Ask Tax Dad: Doula Deductions, Pension Distributions, And The Sandwich Generation

Ask Tax Dad: Doula Deductions, Pension Distributions, And The Sandwich Generation

Historically, our staff Certified Tax Cat has handled readers’ questions about taxes, but he took feline early retirement and hung up his oversized eyeglasses. Filling in for him is Laura’s dad, a retired accountant and real live independent tax preparer. Exclusively on Consumerist, Tax Dad answers your questions. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Great Deal On AC/DC Rock Band Tunes For PS2

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Great Deal On AC/DC Rock Band Tunes For PS2

2009 doesn’t seem that long ago, but it’s a very long time when counted in game console years, which are much shorter than dog years. That’s how long this copy of AC/DC’s songs for the game Rock Band has waited for its forever home. If you still have a PlayStation 2 and don’t mind wasting $25 or so, could you make room for it? [More]

Norovirus, Not Brawl, Breaks Out At Chuck E. Cheese’s

Norovirus, Not Brawl, Breaks Out At Chuck E. Cheese’s

Something terrible broke out at a Minnesota Chuck E. Cheese’s last week, and for once it wasn’t an adult brawl requiring police intervention. No, this time it was something even more frightening: norovirus. Authorities believe that the illness didn’t spread through food, but across other surfaces. [More]

Pizza Hut New Zealand Redeems Itself With Crusts Stuffed With Chili Dogs

Pizza Hut New Zealand Redeems Itself With Crusts Stuffed With Chili Dogs

People all over the world were horrified but also intrigued to learn that in New Zealand, Pizza Hut offers a crust stuffed with cheese (good) and Marmite, a yeast-based paste (ew). Fortunately, the chain’s Kiwi outposts have redeemed themselves with a new offering: the Chilli Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza. Better yet: those hot dogs are actually cheese dogs. [More]

Date Set For “E.T.” Atari Cartridges Landfill Dig: April 26

Date Set For “E.T.” Atari Cartridges Landfill Dig: April 26

The world still doesn’t know for sure whether there really are millions of unsold copies of the game “E.T.” for the Atari 2500 buried in a landfill in New Mexico. Maybe that secret would have stayed buried if not for the team who thought that it might be fun and worthwhile to search for them and make a documentary film about the process. [More]

Domino’s Introduces Pizza Appetizers With Chicken For Crust

Domino’s Introduces Pizza Appetizers With Chicken For Crust

Do you know what most people really love? Meat. Add meat to a restaurant or fast food dish, especially if it replaces bread, and you’ll capture the public’s imagination and appetite. Look at the world’s (and this site’s) obsession with KFC’s Double Down sandwich, for example. Domino’s wants to capture some of that meat magic by slathering pizza toppings on chicken and declaring it an appetizer. [More]

Card Skimmer Discovered On Payment Kiosk In NYC Subway

Card Skimmer Discovered On Payment Kiosk In NYC Subway

Whenever I’m in New York City and load up a MetroCard at the train station kiosk, I give the card readers extra scrutiny and think to myself, “such a high-volume spot would be a great place to install a skimmer.” My paranoia was justified: earlier this week, the Metropolitan Transit Authority warned the public that they’ve found card skimmers on a few of those very kiosks. [More]

Evenflo Also Recalls 1.4 Million Car Seats For Sticky Buckle Issues

Evenflo Also Recalls 1.4 Million Car Seats For Sticky Buckle Issues

Hey, remember when Graco recalled more than 4 million child safety seats because their buckles have a tendency to latch a little too well when gummed up with food or beverages? It seems that they weren’t the only manufacturer to use the extra-sticky buckles. Evenflo has recalled just under 1.4 million of their seats for the same problem. [More]

Ask Tax Dad: I Just Can’t Quit Itemizing My Deductions

Ask Tax Dad: I Just Can’t Quit Itemizing My Deductions

Historically, our staff Certified Tax Cat has handled readers’ questions about taxes, but he took feline early retirement and hung up his oversized eyeglasses. Filling in for him is Laura’s dad, a retired accountant and real live independent tax preparer. Exclusively on Consumerist, Tax Dad answers your questions. [More]

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Federal Government Takes Taxpayers’ Refunds To Cover Decades-Old Overpayments

In a massive program like Social Security, sometimes people get overpayments ranging from a few bucks to a few thousand bucks. It used to be that if whatever government entity overpaid a family didn’t catch up with them and recoup the money, the statute of limitations on the debt would run out after ten years. A teeny section of the 2008 farm bill changed that, and now the government is snatching up taxpayers’ refunds to cover their dead parents’ decades-old debts. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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Here are eleven of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

Target: Stuff Your Easter Basket With Violent Video Games!

Target: Stuff Your Easter Basket With Violent Video Games!

Spring is here, and store shelves and websites are filled with Easter gift. Like these promotional items on the front page of Target. Only this looks more like a Christmas flyer. When did the Easter Bunny start bringing video games and Barbie dolls? [More]

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Oh Good: 46,000 More Mazdas Susceptible To Spider Infestation

Hey, remember when a bunch of Mazda 6 vehicles were recalled back in 2011 because spiders had a tendency to infest the fuel lines and build webs, resulting in a few cracked fuel tanks and lots of nightmares? Well, it’s happening again: 46,000 more Mazda6 vehicles have been recalled. (Warning: there is a larger-than-life photo of the relevant spider species inside this post.) [More]

Airlines Perform Worse, Passengers File Fewer Complaints

Airlines Perform Worse, Passengers File Fewer Complaints

If you have very, very low standards, you’re seldom disappointed, right? That seems to be reason for Americans’ attitudes toward airlines. As an annual independent study of airlines’ relative crappiness shows that airlines are doing worse on quality measures like number of bags lost, number of flights that arrived on time, and other measures of things that can make flying a miserable experience. [More]

April Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: So Long, Organic Peppercorns

April Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: So Long, Organic Peppercorns

In our April Recall Roundup for food, supplements, and even a few over-the-counter drugs, the lemon cookies have peanut butter, the vegan hot chocolate mix has dairy, and a lot of organic peppercorns might be contaminated with salmonella. [More]

Lands’ End Divorce From Sears Complete, But They’re Still Roommates

Lands’ End Divorce From Sears Complete, But They’re Still Roommates

After twelve years together, Sears and Lands’ End have officially split. They’ve been through a lot together: Sears bought the former sailing gear retailer in 2002, before the formation of the sprawling disaster that is Sears Holdings. For a while at least, absolutely nothing will change for consumers. [More]

Adults Set Bad Example, Punch Cop In The Face During Chuck E. Cheese Brawl

Adults Set Bad Example, Punch Cop In The Face During Chuck E. Cheese Brawl

Another weekend has passed, and so has another round of kids’ birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese establishments across the country. Guests enjoyed the pizza, the games, and the animatronic animals. Visitors in New Hartford, New York probably didn’t enjoy another fixture of the chain: brawls between adults that require police intervention. [More]

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Do Not Set Bird Seed On Fire To Distract Walmart Staff From Shoplifters

Shoplifting is a crime, a scourge in the retail business, and very, very bad. Do you know what’s worse than than shoplifting, though? Setting the store on fire to distract store security while your companion shoplifts. Now a Minneapolis woman has been charged with two counts of arson, and the Walmart store where this happened sustained six-figure damage. [More]