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liz: let's take it "off the desk". over to australia where agigantic duck was spotted. the 50 foot rubber duck, similar to the one in london recently, in darling harbor in sydney as part of the sydney festival. the artist who created the duck says he hopes it will bring people together. i don't know how. people like to look at it. david: they're still upset there. liz: will be docked at harbor. david: tomorrow, big news. the december jobs report.
how will that be affected by retail sales and how it affects the market tomorrow. melissa: i'm melissa francis and here's what's "money" tonight. al gore's current tv is no more. al-jazeera is buying the failing network for hundreds of millions of dollars. is it worth it? and will al-jazeera america turn the tv industry right on its head? plus superstorm sandy victims still waiting for help while washington bellies up to fees on a giant pork sandwich. new york congresswoman carolyn maloney joins to us trim the fat on congress's $60 billion bill. a pink slip blitz in the nfl. 1/5 of its coaches fired this week, fired! after getting lavish pay for awful play. who is next on the chopping block? former cincinnati bengal and fox radio host artrell hawkins is here with the inside scoop. even when they say it is not it is always about money
melissa: all right. first let's take a look at the day's market headlines. fed stimulus junkies got a bit of a rude awakening. fomc minutes released indicate the central bank may be ready to pull back on monetary stimulus measures by the end of this year, sooner than many investors anticipated. the news sent stocks into negative territory with the dow sliding 21 points. that fed news hammered gold prices as well. they plunged 1 1/2% following the fed minutes release. and google dodging a major bullet from the ftc the commission closed a two year probe into possible antitrust violations. google is accused of giving so-called search bias to its own products. hmmm, potentially harming its competitors. but google was cleared of any wrongdoing so i will frown no more. on to our top story tonight. a major shake-up in the media world.
qatar-based news network al-jazeera announced they are buying current t have, the liberal media network launched in 2005 by vice president al gore. the price? wait for it. $500 million. but al-jazeera plan too kill the current tv brand and replace it with a brand new english language al-jazeera network may be a hard sell. just after the announcement, time warner cable, the count very's second largest cable provider said they are dropping the channel from its service. you have to wonder if this is shrewd investment, at least i do, whether americans will tune. please don't tune in 5:00 eastern wlefr you do. is we have marketing expert peter shenkman. fox middle east expert walid phares. he will join us in just a moment. peter, let me start with you because there is a lot of paranoia. >> there is. melissa: al-jazeera swoops in and gobbles up this station and they have 40 million households and you say because al-jazeera sounds like al qaeda?
>> no one in this country knew what al-jazeera was before 9/11. 9/11 came. let's face it. we're looking at a country that noses the major networks -- couldn't ask them what bbc means. chances are a lot of this country wouldn't know. al-jazeera came around the same time a name like al qaeda came around. when that happened, al-jazeera was the one broadcasting usama bin laden's speeches and al qaeda's rants. they were only one doing it when the messages were delivered. it became a natural play. al-jazeera consistently voted one the least censored news programs, one most u.n. biased news programs entire world but not only entire countries but u.s. hillary clinton says there is actual content there and not people going back and forth between commercials. melissa: bias is in the eye of the beholder. >> it is indeed. melissa: wall heat freireries is with us now. let me ask you are we right to be paranoid al-jazeera penetrating 40 million homes? when i first heard about,
"60 minutes" said they were the cnn the rest of the world we didn't know about, the muslim world. obviously took on a different tone over time. what do you think, are we right to be paranoid? >> extremes are always not good. being paranoid about a channel? of course not but trivializing it and being naive this is like another disney channel of course it is not. who do we ask? not the people who don't know about, most americans but people who know very much about it, the middle east. ask people in egypt, ask people in libya and tunisia. they are divided. secular and liberal criticize al-jazeera for supporting the muslim brotherhood. those who are islamists consider al-jazeera a piece of heaven. we have to be objective what happened. i don't think it is a qatar operation to buy interest in the united states. it is an al-jazeera extension of its strategic communications within a very important slice of the american public. we have to be very objective when we analyze it. melissa: i wonder how great of an i have it was. so they paid $50 million. >> 500 million.
