Free Starbucks Drink Record Was Set July 4th With 77-Shot $71 Drink

Free Starbucks Drink Record Was Set July 4th With 77-Shot $71 Drink

Hey, remember how we reported earlier this week that a new record had been set for the most expensive single Starbucks drink to be paid for with a free drink coupon? Well, we were wrong. Record-seeker Sameera didn’t know it either at the time, but the record had actually been set on July 4th, with a 77-shot concoction costing $71.35. America! [More]

Did Someone At The DMV Steal This Woman’s Identity? Maybe

Did Someone At The DMV Steal This Woman’s Identity? Maybe

Over on Reddit, one poster in the the /r/personalfinance subreddit shared the terrible thing that happened to his fiancée when she visited her local Department of Motor Vehicles to change the address on her driver’s license. It’s not clear what happened or exactly how, but what they know is that someone issued a new license with her name and information and a different ID number. This person also has her Social Security number. [More]

Here’s How Fulfillment Centers Make Shipping Stupid By Making It Smart

Here’s How Fulfillment Centers Make Shipping Stupid By Making It Smart

We received a letter from J., who designs order fulfillment systems for a living. We would call him a “Stupid Shipping Gang Kingpin,” but that’s not really fair: he says that he does his best to make the system less stupid. The problem, J. explains, is that “sometimes the smart way to do things and the common sense way to do things seem at odds with each other.” [More]

(CBS DFW)

Police: Funeral Home Got Evicted, Left 8 Bodies Behind

Two weeks ago, a funeral home in Fort Worth, Texas received a “notice to vacate” letter from their landlord, and they moved their business from the premises. The problem is, some customers were allegedly left behind. By “customers,” we mean eight people who are deceased were found in the building. Now the mortuary is being treated as a crime scene. [More]

(CrzysChick)

Answer Cycle: Solutions To 4 Common Laundry Problems

Everyone wears clothes and everyone has to clean them somehow, but changes in laundry technology mean that you might encounter problems that your parents never taught you to solve. Don’t worry: the heroic appliance testers and textile experts down the hall from us at Consumer Reports have you covered. [More]

Tumblr Won’t Take Down Images From Illegal Toilet Cam In Missouri Gas Station

Tumblr Won’t Take Down Images From Illegal Toilet Cam In Missouri Gas Station

It all began with hidden camera footage of men using the restroom. This footage appeared on a porn site, and was later taken down after an investigation revealed that the models were unwitting. A police detective has been indicted for planting the camera. The trouble is, still frames from the ill-gotten footage live on…on Tumblr. [More]

Pumpkin Creep: Pumpkin-Flavored Toaster Strudels Hit Shelves In July

Pumpkin Creep: Pumpkin-Flavored Toaster Strudels Hit Shelves In July

For years, we’ve chronicled the terrifying rise of holiday creep, a phenomenon where retailers put holiday-related items out before any rational person would shop for Santa hats or turkey centerpieces. Other retail seasons creep, too, like back-to-school. And pumpkin season. [More]

Sears Ships Tiny Wrench To Store In Giant Box

Sears Ships Tiny Wrench To Store In Giant Box

You would think that when ordering an item online for in-store pickup, a retailer would package the item in an efficient way, perhaps putting it in a box with other tools being shipped to the store. No. Not at Victor’s local Sears. [More]

(Michelle Rick)

Restaurant Menus Remove Dollar Signs So You’ll Spend More $

When you read a restaurant menu, you might not notice that there are no dollar signs. Why is that? Removing currency symbols severs the connection between restaurant purchases and real money in your mind, and makes you spend more. No, really. [More]

Mattress Store Tries Novel Approach: Leaving Customers Alone

Mattress Store Tries Novel Approach: Leaving Customers Alone

Mattress shopping can be a stressful, high-pressure experience, with difficulty in comparing different models. One store in the Midwest wants to solve that problem by eliminating sales staff from the process. Entirely. No, they aren’t going to sell mattresses online: they plan an unattended store where shoppers can browse in complete peace. [More]

(Molly)

Prediction: 10 Brands That Might Disappear In 2015

Every year, 24/7 Wall Street looks around the American business landscape and makes a list of ten brands that they think are doomed. The list includes corporations, retail chains, and product lines, and is quite diverse. However, it’s not very accurate. [More]

Advance Fee Fraudsters Offended When I Use Junk Mail Nuclear Option

Advance Fee Fraudsters Offended When I Use Junk Mail Nuclear Option

For some years now, we’ve suggested a nuclear option when a company simply will not sending you unwanted mail. It’s called a prohibitory order, and officially intended for when someone sends you smutty material that you didn’t ask for. Junk mail is pretty offensive, though, right? Yet one company was offended when a reader used this option to end a torrent of junk mail. [More]

July Recall Roundup – Beware Of Flimsy Phone Chargers

July Recall Roundup – Beware Of Flimsy Phone Chargers

In July’s recall roundup, the Consumer Products Safety Commission is out to protect us all from shocking air conditioners, exploding wine bottles, leaking snow throwers, and dangerous mobile device chargers. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Explore Canada, Find Primitive Smartphone

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Explore Canada, Find Primitive Smartphone

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are a brave band of retail archaeologists who comb the continent’s stores to find the most ancient books, electronic devices, video games, and software at inappropriately high prices. I say “the continent” because today’s dispatches come from Raiders stationed in Canada. [More]

Pizza Hut Introduces Double Stuffed-Crust Pizza Because Why Not

We love cheese here at Consumerist, but we’re not sure whether we would enjoy a new and exciting product available at Pizza Hut in the Dominican Republic: a pizza with two cheese-stuffed crusts; one in the middle surrounding a bowl of marinara to dip this pile of cheese and deliciousness in. The result almost resembles a giant grilled cheese sandwich with some toppings on it. [Brand Eating]

Best Buy Doesn’t Want You To Know They Take Returns Without A Receipt

Best Buy Doesn’t Want You To Know They Take Returns Without A Receipt

Every store has two sets of policies: the official ones distributed to customers, and the policies from the other end that employees learn in training. A source inside Best Buy contacted us recently to explain how it’s possible to return items to Best Buy without a receipt. Yes, it is possible. No, customers aren’t supposed to know that. [More]

$61 Sexagintuple Frap 2.0 Breaks Starbucks Free Drink Record

$61 Sexagintuple Frap 2.0 Breaks Starbucks Free Drink Record

Sameera planned carefully for her attempt at breaking a world record. She obtained permission from the store where her attempt would take place, and even made sure to alert media outlets ahead of time. She even brought the proper equipment and a support team. What record was she out to break? She sought to make the most expensive single free Starbucks drink of all time. Update: Yeah, about that record… [More]

How Much Does Soda Cost At Target? Target Has No Idea

How Much Does Soda Cost At Target? Target Has No Idea

How much does a 12-pack of fizzy high-fructose corn water cost at Target? We would like to say that this is not a trick question, except for how it’s a trick question. Rather than “Target math,” where it costs more to buy a larger quantity of the same item, this soda display uses Target’s sale logic. The same item has multiple prices simultaneously. [More]