Charlotte Airport Restaurant Job Fair Underway In July

HMSHost is holding job fairs throughout July to fill positions at Charlotte Douglas International Airport restaurants. (Courtesy of HMSHost)

CHARLOTTE, NC — HMSHost is holding job fairs throughout July to fill positions at Charlotte Douglas International Airport restaurants, including Dale Jr.’s Whisky River and Starbucks.

"HMSHost seeks to hire full-time and part-time hourly associates including baristas, team members, cashiers, servers, cooks, shift supervisors, and warehouse receivers," it said in a statement. "In addition to the exciting career and advancement opportunities, HMSHost team members enjoy a variety of associate benefits including a 401K plan, medical, dental, and vision insurances, vacation pay, sick pay, uniform, meal credit, and shoes for crews."

Three Charlotte-area hiring events are planned:

July 9, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Charlotte Marriott SouthPark, 2200 Rexford Road, Charlotte. July 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Starbucks inside Charlotte Douglas International Airport, located pre-security on the departures/airline ticketing level. July 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 4800 West Boulevard, Charlotte.

Says HMSHost:
"All interested candidates are encouraged to attend a hiring event and should submit applications via the HMSHost website: Candidates should bring two forms of identification to the event for an immediate interview. All full-time HMSHost associates and their families receive generous health, vision, and dental insurance. "

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Woman Says NC Uber Driver Took Her on an Unwanted Ride

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Boston woman says she and her friend were essentially held captive by a chatty North Carolina Uber driver who turned their 15-minute ride into a 45-minute drive without their consent.

Sara Alfageeh tells The Charlotte Observer that the driver told her he was taking a different exit, and then ended the trip on the app. She said on Twitter that he drove them off-route to continue the conversation.

Alfageeh says she called a friend and loudly said they were close to the hotel. She says the driver then repeatedly told her they were minutes away, later letting them out about seven minutes from the hotel.

Alfageeh reported the driver on Tuesday, and Uber says he’s been suspended. She said they didn’t apologize.


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Wag! app admits to glitch after NC woman is notified a walker she didn’t request entered her home

MONROE, N.C. — Thousands of people use it every day. The Wag! application allows dog owners to request someone to enter their home, take their dog on a walk, possibly feed and give the dog water, then lock up and leave.

It’s a convenient app, but one woman is warning others after a walker, who she never ordered, entered her home and took her dog on a walk.

"I was like, what is going on," said Magen McLaughlin, a Monroe woman who owns a rescue dog named Wrigley.

That was her reaction when she got the startling notification that her dog was out on a walk with a stranger.

"I instantly just freaked out a little bit," McLaughlin said.

In March, knowing that she needed someone to let her dog out while she was at work, Magen downloaded the Wag! app.

"You put in your address," she said as she described how she set up her profile. "We’re really far out here, so they said there are no walkers in our area right now."

She and her family live in rural Monroe. After seeing that there wasn’t anyone available in the area to walk dogs through the app, she deleted it.

However, two months later, on May 31 she received a text that startled her.

"I’m at work and I get this text message from an unknown number," she said.

The message was from a dog walker with Wag!, according to McLaughlin. It showed Wrigley on a walk around her house.

"I couldn’t find the key because the phone service was down, but your neighbor opened the door for me. I gave Wrigley some water because it looked like he was very thirsty. Just wanted to let you know," McLaughlin said as she read the text message aloud.

McLaughlin responded to the text saying, "What? Who is this?"

Texting back and forth, the walker said the Wag! app showed McLaughlin had requested a dog walker for that day and other days.

McLaughlin maintained she didn’t since she deleted the app right after she downloaded it.

"Someone I don’t know is in my house and then they’re walking my dog," she said, adding, "It’s just a little eerie."

She immediately contacted officials at Wag!

On Wednesday, NBC Charlotte reached out to ask about McLaughlin’s story.

In a statement, officials with the company said in part:

"In this instance, the pet care provider, an independent contractor, was incorrectly sent to Magen’s home due to a malfunction with the Wag! app. That malfunction has been identified and our team has released a fix to the system today."

However, McLaughlin is now warning others so it doesn’t happen to them.

"Be careful putting your information into an app and just thinking if you delete it that the information goes with it, because this is clearly a result that it doesn’t," McLaughlin said.

NBC Charlotte asked if the woman, who didn’t see a lock-box with a key inside at McLaughlin’s home, broke any rules by asking a neighbor to let her in.

Dog walkers who are working with Wag! are supposed to call the pet owner if they can’t find a lox-box with a key inside, according to the company’s website.

Wag! said the dog walker has been suspended.


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Congresswoman pledges federal action related to Housing Choice vouchers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Congresswoman Alma Adams (D), NC-12, is pledging action after our Defenders team discovered a federal program that’s meant to help people find and pay for housing isn’t working the way it should.

