Who Has It Worse: Victims Of This Scary “Living” Poster, Or The Guy Stuck Inside?

Who Has It Worse: Victims Of This Scary “Living” Poster, Or The Guy Stuck Inside?

If you want a viral advertising gimmick, there are few more reliable methods than just scaring the fecal matter out of innocent people. But after looking at this video about one amusement park’s terrifying “living” poster, we’re not sure if we feel worse for the people who soil their jeans from fright or the poor guy who is stuck inside the poster all day. [More]

Live The Dream: Hand Out Candy Canes To Trick-Or-Treaters

Live The Dream: Hand Out Candy Canes To Trick-Or-Treaters

Most people have bought their Halloween candy, which leaves lots of empty retail space. What’s a smart store manager to do? Fill that space up with merchandise for the next holiday. This makes retail sense, but results in horrified Consumerist readers when they see a huge display of candy canes two days before Halloween. [More]

(Realph Krawczyk Jr)

Chrysler Recalls 33,000 Trucks, SUVs, And Minivans For Tire Pressure Problems

Chrysler continues its recall roll this week, issuing two more notices calling back more than 33,000 vehicles for issues related to tire pressure monitoring systems. [More]

Yet Another City Moves To Block Comcast From Taking Over Their TWC Service

Yet Another City Moves To Block Comcast From Taking Over Their TWC Service

Comcast’s plans to buy Time Warner Cable are obviously heavily under review at the federal level, and states are reviewing the merger plans with a gimlet eye as well. But thanks to the quirks of the way cable agreements developed, the cities that cable companies serve have the power to allow or block new companies from coming in and taking over. And a city in Kentucky this week became the latest potentially to throw a wrench in the grand Comcast/Time Warner Cable/Charter plan by doing just that. [More]

(Andrew Petro)

Comcast Does Something Not-Awful, Teams Up With UPS Store For Easier Equipment Returns

From stories of waiting hours in line at a local cable office just to hand back your old cable box to tales of being billed hundreds of dollars for equipment that get “lost” in shipping even though you have tracking info showing they were sent back, one of the most frequent complaints we hear about cable companies is that it’s a huge pain in the derriere to return equipment. Comcast, in its bid to do things that aren’t always horrible and anti-consumer, announced today that its customers can now go the UPS store to return their Comcast stuff. [More]

FTC Sues Gerber For False Advertising Over Claims Its Formula Can Prevent Allergies

FTC Sues Gerber For False Advertising Over Claims Its Formula Can Prevent Allergies

Parents typically choose baby food based on the idea that it’s nutritious and good for their child. So it makes sense that consumers might look for formulas that can prevent illness or even allergies. But those claims aren’t always truthful according to the Federal Trade Commission, which is suing Gerber Products Co. for falsely advertising its Good Start Gentle. [More]

“Technology & Stuff” Chevy Rep Gives Recently Recalled Truck To World Series MVP

“Technology & Stuff” Chevy Rep Gives Recently Recalled Truck To World Series MVP

Forget Madison Bumgarner’s historic heroics in last night’s Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, the true Most Valuable Player of this postseason is Rikk Wilde, a regional Chevy executive who was thrust into the spotlight after Wednesday’s game and unwittingly turned himself into an Internet icon, while also handing out a recently recalled truck. [More]

(Sapurah Lashari)

Rule Aims To Hold For-Profit Schools Accountable For Grads’ Success, But May Fall Short

The Dept. of Education has been trying for years to craft a “gainful employment” rule that would penalize schools — mostly for-profit career training programs — by taking away access to federal funds if they fail to provide the adequate tools for their students to find work. Two years after failing to enact a heavily compromised version of these rules, the Ed. Dept. folks have unveiled the latest version with stricter guidelines, but which some consumer groups say don’t do enough to protect students at these schools. [More]

(Patrick Carlson)

