http://consumerist.com/2008/04/28/1-2-3-4-5/

1 …

http://consumerist.com/2008/04/28/nyt-on-how-moodys-triple-a/

NYT on how Moody’s triple-A security ratings led to the subprime meltdown.

The Worst Landlords In The World

The Worst Landlords In The World

Suffice to say, landlords aren’t allowed to do those sort of things just to get you to skedaddle. What’s the worst landlord you ever had and how did you deal with them?

How Much Did Deregulation Contribute To The Recession (Economic Slowdown, Whatever)

How Much Did Deregulation Contribute To The Recession (Economic Slowdown, Whatever)

Class Action Against Credit Card Companies Conspiring To Make Us All Accept Mandatory Arbitration Revived

Class Action Against Credit Card Companies Conspiring To Make Us All Accept Mandatory Arbitration Revived

Ross vs Bank of America is a class action suit…

Comcast Contractor Van Does Doughnuts

(Thanks to Waldon!)

http://consumerist.com/2008/04/28/copies-of-the-new-grand/

Copies of the new “Grand Theft Auto” game are being stolen by UPS drivers en route to retailers. Guess this game causes crime after all. [ArsTechnica]

Geico Insurance Quote Increases Over $1,000 After Bait And Switch

Geico Insurance Quote Increases Over $1,000 After Bait And Switch

After the contract was signed, mistakes made by a…

FDA Report Cites 49 Safety Issues At Merck Vaccine Plant

FDA Report Cites 49 Safety Issues At Merck Vaccine Plant

Between November of last year and this past January, the FDA “cited 49 areas of concern, including a failure to follow good manufacturing practices” at Merck & Co. Inc’s vaccine plant in Pennsylvania. A Merck spokesman says that most of the incidents were found and reported by Merck’s own employees, and that they occurred in the manufacturing process, not the vaccines themselves: “He stressed that no contamination was found in finished vaccines and that Merck was addressing all the problems.”

"BBB Is Useless" Says Cable Company Call Center Manager

"BBB Is Useless" Says Cable Company Call Center Manager

If you have a hassle with a cable company and you…

http://consumerist.com/2008/04/28/definition-zero-outs-what/

Definition: “Zero Outs” – What call centers call…

Geek Squad Replaces Soaked Computer For Free

Geek Squad Replaces Soaked Computer For Free

Nicole’s computer seemed to have developed water damage after she sent it in to Geek Squad, a favor for which they wanted to charge her $730. After her story posted to The Consumerist, some higher-ups cattle-prodded Sam, in charge of Geek Squad’s “Public Defender” team, and he jumped into action. Now Nicole has her computer back, completely repaired, free of charge. She says, “Sam at Geek Squad corporate was really helpful.” Woot, internet pillory wins again! [More]

How The Candidates Would Address The Foreclosure Crisis

How The Candidates Would Address The Foreclosure Crisis

Mark Ireland, former Minnesota Assistant Attorney General, took a look at what the three remaining presidential candidates are saying about the foreclosure crisis and translated their campaign-speak into good ol’ American English.

Denver TV Station Tests Computer Repair Techs

Denver TV Station Tests Computer Repair Techs

A Denver TV crew unseated a RAM chip and then took it to seven different repair centers for a diagnosis. The resulting displays of incompetence were pretty evenly distributed, with two Best Buy Geek Squads, one Circuit City Firedog, and one locally owned repair center (CTI) all failing miserably (“It’s the motherboard!” they each said). Of the three locations that correctly diagnosed and fixed the problem, Action Computers charged $50, Geek Squad charged $30, and the Firedog tech who hands-down won the challenge “reinstalled the memory cards in less than two minutes, free of charge.”

Travel Light: Fees For Extra Luggage Multiply Like Crazy

Travel Light: Fees For Extra Luggage Multiply Like Crazy

Food Companies Threaten Higher Prices If FDA Increases Safety Oversight

Food Companies Threaten Higher Prices If FDA Increases Safety Oversight

Last week, the Grocery Manufacturers Association told lawmakers that if the FDA doubled its safety oversight budget by increasing fees from food companies, they’d have to raise prices to make up the cost. That’s right: affordable food or safe food. Choose one!

Wachovia Now Being Investigated For Drug Money Laundering

Wachovia Now Being Investigated For Drug Money Laundering

Wachovia, you old rascal! As soon as you wrap up one unsavory scandal, a new possible scandal comes to light. U.S. justice authorities are investigating the bank for possible money laundering through Mexican and Colombian money-transfer businesses. The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that “the bank is possibly facing a deferred-prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice that would subject it to ‘extensive federal oversight,’” but Wachovia denies that any such discussion has taken place.

Job.com Refuses To Delete Your Private Information

Job.com Refuses To Delete Your Private Information

Dan is pissed because Job.com won’t remove his…