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People Are Praising The Company That Owns TJ Maxx Because They Are Still Paying Their Puerto Rican Employees

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TJX Cos., the parent company of TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls, is still paying employees in Puerto Rico despite closing all its stores after Hurricane Maria. It has been six weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall. According to Boston Globe, this isn’t the first time the retail giant has taken care of employees forced out of work as a result of natural disasters.

People are showing TJX Cos. companies a lot of love for the way they are taking care of their Puerto Rican employees.

One Facebook user even shared a now-viral post about how TJX Cos. has helped his son who works for Marshalls.

Tengo que mencionar esto pues quizás muchos no sepan. Las tiendas Marshalls en Puerto Rico han continuado pagándoles a…

Posted by Iván Meléndez on Saturday, October 21, 2017

“I have to mention this because perhaps many do not know,” wrote Iván Meléndez. “The Marshalls stores in Puerto Rico have continued to pay their employees even without their stores being open. I’m worried about my son, and he told me: ‘Relax dad. Marshalls has been paying us.’ And they’ve given them supplies. Thanks to the stores for such an honorable gesture. From now on, I’m going to sponsor this chain even more. Marshalls, you did that!”

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 and 3.4 million Puerto Rican residents were immediately thrown into darkness. As of now, only about 30 percent of the island has had its power restored. The loss of power has forced businesses to remain closed, leaving millions of Puerto Ricans without consistent income.

“We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances,” TJX spokeswoman Erika Tower told Boston Globe.



READ: Here’s What Google Is Doing To Get Puerto Rico Connected With The Outside World Since Hurricane Maria
 

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Fans Of 'La Bamba' Have A Hard Time Remembering That Lou Diamond Phillips Isn't Ritchie Valens

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Fans Of ‘La Bamba’ Have A Hard Time Remembering That Lou Diamond Phillips Isn’t Ritchie Valens

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You remember actor Lou Diamond Phillips, right?

CREDIT: Columbia Pictures / Warner Bros.

He played Ritchie Valens in “La Bamba” and Angel Guzman in “Stand and Deliver.” Classics.

Well, Phillips was in Texas for a community event in his hometown this past weekend.

November 3rd is the opening ceremony for Voices of South Texas at Heritage Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will…

Posted by Voices of South Texas – Old Bayview Cemetery Comes Alive on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The event honored the history of Corpus Christi, Texas. Phillips, a native of the city, spoke about its diversity.

“I never knew racism until I left for University at the University of Texas Arlington. This town is so diverse and accepting… and I think it is so important now more than ever in our nation to look at our history… It’s that getting out into the world and seeing how other people perceive you and to come back and I am so happy to be here tonight.”

But that’s not why he made headlines. Hours prior to the event, Phillips had been arrested for driving while intoxicated.

According to several news reports, around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, the 55-year-old actor asked a police officer for directions while in Portland, Texas. The officer smelled alcohol on Phillips’ breath and took him to the police station. TIME reports that Phillips had an alcohol level of .20%, which is more than twice the legal limit for driving. Bail was set at $2,500. Hours later he appeared at his scheduled event.

On Twitter, fans of “La Bamba” couldn’t resist making jokes.

https://twitter.com/AmyJH13/status/927368537005584384

While people joked on social media, Phillips understood the gravity of his mistake. He not only apologized for his behavior but kept his obligations to the city of Corpus Christi.

The actor told attendees that he was sorry for his actions.

“I want to sincerely apologize for an incident this morning. Some of you may have heard about that,” Phillips told the crowd. “I am here to promote and celebrate this amazing event here in my hometown of Corpus Christi, and if anything that I have done distracts from that or diminishes that I sincerely apologize.”

According to the Caller-Times, a person in the audience yelled out “You’re human!” in support of Phillips.

READ: Listen To Counter-Protestors Play ‘La Bamba’ To Drown Out White Nationalists

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