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US customers can visit participating 7-Eleven stores for a free small slurpee on July 11

Happy Birthday, 7-Eleven!

7-Eleven is celebrating its namesake day with free Slurpees for all. Customers in the US can visit any participating 7-Eleven store for a free small Slurpee from 11 am to 7 pm on July 11. This year’s featured flavor is Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries, a frozen twist on the breakfast cereal, according to a People article. The Japanese-owned convenience store chain is celebrating its birthday all week long, offering customers enrolled in its reward program freebies, including popcorn, fountain drinks, chips and candy. (People Magazine)

Papa John’s founder allegedly uses racial slur

John Schantter, founder and former CEO of Papa John’s International Inc (NASDAQ:PZZA), has issued an apology after allegedly using the N-word, according to a CNBC report. The incident is said to have occurred while he was on a conference call with marketing agency Laundry Service. Ironically, Schnatter was participating in an exercise to prevent future public relations issues for the pizza chain. "Papa John’s condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting," a company spokesman told CNBC. Shares of the pizza chain were down nearly 5% to US$48.42 in Wednesday afternoon trading. (CNBC)

Workers miss out on World Cup

Workers at a Jaguar Land Rover plant were denied time off to watch England in the World Cup semi-final, according to a BBC News report. While staff at a West Midlands plant were given time off, the workers at the Halewood plant did not. The plant’s management denied the employees’ request because cutting shift would mean falling behind on production commitments. Jaguar is owned by India's Tata Motors Ltd (NYSE:TTM). The workers’ request for TVs in the plant to watch the game that way were also turned down due to safety concerns. (BBC News)

Uber loses its head of HR

Uber’s head of HR has resigned in the wake of a racial discrimination investigation, according to a report by The Washington Post. The ride-sharing company began an internal investigation after receiving reports from anonymous whistleblowers that Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey dismissed racial discrimination accusations. "We are confident that the investigation was conducted in an unbiased, thorough and credible manner, and that the conclusions of the investigation were addressed appropriately,” the company said in a statement. Uber did not comment on the underlying reason for Hornsey’s departure. (The Washington Post)

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