melissa: 40 million households. $12.50 a subscriber. if the people are really watching. we know that is not how it works. current tv was averaging 42,000 viewers a not which is not good. >> that's true. couple points here. al-jazeera made up approximately one-fourth former bbc reporters. it is interesting they come from paul over the world. in terms of entering america they didn't pay $500 million for 40 million subscribers. they paid $500 million 40 million households. cnn started. challenger blew up and only place to get 24 hour coverage. melissa: al-jazeera competes against one billion channels. i have directv you can find everything on there. what does it matter. doesn't mean anyone will watch it. >> at first no one will watch it. give it time. no one would watch cnn. no one would would watch fox business watching fox
business in tremendous amounts primarily because of 5:00 show. melissa: i was going to get you off the set. i was going, and glad you worked that out. walid, do you think in america they will meet a lot of resistance? we talked out of the gate time warner cable cut them. time warner cable claims they were planning on current tv because no one was were watching it. they were not hitting baseline how many viewers tune in. do you believe that? >> this will not be a al-jazeera operation in america. they have tried that with the english. it did have some sort of viewership. this is purchase by al-jazeera of an american channel that is something new they will experience. they're not interested in 300 million americans. they're interested in the few million that current tv already covers. they will bid on that. as my colleague said in the studio, they begin small and then they grow and see if the market for their ideas is going to move forward. they are investing heavily in strategic communications, not mostly in financial gain
here. melissa: yeah. >> keep in mind 500 million investment like this to own the channel is not a lot of money for them. it is really not a lot of money. melissa: not a lot of money but i if you think $100 million of this goes to al gore who owns 20% stake in the company. i mean that is oil money he is getting. he is very anti-oil. >> amazing how once the oil becomes green it is entirely different way to take the money. melissa: i don't know if that is really what his profit. >> it will be a lot less than that. melissa: we don't know how levered it was, how much he owed. al gore getting rich, glenn beck claims he tried to go ahead and buy the network before and al gore wouldn't sell it to him. that is glenn beck's claim. we don't know if it is true. >> this gives al-jazeera a great, great foothold in new york city. they have been moving med quarters here and that is something they look to --. melissa: great job working out of that little thing in the middle. >> thank you. melissa: turning it another story, superstorm sandy, the
relief bill. it will be a top prooirt in the new 113th congress which begins today. they are blastings their own party from newly reelected speaker john boehner on down for failure to pass the package. critics say it is stuffed with pork and a lot of taxpayer money is going up in smoke. with me from one of the states hit the hardest, new york congresswoman carolyn maloney. congresswoman, thanks so much for joining me. i want to get right to it here because i know you have a very busy day there. threat's -- let's talk -- >> we sworn in and elected leadership and should have passed sandy last year. good to be with you today, melissa. melissa: one of the reasons and issues it didn't pass a lot of people were concerned what they saw as pork in there. for example, there are $60 million set aside for the epa to support climate change issues. do you think that this is the right time to tackle something like that? i mean we don't even know where this money is necessarily going when you
have so many people in your home state that are out of their homes right now? was it appropriate to put that in this bill? >> well, after speaking with the appropriators on the republican and democratic side, that money is for wastewater treatment, which is definitely very much-needed. in the district that represent the sueage treatment plant overflowed and sewage was running through the streets, through restaurants, through schools, into homes. terrible health problem. and the epa has been all over newtown creek in both brooklyn and in queens trying to figure out how to prevent that from happening in the future. melissa: what has it to do with climate change issues, it was billed to address climate change? >> it was billed to me by the staff and houser and anita lowey as wastewater treatment for sueage which i think is legitimate concern. melissa: $600 million? does it cost that much?