Most People Don’t Really Want Gift Cards This Holiday Season

Every year, the super-consultants at Deloitte LLP ask people whether they’re interested in receiving and giving any gift cards this holiday season. We used to love the concept: Back in 2007, 69% of people said that they were interested in receiving the plastic cash replacers. This year, that number is down to 37%. [More]

(David Transier)

United Passenger Arrested For Groping, Kissing, Putting Headlock On Flight Attendants

A United Airlines passenger on board a flight from Atlanta to Denver apparently didn’t get the memo that the days of people looking the other way while you sexually harass a flight attendant are far in the past. Furthermore, if you double-up on your creepy actions by messing with two (2) attendants — and you put one of them in a headlock while trying to kiss her — you’re going to be arrested when that plane lands. [More]

C'mon kiddies, get your 5,000% APR payday loans!

UK Artist Creates Payday Loan Store For Kids

At first glance, the bright blue London storefront with a hand-painted technicolor scene of a cartoon cityscape in the window — complete with a smiling yellow mascot — looks like some sort of kid’s toy store or maybe a daycare center. That is, until you see the sign that reads, “Payday Loans 4 Kids.” [More]

Town Creates Nation’s First “Craigslist Transaction Safe Zone”

Town Creates Nation’s First “Craigslist Transaction Safe Zone”

While the vast majority of purchases made via Craigslist go down without a problem, those don’t make the news; it’s the rare case of people getting scammed or attacked that earns the headlines. In an effort to reduce the chance of those sorts of incidents, one Pennsylvania community has created what it claims is the nation’s first Craigslist Transaction Safe Zone. [More]

Burger King unveiled its newest non-beef menu items Wednesday ahead of the company's launch in India.

Burger King Ditches The Beef For New India Restaurants – Unveils Mutton, Vegetable Whoppers

When you hear the name Burger King, you assume the restaurant serves a plethora of burgers. And while that’s true in the United States, it won’t be the case for the company’s latest expansion into India, where menu items are beef-free. [More]

October Recall Roundup: Let’s Review The Difference Between Tables And Chairs

October Recall Roundup: Let’s Review The Difference Between Tables And Chairs

In the Recall Roundup for October, some American consumers aren’t clear on how tables work, an appliance that’s supposed to kill bedbugs tries to do so by burning your house down, and a Halloween flashlight can overheat and melt in a terrifying way. Here are the consumer items recalled in the last month. [More]

(Louis Abate)

Grocery Chain Sues Clorox For Refusing To Sell Bulk-Pack Products

Woodman’s Food Market, a Wisconsin-based supermarket chain, is going up against one the nation’s largest producers of household products, accusing Clorox of promoting anticompetitive practices and violating federal law by no longer allowing Woodman’s to sell bulk-packs of Clorox products to consumers. [More]

Do You Really Need A Fridge With A Water And Ice Dispenser?

Do You Really Need A Fridge With A Water And Ice Dispenser?

Water and ice dispensers are a common addition to refrigerators, but are they a useful one? They can be. They offer fresh, on-demand water and ice, usually freshly filtered. The convenience might encourage you to drink more ice water. However, they also take up space and cause problems. [More]

Lysol Buys Google Search Ads To Take Advantage Of Ebola Panic

Lysol Buys Google Search Ads To Take Advantage Of Ebola Panic

A few weeks ago, we shared the not-at-all-surprising news that Americans are buying more cleaning supplies, especially disinfectants, than we normally do at this time of year. We can partly credit the Ebola virus. While cleanliness is rarely a bad thing and Ebola is a terrifying disease, we do have to give some side-eye to Lysol for buying ads on Google searches about Ebola. [More]

(Consumerist Dot Com)

Chrysler Recalls 566,000 Trucks And SUVs For Fuel Leaks, Stability Control Issues

The recalls continue to roll in for national car manufacturers. This time Chrysler has issued two recalls affecting more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs for issues related to fuel leaks and electronic stability control disablement. [More]