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A Woman Is Suing American Airlines After An Employee Took Her Number From Her Luggage And Started To Text Her

Airports can be strange places. But typically, when you’re in the airport of an unknown city, there’s a sense of freedom and solitude—after all, depending on where you are, the chance that you’ll cross paths with someone you know is pretty slim. But what’s the likelihood of running into someone you don’t know . . . but who somehow knows who you are? For Ashley Barno, this unlikely situation became a reality in June 2019, when an employee of American Airlines took her number from the tag on her luggage, then proceeded to text her incessantly throughout her flight.

The stranger sent a text that read, “Hey, Ashley! How are you??” before immediately following up with a “Btw I must tell you that you are gorgeous!” Barno thanked him for the compliment, asking him who he was and how he got her number. Also, why was he texting her?

He told her to “guess,” then added that he worked for American Airlines, the airline operating her flight from San Diego to Chicago. After telling her that he “just saw her again at the airport” and she was “looking very gorgeous in grey top [sic],” Barno started to feel nervous. She was wearing a gray shirt that day, and she did not like that this stranger was watching her—she said that the messages made her feel “naked in a public place.” She glanced around the gate area but had no idea who or where this person was.

Barno says that the messages continued even after she boarded her flight, when the man revealed that he was also on the plane.

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“You want to sit next to me?” said another text, promising that he could get her a better seat. “I have two seats open next to me!” he claimed. “Will you join me??”

Twice, he asked her for her seat number and told her that he wanted to “chat the whole flight.” He claimed that Barno herself had given him her number, and when she insisted otherwise, he eventually admitted, “Honestly I got it from ur bagtag.” Barno knew that the tag on her luggage also mentioned her full name and mailing address, which made the situation even more tense.

“Not ok!” she responded. “Not cool.” Then she told him to leave her alone.

What followed was a deluge of 10 more text messages, including one that read, “Friendship with me will be very beneficial for you!!”

He proceeded to promise her “good seats, access to the lounges and free flights too!! You can think about it!” he wrote, later adding, “Just looking for one chance to prove my self [sic]!! I will be very respectful to you always.” (As if sending a barrage of unwanted, creepy messages is respectful behavior.)

After this deeply disturbing experience, Barno hired attorney Joseph Samo and filed a lawsuit against the airline and former employee (who, at the time of the incident, was still employed by American Airlines) over allegations of negligent hiring, sexual harassment and stalking.

Samo said that during the flight, Barno was emotionally distraught, and she notified a flight attendant about what was going on, mentioning that she was receiving unsettling messages from a man in row 15. According to Samo, the flight attendant responded kindly, ensuring that Barno was in a completely different area of the plane and checking in with Barno regularly. When the airplane landed, security guards escorted the man off the plane—the flight attendant told Barno that “this wasn’t the first time he’d done something like this.”

While American Airlines did not answer specific questions about Barno’s allegations or the case, company spokesman Joshua Freed confirmed that the man was employed by American Airlines at the time, though he wasn’t on duty during the alleged harassment. He wrote in a statement that “the employee involved in the complaint is no longer employed at American Airlines,” and that “American Airlines takes the privacy and safety of our customers seriously.” He added, “We investigated the allegations and took appropriate action.”

But Barno’s complaint contests this claim. Although Freed declined to comment on past allegations against the former employee due to the impending litigation, the lawsuit claims that American Airlines “knew of its employee’s propensity to inappropriately contact its customers yet continued to retain him as an employee.”

The complaint, filed last week in a San Diego division of California Superior Court, also states that “American Airlines did not do a sufficient job in hiring and supervising employees to keep its customers safe from sexual harassment and stalking.”

Barno affirmed that she felt frustrated and neglected by the airline when they failed to respond to her concerns about customer privacy after the incident. In an interview with NBC 7 in San Diego, Barno described her fear when she realized they were on the same flight: “Just knowing that he knew what I looked like, and that we were on an enclosed plane and that there’s no way out, like really, really scared me.”

Samo validated Barno’s feas, reiterating the need for action on the part of the airline. “We’re doing this to send a message to big corporations that this behavior is not acceptable,” Samo said. “They have to train their employees better and take better precautions to make sure these things don’t happen again.”

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In Emotional Video, Actress Francia Raisa Says She Was ‘Boxed In’ By Trump Supporters Rallying on the Freeway: ‘Pointing at me and laughing at a Mexican’

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In Emotional Video, Actress Francia Raisa Says She Was ‘Boxed In’ By Trump Supporters Rallying on the Freeway: ‘Pointing at me and laughing at a Mexican’

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Actress Francia Raisa posted a video to her Instagram on Sunday where she described being “blocked in” on the highway by a motorcade of Trump supporters.

Raisa, an actress of Mexican and Honduran descent who stars in the Freefrom series “Grown-ish” and famously donated a kidney to Selena Gomez, documented her distress via Instagram.

