All of the brownie chunks come from Greyston Bakery, a company that employs folks who have faced barriers to employment in the past.

What’s your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor? Please SHARE with family and friends on Facebook!

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Clinton ‘Does Not Recall’ Ordering Destruction Of Emails From Personal Server In Testimony

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said she “does not recall” ordering emails related to State Department business to be deleted or permanently erased from her personal server after she left her post in 2013, according to sworn testimony made public Thursday.

The testimony, obtained by the conservative group Judicial Watch, marked the first time Clinton was forced to answer questions under oath about her private email system. A federal judge had ordered the former secretary of state’s legal team to turn over written responses to questions about the so-called “homebrew” server, which was kept in her New York home during her tenure as America’s top diplomat.

Clinton and her legal team objected to all or part of 18 of the 25 questions put to her by Judicial Watch. She also filed eight separate general objections to the process under which the questions were being asked.

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These tweets show why women don’t report sexual assault

(CNN)The latest allegations against Donald Trump of unwanted sexual contact brought out the usual responses from defenders and apologists.

They’re lying. They’re trying to profit off the controversy. Why didn’t they come forward sooner?
    Or, as the GOP candidate said in one of his many denials of the claims, “Look at her. … I don’t think so.”
    Within hours of the allegations appearing in the The New York Times and People Magazine Wednesday night, #NextFakeTrumpVictim was trending on social media, as supporters’ repudiated of the claims. Then, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs retweeted a link to an article that had a Trump accuser’s phone number and address. He later apologized and pulled the tweet down.
    To survivors of sexual assault, these were classic examples of what keeps women from coming forward.
    “We’ve had a masterclass today in why women are scared to report sexual assault. Why didn’t you report yours?” Vox correspondent Elizabeth Plank said on Twitter.
    The question revived conversation around #WhyWomenDontReport. It’s a conversation that keeps coming up whenever a prominent figure faces sexual assault allegations. But it bears repeating:

    Fear of reprisals

    Having your personal information shared with the world is an extreme example of retaliation. Short of that, suffice to say, reprisals take many forms.
    If you’re sexually harassed on the job, there’s fear of losing said job, being demoted or getting passed over for opportunities. If it’s among acquaintances, there’s fear of social rejection or isolating yourself from the friend group.
    If it’s a teacher you might worry about your grades.

    Fear that no one will believe you

    If the perpetrator is in a position of power — the head of a company or a celebrity or a professor — there’s fear that your word will be meaningless against theirs. If it’s a relative, you may worry about tearing your family apart.
    See the reaction to Trump’s latest accusers, who told The New York Times in a story published Wednesday that he groped or kissed them without their consent. One of the alleged incidents occurred in 2005, the other more than 30 years ago. Later Wednesday, People Magazine published a report from one its writers, who alleged Trump physically attacked her while she was on assignment writing a profile of his first anniversary with wife Melania.
    As one person pointed out, “The fact that #NextFakeTrumpVictim is trending should tell you exactly why women fear coming forward about sexual assault.”

    There’s not enough evidence

    Or, maybe there’s not the right evidence. Prosecutors are reluctant to try sexual assault cases without documentary evidence or eyewitnesses, especially in cases that hinge on consent. Many lawyers and trial observers believe Stanford University student Brock Turner may not have been charged or convicted with sexually assaulting an unconscious woman had there not been bystanders who intervened.

    Fear of being blamed

    It’s called victim-blaming, and it takes various forms: questions about what you were wearing, where you went, who you were with. It shifts responsibility for the attack from the perpetrator to the victim.

    They don’t want anyone to know

    For all the reasons mentioned, it may seem easier to keep it to yourself. The guilt, fear, shame and confusion may become paralyzing, making disclosure incomprehensible.
    These aren’t the only reasons sexual assault survivors don’t come forward, as a scroll through the hashtag shows. If you have experienced sexual assault and don’t know where to turn, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline online or by calling 800.656.4673.

