imageNew York, New York – Cut or  uncut bagels, that is the question. An obscure New York sales tax regulation mandates that the sale of whole bagels isn’t subject to sales tax, but the tax applies to sliced or prepared bagels with cream cheese or other toppings.  The state’s Department of Taxation and Finance also reminds business owners and consumers alike that “if the bagel is eaten in the store, even if it’s never been touched by a knife, it’s also taxed.

For Conrad Smith, a homeless New Yorker who is a veteran of the Vietnam War, this regulation has opened up a lucrative opportunity for him to earn an average of $250 a day.    Smith has set up a makeshift “shop” just outside a popular bagel store on 42nd Street. He invested $50 dollars of his hard-earned cash to purchase  a portable table and chair combo from IKEA, and a stainless bread knife from Crate & Barrel.

Seven days a week, Smith sets up shop and charges fifty cents for every bagel he cuts with his knife and another fifty cents for the use of his portable table and chair. Customers are glad to patronize Smith’s business, saying that they’d rather help a veteran than pay extra in sales tax to add to the state’s already fat coffers.

Although New York, like San Francisco, has a “sit and lie” ordinance, prohibiting homeless and other people from sitting on sidewalks, setting up a table and chair along the sidewalk does not violate the ordinance.

Smith told The Adobo Chronicles that he is saving up his earnings so that one day, he can establish his own bagel shop, and give another homeless veteran the opportunity to make a living cutting whole bagels.


San Jose, California -One of the major complaints about Google Glass, the Silicon Valley tech giant’s latest innovation scheduled to hit the market soon, is  its prohibitive price.  Pre-orders of Google Glass cost a whopping $1,500 each.

Related news item: Google’s Prescription Google Glass

In a stunning announcement at an innovator conference at the Google campus in Mountain View this weekend, Google founder and CEO Larry Page unveiled a $5 version of Google Glass which was immediately cheered by millions of Americans now living at below the poverty level.

Page was, however, tight-lipped on the features of this new product and how it compares with  the $1,500 edition.  “Consumers will just have to find out for themselves,” Page said.

Here’s a photo of the new product unveiled Saturday:



imageSilicon Valley, California – Imagine being an owner of a Google glass, when in fact, you already wear prescription glasses or contact lenses for being far-sighted. This makes Google’s latest innovation not only impractical but also unfashionable.

When Google first unveiled Google glass, the American Society of Opthalmology threatened to sue the Silicon Valley technology giant for unfair business practice and discrimination.

In an impromptu announcement over the July 4th weekend, Google founder and CEO  Larry Page said that Google is poised to unveil the prescription version of its newest baby in the next two weeks.  Asked by The Adobo Chronicles how much the prescription Google glass would cost, Page said it would not be more than $1,500 plus the normal cost of prescription lenses. Scratch proof and anti-reflective options would be extra.

Upon learning about the prescription version of Google glass, LensCrafters immediately asked Google that it be the exclusive distributor of the product, assuring Page that it will keep its promise to its customers of “glasses made in an hour.”

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