Next Week: Consumerist Catches Major Company In The Act

Next week, we will bring you the dramatic results of our sting operation into a company who has appeared many times on this blog.

Our exclusive video will provide incontrovertible evidence that the company has been doing what we’ve suggested they’ve been doing all along.

We’re working on weaving all the material together. For now, all we can say is… “Honeypot.” — BEN POPKEN

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  1. dbeahn says:

    Damn you Ben, for the suspense! Haven’t we all been loyal readers? Haven’t we been here through thick and thin? How can you do this to us? If only…

    Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion of this comment!

  2. William Mize says:

    This time there better be a payoff!
    Weeping! Crying! Gnashing of teeth! Handcuffs! People being led to a cop car!
    Someone wearing a ComEd shirt!
    Or a WalMart Nazi shirt!
    Raspberry syrup flowing freely!

    Oh, and the estate of A.A. Milne called, they said that Pooh will be out on bail before the weekend’s over and that your charges of honey theft will never stand the scrutiny of a Grand Jury.

  3. bkaid says:

    You might as well have said you caught someone wearing a ConEd shirt working for IDT. We all know thats what it is. It HAS to be.

  4. Ben Popken says:

    @William Mize: Oh, we learned our lesson. This one has a very large payload.

  5. ExecutorElassus says:

    nobody likes a tease, ben.

  6. pdxguy says:

    Will there be pictures of cats?

  7. Hawkins says:

    Will this be as big as the Segway?

  8. PKnel says:

    This sounds like Iphoneygate all over again.

  9. gondaba says:

    Even if a IDT employee was wearing a ConEd shirt, caught on video, what does it prove? It has already been proven they don those shirts under their own volition, and the company themselves heartily recommend against it.

  10. anatak says:

    Its an IDT rep, wearing a wal-mart nazi shirt, posing as a Con-Ed rep.

  11. shoegazer says:

    It’s a DS-MAX salesman flogging poisoned kittens in Nazi Walmart T shirts over AOL.

  12. jeffj-nj says:

    It’s Dell, placing actual explosives in their notebooks.

  13. jeffj-nj says:

    (Seriously, though, I have a Dell. It never blew up. Not even once.)

  14. I’m guessing it’s Best Buy and their fake website.

  15. B says:

    As long as it eventually involves Gaby, I’m sold.

  16. Brilluminati says:

    Its a DS-Max salesperson, wearing a target shirt, trying to get a job at Dell, who had his ConEd service turned off.

    Seriously, the suspense is killing me..

  17. forumreader says:

    It’s an IDT rep with a ConEd shirt, selling the Walmart Nazi shirts, while wearing the lost judge’s pants and drinking a venti soy milk mocha with the juicy raspberry syrup.

  18. Echodork says:

    @William Mize: I came in here to say what you already said. Glad to hear this one will have a bigger money shot than the DS-MAX story.

  19. JPropaganda says:

    LOL @ anatak

  20. dbeahn says:

    It’s Col. Mustard, with the revolver, in the conservatory!

  21. hemaphore says:

    grammer alert: “Our exclusive video will provide incontrovertible evidence that **they’ve** company has been doing what we’ve suggested they’ve been doing all along.”


    sorry. i’m excited to hear about this too.

  22. healthdog says:

    @hemaphore: Grammer? Let’s all just settle down.

    And I’ve got $5 on “Vincent Ferarri is actually the shadowy figurehead of the RIAA!”

  23. Buran says:

    So why exactly do we need this post? There’s nothing in it that’s useful. Junk like this shoves real, useful information off the page.

  24. jaredharley says:

    You guys are more of a tease than my wife…

  25. homerjay says:

    Is it Weddingdepot.com????? Its weddingdepot.com, isnt it?? It is! it is!! Ooh! I can’t wait!

  26. Secularsage says:

    @healthdog

    Grammar, actually. ;-)

    And I’m interested to know this one as well. What could “Honeypot” mean? Let’s check Wikipedia:

    Honeypot may refer to:

    * Honeypot (computing), a computer system set up as a trap for attackers
    * Honeypot (espionage) (or Honey trap), a spycraft term designed to catch conventional criminals or enemies
    * Honeypot (geography), a particularly popular attraction within a managed tourist area
    * The King Protea, a common name for Protea cynaroides
    * A slang term for a vagina
    * The Honey Pot, a 1967 film staring Rex Harrison and Susan Hayward
    * Honeypot ant, one of several species of ants
    * A song by the band Beat Happening on their self-titled album

  27. HearsMusic says:

    Oh man…I am actually, legitimately excited about this.

    The Consumerist has grown up. Not just reporting injustice, investigating and uncovering it as well!

  28. acambras says:

    @forumreader:
    It’s an IDT rep with a ConEd shirt, selling the Walmart Nazi shirts, while wearing the lost judge’s pants and drinking a venti soy milk mocha with the juicy raspberry syrup.