>> in the brooklyn area of my district and the queens area the waste treatment area overflowed into homes and a terrible, terrible crisis. there may have been other areas where the wastewater treatment facilities overflowed. it hit, sandy hit 24 different states. certainly new york, new jersey, connecticut and pennsylvania more severely but they were affected threw the area. and of all the areas i am concerned about is the wastewater treatment that is really a health hazard. melissa: for sure. a what about the $15 million going to nasa? nasa wasn't in the path of the storm. it wasn't impacted. that is another one people are kind of hung up on, saying, when you have people again who are out of their homes, who are, you know, trying to figure out how to repair where they live and get their belongings back in order you're giving 15 million to nasa? >> that was in the path of the storm. one is a nasa facility in virginia which was in the
path of the storm. there was another facility that was in the path of the storm. when you hear nasa, you think florida, you think texas. but there are other nasa facilities that were hit and hurt during this storm. melissa: yeah. >> we have been told by chairman rogers and ranking member nita lowey, that they quote scrubbed it and took out unrelated items. melissa: is that how they got down to the nine billion? it feels like going from $60 billion bill to this quick bill that is $9 billion that could actually go to the people, we have a lot of sympathy for if we need the money we saved ourselves $51 billion on stuff we didn't need like $336 million for amtrak? they haven't specified where they are going to use that. >> they have pared that down to 86 million. it is for tunnels that were flooded. melissa the bill before us tomorrow will be roughly $9 billion just for flood insurance which is already out of money.
so this money is desperately needed to just keep the flood insurance program going, reimbursing people that have bought into the flood insurance program. the speaker, speaker boehner promised a vote on january 15th. melissa: do you think not having pork in it is appropriate or having it cut down is appropriate? where do you stand? >> legislators in the affected areas put forward detailed claims well over $80 billion. the package before us will be 9 billion tomorrow. and on january 15th there will be two votes. one for 27 billion, a bill brought forward by chairman rogers. and then one for 33 billion brought forward by congressman free land housing from new jersey. both from new jersey. this will be directed to the needs of the area devastated by the second worst storm in the history of our country. melissa: i hope some of the money gets to people.
i think that is what people are concerned about here. >> that is the fema money that they will be replenishing will go directly to the people. sba money grows to loan for small businesses. certainly the repair of the infrastructure, including sueage plants and rail systems. melissa: you mentioned that. yeah. congresswoman, thanks so much for coming on. wish we had more time. >> thank you, melissa. melissa: time to check the fuel gauge. transocean pays $1.4 billion in a settlement with the justice department over the 2010 gulf oil spill. as part of the deal transocean will plead guilty to criminal violation of the clean water act. they will improve their safety procedures on oil rigs. the u.s. fracking boom giving a huge rail boost to shipping. rail shipping soared by 46%. crude settled down 20 cents to 92.92 a barrel. warmer temperature forecasts hit natural gas
futures yet again. they were pushed down for their third straight session. next on "money", the business community's real reaction to the fiscal cliff deal. our power panel strips it all down. they say it's enough for them to finally start hiring and investing again? is it? plus an nfl bloodbath off the field. nearly unprecedented wave of firings rocks the league just as the playoffs about to begin. former cincinnati bengal and fox talk show host ar it rlel hawkins. coming up. first day at school.
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melissa: all right. so the fiscal cliff deal is signed, sealed and delivered. we heard all the speculation from lawmakers how it will impact businesses everywhere. well, now it is time to hear it straight from the source. will they start investing, hiring, maybe firing? we have a money power panel of business executives. catherine monson, ceo of fastsigns. bart lorraine, full contact and scott martin chief
market strategist with united advisors. welcome all of you back to the program. bart, let me start with you. do you feel confident? you feel like you know now now what to expect down the road? they got it auld settled? you will plan ahead and hire a bunch people? what do you think? >> i'm confidentish. sort of, it is sort of like a fiscal bridge to sort of nowhere for the next year is what i feel. it is still more of the same what i felt the last year. still a lot of uncertainty --. melissa: uncertainty? what are you uncertain about? you will pay higher taxes? what are you uncertain about? it is certain. you can see it!. >> my biggest concern is really around what our employees are paid. the payroll tax holiday is going away. so all of our employees are making less money. and, all our customers are making less money. that is always concerning. melissa: catherine what do you think about that? that is one of the things a lot of people didn't realize at the end of the day 77% of
the people would be paying higher taxes result of this deal because the payroll tax holiday went away. maybe not you paying it, it is your workers but they will go out there and shop and they're other people's customers? >> that is exactly right and i agree with bart. that will have bigger impact. the media is covering income tax rate increase is hitting top 1%. but the 2% payroll tax has big effect. think a worker making $50,000 a year and has $1,000 less to spend now. and that is going to be on goods and services that he buys from small business owners who will see a decline in sales. so i would say, i'm with bart. this, hard to be extremely positive about it right now. melissa: and if you extend that even further, scott, you know the pressure is on companies to come up with more revenue now. they have done everything they can to improve the bottom line. they have cut costs. they cut back on employees. they're doing everything as lean as they possibly can.
