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Re: “Inception

Good cast, good production values, good action and special effects. I want to say it was well written, I think it was, but to be honest, it's one of those convoluted story-within-a-story (maybe even a third story) things where if you tell friends afterwards and you admit to being confused, they make you feel stupid for not getting it as well as they did; when in fact they probably didn't get it any better. It was not Robert Altman tight, with his layers on layers. But, it doesn't completely leave you hanging either. I think i need to see it again, maybe three or four times, before I decide if the illusion holds up. But I have to say - with so much mind-warp going on, it's really not necessary to see it in a theater....

Posted by DigiRyder on July 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

they left out about half the book, but still mostly entertaining. only more more harry potter flick to go, then i have to grow up. damn.

Posted by thisiscaroline on August 13, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I felt like the director was too excited to have all the cool special effects at hand, and focused too much on that as opposed to the plot and the characters.

Posted by diametrica on August 12, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Donations to most 501c3's are deductible.

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Posted by Saildude on March 23, 2017 at 1:45 AM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Well said. That same concept goes for media companies who give their time and effort year after year, incur business expenses, and organizations take total advantage of the situation. most people respect the product more if they have to pay something for it.

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Posted by Robert Smith on March 22, 2017 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Additionally, there are a few chef's in town who "throw their weight around" and expect "comp" meals, free meats, constituents, wines, etc. You probably know who they are.

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Posted by DaleS on March 22, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

I recall many years ago Angel being the one to start Wine + Food. Didn't you ask for a lot of handouts from businesses to get your "cause" going? Is it still a problem to raise money for this non-profit (no, you now charge them to be a part)?

Now that it's successful, it seems you forgot where the roots were founded. No money, but a good idea, and asking for donations (specifically from the food industry) in order to gain a footing to make the event grow.

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Posted by TheodoreY on March 22, 2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “John Hodgman weighs in on hot dog taco after one surfaces on North Charleston taco crawl

Gross...would throw back at server...Woo Hooo....

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on March 22, 2017 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Its unfortunate that one of her clients has to post on her behalf. Anyone with access to the internet knows that Home Team BBQ is a community leader and contributes to multiple causes in a selfless manner. Her article didn't do the community any favors, in fact, it made those businesses that care look "p'sed off" that they get asked all the time. A professional wouldn't have made her clients feel the need to stand up for her should her message been conveyed correctly and with respect.

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Posted by Jay 1 on March 22, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

In regards to the Charleston City Paper Article this morning, we at Home Team BBQ would like the opportunity to say that since our opening in 2006, we have welcomed the chance to be a part of the gracious and giving Charleston community. We are honored to have the ability to offer our goods and services for the benefit of those in need in the Lowcountry and across the country such as Hogs for the Cause, the Ronald Mcdonald House, Operation Home, St Andrews Parks and Playgrounds, Whitesides Elementary School, the Able Life Foundation and countless others. Inevitably, when asked to donate our goods and services, there comes a time when we have to decline assistance and is never a decision we take lightly. We have built our local business on giving since day one and we will continue to do so with pride in our hearts and smiles on our faces. We have great respect for Angel Postell and the amazing work she has done and continues to do for the Charleston community in countless charitable situations. She is a wonderful asset to our company and a great friend.

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Posted by aaron siegel on March 22, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Nonprofits need to ask for donations, and restaurants should give to their community. Took this and went a little deeper. Here's my take, if you're interested.

https://www.creativsocial.com/blog/2017/3/…

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Posted by Simone Bruderer on March 22, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Poorly written and a missed opportunity. The message is clear, but if these restaurants she's referring to have a hard time with all the requests, simply respectfully decline. I can't believe an PR professional would put this out without major revisions to her message. What it looks like is "don't bother my clients, and if you are a restaurant and don't want to be bothered, call me". Very self-serving.

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Posted by Jay 1 on March 22, 2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

From a non profit. Ask for want. Be happy with what you get - even it is "we can't "

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Posted by paula byers on March 22, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

I learned this the hard way when I solicited for a silent auction last year. While the non-profit I was representing really operates on a shoestring budget, I fully understand and respect that businesses often work from a very narrow profit margin.

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Posted by Laurie Sue on March 22, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

I think there needs to be a line of distinction drawn in this conversation between for-profit businesses asking for freebies and non-profits asking for donations. Crab all you want about the former, but this column aims to address some important points about the latter. That is: if you have a worthy cause, you should be able to pitch it in such a way that sponsors will want to give but also that doing so will benefit the sponsor. It seems callous, but the positive PR of philanthropy feeds the bottom line, because if things aren't feeding the bottom line then where do the donations come from?

So if you're asking restaurants, local businesses, artists, musicians, promoters to give of their time, work, and wares to your cause, please show some respect and that you're looking to develop a healthy relationship. Abandon the notions that people have unlimited time and resources, and instead respect that the donations of each are important to them as well. Make it easy for them to know what you expect, when to expect it, and then do the legwork of promoting your event and publicizing their donations. Nothing makes you feel like more of a heel then seeing an event poster drop you off the musician or major sponsor list because, well, oops.

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Posted by factoryconnection on March 22, 2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Home Team BBQ came down from Charleston to my hometown of Hilton Head Island in the wake of the tragic colossal damages inflicted immediately after Hurricane Matthew.

They set up shop in the parking lot of a local mid-island restaurant and provided food and bottled water to hundreds of people who were wrestling with the cleanup carnage.

Honored by your grace and kindness bestowed on us in our hour of need.

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Posted by Stephen Flannery on March 22, 2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

So you're the same person that boasts on your website about being an "active member of the community" and specialize in "philanthropic efforts" and "fundraising". Yet you take this much time to throw shade at nonprofits.

Dear Angel, if you're in the midst of writing another idiotic column please stop; you're a moron.

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Posted by Brandon Stevens on March 22, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

It's the same with Musicians that are asked by restaurants and bars to play for exposure. While I agree with the point the writer makes, the tone of the article from a pr person is harsh. Building relationships with their customers is what sales is all about. When you strip away the terms it's still sales. I also agreed that many people today old and young feel entitled. I love Home Team BBQ because the quality of food is extraordinary. Love them Wangs! My first thought was I didn't want to contribute to her tone by eating where she promotes. But my taste buds got the better of me.

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Posted by Bill Gray on March 22, 2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Small local charities often struggle to stay afloat, and with social program funding on the chopping block in the Trump administration, it could get much worse. Restaurants absolutely have the right to say no and should do so instead of giving grudgingly, but it's wrong to characterize all non-profits as mooches and parasites.

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Posted by Nikki Hardin on March 22, 2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Once had a church group approach us about using the private dining room to host a wine-and-cheese tasting event. They wanted numerous different wines on offer, each paired with specific cheeses, and a somm on hand to educate. Oh, and they wanted it all for free. On a Sunday. When we're closed.

Their rationale for asking to be comped? They were a church group, and these were mostly older folks. But they were SURE that by doing this, we'd see more repeat business than we knew what to do with.

Can someone reacquaint me with the Bible verse that apparently says, "Go ye into all the world and be insufferable mooches."?

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Posted by James Alford on March 22, 2017 at 1:28 PM
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