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  • Red Robin receipt shows a comped meal for "MOM 2 BEE" (Consumerist)Red Robin receipt shows a comped meal for "MOM 2 BEE" (Consumerist)

    When the receipt arrived, it must have looked a little strange. Or at least a bit less expensive than the Red Robin restaurant customers were expecting.

    The Consumerist has the scoop. A husband and his (very) pregnant wife went out for a meal at their local Red Robin in North Carolina. During the meal, the manager came over to the couple and joked about how the dinner might be the couple's last meal before having another mouth to feed.

    Then came the pleasant surprise. The manager comped the woman's meal. On the receipt he wrote, "MOM 2 BEE GOOD LUC."

    Husband Jason wrote into the Consumerist and said, "It was a pleasant surprise and made my tired of being pregnant wife a little more cheery."

    Of course, restaurant receipts with messages on them are nothing new—it's just that this one actually was nice.

    In recent months, a bartender found himself in hot water for referring to customers as "fat chicks" on a bill. In a separate instance, a Papa John's employee called a customer "Lady

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  • Derek Shrout pleaded not guilty in an Eastern Alabama courthouse. (AP)A 17-year-old Alabama high school student accused of plotting to blow up his classmates may have been influenced by the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December.

    Authorities say Derek Shrout, who was released on $75,000 bail Monday and has pleaded not guilty, wrote down plans for building a bomb in a journal found by one of his teachers at Russell County High School in Seale, Ala. The teacher then handed the journal over to police.

    Shrout's parents allowed police to search their home after they were told of the journal. They found empty tobacco cans with holes drilled in them that were filled with pellets, which Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor characterized as the beginning stages of a bomb.

    Taylor said he believes Shrout may have been influenced by the Newtown shooting because his first journal entry about the bomb was made on Dec. 17, just three days after that attack.

    Shrout's attorney, Jeremy Armstrong declined to comment on the charges Tuesday morning, but he told local

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    Alex Jones, the conservative talk radio host who launched a petition to deport CNN prime-time host Piers Morgan over the British citizen's views on gun control, had what you might conservatively call a wee bit of a meltdown during an interview on Morgan's show Monday night.

    Jones, whose petition has generated more than 100,000 signatures since being posted last month on the White House's "We The People" website, lashed out at Morgan over his public calls for tighter gun regulations in the wake of last month's shootings in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people—including 20 children—were killed by a gunman at an elementary school.

    "The Second Amendment isn't there for duck hunting," a relatively calm Jones said at the beginning of a two-part, 15-minute interview. "It's there to protect us from tyrannical government and street thugs."

    But things escalated rather quickly, with the interview becoming a one-sided, pro-gun tirade. Jones cut off Morgan at nearly every turn.

    "I'm here to tell you," Jones yelled, pointing his finger at the talk show host, "1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!"

    The 38-year-old Texan continued, "America was born on guns and whiskey. It's true we're a violent society. ... You're a foreigner. You're a redcoat. You're telling us what to do."

    "You finished?" a visibly stunned Morgan asked Jones at one point.

    Jones also accused Morgan of fleeing to the U.S. to evade questions about the U.K. phone hacking scandal. "You're a hatchet man of a New World Order," Jones said.

    Meanwhile, Jones added, England is becoming a police state. “You have hordes of people burning down cities and beating old women’s brains out every day,” Jones stammered. "They arrest people in England if they defend themselves."

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