She said she was raising money for murder victims. Instead she went shopping, cops say

“It’s not Christmas yet, but the Grinch has come to town.”

That’s how the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest this week of 32-year-old Amanda Brown.

The Florida woman is accused of setting up a fake GoFundMe account to raise money for three murder victims and then spending the $11,915 she gathered on herself, the agency said.

Amanda Brown
Amanda Brown

According to the police report, Brown solicited funds on behalf of three Frostproof men who were killed on a fishing trip in July.

“She used my name, used my son’s picture to gather money that these people thought they were

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‘Shop early for Christmas or risk losing out’

Woman receives Christmas delivery
Woman receives Christmas delivery

Shoppers are being urged to buy early this year for online Christmas gifts.

With three months to go before the big day, the online retail industry is gearing up for a a huge surge in demand.

It’s warning that firms may struggle to cope if we leave all our festive shopping till the last minute.

“We think the volumes are going to be really very excessive this year,” said Andy Mulcahy from IMRG, the industry body for online retailers.

“Whilst that in itself is not a problem, getting too much of it too close to Christmas

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These 30 Companies Struck Gold During Lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have had devastating financial effects on numerous businesses and sectors. According to data collected by Yelp, roughly 180,000 businesses were closed by April and nearly 100,000 reported in August that they will never reopen. Restaurants, bars and nightlife venues have been hit the hardest, and retail and beauty businesses have also suffered major economic losses, with many permanently closing their doors.

And it’s not just small businesses that are suffering. A number of major companies have filed for bankruptcy since the beginning of the pandemic, including J. Crew, Gold’s Gym, Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, Pier

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Amazon’s New Climate Pledge Friendly Advances Sustainable Shopping

Amazon’s new Climate Pledge Friendly program is looking to advance sustainable shopping, and it’s tapping into sustainable textile leaders to do it.

The e-commerce giant launched its new program Wednesday, which will make it easier for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products — those products will have one or more of 19 sustainability certifications.

Amazon’s program rolled out with 25,000 vetted products, which will now come with a Climate Pledge Friendly label. The products were certified in partnership with third-party standard-setting bodies such as Bluesign Technologies, Textile Exchange, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Cradle to Cradle

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Whole Foods Will Stay Open on Thanksgiving for Your Last-Minute Shopping

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

You made your grocery list, checked it twice, went shopping four times – and yet, you still forgot an essential item for your Thanksgiving dinner.

It happens to the best of us. Whether you realize you need more Thanksgiving side dishes or a second turkey, or you discover you ran out of toilet paper an hour before your guests arrive, chances are you’ll need to make a quick supermarket run on Thanksgiving.

Not to worry, because several grocery stores will stay open for the holiday to meet your needs.

Since every location’s hours

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