now looking at companies to say show me the money, bring in revenue. this is not helping anyone if you raise anyone's taxes, right? >> if you look at the top line it is not going into the right direction. top line of revenues over the last couple quarters, the amount of cops beating top line estimates that is the concern, where is the growth going to come from? like the previous guests said, if you're counting on spending from consumer and taking money out of their pockets via taxation i don't see the demand kicking in. as a company you cut back on hiring. you cut back on r&d spending in your own company. that is bad for stocks. one reason stocks have done well last couple years has been profitability. you're talking them profitability by taxes them and consumer more. melissa: bart, tell me the truth. you're a brave guy. you're a smart guy. you're running your business. i don't believe you're cutting back. you may be on the surface depressed because you don't
want to see taxes go up. are you cutting back on r and d? are you cutting back on employees? i don't believe it? >> i'm a unique case in the tech industry. i can't. but there is one of those things because i can't higher new employees basalries creep up a little bit. it does impact my thinking to some degree. i'm unique in tech in a high growth business but slower growth businesses, this is a big issue. melissa: catherine what about you? the franchise business is full of people who are brave entrepeneurs, who get out there, they work their heart out. they are the heart of america, the ones that take the risks and they're willing to be the ones called around the clock, 24 hours a day to run their business. i don't believe they're really cutting back. >> well i think that they're sitting on the sidelines still. in fact i spoke to a couple of our fastsigns franchise partners today. they knew i would be on the show and they're still waiting to see. they're not ready to hire a new employee. they're not ready to add a new piece of equipment because they just don't know
what is going to happen. melissa: the realty, catherine what do you mean they're waiting to see. it's been done. we've seen it! taxes are going up. spending is going up! there is no wait and see. it's here!. >> yes, but we as a country don't have a tax problem. we have a spending problem. in another week or two or five we're going to hear congress and the president fighting about the debt ceiling and fighting about spending cuts. that will cause a lot of uncertainty and concern on consumers behalf. and so right now i know that i'm sitting on the sidelines waiting before i hire. i know i have franchises, fastsigns franchises are waiting to see what happens in the next 60 and 90 days. there is a lot of uncertainty regarding that part of the equation. melissa: scott, are you out there as an investor, are you out there looking for companies that are say i know it is a tough climate out there but i will take to my advantage, use to my advantage the fact that other ceos are sittings on
the sidelines and are timid and i will steal their market share? i will eat their lunch while everyone is sitting on their hands worried and i will get it done? are there companies out there? they are out there. we have cap alism. that is the root cause of it. to bart's point, technology is certainly an area you will see companies capitalize. i love the word uncertainty here. you're right, melissa, people are afraid how bad thing really a. you know what will happen, because the government will take more of your money because they think they can spend it better. pharmaceutical and utilities people have to spend on those things no matter what. they are good in 2013. melissa: i would bet on catherine and bart. they're out there getting it done. >> they're brave. melissa: we appreciate it. coming up on "money" it has been a pruitt tall week for the nfl. more than 20% of its coaches axed. 20%. it is not even over. former cincinnati bengal and fox sports radio show host
art tell hawkins is here with all the details that is coming up next. plus one of the east coast's largest supermarket chains freezes prices on hundreds of food staples. the president of wegman's joins us to explain why. do you ever have too much money or too many groceris? not me. ♪ . [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters?
