Parents jumping on New World Little Garden bandwagon push full set price over $70

The New World Little Garden collection craze has taken root.

The supermarket chain began the six-week promotion on September 7, giving away vegetable, herb and flower seedling kits with every $40 spent – so you’d have to spend $960 over six weeks to collect them all.

The going rate for a full set of New World Little Garden seedlings at auction is currently about $70.

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The going rate for a full set of New World Little Garden seedlings at auction is currently about $70.

Kiwi parents committed to collecting the full catalogue have adopted a ‘work smarter not harder’ approach and founded numerous community Facebook groups to trade and on-sell excess seedlings of one type in exchange for the plants they don’t have.

Trade Me spokesperson Millie Silvester said the individual seedlings and sets are selling for “big bucks” online.

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“There is currently a full set of Little Garden seed pots onsite with a leading bid of $67.80,” she said. 138 people have saved the auction to their watchlist and it’s not due to close for another two days.

Just after New World launched Little Garden people began to search for the various seedlings in online marketplaces.

Last week, a full set of Little Garden seedlings sold for $72 after racking up almost 8,000 views. Interest in the promotion seems to be gaining momentum.

“In the last seven days we’ve seen 3,000 searches for Little Garden, that’s up 76 per cent on the week prior,” said Silvester.

“We typically see the number of listings for these items surge each time New World or Countdown release a new collectables range.”

New World’s Little Garden promotion is back, after a three-year break.

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New World’s Little Garden promotion is back, after a three-year break.

When the first round of the promotion was nearing its end in 2016, full sets of the seedling kits were fetching more than $200 on Trade Me. The top price achieved was $210.

For context, the same set of plants could be purchased for just over $40 from a garden centre.

There are currently over 110 listings for the branded seedlings on Trade Me and the forces of free market capitalism are on full display.

Individual plants are being listed between $1 and $8 and others have been grouped into sets of three or 10 for varying prices between $10 and $20.

“Pester power is alive and well and it looks like many parents are willing to take the shortcut to fill their kid’s (or their own) seedling set,” said Silvester.

Four-year-olds Rosemary Millar and Myla Olszewski pictured at Just Us Kids Preschool with their New World Little Garden pots in 2016.

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Four-year-olds Rosemary Millar and Myla Olszewski pictured at Just Us Kids Preschool with their New World Little Garden pots in 2016.

New World head of marketing and customer experience Pippa Prain said millions of the seedling kits have been given away and the promotion is “more popular

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Olive Garden parent’s quarterly revenue falls by 28% as pandemic weighs on sales

Darden Restaurants on Thursday reported that its revenue fell by more than 28% in its fiscal first quarter as the company’s business slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.



A customer carries a to-go bag outside a Darden Restaurants Inc. Olive Garden restaurant in Clarksville, Indiana, U.S., on Thursday, March 5, 2020.


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A customer carries a to-go bag outside a Darden Restaurants Inc. Olive Garden restaurant in Clarksville, Indiana, U.S., on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Shares of the company fell 2% in premarket trading.

Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: 28 cents vs. 5 cents expected
  • Revenue: $1.53 billion vs. $1.56 billion expected

The Olive Garden parent reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $36.1 million, or 28 cents per share, down from $170.6  million, or $1.37 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting earnings of 5 cents per share.

Excluding losses from discontinued operations, Darden earned $37.3 million in the latest period, compared with $171.8 million a year ago.

Net sales dropped 28.4% to $1.53 billion, missing expectations of $1.56 billion.

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Parents chase down and bloody up repeat sex offender accused of peeking under bathroom stall

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A man accused of peering under a bathroom stall at a 15-year-girl was chased down and tackled by angry parents at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in South Carolina.

Duncan police Chief Carl Long told local media that police have arrested Douglas Lane, 53, from neighboring North Carolina, after the girl allegedly spotted him looking underneath into her stall, according to WYFF.

Parents who were in Duncan for a girls softball tournament chased Lane down and tackled him, leaving his face battered and bloodied. The parents then held him until police arrived, Long said.

Long said Lane was charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

One witness told the local news outlet that he was in the Cracker Barrel when he heard a disturbance that he believed may have been a fight. At one point, he told WYFF, he heard someone say, “Get him, he’s getting away!”

The witness said he and his son were near the doorway when they saw a man run by bleeding heavily from the nose.

He added that he watched as someone else tackled Lane in the parking lot a few short moments later, then watched with his son as other people struck the suspect.

At that, the witness passed his son off to his wife and then ventured outside to take a video of the confrontation. Police arrived on the scene shortly afterward, he said.

The witness said his son asked many questions about what had taken place and he responded by telling the boy “there was a bad guy and a lot of good guys took down the bad guy.”

