14-Year-Old Camps Inside Walmart For 4 Days Before Being Caught

14-Year-Old Camps Inside Walmart For 4 Days Before Being Caught

Remember that guy who managed to spend 24 hours inside Walmart? That’s minor-league compared to a Texas teenager’s 4-day in-store camping trip. [More]

Scammers Call Restaurants At Peak Hours, Demanding They Pay Power Bill Now Or Lose Service

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A good con artist knows that distraction and an added sense of urgency can help to separate a mark from his money. If you want to hustle a cashier into believing that he gave you the wrong change, it helps to have a line of impatient customers behind you. And if you want a restaurant to pay an electric bill they don’t actually owe, there’s no better time to threaten them with losing service than the lunch rush. [More]

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Unholy Alliance Of MLB, NHL, DirecTV & Comcast Lose Bid To Derail Fans’ Antitrust Suit

A goalie, a shortstop, a satellite dish repairmen, and a Comcast tech all walk into a courtroom (well, the Comcast tech comes a few hours late but tells his boss he arrived on time). This oddball mish-mash of sports leagues and pay-TV giants have been trying to convince a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by sports fans unhappy with rules they believe allow the leagues to make a pile of cash by limiting access to out-of-market games. But last week, the judge ruled against the sporty alliance, bringing this case one step closer to trial. [More]

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Yet Another Airline Passenger Arrested For Groping Sleeping Woman

To all air travelers, but mostly to my fellow males — What the hell is wrong with some of you? It pains me to write yet another story about a passenger accused of molesting a sleeping woman in the seat next to him, but it apparently happened over the weekend on a United flight from Tokyo to Newark. [More]

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Restaurant Gives Mom The Boot After She Changes Baby At Table

A mom in Texas claims that a local pizza restaurant overreacted when it asked her and her kids to leave because she had changed her baby’s diaper on a table, but the eatery’s owners are sticking by their decision. [More]

Only Way To Play New Madden NFL Before Release Date Is To Pay For EA Access On Xbox One

Only Way To Play New Madden NFL Before Release Date Is To Pay For EA Access On Xbox One

For a decade, fans of EA’s wildly popular Madden NFL video games have been able to try the game out for a couple of weeks before its release via demo versions made available on Xbox and Playstation consoles. But in an apparent effort to get people to sign up for its new $5/month EA Access service — currently only available on Xbox One — the video game publisher (and two-time Worst Company In America winner) doing away with the publicly available demo and instead dangling the carrot of being able to play the game fives days early through Access. [More]

The Best Lines From John Oliver’s Takedown Of The Payday Loan Industry

The Best Lines From John Oliver’s Takedown Of The Payday Loan Industry

As regular readers of Consumerist know, we’re not exactly fans of the payday loan industry. If we were snotty teens and lived in the same neighborhood as Mr. Payday, we’d leave a flaming bag of dog poo on his doorstep. That’s why it was so nice to see our disgust for payday loans shared by John Oliver on HBO’s Last Week Tonight. [More]

Indiana Walmart Under Siege By Feral Cats

Indiana Walmart Under Siege By Feral Cats

If you’re a feral feline in southern Indiana, it looks like the Walmart in Jasper is the place to be. The store’s parking lot has apparently been overrun by dozens of cats out looking to score free food. But unlike past instances where Walmart has been accused of trapping and hauling off the cats to be killed, this store appears to be taking a more humane approach to these wild cats. [More]

McDonald’s Testing $4.99 DIY Combo Meal Bags

McDonald’s Testing $4.99 DIY Combo Meal Bags

Much like Wendy’s recent build-your-own-sandwich test highlighted a way that a fast food chain could offer something new without having to force new ingredients or menu items on franchisees, McDonald’s is now trying out a $4.99 build-your-own combo idea in some of its outlets in Georgia. [More]

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Barneys To Pay $525K Penalty For Racial Profiling, Pinky-Swears To Not Do It Anymore

Overpriced retailer Barneys isn’t just guilty of lacking a much-needed apostrophe in its name. The swanky store has also agreed to pay the state of New York $525,000 to close the leather-bound, gilt-edged book on an investigation into allegations that customers with non-Ivory complexions were treated like shoplifters by store employees. [More]

Upcoming Disney titles, like Maleficent, are only available for pre-order as digital downloads. DVD and Blu-ray versions only offer to notify customers when the titles will be available for sale.

