No one ever said that legal settlements were a quick process, but after more than three years, 47 states and the District of Columbia will be compensated for Target s infamous 2013 data breach.
Target will pay a record $18.5 million in penalties for a data breach that compromised millions of customer credit and debit card accounts. California will get the largest part of that settlement at $1.4 million. Alabama, Wisconsin, and Wyoming did not paticipate in the action and are not included.
Families should be able to shop without worrying that their financial information is going to get stolen, and Target failed to provide this security,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a statement. “This should send a strong message to other companies: you are responsible for protecting your customers personal information. Not just sometimes always.”
Infamous data breach
Consumers may remember back in 2013 when news broke about a data breach that affected holiday shoppers who had made purchases at Target. At the time, officials said that Target had done several things wrong, including granting access to a third-party vendor who had weak security protocols, not segregating customer data from less sensitive parts of its network, and ignoring multiple warnings from its security software which indicated that hackers had breached its system. As part of the settlement, Target will be required to adopt advanced security measures to protect customer information in the future and must hire an executive to oversee a comprehensive information security program. The company must also encrypt and protect payment card information it receives so that it is not useable if stolen.
Target responded to the announcement by saying it was pleased to bring this issue to a resolution for everyone involved, according to a Los Angeles Times report. However, the company still faces a $10 million class action settlement that was approved in 2015.
SUBMITTED PHOTO The old gang meets at Senape s Tavern. From left: front, Michael Apichella, Lou Ferdinand; second row, Andy Piskel, Bob Eroh, Gene Rafalli; back row, Joe Yatko, Joe Maggio. While enjoying coffee at Caf Europa earlier this month with my daughter, Maria, I clocked William Jay Cabell. He s the Laurel Mall security guard who keeps the peace under that big roof. I recall once some teenagers were acting up. Cabell nonchalantly strolled over to them, and in seconds flat, he had them laughing, and order was again restored. A less confident guard might ve tried strong-arming the kids. And who knows where that might have ended? I certainly hope the mall pays Cabell what he s worth.
When Jay saw me enjoying my java, he came over, filling me in on the doings in town. Noticing he held a brew bought from another coffee shop, I admitted Caf Europa serves the only kind I can drink nowadays, the stuff I m used to here in Europe, so the name isn t a con. Curious to know more about Caf Europa, I spoke with owner Gaetano Nino Buonsante.
After operating a restaurant in Wilkes-Barre at the Wyoming Valley Mall for 47 years, I decided to come to the Hazleton market after many request from my customers which 30 percent were from Hazleton, he told me. You don t sound like you were born in Wilkes-Barre, said I. No. I was born in the city of Bari, Italy. On the Adriatic coast. How d he get into this business? Easy, according to jovial Nino. America s still the land of opportunity. After working in Brooklyn, New York, in the restaurant business, I got an opportunity to open my own restaurant in Wilkes-Barre.
As I was on my third cup of coffee, I said, for my tastes, his was the best coffee in town. Even decaffeinated has authority, which is all I drink these days. Not surprisingly, he buys only beans that are produced by one of the oldest coffee roasters in the U.S. Knowing that good coffee means different things to different people, all I can say is roasting properly is key to bringing out the aroma and flavor locked inside the green coffee beans, and Nino won t settle for anything but the best roast money can buy. His regulars notice this, too, and I said so. The thing I like about my customers is that they appreciate good quality because they keep coming back, said Nino, and my eight employees and I ve built family relationships with them and the Laurel Mall for 11 years.
Later, I stopped at Rostas on West 15th Street to meet up with businessman and teachers Tom Bellizia, Gary Holodick and Tom Caccese. They often email me, and judging from their stories, each could write his own first-rate column in this paper. However, this was the first we all gathered in person. It was an honor to see them in the flesh. While serving us our pizza, Rostas co-owner, Tony Calucci, said he had a bone to pick with me. You never mention my Corvettes in your car columns, he growled at me through a crooked grin. How come? My bad, Tony. Of course, the Vette spans seven generations, the first being a convertible manufactured in 1953, with some later models arguably being better than others. But the word on the street is Calucci always picks the best ones.
I also turned up at Senape s where there were so many people I know and love, I d need all 901 words in this space to list them by name. One unexpected pleasure was seeing Ann DeCusatis Bladen and her sister-in-law Lisa Gregoire. Lisa s late husband, Dominic Deek DeCusatis, was not only one of my best pals in high school, but following his untimely death almost 30 years ago, I dedicated my first book to his memory. Across the table sat the original Deek, former Standard-Speaker printer Dominic DeCusatis Sr., now in his 90s and going strong. John, one of Deek s two sons, shook my hand. I felt tears as we spoke, so I ducked to a table. Later Ann wrote to me. John resembles Deek a lot. Even some mannerisms surprise me! We had a great time! Senape s looked like a Hazleton who s who for the next two nights. Along with the DeCusatis clan, there were Jim Dino, Wes and Donna Palermo, Joe Yatko, Alice Kender, Joe Delucca, Trish Carpenter-Ferdicha, Ed and Lou Ferdinand, Bob Eroh, Joe Maggio; my cousins Gina Donahue-Connors, and her amazing children Ryan, Mary and Timothy; Tony Greco, Andy Piskel, Gene Rafalli and Pasco Schiavo. I said this list was long, so I ll end with old pals Bobby Salko and Deborah Sypeck-Malloy, Gerry Senape s high-octane waitress in the Nike running shoes. I also had the great pleasure of meeting in person for the first time Deborah s brilliant 11-year-old daughter, Brianna Malloy. What a charmer.
Before leaving town, I enjoyed something I haven t eaten in ages, a Third Base hoagie served up by co-owner Dave Mishinski s beautiful wife, Tina. It s gratifying to know the family tradition begun over 65 years ago by Carl and Geneva Mishinski continues today. There s certainly no need for a Mall Cop there, despite the dozens of energetic kids that still stop by for chow after school. When the teenagers get boisterous, as they often do, Tina s motherly glare and occasional Knock it off puts the fear of God into the rowdiest teen, giving meaning to the Mishinskis motto: Third Base is the closest place to home. More Hazleton-area memories next time. Michael Apichella, a former Hazleton resident, is a writer living in Europe. Visit his website at www.michaelapichella
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DES PERES, Mo. — A Missouri police officer is out of a job, after he’s accused of trying to steal hamburger meat from a grocery store. Last month Des Peres police say Sergeant Matthew Barthelmass was caught by security in a compromising situation. The police report obtained by News 4 says the security guard spotted him walk to the meat department and then walk away,
“I saw the subject conceal the product inside of his waistband in the aisle,” wrote the guard.
When confronted, Barthelmass said he was an officer with Saint John Police Department. News 4 actually interviewed him two years ago when he rescued a man from a burning home. His attorney says they are reviewing the allegations.
“Once we get all that, I’ll take a look and see if it was a misunderstanding or what the circumstances were,” Attorney Travis Noble said. According to the report, the security guard had a photo of Barthelmass from a shoplifting incident back in March.
This time, when stopped by security, the report says he begged for them not to call police, saying: “he will lose his job and this is his life.”
“He’s obviously pretty upset, law enforcement is his career, he’s been a police officer now for the last 15 years, it’s all he knows,” Noble said. Now charged with shoplifting, he has resigned from his position at Saint John Police Department.
“It does cause me concern that the security guard is alleging that there’s a prior incident, but yet they don’t take any actions, they didn’t do anything, they didn’t stop him? That doesn’t make any sense to me,” Noble said. The grocery store says it had to report the incident to police as the amount of meat involved totaled over $30.
(Alexis Zotos for KTWO, CNN)