On Monday during a court hearing, Lane told authorities he did not realize he was in a woman’s bathroom until after he sat down. But, according to court records, the victim said when she entered her stall and sat down, she saw Lane’s face as he peered up at her.

Following testimony, the court ruled that Lane will be required to remain in South Carolina awaiting further appearances. He was ordered to remain confined to quarters and to wear a GPS monitoring device ahead of a scheduled November court date.

Lane is a registered sex offender in North Carolina, according to the state Bureau of Investigations, which indicated that he has been registered since 2008. Prior to that, he was convicted in 2004 of secretly peering into an occupied room in Mecklenburg County, N.C., according to records which said the victims in that incident were just eight- and nine-year-old children.

Also, records from 2008 indicate Lane was convicted of peering into an occupied room in the same county, though the victim in that case was 18 years old or older.

Meanwhile, the South Carolina sex offender registry shows that Lane was convicted in two earlier instances of peeping, voyeurism, or aggravated voyeurism — once in 1997 and again in 1999 for

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Parents restrain sex offender accused of peeping at teen in bathroom

A group of parents held a registered sex offender accused of peeping under a bathroom stall at a South Carolina restaurant until cops arrived to arrest him, police said.

Douglas Lee Lane, 53, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was prevented from leaving a Cracker Barrel in Duncan, South Carolina, by parents at the restaurant after a teenage girl said she saw him peering at her from a neighboring stall in the women’s bathroom on Sunday, The State reports.

The 15-year-old girl said she noticed something moving near her feet inside the bathroom when she spotted a man’s head coming from the stall beside her, Duncan Police Chief Carl Long told WSPA.

The girl told her father what happened after leaving the bathroom, prompting him to ask a female employee to get Lane out of the restroom. The girl’s father then confronted him inside the restaurant, Long said.

A witness then saw Lane try to leave the restaurant by “sprinting out the front door” with a bloodied nose, but he was stopped in the parking lot by other parents who restrained him until cops arrived, Long said. It is unclear what happened to his nose.

The group of parents were in town for a softball tournament, Long told WYFF.

A viewer sent the station a photo of a bloodied Lane sitting on grass outside the Cracker Barrel.

“Get him, he’s getting away,” a witness told the station he overheard someone say inside the restaurant before Lane ran outside.

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Douglas Lee LaneSpartanburg County Sheriff’s of

Lane, who was charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, has four similar peeping convictions in North Carolina and South Carolina dating back to 1996. He has been ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, records show.

He had also been charged with peeping at least eight times prior to Sunday’s incident, WSPA reports.

A court official said during Lane’s bond hearing Monday that he told authorities he didn’t realize he was in a women’s bathroom until he sat down, WYFF reports.

A judge ordered him held on $2,000 surety bond and to wear a GPS monitor ahead of his next court date on Nov. 12, WSPA reports.

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Parents tackle man accused of spying on girl in bathroom stall

Witnesses said Douglas Lane, a sex offender in both North Carolina and South Carolina, was held down by parents until police arrived.

DUNCAN, S.C. — A man registered as a sex offender in both North Carolina and South Carolina was held down by parents after allegedly peering under a stall in a women’s bathroom, NBC affiliate WYFF reported.

Douglas Lane, 53, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is accused of looking under the stall at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Duncan, South Carolina, according to the report. Lane has been charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Lane was held down and detained by parents visiting town for a girls’ softball tournament, Duncan Police Department Chief Carl Long told WYFF. 

A mug shot released by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office showed Lane with facial injuries after the altercation.

In both North Carolina and South Carolina, Lane is a registered sex offender with an address listed in Charlotte.

In North Carolina, Lane’s record includes offenses for:

  • 2004: Secretly peeping into an occupied room. The victims were an 8 and 9 year old.
  • 2008: Secretly peeping into an occupied room. The victim was over the age of 18.

In South Carolina, Lane’s record includes offenses for:

  • 1997: An offense for peeping, voyeurism, or aggravated voyeurism. A victim’s age was not provided.
  • 1999: Failure to register as a sex offender

Lane appeared in court Monday, WYFF reported.

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Parents stop man accused of looking at teen under bathroom stall

The man accused is a registered sex offender, according to records.

DUNCAN, S.C. — A North Carolina man has been arrested after he was caught looking under a woman’s bathroom stall at a South Carolina Cracker Barrel, police told multiple news outlets.

According to WYFF, Duncan Police Chief Carl Long said a 15-year-old saw Douglas Lane, 53, looking underneath the bathroom stall in the women’s bathroom of a Duncan area Cracker Barrel. She told police she noticed something moving at her feet and realized it was a man’s head coming from the stall beside hers, according to WSPA. 

