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Monkey Business/Thinkstock(MENDON, Mass.) — Video showing a Dunkin’ Donuts employee dropping a tray of donuts on the floor and then putting it back on a display rack for sale has been turning eyes — and stomachs — on Facebook.

The incident was recorded last November at a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Mendon, Massachusetts, according to Liam Flaherty, a college student who said he used to work at the franchise. The video was posted to Flaherty’s Facebook page this past Wednesday, and it had more than 71,000 views as of Friday afternoon.

Flaherty, 20, told ABC News Friday he only decided to publicly post the video to Facebook after becoming “fed up” and “frustrated” with the franchise’s management, who he said hadn’t been responding to his recent complaints. He explained that the employee seen dropping the donuts in the video was his manager.

ABC News is not identifying the manager.

“People ate those donuts that fell and touched the ground,” Flaherty said. “And she was just OK with that.”

The manager seen in the video declined to comment to ABC News Friday.

The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Mendon, Massachusetts, did not answer ABC News’ calls today, and its general manager and its owner did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

In a statement to ABC News Friday, Dunkin’ Donuts’ global office said the company was “aware of the video” and that it takes “matters like this very seriously.”

“The actions seen in the video at a franchised Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant are absolutely inconsistent with our strict food safety standards and requirements,” the company said. “According to the franchisee, upon hearing of this incident in November 2015, he investigated the matter and met with the employee to discuss the fact that the donuts should have been immediately disposed of in keeping with our standards.”

In an additional statement, the company said: “At Dunkin’ Donuts, food safety is a top priority and nothing is more important to us than the operation of clean and safe restaurants. We have been informed that the Mendon Board of Health visited the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant today for an inspection and no violations were found.”

The statement continued: “Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are independently owned and operated by individual franchisees who are solely responsible for their employees, including employment decisions such as schedules and wages. Franchisees are required to comply with all applicable state, federal and local laws, including but not limited to wage and hour laws and those governing health and safety.”

A Dunkin’ Donuts spokeswoman told ABC News Friday that the company was “unable to comment on franchisees’ current or former employees.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street and global markets tumble as they react to the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

The Dow sunk 611.21 (-3.39 percent) to close at 17,399.86.

The Nasdaq tumbled 202.06 (-4.12 percent) to finish at 4,707.98, while the S&P dropped 76.02(-3.60 percent) to close at 2,037.30.

Crude oil sunk over 5 percent with prices hitting just over $47 a barrel.

Brexit: British voters have decided in a referendum to leave the EU, a decision that has stunned global investors who rushed to put their assets in “safe” spaces like gold and bond markets. It has caused Americans’ 401(k)s to decrease in value temporarily, but because they are long-term investments they should be able to weather the storm in the long run.

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Uber(NEW YORK) — Uber is promising “no math and no surprises.”

The ride hailing app announced in a blog post on Thursday it will soon let their passengers know how much their trip will actually cost before getting into a car.

“Imagine buying an airline ticket without knowing the full fare until the end of your trip. Or booking a hotel room online and being told that the real price would be 1.3X. Yes, that sounds odd — but it’s what happens with many Uber trips today,” the company said in its announcement.

The ride hailing app’s previous approach would give riders a fare estimate, which could sometimes differ from the actual fare. If surge pricing was in effect, an additional price multiplier could complicate the process for some riders.

“Upfront fares are calculated using the expected time and distance of the trip and local traffic, as well as how many riders and nearby drivers are using Uber at that moment,” the company said. “There’s no complicated math and no surprises.”

Surge pricing during peak demand will still be in effect; however instead of a multiplier, passengers will be shown the total cost of the ride calculated to include the surge. A notice on the screen will let passengers know they’re traveling during a busy time.

Uber has been testing the new system over the past few months in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, San Diego, Seattle and parts of New Jersey, as well as several locations in India. It’s expected to roll out the new system globally in the coming months.

The new pricing policy comes on the heels of the success of UberPOOL, a service that allows people to split the cost with another passenger going the same way.