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♪ . melissa: so the nfl is on a firing rampage. in just two days seven head coaches, five general managers, six coordinators got sacked by their team owners. of the five, i'm sorry of the seven fired coaches, only one of them had a team with a winning record. does the nfl stand for, not for long if the team you coach doesn't win? here with the inside scoop, art tell hawkins, former
quarterback for the cincinnati bengals and co-host of fox sports radio day bake. -- daybreak. thanks for joining us. looks like a good bath but doesn't this happen this time of year all the time? is this par for the course? >> it feels bad but par for the course. because that's why the term black monday. the monday after the last regular season game there will be a bunch change. the nfl is about movement. they want to win and win right now. so usually that last, that last game the following monday you have a bunch of, you know, head coaches losing their jobs. some is warranted. i think some maybe an overreaction but i think what's not normal, melissa, this time of year or actually this season i think which is kind of something we haven't seen is coordinators and position coaches losing their jobs in the middle of the football season like we saw with jim walsh, defense line coach, couple other coordinators like cam cameron in
baltimore. that is unusual. melissa: of course these guys make a lot of money. people don't feel bad at them a lot of fans at home ripping their hair out. kansas city chiefs, their record was 2-14. their coach was making $2 million. you say i could make $2 million for doing that as well. some were shocking. lovey smith, his record is 10-6. he was making $5.5 million. how did you feel about this one? >> i thought that was a bit of over rhee action. i will not cry for him because he gets the 5.5 million. love vi smith was very successful as a coach. devon hester was a bit upset he got fired. he thought maybe it was fan-led. maybe media driven. he thought that the players really got behind lovie. you look what he has done there in nine seasons. went to one nfc championship game and super bowl. ended up losing that to
indianapolis colts. with a 10-6 record, you wouldn't think a coach would lose his job but that illustrates the urgency that is the nfl. melissa: how do you think they make the decision? is it financial, looking at backlash from fans who will not buy there, season ticket sales fall? maybe ratings go down so it is a financial decision or is it emotional? season's over. they're furious. they have to make a change. what do you think? >> it could be any, could be a plethora of reasons, really anyone of them that you mentioned. could be like i said, fan-led. the organization decides it wants to go into different direction. go prove offensive-minded coach to defensive-minded coach, whatever the case may be. at the end of the day nfl teams want to win. they want their fan base to be happy and they want to make profit. they want to be mentioned amongst the elite, the league's elite. if that doesn't happen, for whatever reason there could be changes and that is kind of what the nfl is becoming. like you said, nfl stands for no fun league or not for long. melissa: right, absolutely.
thank you so much for coming on. we appreciate your time. >> no problem. thanks for having me. melissa: here is our question of the day. who will be the next nfl coach to get sacked? a few of said rex ryan from the jets, from quite a few of you. facebook.com/melissafrancisfox or follow me on twitter @melissaafrancis. coming up on "money", price freeze on essential feed at supermarkets? this is music to customers ears. the president of wegman's supermarkets explains. everyone loves to hate the paparazzi but the financial fight over kim and con yeah's future baby pics is heatings up. will accident on celebrity picture -- accidental death because of a celebrity pic put a stop to it. maybe more financial photos coming up. ♪ .
♪ . melissa: so attention, shoppers. wegman's food market is once again freezing prices on more than 50 staples and essentials. no matter how much it costs the supermarket to buy. when you add up all the different flavors and variety of products it is almost 250 separate items. wegman's says the prices for
everything on the list will stay the same until april even though it cuts into their bottom line. with me is the president of wegman's, colleen wegman. welcome to the show. thanks for coming on. >> thank you, melissa, for having me why are you doing this? you're a business owner. you have to say in business and make money. it seems like this would definitely cut into your bottom line. >> well, we've thought about this kind of a price freeze for about three years now. it deban -- began in 2009 with the economic downturn where we realized that people were going to need help. there was a lot of uncertainty and we wanted to give people something they could count on. so we felt this was one of the best ways that we could help people. and at that time, we developed a list for a year. since then we realized we could be more flexible and relevant if we had a seasonal list in place. so that's what we're announcing today. is a winter list. melissa: yeah. but part of the way that you stay in business is by
