26 Kids Who Decided Santa Claus Is Not To Be Tolerated, Proceed To Freak The Heck Out

One more time, our very own Miranda Cox, daughter of Consumerist's Kate Cox.

We asked, and oh boy, did we receive: For our third annual installment of holiday-induced panic on a wee scale, you, our dear readers, submitted 26 photos of your children freaking the heck out upon meeting the man in red, one Santa Cornelius Claus. Does Santa have a middle name for real? We might never know, but what we do know is that before children come to love the guy, they often want nothing better than to be as far from that jolly fellow as possible. [More]

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Tree-Tipping Is A Crime, Not Related To Cow-Tipping

When you buy a wreath made from fresh greenery, you probably don’t give much thought to where those evergreen boughs came from. A tree somewhere: what else is there to know? It turns out that it’s possible to poach tree branches, and tree-tipping, as it’s called, is a thriving illicit industry in the forests of Maine. [More]

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Don’t Let The New Gadgets Santa Brought Be A Drain On Your Electricty

The holidays are filled with spirit, joy and tons of the latest electronic gadgets under the Christmas tree. While these gifts might have not cost you anything, they could certainly end up hitting you in the wallet when the electric bills come. There are a few things you can do to reduce the impact your new toys will have on your energy expenses. [More]

Sony Releasing “The Interview” Online Today For $6

Sony Releasing “The Interview” Online Today For $6

The saga of the The Interview may finally be coming to an end, with Sony deciding to release the film for rental and purchase through multiple online outlets a day earlier than it had originally planned to put it in theaters. [More]

Consumerist End-Of-The-Week Flickr Finds

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We’re closing for the rest of this week due to the holiday, but didn’t want to leave you without our weekly picks of cool stuff from the Consumerist Flickr Pool. Here are seven of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool so far this week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

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Should Airlines Be Required To Find Stranded Travelers Flights On Competitors’ Planes?

So far this year, more than 162,000 flights have been canceled for one reason or another, including the polar vortex and a torched air traffic control center in Chicago. While the airlines may call these cancellations a small inconvenience, passengers know that’s not true, especially since it has become increasingly difficult to rebook their travel. Now, passenger rights groups are seeking changes to make traveling an easier experience for consumers. [More]

United Passenger Sues Airline, Says She Was Arrested For Changing Seats

United Passenger Sues Airline, Says She Was Arrested For Changing Seats

Just about anyone who has had the luxury of flying on a plane with several empty seats has probably moved to another seat to gain a few inches of personal space. But a passenger on a United flight says she was removed from the flight for wanting to relocate within the cabin and jailed for then trying to remain on board. [More]

Google, Microsoft Face Down Hilton, Marriott In Fight Over Blocking Hotel Hotspots

Google, Microsoft Face Down Hilton, Marriott In Fight Over Blocking Hotel Hotspots

Hotel wifi really sucks sometimes: it can be expensive, insecure, and slow all at once. When there’s a convention in town, the network’s so overloaded you can’t connect at all. So travelers bring their own mobile hotspots. It’s a win for the consumer, but not for the hotel that suddenly loses the ability to charge you more fees. And that’s the core issue behind a regulatory fight that has hotels and tech firms arguing over what consumers are allowed to do. [More]

Snoqualmie Recalls All Ice Cream Made This Year Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Snoqualmie Recalls All Ice Cream Made This Year Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream distributes its ice cream, gelato, custard, and sorbet in some states in the western half of this country. That sounds delicious, but the company has issued a surprisingly extensive recall: it is recalling all of the tasty frozen desserts that it has produced this year. Yes, from the beginning of 2014 until December 15. [More]

Sony’s PlayStation Now Coming To Samsung Smart TVs

Sony’s PlayStation Now Coming To Samsung Smart TVs

Nearly a year ago at CES 2014, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai announced PlayStation Now, a cloud-based gaming service that would lets users access PlayStation 3 games without requiring a PS3. The service has thus far been available only on Sony devices, but the company confirmed today that it will bring PS Now to Samsung Smart TVs at some point in 2015. [More]

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18 Times Our Readers Got The Absolute Best Gift Ever

There’s nothing like the moment when you realize that you’ve just received your heart’s desire in the form of a gift from someone else. Not only does it mean adding something wonderful to your life — whether it’s that prized toy you’ve been coveting, freedom from tyranny or a new fuzzy friend. Speaking of fuzzy, we asked you, our wonderful, giving readers a few weeks ago to tell us about the best gift you’ve ever gotten, whether it was Christmas, Hanukkah or just a regular day. [More]

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Check To Make Sure That Box Spring You Buy Off Craigslist Doesn’t Come With A Free Cat

Anyone who owns a cat knows that they like to get into the tiniest, oddest of places. And if you think you can get them out when they aren’t ready, you’ve got another think coming. All those cat factors combined in the most unfortunate of situations when an Oregon man realized he’d sold his girlfriend’s cat along with a box spring. [More]

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Whistleblowing Former For-Profit College Dean To Receive $395K After Being Fired

Over the past year, we’ve heard many horrendous stories from current and former employees about the deceptive practices used by for-profit colleges to attract students. Now, one such employee is being compensated after she says she was fired from the college she worked at because she brought attention to the school’s allegedly deceitful practices.  [More]

Walmart Loses Customer’s Black Friday Order, Tells Her To Re-Order At Full Price

Walmart Loses Customer’s Black Friday Order, Tells Her To Re-Order At Full Price

We know that mistakes happen and things occasionally get lost in shipping, especially when you’re talking about the world’s largest retailer during the year’s busiest shopping season. But if a retailer admits to misplacing your order, it shouldn’t try to cash in on its own screw-up by charging you more than you had already paid. [More]

Reminder: Chugging Too Much Eggnog Will Not Bear A Pleasant Result

Reminder: Chugging Too Much Eggnog Will Not Bear A Pleasant Result

Eggnog has gotten a bad reputation over the years. And it’s understandable — the stuff is a combination of delicious holiday drink and very very bad idea for the next day. Even without alcohol, eggnog packs a whopping, creamy punch. So when you chug a quart of eggnog in about 12 seconds, things are not going to go well. [More]

Walmart To Raise Base Pay At 1,434 Stores Because Of State Minimum Wage Hikes

Walmart To Raise Base Pay At 1,434 Stores Because Of State Minimum Wage Hikes

As a result of minimum wage increases coming in nearly half of the U.S. states next year, the lowest-paid employees at about 1/3 of Walmart’s U.S. stores are reportedly due for a pay bump in 2015. [More]

A Holiday Classic For Our Time: How To Gift-Wrap A Cat

In case you’re engaging in some last-minute gift-wrapping of oddly-shaped items today, here’s a rerun of a classic instructional video that you might find helpful. It shows you how to gift-wrap a cat. A very gracious, very sedentary cat. Giving pets as gifts is usually not a good idea, but everyone must wrap a gift that isn’t a perfect cube eventually. [More]

Takata President, COO Steps Down To “Unify” Response To Massive Airbag Issues

Takata President, COO Steps Down To “Unify” Response To Massive Airbag Issues

Takata Corp., the auto parts supplier behind the airbags responsible for more than 20 million vehicle recalls, is apparently taking steps to “unify” its response to the massive safety issue by replacing its president and COO. [More]