Visa, MasterCard Agree To Let Merchants Add Surcharges To Credit Card Purchases

Earlier this week, we told you that a settlement in a huge lawsuit between merchants and Visa and MasterCard was in the offing and that it could open the door to retailers tacking on surcharges to credit card customers. Well, that proposed settlement has come to pass, meaning you may soon be paying more for the privilege of using your credit card. [More]

Shortages Force Paramedics To Use Expired Drugs

Shortages Force Paramedics To Use Expired Drugs

Many of us have probably popped a pill or two that we knew had passed its expiration date. But when you get medical care from professionals, there is usually the expectation that you’re getting the freshest stuff available. But a conspiracy of conditions has led to some emergency responders stocking their ambulances with out-of-date drugs. [More]

Residents Cook Hot Dogs In Front Of Borough Hall To Protest Town’s Grilling Ban

Residents Cook Hot Dogs In Front Of Borough Hall To Protest Town’s Grilling Ban

If you live in Bellevue, PA, and want to do some grilling outside this summer, you’d better have a deep backyard, as a recently passed ordinance bans the use of grills within five feet of a house, porch or any other combustible material. Unhappy with the new rules, a few hundred people decided to have a wienie roast outside Bellevue Borough Hall yesterday. [More]

TripAdvisor Smacked With $80K Fine For Violating Fare Advertising Rule

TripAdvisor Smacked With $80K Fine For Violating Fare Advertising Rule

TripAdvisor has fallen afoul of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rule about fare advertising, resulting in a fine of $80,000. The rule went into effect in January, and stated that ticket agents and airlines must display fares as the total of what a consumer will pay, taxes and fees included. [More]

Colorado Family Kept Out Of Own Home For 8 Months By Squatters Claiming Adverse Possession

Colorado Family Kept Out Of Own Home For 8 Months By Squatters Claiming Adverse Possession

Imagine coming home after being out of town for a few months only to find that your house has been taken over by squatters who claim they now own the property. Now imagine waiting eight months for a court to finally kick those squatters out. One family in Colorado doesn’t have to imagine this horror story because it’s their true story. [More]

Maiming A Slot Machine Isn’t Going To Make Up For The Fact That You Lost

Maiming A Slot Machine Isn’t Going To Make Up For The Fact That You Lost

Listen, we know what it’s like to keep shoving money into a slot machine, mesmerized by the blinking lights and the possibility that this time will be different, this time will bring riches beyond imagining! But should you lose, don’t act like a mad baby and maim the casino’s machine. That’s just immature. [More]

Dish Sends Me A Free Roku XD Box After I Complain About Missing AMC

Dish Sends Me A Free Roku XD Box After I Complain About Missing AMC

While DirecTV has apparently been giving out discounts to customers who complain about the ongoing Viacom blackout, one Consumerist reader says he was able to score a free Roku video streaming box from Dish Network when he complained about its decision to remove the AMC Network channels. [More]

Canada’s Fancy New Plastic Money Has The Unfortunate Problem Of Melting

Canada’s Fancy New Plastic Money Has The Unfortunate Problem Of Melting

Canada’s got some pretty fancy new money — $100 and $50 polymer bills that last longer and aren’t damaged as easily as paper notes. But as the saying does not go, “All that is plastic might melt at some point, so, sorry your money shriveled.” In some cases, the money has been said to curl up like bacon in a frying pan. Yum. [More]

FTC Warns About Scam Tied To Affordable Care Act

FTC Warns About Scam Tied To Affordable Care Act

It’s barely been two weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the most controversial portion of the Affordable Care Act, and scammers have already been busy on the phone trying to steal folks’ money by pretending they work for the government and need your sensitive, personal information. [More]

Midwest To Play Guinea Pigs In Test Of Malt-Flavored Mountain Dew

Midwest To Play Guinea Pigs In Test Of Malt-Flavored Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew, long treated like the haggard, unemployed cousin of the big brand sodas, is about to try to go up-market with the test of a pricier, malt-flavored variety of the drink called “Mountain Dew Johnson City Gold.” [More]

