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Stop the presses. Please.

In 2012, Florida was at the epicenter of some of the year's most disturbing national stories

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Olive Garden, Red Lobster profits plummet due to crappy corporate policies The owner of popular chain seafood restaurant Red Lobster, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, announced in October that it would cut full-time positions and replace them with more part-timers to avoid having to provide employees with health care, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The backlash against the company has been significant, and in December, Darden announced that its sales had dropped dramatically – presumably, in part, due to public backlash against corporate's dick move regarding health care – and quickly rescinded plans to take out the CEO's frustrations about Obamacare on employees. "The company has determined that none of Darden's current full-time employees, hourly or salaried, will have their full-time status changed as a result of health care reform," the company suddenly announced on Dec. 6. "In 2014, all of Darden's full-time employees, including hourly, salaried and executive employees, will have access to the same insurance plan coverage." Karma. She is a bitch.

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