“Knowing how much a ride will cost in advance is clearly something riders appreciate: today uberPOOL accounts for over 20 percent of all rides globally,” a company blog post said. “And we now want more riders globally to benefit from this feature.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The so-called Brexit vote may seem far removed for most U.S. citizens, but the impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union could affect Americans in more ways than one.

Your 401(k)

About half of the American workforce participates in a company retirement plan, according to an analysis of data compiled by the Pew Charitable Trusts. If this includes you, then you’re one of the tens of thousands of people whose investments are at risk from the market turbulence.

As Wall Street joins the global market selloff Friday, your 401(k) will decrease in value temporarily. The good news is that these retirement funds are long-term investments and should be able to weather the storm in the long run.

”No matter how old you are, we’re still looking to the markets to be going up ultimately,” Lauren Lyons Cole, a certified financial planner and personal finance editor at the International Business Times, said on a Facebook live video. “Today, [the markets] might be down 2 or 3 percent but that doesn’t mean you should sell everything – not by a long shot. You want to just keep steady and continue to watch it.”

Your Mortgage

American households and would-be homeowners will likely see mortgage rates and the cost of buying a house drop, at least in the short term. Investors are currently selling off riskier assets for safe havens, like U.S. Treasuries and gold. As demand for government debt soars, interest rates will fall, with the potential to cause mortgage rates to drop.

“In the short term, the move by Britain will unsettle financial markets both in the U.S. and abroad, and likely lead investors to seek haven in safe assets outside of the U.K. and Europe,” said Boston College economics professor Robert Murphy. “With a spike in demand for safe U.S. Treasury bonds, yields are likely to move downward. And as investors shift into dollar-denominated assets, the dollar will gain strength against the euro and the pound.”

The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.57 percent earlier Friday, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data. The last time it was this low was in 2012 and mortgage rates followed suit.

The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage has also sunk to nearly a three-year low in the past month, hovering around 3.7 percent. Financial analysts expect the Brexit vote to drive down rates even further in the coming weeks.

“If you’re a borrower, don’t wait to lock your rate,” Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate, told The Washington Post Friday. “As this opportunity may not last long.”

At the current average rate, you’ll pay roughly $462 a month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow, according to Bankrate.

Your Business

The U.S. dollar is surging in value in the exchange markets, which will drive up the cost for U.S. exports to the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe. This could bring down sales and profits for U.S.-based multinational companies, because the United Kingdom and the E.U. are huge export markets for the United States, totaling about $328 billion last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Thirty firms in the S&P 500 generate more than 10 percent of their sales from the United Kingdom, according to data from FactSet Research.

“With the E.U. being its largest trading partner, any slowdown in Europe will weaken growth in the U.S. over the near term,” said Murphy, a former economist with the Clinton Administration. “Longer-term consequences of Brexit depend on how quickly the process of negotiating new trade and financial arrangements between Britain, the E.U., and other countries takes place. This surely will take several years, meaning that negative economic consequences are likely to be felt for some time.”

Also, E.U. membership allows financial firms in the U.K. a “passport” to do business across the other 27 countries. That means American companies can do the same anywhere in the E.U. as long as they set up a branch or subsidiary in a member state. Forty percent of the world’s top 250 multinational companies have their European headquarters in London, according to research by Deloitte. The loss of this “passport” will hit American businesses operating out of the U.K.

Your Vacation Plans

The International Monetary Fund has warned that a Brexit could force the United Kingdom into a recession. But as the British pound and other European currencies shed value against the U.S. dollar, that trip to London is looking more and more affordable. This means traveling to the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe will likely become considerably cheaper for U.S. citizens in the coming weeks.

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Hotel Del Coronado(NEW YORK) — The latest hotel trend doesn’t involve high-end bedding or a fancy spa treatment. The hottest thing this summer is cooling off in a pool — wearing a mermaid tail.

Hotels from coast to coast are flipping for all things mermaid. At the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, a new mermaid fitness class promises a “45-minute fusion of swimming, core, cardio and strength training set to upbeat music” — all while wearing a mermaid tail.