employing people, help people by employing people and staying in business. >> that's exactly right. melissa: so i have to worry if you're cutting into your own bottom line, you're not a public company. so it is no the about paying back your shareholders but if you're taking in less revenue and price of those items are going up i have to wonder if you will have to lay off people? >> well, our goal is exactly the opposite. we're a family business and so that gives us the opportunity to make decisions that are best for the long term and for the future of our business and so actually what's so important to us that we continue to stay busy and driving sales and growing so that we can keep our people employed. that is really our number one priority. and so we believe that this kind of an initiative, hopefully it is helping customers. we definitely believe it's helping our employees. and hopefully it will improve our business for the long term. melissa: it will drive traffic because more people show up at the store because
they want low-priced items. overall do you think you will end up making money off this? this is a business network. we celebrate that. this is america. profits are great. could you end up making money as a result of this? >> that is never our goal but if that is the result of course that is a great thing. our mission as a company to help people make great meals easy, healthy and affordable. so this is very important for us to accomplish that mission and that strategy. melissa: what has the reaction been like so far from your customers? >> well, fortunately it has been really good and today is a great example. we sent out a blog to our customers and just in a few hours we got over 600 comments back. so clearly this is important to people. they're saying that it is a helpful way for them to plan and budget their family meals. and that they're identifying with the items. things like ground beef, chicken. there's a lot of produce on the list. bananas, potatoes. broccoli, things like that people will want to make
great meals with. they will be able to do that at prices that they can count on being in place for a long period of time. melissa: all right. colleen, i hope it works out for you. thanks for coming on. >> thanks for having me. take care. melissa: next on "money", a feeding frenzy. kim and can i can't's first baby pictures. taking a turn from good. deadly accident as paparazzi tries to get a picture of justin bieber. at the end of the dave apparently it is all about money. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 when i'm trading, i'm totally focused.
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♪ . melissa: well, folks, kim kardashian, kanye west, they are expecting, expecting millions that is. in case you live under a rock and you haven't heard the big news the reality tv star and the rapper having a baby. some estimate the first pictures of kimye's kid or kids, could be worth up to 3 million bucks. are you kidding!? what about the paparazzi snapping the pics? david cap plan, celebrity journalist and former editor
at "people" magazine. three million bucks? come on, who cares!? >> people care. let's put this in context. look at two celebrities really quickly had babies. snooki sold her photos to people for $175,000. melissa: that is it far cry from 3 million. >> jessica simpson a big star. how much do you think for that? about $750,000. so, if you compare the star power of a jessica simpson to kim kardashian and kanye west, you have two celebrities and sort of think how the magazines work, i know working there, put on cover, two celebrities, double bang for your buck. kim kardashian is so much more relevant than jessica simpson. melissa: really? >> she is. we're talking about the price. not whether or not we like them. but definitely could go up to there. melissa: talk to me about the math. this show is all about money. 3 million for a picture like that. if you put on cover of people, how many magazines have to sell? >> three million is a bit butch but if you did,
typical circulation for people, good selling issue, 1.5 million issues. and you have to think, "people" magazine, let's say "people", i don't want to focus on that, battle between "people" and "us weekly." those are two top contenders in celebrity weekly. if you look at "people" magazine that is the moneymaker for time ink. that they make so many in advertising. wants baby photos. matches their image. "people" is about milestones and experiences. it is a crazy amount of money. melissa: seems like they don't make money on that. if they sell a million plus magazines. pay $3 million for the pictures. sell a magazine for three bucks each just made back money without any of your money cost. already add subscribers. not incrementally they went up by, another million. that was the total. >> money gets made up a little bit after advertising. three million bit much. i was saying on conservative side a million dollars. people were like no, that is crazy.