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    A timeline of Donald Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct: who, when and what

    At the second debate, Donald Trump denied ever kissing or touching women without consent. But a number of women have come forward to contradict that

    Several women have come forward in the last 24 hours accusing the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, of sexual misconduct, in multiple incidents spanning the last 30 years.

    The women spoke out after Sundays second presidential debate, during which Donald Trump denied ever having kissed and touched women without their consent. The debate followed the release of a 2005 video showing Trump bragging about how he could grab womens genitals and just start kissing women with impunity, just because he was famous.

    Have you ever done those things? moderator Anderson Cooper asked during the debate.

    No I have not, Trump responded. But his statement arguably opened the flood gates for multiple women to come forward with claims of their own.

    At a rally in Florida on Thursday, Trump dismissed the womens stories as fabrications.

    These comments and vicious claims about me are totally and absolutely false, and the Clintons know it. These claims are all fabricated theyre pure fiction and outright lies. These events never ever happened. You take a look at these people, you study these people and youll understand, said Trump.

    But the claims that emerged on Wednesday are just the latest against Trump regarding his behavior towards women. Here is a timeline of the allegations by more than a dozen women, many of which have only been made public in recent days.


    Who: Jessica Leeds

    When the allegations became public: 12 October 2016

    When the incident allegedly took place: around 1980

    What allegedly happened: The now 74-year-old told the New York Times that Trump groped her on a plane after she sat next to him in a first-class cabin during a business trip to New York more than 30 years ago. She says Trump lifted the armrest between them and then touched her breasts and attempted to put his hands up her skirt. It was an assault, she told the Times. He was like an octopus His hands were everywhere.

    Trumps response: Trump denies the incident took place. This entire article is fiction, and for theNew York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr Trump on a topic like this is dangerous, said the Trump campaign in a statement.

    His lawyers have sent a letter to the New York Times demanding a retraction and threatening further legal action. The New York Times is standing by its story.

    Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

    The phony story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on women. WATCH!

    October 13, 2016

    Who: Ivana Trump

    When the allegations became public: 1993

    When the incident allegedly took place:1989

    What allegedly happened: Trumps first wife Ivana said that she had been raped by her then husband after an argument, according to her divorce deposition, a claim which was reported in a 1993 book called Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump. As a condition of her divorce settlement, Ivana is not allowed to comment publicly on her marriage without Trumps permission. The book was printed with a statement from Ivana clarifying the incident:

    [O]n one occasion during 1989, Mr Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a rape, but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.

    Ivana and Donald Trump in 1991. Photograph: Butler/Bauer/Rex/Shutterstock

    Trumps response: Youre talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody, Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, told the Daily Beast when it reported on the comments in July 2015. He also threatened to sue if the Daily Beast published a story on the allegations, although no legal action took place.


    Who: Unnamed young girl

    When the allegations became public: 12 October 2016

    When the incident allegedly took place: 1992

    What allegedly happened: Video from a 1992 Entertainment Tonight Christmas special has emerged on Wednesday in which Trump, who was 46 at the time, is heard talking to a young child. Trump asks if she is going up the escalator. When she tells him she is, he responds and its not clear exactly who hes talking to, as Trumps face doesnt appear onscreen Im going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?

    Trumps response: Trump has not spoken about the incident and did not respond to the Guardians request for comment before the deadline for publication.

    Who: Jill Harth

    When the allegations became public: 1997

    When the incident allegedly took place:1992-93

    What allegedly happened: Harth, a makeup artist, gave a presentation to Trump at his offices in Trump Tower in 1993, with her then romantic (and business) partner George Houraney. She said Trump made advances on her, including groping her under the table during a dinner the following night at the Plaza Hotel.

    Then, in January 1993, Harth and Houraney travelled to Trumps Mar-a-Lago property in Florida to celebrate their business deal. During a tour of the property, Trump pulled Harth into one of the childrens bedrooms, she claimed.

    He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again, Harth said in an interview with the Guardian in July, and I had to physically say: What are you doing? Stop it. It was a shocking thing to have him do this because he knew I was with George, he knew they were in the next room. And how could he be doing this when Im there for business?

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