(Phillip Pessar)

There’s Still $43 Million In Outstanding RadioShack Gift Cards, And Texas Wants To Rescue It

When a retailer looks like it might be in danger of going out of business, we warn gift card holders to use their cards soon, before the company declares bankruptcy and the cards lose their value. Not everyone has the good sense to read Consumerist, though, and that’s why the Texas Attorney General wants the smoldering remains of RadioShack to put aside some money for gift card holders. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(吉姆 Jim Hofman)

Here are nine 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]

(frankieleon)

Walmart Tries Moving Greeters Back To The Entrance

A few years ago, Walmart tried an experiment with their staff greeters who stood at the doorway of every store: they moved them away from the front door. Sure, they would still greet people who they encountered, but their jobs also involved directing customers to an open register, or performing tasks inside the store at a time when Walmarts were catastrophically short-staffed. Now Walmart is testing the idea of maybe reversing that decision. [More]

Colorado Family Rents Car, Finds Pot Left Inside After Driving Cross-Country

Colorado Family Rents Car, Finds Pot Left Inside After Driving Cross-Country

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Colorado now, sure, but that doesn’t mean that it’s legal on the federal level or everywhere else in the country. This caused a dilemma for a family who rented a car in their home state, then drove across the country before they found 1/8 ounce of pot in one of the backseat pockets. [More]

(Burger King)

Burger King Introduces Top-Secret Sauce For Chicken Fries

You’ve surely heard the expression “secret sauce,” but Burger King is taking the idea a little further with their new dipping sauce for chicken fries. The sauce isn’t just secret: it’s so secret that it isn’t on the menu. Of course, it’s not so secret that the company isn’t promoting it on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, but some stores haven’t heard anything about it. [More]

RadioShack Sells Last Thing Of Value It Owns: $50 Million Worth Of Property

RadioShack Sells Last Thing Of Value It Owns: $50 Million Worth Of Property

In its bankruptcy auction, RadioShack has sold its store leases, the merchandise in most of its stores, and even key intellectual property assets like its customer mailing lists and “TheShack.com.” Now the company has found buyers for its last multimillion-dollar assets: property in Texas and regional facilities in Maryland and in California have been sold, taking in about $50 million that will go to the company’s creditors. [More]

The suspects' likely plan for later in the day. (ken fager)

Shoplifters Spotted Shoving Hamburgers Down Pants

Two men in Texas California were sort of shuffling around a supermarket without purchasing anything. One of the men was wearing very baggy pants, and store employees later told police that it was obvious something had been shoved inside his trousers. When the staff confronted him, his pants fell down, revealing ill-gotten hamburgers. [More]

(Chad Small)

Price Tags Might Be A Strange 150-Year Anomaly In The History Of Commerce

In the past, most recently in 2013, Coca-Cola has experimented with the idea of vending machines that adjust prices according to the temperature. The idea really bothers some people, but fixed prices that are always the same for everyone haven’t historically been the norm. We may be coming to the end of a weird century-and-a-half experiment with the practice. [More]

Hormel Goes To Its Culinary ‘Discovery Space,’ Returns With Bags Of Spam Jerky

Hormel Goes To Its Culinary ‘Discovery Space,’ Returns With Bags Of Spam Jerky

Our world is one where people go crazy over novel presentations of beloved snacks, but also one where people are seeking snacks full of protein. That’s why it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Hormel, best known as the maker of Spam, is expanding into new, snack-size iterations of their meat and peanut butter products. [More]

Olay Shrink Rays Soap Bars, Users Remain Ageless And Beautiful

Olay Shrink Rays Soap Bars, Users Remain Ageless And Beautiful

Jacob doesn’t buy soap very often, since his preferred brand is available in a 6-bar bulk pack. He discovered the last time he stocked up that the bars have considerably less bulk in them than they used to, though: each bar is now one quarter of an ounce lighter, for a total of one and a half ounces less soap in the bulk pack. [More]

Restoration Hardware Expands Into Modern Furniture, Modern Doorstops

Restoration Hardware Expands Into Modern Furniture, Modern Doorstops

Restoration Hardware is a service that delivers free doorstops to people in wealthy zip codes. They apparently also sell furniture, and managed to thrive during the recession by selling pricey items to rich people instead of bothering to discount their products for the masses like other furniture stores. Now they’re launching a sibling brand, RH Modern, that you won’t be able to afford, either. [More]

(jayRaz)

18-Year-Old Tracks Lost Smartphone Using GPS, Is Shot To Death

Authorities still aren’t quite sure what happened in a case in London, Ontario, Canada, where an 18-year-old man set out to find his missing smartphone using GPS and ended up shot to death. He tracked his phone remotely, and followed it to an address in the city of London. After a confrontation with three men in a car, he was shot and killed. [More]

(Adam Fagen)

California Labor Commission: Uber Driver Was An Employee

Now that app-based ride-hailing services make the barrier of entry to the taxi business as low as “yep, I own a car, I try not to hit things with it, and I am not a criminal,” traditional ideas about who is an “employee” may have to change. This week, a decision by the California Labor Commission declared a former driver for Uber, which could be very expensive for similar companies if the decision holds up on appeal and applies to the rest of their fleet. [More]

(Gary Stevens)

Starbucks Closing All Standalone La Boulange Bakery Cafés By Fall

Back in 2012, Starbucks bought a San Francisco-based bakery chain, La Boulange, to help class up its offerings in the pastry case. While Starbucks will keep the brand for the pastries served in Starbucks cafés, the company has decided to close the 23 standalone La Boulange locactions that have stayed in business since the acquisition. [More]

Uber Still Working Out Logistics Of Delivering Food And Merchandise

Uber Still Working Out Logistics Of Delivering Food And Merchandise

New business ventures sometimes have unexpected problems. As ride-hailing service Uber tries to expand its business into hauling lunch orders and same-day online orders around, the company has hit some unanticipated problems. For example, some people order lunch when they think they’re ordering a ride, since both are part of the same mobile app. Some high-end retailers couldn’t use Uber driver since their insurance only covers merchandise up to $1,000. [More]

(Christine)

Consumers Love Designer Brands, Hate Products Splattered With Logos

The luxury goods industry has a problem: its customers now prefer subtlety. That means that bags that serve as walking billboards yet cost thousands of dollars just don’t sell like they used to. The global rich are now more interested in subtlety and craftsmanship, or they’re tired of feeling like they’re showing off. Maybe both. [More]

Why Bagged Salads End Up In Landfills Instead Of Compost Piles

Why Bagged Salads End Up In Landfills Instead Of Compost Piles

When food is past its prime and leaves the distributor or supermarket, where does it go? We’d like to think that it all ends up in a compost pile or anaerobic digester, which at least re-purposes the food and the methane it gives off while decomposing to fertilize future crops and to generate electricity. Here’s one sad exception: bagged salads. [More]

(Matthew Hunt)

Here’s Your Last Chance To Do Anything With A RadioShack Gift Card

If you’re a person interested in retail bankruptcy, you’ll want to learn about how unsecured creditors hope to extract money from the smoldering remains of RadioShack. If you’re someone who recently discovered that they’re stuck with a RadioShack gift card, you’ll want to learn about how you can file your own claim against this trust and maybe get a tiny bit of money back. [More]