if jessica simpson getting 800,000, kim kardashian like it or not. she is more relevant. people will pay for it. it definitely will abidding war. melissa: seems like this has gotten so crazy and so out of control. there is always a the package so ridiculous. the baby photo plus the nursery and, i lost all the weight in 10 minutes. >> you're celebrity weekly. three million may not be just for the actual baby tote toes. could be exactly the nursery photos. melissa: look online it is free. go to "us weekly" or page 6 or nine, whatever it is and look at it you haven't paid anything. doesn't make any sense. on a more serious note, ba you i don't want to finish without mentioning this. the paparazzi killed the other day trying to snap a picture of justin bieber. justin bieber turns out wasn't even in the car at the time. it has gotten so crazy. is it, are these guys really making enough money to risk life and limb? do these photos really pay off? how many photos do people
pay for in given week? >> here's the thing, so much competition among the paparazzi in los angeles. that's why they're so feverishly chasing people. obviously with more photographers there is more competition. talking numbers like you said. one of the past year's most infamous paparazzi photo shoots, kristen stuart caught with rupert sanders those were paparazzi photos. that is how the affair was discovered. >> that is needle in haystack. how much was it? >> i don't know. $250,000. melissa: seems like it was worth more than that. but everybody looked at it online. >> someone had to buy the photos. print magazines have the money and budget. we're all looking at them. that's why sometimes you see crafty water marks of photos have the stamp "us weekly" on it. if you go online you know the brand has it. melissa: what does a good paparazzi make a year? one of these guys? sell nothing or whatever. >> huge, huge range. melissa: middle of the road, what do you think?. >> really good one can earn several $100,000 a year.
melissa: you also could die? >> that is true. a lot of middle people. sometimes publicist will take a cut. it is a little shady sometimes. melissa: very shady. david, thank you for coming on. >> thanks a lot. melissa: up next when you were a kid you probably counted down the seconds until you got your braces off, right? i did. why is wearing fake braces suddenly a status symbol with some teens? we have incredibly weird details on this one. you can never have too much money. i think you can have too many braces but, no. ♪
♪ . melissa: all right. it is time for a little fun with "spare change." we're joined by democratic strategist. and our very own charles payne. have you done this before? >> once before. melissa: took out this ballet tickets for a woman in florida. it says that on it. that's what they wrote. she reached -- reset to the company to complain and for two weeks before she actually got apology the company to give her free parking for one year. in new york that's where flight 6,000. again for a gift certificate to restaurants. that's import taste. the company says the valley was
disciplined, but the woman does not think that's enough. that's horrible. can you imagine them right now the description of so you know who it is when they come back . >> i'm kind of mixed on this. we sometimes get occasionally hate mail. i can handle the uncle tom and in word a lot better than i can handle you fantastic. the really can't. by the same token she probably is that. melissa: oh, my gosh. melissa: probably get on that treadmill and use this as a motivating factor. melissa: you want to follow? i'm not sure. i appreciate your candor. i will say, i think charles is to understand that if that is basically the other efforts for women, that has a different connotation price. he crossed the line. to i think that the guy should be fired, don't. he didn't -- it wasn't addressed to her directly.
i don't think it was an attempt to attack curve. i think she saw it by mistake. at think they did right by her because new york , free valet parking for a year. that's like five grand literally melissa: i don't know how much more she wants. >> it is the other f-word. melissa: was getting off the subway in this woman shoved me. get out of the way. skinny. moving on. starbucks is now telling this reusable tumbler for a buck. it will give you a discount of a dime each time you use it. factor tin uses, i guess, it pays for itself. hoping customers will kick their throwaway habit. i don't know. what do you think? first of all, it's made of plastic. environmentalists. it's a little ironic the you're selling a plastic cup to people.
>> that was my first thought. so if you jump from the frying pan into the fryer. plastic of all things. a big pollutant. at that that was pretty ironic. >> disingenuous. give me a break. sella for dollar, reuse it. how many people are going to use it in times? , you serious? who is going to carry this thing around ten times to let alone more. that might have a key chain on it. we have to put this thing up. >> puts the blame on it. melissa: in theory you're recycling both products. how much energy that -- energy does it take? >> they will wash it for you, though. they said they would clean it. melissa: i don't really trust that. think this is all sounding like a little much. >> come and commit to a cure hands. >> put your head under there.
melissa: here is an interesting one. not because they have to, but because they want to. that's right. now a fashion and status symbol. they even come in cool designs like mickey mouse and flowers. hello kitty, which i personally love. what do you think about this? >> that comes with my fat kid. a half to be honest with you. stuff like this doesn't surprise me anymore, and i believe it will come here eventually. melissa: really? >> tells of they have a cold fronts already. melissa: this is the new grill. hello kitty bracelet. >> at least you can pull this one out. permanent gold teeth. melissa: two people died. some of them are filled with lead. a choke on it. all kinds of things. not necessarily that great. if you're notet