The classes are held Friday mornings and cost $20, but are free with the purchase of a mermaid tail, which the hotel sells for $150. Turns out the tails were so popular with the kids that the hotel decided to sell them in adult size too.

In North Carolina, the Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks also offers a mermaid class. The class, which is new this summer, takes place every Tuesday and Thursday and is an hour long. It includes mermaid tail fitting and rental, “proper care of mermaid tails,” instruction on breath control, fluid dolphin kick techniques to move through the water gracefully, tail smacking, hula hoop diving and mermaid posing, and mermaid “games and competitions.”

The Hawk’s Cay Resort in the Florida Keys was drowning in mermaid class requests, it seems, as the hotel’s Mermaid Academy is back this year by popular demand. Each class includes the tail rental or shark fin and an hour-long swim lesson. A one-hour session with the mermaid tail is $30 and $20 with the shark fin. A photographer will capture the session, and the mermaid tails and shark fins are available for purchase.

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NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI(NEW YORK) — NASA’s New Horizons sent back an image showing a “Super Grand Canyon” on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, that’s longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon here on Earth.

The canyon, which is informally named Argo Chasma, is estimated to be 430 miles long and as deep as 5.5 miles, according to NASA. By comparison, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is 280 miles long and is a little more than a mile deep.

The image was taken when New Horizons was 289,000 miles away from Charon. The space probe made a historic flyby of Pluto and its moons last July, and has since been sending photos and data back to Earth.

The spacecraft, equipped with a power system that converts radiation from decaying plutonium into electricity, loses about a few watts each year but may have enough power for two more decades of exploration, according to NASA. It’s currently moving through the Kuiper Belt, an area full of tiny, icy worlds at the edge of the solar system.

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Google(NEW YORK) — Voters in the United Kingdom have chosen to leave the European Union, but it seems some people in the country still feel confused about the situation.

Google Trends revealed what was on the minds of people in the U.K. as they searched for clarity around the so-called Brexit. After the polls closed Thursday night, Google reported a 250 percent spike in this question: “What happens if we leave the E.U.?”

That search for answers continued Friday morning as people in the U.K. searched for what happens next. The No. 2 most-searched question: What is the E.U.?”

“What is the EU?” is the second top UK question on the EU since the #EURefResults were officially announced pic.twitter.com/1q4VAX3qcm

— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) June 24, 2016

Another search worth noting: Google saw a 100 percent spike from people in the U.K. wondering how to get an Irish passport, which would allow them to still enjoy the same rights of an E.U. citizen.

+100% spike in UK searches for “getting an Irish passport” after #Brexit votehttps://t.co/qyssi0v91x pic.twitter.com/aUdHplLMaS

— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) June 24, 2016

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Waking up to the news that United Kingdom voters chose in the so-called Brexit referendum Thursday to leave the European Union, many Americans turned to Google to figure out what comes next.

Google Trends reveals the top questions people in the United States have been asking since the announcement earlier Friday of the official results showing that 51.9 percent of voters chose to exit the E.U.

Here’s are the top 10 questions Americans are asking:

1. What is ‘Brexit?’

2. What does Brexit mean for us?

3. What is the European Union?

4. Why is Brexit bad?

5. What is the Brexit referendum?

6. What is Brexit all about?

7. Why did the UK leave the EU?

8. What does Brexit mean for the USA?

9. Why is Brexit good?

10. Why leave?

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — World leaders reacted swiftly to the United Kingdom’s historic vote to leave the European Union, with many expressing deep concern and uncertainty over the referendum.

French President Francois Hollande said Friday morning he will meet with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday after Britain voted Thursday to leave the E.U.

Here’s reaction from other leaders around the world:


“The British people have decided to leave the European Union. As it defines the next chapter in its relationship with the EU, I know that the United Kingdom’s position in NATO will remain unchanged. The UK will remain a strong and committed NATO Ally, and will continue to play its leading role in our Alliance.”