    Out of a sippy cup.

  29. lostsynapse says:

    Buzzbee the honey nut cheerio bee was seen eating Kellogg’s frosted flakes?

  30. bkaid says:

    Ben caught a ConEd employee wearing an IDT energy shirt. Scandalous.

  31. exkon says:

    God this is why I love this site. I really dig your enthusiasm for showing the true side of companies. Those undercover reports are one of favorite things to watch during the news.

  32. mikyrok says:

    Honeypot?? You had a young female intern sleep with a CEO for information?

  33. mikyrok says:

    @mikyrok: Just so everyone doesn’t think I’m crazy: “Honeypot” is an espionage term meaning the use of sex to compromise an enemy agent.

  34. ShadeWalker says:

    @mikyrok: oh man that means i honeypot all the time.

    it’s like i’m watching a commercial for the news and they say “this common daily household item will kill you! story at 11.”

  35. zolielo says:

    I have high hopes.

  36. Kimli says:

    An IDT rep, wearing a ConEd shirt, holding a sippy cup full of Juicy Raspberry syrup, going through security to catch his JetBlue flight – with his Chinese-made “distinctive brown” carry-on stuffed with a Best Buy advert, a Wal-Mart Nazi t-shirt, 9 Apple giftcards, and a Dell computer primed and ready to explode.

    Oh, the scandal!

  37. Uriel says:

    Disney?

  38. Haikus about what the investigation could be:

    Captured Blue Vested:
    Ben Popken and his cadre
    Working at Wal-Mart

    Richard Shapero:
    DS-Max mafia or,
    Porno movie star.

    What is in that cheese:
    Dirty love on the cow farms
    More is forthcoming

    From the catalogs:
    We buy sea-monkies online
    No real monkies!

  39. Trai_Dep says:

    Gawd, please let it involve kittens somehow. I’m SERIOUSLY Jonzing!

    (sniff… bawl…)

    Consumerist, why have you foresaken me?!!

  40. Trai_Dep says:

    @acambras: It’s an IDT rep with a ConEd shirt, selling the Walmart Nazi shirts, while wearing the lost judge’s pants and drinking a venti soy milk mocha with the juicy raspberry syrup. Out of a sippy cup.

    Filing RIAA lawsuits on a flaming Dell laptop…

  41. Namilia says:

    @trai_dep: oh my god, you two litererally made me spill my soda all over my keyboard XD

  42. Ben Popken says:

    Nope, keep guessing!

  43. David Millar says:

    My vote is on American Airlines. I’m guessing one of the guards had a passenger’s video cam on while looting other peoples’ luggage, and now it’s been shown to Consumerist :o

    Among the items stolen: and IDT badge, a ConEd shirt a Walmart Nazi T-shirt (crap, I went there tonight – should have looked), Starbucks Juicy Raspberry syrup in a sippy cup, an explosive Dell Computer, tainted toothpaste and pet foods, and, just to throw an oldie in there, a sandwich from Quiznos with no bread and a very limited selection of toppings, and Vanilla Coke because they were out of everything else (literally).

    The scandal keeps growing!

  44. Jesus On A Pogo Stick says:

    @acambras: It’s an IDT rep with a ConEd shirt, selling the Walmart Nazi shirts, while wearing the lost judge’s pants and drinking a venti soy milk mocha with the juicy raspberry syrup.

    Out of a sippy cup

    While being sued by the RIAA for downloading Spice Girl’s “Wannabe” illegally while also purchasing multiple homes- blogging about it- and then going bankrupt.

  45. synergy says:

    I hope it’s better put together than the last one and that this one actually has something substantial to say.

  46. Can’t stand for the suspense….

  47. Dangerdog says:

    Post already. Can’t wait.

  48. cgi5877 says:

    So, Um, Yeah…week’s over = lame.

  49. iotashan says:

    Yeah… Did I miss the post?

  50. a haiku of despair:

    so long it has been
    still no video of from sting
    where has my mind gone?

  51. Djinn says:

    What happened? Was this a late April fools?

  52. tcp100 says:

    Man, you know, I just hate it when companies promise something, don’t deliver, then say nothing about it.

    Hey Consumerist, can you write an article about how companies promise something, don’t deliver, then say nothing about it?

    I think that’d be a wicked awesome topic for you guys, because I know how you guys hate that and would never do something like that.

  53. EnderVR46 says:

    If you can post a teaser, you could at least post a retraction or an update of some sort.

    After the last undercover article, and now this over promise. Maybe Consumerist should stick to helping out folks who e-mail you, and give up on the idea bringing down companies with hidden reporters and cameras?

  54. ReverseCarpetbagging says:

    Any word on this? Did the story die? Lawyers involved?

    Talk about a letdown.