The girl then left the bathroom and reportedly told her father about it. Witnesses told WSPA the 15-year-old wasn’t the only girl in the bathroom. 

Citing Chief Long, news outlets report Lane tried to get away, but the girl’s father and other fathers who knew about the alleged incident helped tackle him and kept him restrained until police arrived. 

Chief Long told news outlets the parents were in town for a girls’ softball tournament, WYFF reported. 

A witness submitted video from outside the Cracker Barrel to WYFF, which reportedly shows Lane on the ground with blood on his face and shirt. 

Jail records show Lane was charged with voyeurism and marijuana possession. 

According to records, Lane, who lives in Charlotte, NC, is a registered sex offender in North Carolina. 

News outlets report that during his bond hearing Monday, a judge ordered Lane to be monitored by GPS and move to South Carolina. He cannot have any contact with the 15-year-old girl or her family, WSPA reports. 

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Parents tackle man accused of spying on girl in bathroom

DUNCAN, S.C. — A group of parents tackled and restrained a registered sex offender accused of spying on a 15-year-old girl in the women’s bathroom of a South Carolina Cracker Barrel restaurant over the weekend, authorities said.

Douglas Lane, 53, has been charged with voyeurism, as well as possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, according to Duncan Police Chief Carl Long.

Lane has several past convictions for similar behavior in both North and South Carolina dating back more than 20 years, court records show.

News outlets report that the incident occurred Sunday when the girl was using the bathroom and noticed a man looking out from under the stall beside her.

Lane tried to flee the scene after being confronted by the girl’s father but was stopped by a group of parents who were in town for a girls’ softball tournament, Long said. They tackled Lane in the parking lot and held him until police arrived.

A photo taken of Lane later in jail shows him with a bandage wrapped around his head and a bloodied nose.

During a bond hearing Monday, an attorney representing him claimed that Lane didn’t know he was in the women’s bathroom.

A judge set a cash surety bond at $2,000 and ordered Lane to wear a GPS monitor. He is expected back in court in November.

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Reports: Group of parents stop man accused of looking at teen under bathroom stall in Cracker Barrel

The man accused is a registered sex offender, according to records.

DUNCAN, S.C. — A North Carolina man has been arrested after he was caught looking under a woman’s bathroom stall at a South Carolina Cracker Barrel, police told multiple news outlets.

According to WYFF, Duncan Police Chief Carl Long said a 15-year-old saw Douglas Lane, 53, looking underneath the bathroom stall in the women’s bathroom of a Duncan area Cracker Barrel. She told police she noticed something moving at her feet and realized it was a man’s head coming from the stall beside hers, according to WSPA. 

The girl then left the bathroom and reportedly told her father about it. Witnesses told WSPA the 15-year-old wasn’t the only girl in the bathroom. 

Citing Chief Long, news outlets report Lane tried to get away, but the girl’s father and other fathers who knew about the alleged incident helped tackle him and kept him restrained until police arrived. 

Chief Long told news outlets the parents were in town for a girls’ softball tournament, WYFF reported. 

A witness submitted video from outside the Cracker Barrel to WYFF, which reportedly shows Lane on the ground with blood on his face and shirt. 

Jail records show Lane was charged with voyeurism and marijuana possession. 

According to records, Lane, who lives in Charlotte, NC, is a registered sex offender in North Carolina. 

News outlets report that during his bond hearing Monday, a judge ordered Lane to be monitored by GPS and move to South Carolina. He cannot have any contact with the 15-year-old girl or her family, WSPA reports. 

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Chefs are parents, too. Here are their tips if your kitchen is now a makeshift school cafeteria.

Yahya Noor from East Boston’s Tawakal Halal Café has seven kids — four of whom started virtual class last week — so he knows what he’s talking about.

“Think about it like going to school all day, where you don’t have the option to just go to the cafeteria,” he says. Instead, he packs Tupperware containers of lunches and snacks the night before for easy distribution at set times so his kids don’t get distracted. A favorite? Basmati rice with wild-caught salmon from Market Basket (his go-to grocery store), mozzarella cheese sticks, and grapes.

Yahya Noor of Tawakal Halal Café.
Yahya Noor of Tawakal Halal Café.Handout

Get creative at breakfast

If your kid eats on the fly, use breakfast as the main meal. Valentine Howell from Krasi in the Back Bay has an 11-year-old daughter with an “eclectic” palate and a remote curriculum in Roslindale. He fashions breakfast “sushi” with a banana rolled in Greek yogurt or peanut butter, then rolled again in her favorite cereal (she likes Fruity Pebbles; your mileage may vary). He then slices it into bite-sized pieces. “It looks like fun kid’s sushi, it gets them to eat yogurt, and they often want to make it themselves,” he says.