Make Sure That Mailbox Isn’t Sticky Before Dropping Your Mail Into It

Make Sure That Mailbox Isn’t Sticky Before Dropping Your Mail Into It

The United States Postal Service has a bit of a phishing scam on its hands in Fort Worth, Texas — or really, it’s almost an actual fishing scam. Scammers are apparently coating the blue standalone USPS mailboxes with adhesive, in order to catch outgoing mail and go through it to get money or personal information. [More]

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Save Money On Your Wedding By Saying “I Do” On Friday The 13th

In case you couldn’t tell by all the safes falling from the sky onto people who just slipped on banana peels, today is Friday the 13th. And in spite of all the advances modern culture has made in dispelling superstitions, it looks like marrying couples would rather not start their lives (or at least the next few years) together by saying their vows on this date. This means that bargain-seeking brides and grooms may find some deep discounts… if they’re willing to risk it (insert scary theremin sound here). [More]

Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery Could Make Bricks-And-Mortar Retailers Even More Irrelevant

Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery Could Make Bricks-And-Mortar Retailers Even More Irrelevant

One of the few knocks against online retailers is the difficulty in getting your purchase immediately, meaning people continue to go to bricks-and-mortar stores when they need to get their hands on an item right away. But it looks like Amazon could take away that advantage from its competitors by expanding the number of warehouses it has around the country. [More]

Will A Looming Possible Pilot Shortage Result In Airlines Hiring Sub Par Crew?

Will A Looming Possible Pilot Shortage Result In Airlines Hiring Sub Par Crew?

The airline industry might be faced with a dearth of new pilots in the next 20 years, which is causing some experts to worry that in the rush to expand their fleets, airlines will end up hiring pilots that aren’t so great just to fill slots. That would not be great for the safety of passengers on commercial jetliners, of course. [More]

July Recall Roundup – Twist’n Explode

July Recall Roundup – Twist’n Explode

In this month’s Recall Roundup: electronics short out and catch fire, little girls’ aqua shoes don’t grip as well as one might think,  digital camera battery packs bite back, and someone thought that “Twist’n Sparkle” was a good product name. More like “Twist’n Explode.” [More]

If A Stranger Wants To Suck Your Toe At Walmart, He Probably Isn’t Really A TV Producer

If A Stranger Wants To Suck Your Toe At Walmart, He Probably Isn’t Really A TV Producer

Just a bit of advice to the shoppers of the world: If a man approaches you at Walmart — or really any retailer — and says he works for America’s Funniest Home Videos and that the show will pay for your stuff if you let him kiss your foot, he’s almost certainly lying. And yet, a teenager in Georgia says she was a sucker for a toe-sucker in disguise. [More]

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Man’s Family Determined To Carry Out A Last Request: Order A Pizza & Tip The Server $500

When Aaron passed away at the age of 30, he left his family with a will with all the usual instructions, including that any debt he owed his parents be repaid if he had money in the bank when he died. But he also had another request, one that his family has succeeded in thanks to the generosity of strangers: Order a meal and leave the server a really awesome tip. [More]

Federal Judge Revokes Bail Of Bullying Eyeglass Vendor

Federal Judge Revokes Bail Of Bullying Eyeglass Vendor

Threatening to stalk, rape, mutilate, and kill your customers over a $150 chargeback is not a sustainable business model. We could have told you that, but it took a New York Times investigation, a Google algorithm change, and federal prosecution to stop the Brooklyn entrepreneur who built his eyewear business on the idea that online, there is no such thing as bad publicity. He allegedly sent out counterfeit designer eyewear, or no merchandise at all, then harassed and threatened customers who wanted their money back. When customers complained online, it boosted the profile of his brand. Now a federal judge has revoked the man’s bail ahead of sentencing after listening to testimony from some of those customers. [More]