Amazon Picks Fight With Disney, Stops Pre-Orders Of Studio’s DVDs, Blu-Rays

Add another big media name to Amazon’s “enemy” list. Already this year, the online retail giant has picked fights with book biggie Hachette and home video superpower Warner, refusing to take pre-orders for these companies’ highly expected new releases while battling it out in boardrooms over a few pennies on the wholesale price. Now Amazon is using the same tactic to fight an even bigger media monster — Disney. [More]

Comcast Tells Customer The Only Reason He’s Getting Bogus Charges Refunded Is Because He Recorded Call

Comcast Tells Customer The Only Reason He’s Getting Bogus Charges Refunded Is Because He Recorded Call

Most of us have been in this situation, and probably once or twice with Comcast. You’re told by the first person that something is free, then you get a bill for it and when you call to find out why, everyone you talk to tells you you’re up Turd Creek sans rowing equipment. If only you had recorded that first call, right? [More]

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Sprint Is Prepping To Start A Price War, But Will Competitors Take The Bet?

Earlier this week, Sprint abandoned months of planning for a takeover of T-Mobile and fired CEO Dan Hesse after seven years of failing to make the company competitive with Verizon or AT&T. Now Sprint’s Chairman says the new CEO is prepping to start a price war to win over customers, but is Sprint really in a position to pick that fight? [More]

Verizon’s “All Kids Do It” Excuse For Throttling Isn’t Good Enough For FCC Chair

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First, Verizon announced it would start throttling LTE users who devour the most data, but only those with grandfathered-in unlimited plans. Then FCC Chair Tom Wheeler said he was “deeply troubled” that Verizon may be trying to force users into more expensive plans under the guise of “network optimization.” Verizon tried to get Wheeler to back off with its “everyone’s doing it” defense, but that didn’t seem to work. [More]

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NFL Threatens To Put Games On Cable If Blackout Rules Are Eliminated

Last fall, the FCC announced that it would look into whether or not it was time to eliminate blackout rules affecting local sports broadcasts of games that weren’t sold out. Since most MLB, NBA, and NHL teams have moved their broadcasts to regional sports channels and away from over-the-air TV, the only league that would be realistically impacted by the elimination of these decades’ old rules is the NFL, which recently told the FCC that it will pick up its ball and go to pay-TV if it can’t be allowed to black out games anymore. [More]

1-In-3 Americans Still Feeling The Sting Of Recession

1-In-3 Americans Still Feeling The Sting Of Recession

While many Americans are now doing better than they were during the Great Recession, those dark days took such a toll on many consumers’ savings that some people who are currently doing well enough to pay the bills and enjoy a decent living aren’t able to make necessary longterm investments, like buying a new home or saving for retirement. [More]

GM Advising Owners Of 182K Recalled SUVs To Park Outside Until Fire Hazard Fixed

(The Joy of the Mundane)

Back on June 30, General Motors issued six separate recalls totaling more than 7.5 million vehicles in just the U.S. One of those recalls involved around 182,000 SUVs that were at risk for a fire because of overheating power window switches. It was the third time that GM had recalled these particular vehicles for this problem and it still isn’t fixed. Now the car maker is notifying owners to keep affected SUVs parked outside until the defect is repaired. [More]

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Hot Sauce-Filled Soda Is Weapon Of Choice For One Taco Bell Customer

We’re pretty sure that throwing any beverage at a Taco Bell employee will get you booted and banned from the store. But since you’re at Taco Bell, why not include some hot sauce in the beverage bomb you toss in the Bell staffer’s face? [More]