As we reported Monday, a Housing Choice voucher is one of the toughest types of government assistance to secure. As it stands, more than 13,000 people are currently on the Charlotte Housing Authority’s closed voucher waiting list.

Records show those lucky enough to score a voucher aren’t guaranteed they’ll actually be able to use it. In fact, more than one out of every three vouchers expire before they’re used, according to CHA records.

"I’m very concerned about that," she said Wednesday afternoon. "I think we can bring the partners around the table and we should be able to help folks a little more than we have."

Rep. Adams said she will bring the issue before the House Financial Services Committee in hopes of finding solutions, so people can actually use the money the government’s giving them.

"I’m delighted that it has been brought to my attention," she said. "There isn’t much housing available and what is available, if we have people who need those houses who can afford them through the vouchers, I think we should be working together to get them settled."

Housing authorities in other parts of North Carolina also report a high number of people whose vouchers have expired before they could use them. Records show 36 percent of all Rocky Mount vouchers and 65 percent of all High Point vouchers in recent years expired.

With so many people competing for so few available places to rent, landlords often choose renters who don’t have vouchers and instead, can pay up front and aren’t bound by government red tape.

Some believe landlords are practicing income source discrimination, while others call it a business decision.

Rep. Adams said she hopes landlords aren’t discriminating against voucher holders. She thinks it’s worth state lawmakers considering an income source discrimination ban.

"People should not be penalized because they don’t have a lot of money or because they’re poor," she said. " We certainly want to make sure that that’s not what’s happening."

The Charlotte Housing Authority reports it has worked to make the voucher process more seamless and landlord friendly. North Carolina Rep. Chaz Beasley (D), District 92, said those improvements need to continue, so landlords no longer have an excuse to turn away possible renters with vouchers.

"We have to make it much easier, much more seamless and less administratively burdensome for people to use them," Rep. Beasley said. "One of the things we can do is we can invest in the technology. It’s easier to swat away the excuses when the program is more seamless."

That alone may not be good enough. Right now, a voucher in Charlotte expires if a person doesn’t use it in 120 days. Expiration times vary across the country. In Washington, for example, voucher holders can get twice as much time to look as in Charlotte.

In San Diego, the housing commission gives people the chance to ask for even longer extensions of up to 420 days and there, less than 12 percent of newly available vouchers expire, according to housing authority records.

Rep. Adams said it’s worth considering longer extensions here. CHA offers a 30-day extension by request for those who meet certain requirements, but that’s only on a case-by-case basis.

"We understand the challenges that people face when they are looking for affordable housing, that is why our policy allows people for an extension if they request it," CHA Senior Vice President of Public Relations Cheron Porter said.

"Although this does not go into perpetuity, it does offer a grace period, and helps us keep the participant connected to resources that might help them identify housing if they so choose," she added.

Porter has said CHA would like to see North Carolina lawmakers follow the lead of other states and ban income source discrimination and change state law to allow for what’s called inclusionary zoning. Inclusionary zoning requires new developments to set aside a number of units strictly for low to moderate income renters and a federal study suggests it works.

Inability to secure rental housing isn’t the only reason why vouchers expire. In some cases, people find the voucher doesn’t help them as much as they thought it would or they may not like the properties they are finding and choose to keep looking.


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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte: What to know about the campus

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an urban campus with almost 30,000 students. Just over 24,000 of them are undergraduates, according to the UNCC site.

It was founded in 1946.

"UNC Charlotte is one of a generation of universities founded in metropolitan areas of the United States immediately after World War II in response to rising education demands generated by the war and its technology," according to the university’s history.

It is about 8 miles from Uptown Charlotte, which is considered the central business district of the city, the biggest in North Carolina. It is the largest higher education institution in Charlotte and is the third biggest of the University of North Carolina system’s 17 campuses. It has 139 undergraduate majors.

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UNCC is a major research university.

"UNC Charlotte is a Doctoral and Research Intensive institution (reclassified in 2000 by the UNC Board of Governors), and has the largest research library in the Southern Piedmont region with more than one million volumes. UNC Charlotte’s first emphasis is on teaching, followed by applied research and responsive public service," according to the university’s site.

Violence near campus

Violent incidents on or near campus are not uncommon. On Jan. 31, shots were fired at UNCC’s Center City building. Police said it was believed the shots were fired by a passing car, according to the university’s alert system, NinerNotice.

In late 2018, media reported a spike in crime near the university. WSOC-TV found in an analysis that 175 crimes had been reported over a month’s time in October and November in apartments, streets and shopping centers near campus.

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Vehicle, dumpster truck involved in fatal crash, causing road closure in southwest Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A fatal crash involving a vehicle and a dumpster truck has forced part of a road to close in southwest Charlotte Saturday afternoon.

There’s no word on what happened in the crash, how long the road will be closed or how many people were involved.

On March 7, a person was killed in a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Tryon Street and Nevada Boulevard.

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