In a video posted to her Instagram stories, Raisa was visibly upset, crying, her voice shaking while she described the experience.

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“I was just on the 405 and I got stuck in that stupid Trump rally and they f—-g boxed me in and they’re pointing at me and laughing at me, saying, ‘Ha ha,'” she said as she wiped tears from her face. “And literally, I almost crashed because they wouldn’t let me out and I was trying to go around it.”

“They were all stopping and going. They boxed me in on the f—–g freeway, all I wanted to do was go around. And they were just being so violent. I could’ve crashed. It was so dangerous.”

She appeared to become more distressed as the video continued: “And I just don’t understand why that’s the country that y’all are supposedly wanting right now. Really? That’s what makes America great? That’s f—-d up. I could’ve f—–g died right now. That was so f—–g dangerous,” Raisa said. “Pointing at me and laughing at a Mexican. Oh God, that was really f—–g scary.”

The “Trump rally” that Raisa was referring to was the rally that President Trump held on Sunday in Newport Beach, California.

President Donald Trump has rarely visited California on the campaign trail, as the state is not considered a battleground state–it almost always votes blue. The rally brought hundreds of Trump supporters who were excited to catch a glimpse of a President who doesn’t come to California very often. The Los Angeles Times described the rally as “raucous” and “confrontational”.

“I’ve never seen this side of Orange County,” said a 63-year-old community organizer named Lizanne Witte to the LA Times. “Even in protests about women’s rights and detained children, the reception had been respective differences in opinion. This is just nasty.”

Many of his supporters appeared in the unofficial motorcade on the I-405 freeway that Raisia says she was stuck in. The cars were decked out in MAGA merch, American flags–one car even appeared to be a military vehicle.

Shortly after Raisa’s post, her friends took to social media to defend her.

“Francia face-timed me freaking the f— out today,” said Glee actress Amber Riley on her Instagram stories. “The little Trump rally on the 405 decided to box her in the car! A woman driving by herself. But, they saw a Mexican in a car and they decided to f— with her. I was on the phone and I saw this myself.”

Let’s hope that all political gatherings from now on are always safe, civil affairs.

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Cardi B Debuted A Phemoninal Reebok-Themed Manicure To Coincide With Her New Shoe Launch

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Cardi B Debuted A Phemoninal Reebok-Themed Manicure To Coincide With Her New Shoe Launch

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Cardi B fans know the rapper most for her hit tunes but when it comes to her extravagant claws she also has a cult following.

The “WAP” rapper has long made the effort to complete just about every one of her killer red carpet and Instagram looks with ultra-long, ultra-fierce nail looks that could give just about anyone a run for their money. So it’s no wonder that when it came to celebrating her 28th birthday this past weekend that the big-time rapper queen did it with a bang and a nail look that could shred any other manicure to pieces.

As part of her birthday celebrations over the weekend, Cardi B unveiled some pretty big news about her upcoming collaboration with Reebok.

In a post shared with her Instagram account, Cardi appeared in an ultra-blue laundry room setting with a nail look created by artist Jenny Bui to match. Cardi B’s manicure was done in an array of blues and white with the Reebok shoe logo emblazoned on each nail.

“I’m kicking off my birthday weekend by announcing I am officially dropping my first ever Reebok x Cardi Footwear Collection on 11/13!!” she wrote in the post. “As my birthday gift to my loyal fans, I’m dropping limited pairs TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT EST on Reebok.com. #ReebokxCardiB.”

Cardi B’s new Reebok collection is set to debut Nov. 13

The star’s shoe collab with Reebok will be available for purchase on November 14 on reebok.com. The shoes, which were designed by Cardi herself, are “laced with a whole lotta attitude.” They’re also surprisingly low-key.

“Nobody does it bigger than Cardi B—so you know we had to go all the way colossal for her birthday. The new Club C Cardi is designed in collaboration with Cardi herself, the conductor of all things luxe. And the attitude’s in the details. It’s snatched to perfection with a stacked sole and juuust the right amount of that razor-sharp Cardi edge… Cardi B always brings the heat,” Rebook’s description of the shoe says. “She brings it from the beats to the streets in these signature Club C shoes for women. They take design cues from high fashion, streetwear and Cardi’s personality to create a stand-out style. High shine patent leather and an exaggerated height represent her place in the industry. A see-through midsole and outsole symbolizes Cardi’s realness and openness.”

The shoes comes in chalk, matte gold, and core black in colors.

The Grammy Award-winning artist revealed that her new line of Reebok sneakers will be $100 a pop. Cardi signed a deal with the brand two years ago in November 2018. Fashion collabs are hardly new for her, of course. The mother of one had collaborated in the past with brands like Balenciaga, Steve Madden, Tom Ford, and Fashion Nova.

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