Shop the sales

Heather Costa from Back Bay’s Revolution Health Kitchen stocks up on organic products at Aldi. “Salsa, spices, pastas — they have a ton of organic products that are so much cheaper,” she says. (One favorite: Kite Hill vegan cream cheese.) She stores food for her remote Somerville third-grader in a Kitsure 30-ounce stainless steel Thermos, which is larger than other brands and comes with a folding spoon.

Rice is nice

Tom Fosnot from Lincoln’s Real has three kids enrolled in remote learning. His secret? Cooking a big batch of rice on the weekend and using at as a base for the week’s lunches, from tortilla wraps to salads topped with chickpeas, veggies, pre-cooked chicken or turkey, and crumbled cheese to avocado sushi rolls. He also stocks up on rice ramen from Lotus Foods and lets his kids top it with whatever they like — usually frozen peas or broccoli. “Sandwiches and bars are fine, but they want something substantial and fast,” he says.

Charlie Foster with his wife, Zaira, and daughter, Sophie.
Charlie Foster with his wife, Zaira, and daughter, Sophie.Handout

Stick to what you know

Charlie Foster cooks a wide variety of Mexican food at Concord’s Adelita, inspired by his wife, Zaira, who’s from Mexico. But his 11-year-old daughter, Sophie, knows what she likes: refried beans smeared on Portuguese rolls from Costco, every day. “Variety is not the spice of life,” he jokes. To help her branch out, he enrolled Sophie in an online baking class through Paradise Island Kids, a Westborough-based enrichment center with Zoom programs — a way to broader her horizons and help out with cooking.

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Police set up tent in garden of Steven Clark’s parents after pair were arrested

Police have set up a tent in the back garden of Steven Clark’s elderly parents’ home after the pair were arrested over their missing son’s murder. 

Steven Clark went to visit the toilet while on a family walk near Saltburn Pier in Cleveland in December 1992 but was never seen again.

His parents Doris and Charles, who live in Marske-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, this week confirmed they had been arrested on suspicion of his murder, with his mother describing the situation as ‘absolutely ludicrous’.

Police made the arrests following a cold case review and specialist officers began their investigations in the back garden of the couple’s home on Friday. 

This morning five police cars and vans, a crime scene investigation vehicle and an incident command unit could be seen parked outside the semi-detached house.

A cordon was place across a public footpath that runs down the side of the house on Coast Road in the town. And a police tent could seen in the rear garden.  

A police tent was erected in the back garden of Steven Clark's parents' home as officers continue to investigate his suspected murder

A police tent was erected in the back garden of Steven Clark’s parents’ home as officers continue to investigate his suspected murder

Police believe believe that Steven has come to serious harm and a murder inquiry has been launched. His parents - Doris, 81, and Charles Clark, 78 - were arrested on suspicion of murder

Police believe believe that Steven has come to serious harm and a murder inquiry has been launched. His parents – Doris, 81, and Charles Clark, 78 – were arrested on suspicion of murder

Steven left his home in Marske for on a family walk before using the gents' public toilets near the pier on the promenade at Saltburn, Cleveland, while his mother went into the ladies'

Steven left his home in Marske for on a family walk before using the gents’ public toilets near the pier on the promenade at Saltburn, Cleveland, while his mother went into the ladies’

It comes after police asked an anonymous letter writer, who contacted officers in September 1999, to get in touch again.  

Police said their records showed the letter was assessed by officers and the information was recorded. However, the force is refusing to reveal the content of the letter or why it is now seen as important more than 20 years after it was sent.  

As a result of this, and due to there being no proof of life, detectives believe that Steven has come to serious harm and a murder inquiry has been launched.

Steven vanished mysteriously on Monday, December 28, 1992 in Saltburn. A missing persons report said that he was last seen at 3pm. 

The 23-year-old, who lived in nearby Marske, was said to have gone into a public toilet while his mother went into the ladies. He was not seen coming out of the gents on the town’s seaside promenade, and did not return home. 

Over the years his parents made several appeals for information in trying to find their son. But this week  Steven’s elderly parents – Doris, 81, and Charles Clark, 78 – have confirmed they were arrested on suspicion of murder.  

Ms Clarke said: ‘It’s just absolutely ludicrous. There’s nothing more to say, it’s surreal.’Asked if they denied murdering their son, she replied: ‘Absolutely, yes.

‘It’s just too hard to believe really, but we have to believe it and suffer the consequences.’ She said being on bail was ‘horrendous’, adding: ‘There’s nothing

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