“I profoundly regret this decision for the United Kingdom and for Europe, but the choice is theirs and we have to respect it,” French President Francois Hollande told reporters Friday after a meeting with his ministers.

French leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon said on French radio Friday morning, “This is the end of a world that begins with this Brexit. This teaches a lesson to the whole of Europe; either we change it or we leave it. This is the time for a plan B.”


Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the result has “very significant implications” for Ireland. He was due to make a statement after a special meeting of ministers Friday.


Spain’s foreign minister proposed sharing Britain’s small Mediterranean enclave of Gibraltar after Britain voted to exit the European Union, saying it would allow the overseas territory to maintain access to the E.U.’s single market.


After an emergency meeting with parliamentary heads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed “great regret” over the result and warned Europe shouldn’t draw “quick and simple conclusions” that would create further division.

Norbert Röttgen, a senior member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Party, decried Brexit as the “biggest catastrophe in the history of European integration.”


Foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said, “The decision of the British voters must be a wake-up call.”


Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s upper house of Parliament, told the Interfax news agency that the E.U. “has not solved its main problem: to become understood by and convenient for the broader masses of the population.”

But “this is an issue for the E.U. foremost to draw conclusions from, and Britain only second,” he said.


The Foreign Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, released a statement Friday morning that the country will closely observe the impact of those developments on Japan and the international community. Kishida added that the government of Japan will continue to make efforts to maintain and strengthen the Japan-U.K .relations.

South Korea

South Korea’s economic and financial authorities have held an emergency meeting to discuss ways to fend off any possible fallout from the British withdrawal from the European Union, the news agency Yonhap reported.


Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras said the result is a “negative development,” adding that the migrant crisis was partly to blame for the Brexit vote.


The Swedish prime minister says the vote result was a “wake-up call” for the E.U., and says it must show it can respond to people’s expectations.

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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(SOUTH AYRSHIRE, Scotland) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in Scotland for a two-day business trip, Friday called the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union “purely historic,” even though a majority Scottish voters indicated they wanted to remain part of the EU.

Trump compared the U.K. referendum vote, “dubbed Brexit,” to America’s presidential election. “People really see a big parallel,” he noted Friday at a news conference at his Turnberry golf course.

“What I like is that I love to see people take their country back. And that’s really what’s happening in the United States,” Trump said.

Overall in the UK, 52 percent voted to leave the 28-member bloc, while 48.1 percent voted to stay. However, in Scotland there was a very different result with 62 percent voting to stay and 38 percent to leave.

Before Friday’s news conference, Trump tweeted that Scotland was “going wild” over the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, despite Scotland’s preference to remain in the E.U.

“Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote,” Trump tweeted.

Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016

He added: “They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!”

On the global impact of Brexit, Trump told reporters Friday this will happen “more and more,” pointing to Germany specifically and its refugee crisis. Trump also argued that the E.U. “looks like it’s on its way” to breaking up.

“You are going to have, I think, many other cases where they want to take their borders back,” Trump said. “They want to take their monetary back. They want to take a lot of things back. They want to be able to have a country again.”

When asked how leaders should unite, Trump answered, “You unite people by having a happy country.”

“When people pour into the country and it doesn’t work, whether it’s because of crime or, you know, various other things,” he continued. “So you can’t unite a country by forcing things down the people’s throats and that’s what happened here.”

Breaking with old tradition that “politics stops at the water’s edge,” Trump then predicted that the Brexit vote would have gone differently if President Obama hadn’t urged Britain to remain in the E.U.

“But I was actually very surprised that President Obama would have come over here; he would have been so bold as to tell the people over here what to do,” Trump said. “And I think that a lot of people don’t like him. I think if he had not said it; I think your results might have been different. But when he said it, people were not happy about it. And I thought it was totally inappropriate.”

Trump isn’t traveling with his foreign advisers, but said he was in touch with them, although admitting, “There’s nothing to talk about.”

He will continue his trip in Scotland Saturday with a visit to his other golf course and resort property in Aberdeen.

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