Get Ready For A Frozen Pizza Vending Machine

Get Ready For A Frozen Pizza Vending Machine

Get ready: Box Brands, makers of the BurritoBox vending machine that serves up hot burritos in about a minute, is about to revolutionize fast food kiosks again. Well, maybe “revolutionize” is the wrong word, because what they want to do is put giant boxes that sell hot pizzas without pesky human interaction on every street corner. Depending on your point of view, that’s a tasty revolution or a dystopian nightmare. [More]

Your Wrapped Meat Leaks Bacteria-Laden Juice Everywhere

Your Wrapped Meat Leaks Bacteria-Laden Juice Everywhere

The poultry that you buy at the grocery store is securely wrapped up specifically so consumers don’t spread traces of chicken juice on everything that they touch, right? Well… about that. For a new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government agency in charge of making sure that our meat doesn’t kill us, scientists followed shoppers around and checked surfaces that they touched for poultry proteins. Guess what they found? [More]

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How Should Business Owners Respond To A Negative Online Review?

We know that the proper response of a business to a bad online review shouldn’t be to post their own fake positive ones, or to fine wedding hosts for the bad reviews by their invited guests. Yet what should the proper response be when someone expresses dissatisfaction with your business…or when you take over a business with a history of bad reviews? [More]

GM Recalls 269,001 Saturns, Chevrolets, Cadillacs, Buicks, And Pontiacs

GM Recalls 269,001 Saturns, Chevrolets, Cadillacs, Buicks, And Pontiacs

Well, it’s the end of business on a Friday afternoon, so that means it must be time for another General Motors recall! As part of their apparent effort to recall every GM vehicle on the roads at least once, this afternoon the company announced the recall of 202,115 cars from current brands Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet, and from defunct brands Saturn and Pontiac. [More]

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Atheist Group Points Out Diner’s “Praying In Public” Discount Is A Civil Rights Violation

Last week, a diner in North Carolina made headlines for giving a 15% discount to customers who said grace before eating. While the owner argued that the discount was more about rewarding customers who express “gratitude,” it’s hard to ignore that the discount is described on receipts as a discount for “Praying in Public.” [More]

Quick Fixes For When Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Working Like It Used To

We’re almost through the entire summer: has your air conditioner worked hard for you through the whole season? If it is no longer performing like it used to, here are some quick fix-it-yourself ideas from our optimal-temperature colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports. It’s possible that you don’t need to junk your A/C: just check a few things that you can probably handle yourself. [Consumer Reports]

Customers, UPS Drivers Revolt Against Onslaught Of 17-Pound Restoration Hardware Catalogs

Customers, UPS Drivers Revolt Against Onslaught Of 17-Pound Restoration Hardware Catalogs

We would be shocked if there’s anyone in the world who actually wants 17 pounds’ worth of glossy Restoration Hardware catalogs. Since the doorstops first began hitting doorsteps back in May, though, more catalog recipients who value the environment and the lower backs of delivery personnel have been speaking out. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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Here are twelve 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]

Does Amazon Want Everyone To Know My Neighbor Bought A Fire Phone?

Does Amazon Want Everyone To Know My Neighbor Bought A Fire Phone?

“Amazon would like you to know that there is a $300 phone on your neighbor’s porch,” reader Will wrote to us, attaching a photo that he took in the common area of his condo complex. Could that be? Is Amazon really labeling boxes that contain the Fire Phone with what’s inside and not requiring carriers to ask customers for a signature? Nope. [More]

Pizza Hut Is Losing Sales In U.S., Doing Awesome Everywhere Else

Pizza Hut Is Losing Sales In U.S., Doing Awesome Everywhere Else

Have Americans finally had enough cheese-stuffed crusts? That could be. We just aren’t flocking to Pizza Hut restaurants like we used to in past decades. Instead, competing chains like Papa John’s and Little Caesar’s are munching on slices of what used to be the Hut’s business. [More]

Using Your Phone As A GPS Is Awesome Until You Get A Distracted Driving Ticket

Using Your Phone As A GPS Is Awesome Until You Get A Distracted Driving Ticket

Smartphone GPS apps are extremely useful tools for people who want real-time traffic information and/or you don’t want to drag around a separate GPS unit. Yet motorists should be careful: even if they’re just choosing a different route or reporting a construction zone, they can get in serious trouble for simply holding a phone in their hands. [More]

Uber And Lyft Now Open For Business In Houston

Uber And Lyft Now Open For Business In Houston

When Uber and Lyft opened for business in Houston, the same thing happened that has happened in many cities with existing livery industries: taxi companies freaked out and sought help from the city government. Now both ride-sharing services are open for business in the city, with some additional rules in place that are intended to help traditional taxi companies compete with them. [More]

(J Phang - Yes, this is an A5, but it looks cool.)

How Leasing A Car Became A $4,779.37 Mistake

Generally, any story that contains the phrase, “the salesperson talked me into…” is not going to end well. That was the case for personal finance blogger Michael Timmermann, who started out ready to buy a car in cash, ended up with a lease on a beautiful Audi A4. This wasn’t so bad until he moved to Washington, D.C., where he didn’t really need a car, but had to pay $300 per month to park his Audi. [More]

(Michael C. Rael)

Are You Waiting For-Freaking-Ever To Get DVDs From Netflix?

Jason is a longtime Netflix subscriber, and he doesn’t remember anything like his current problem happening before. Simply put, he has a lot of new movie releases in his DVD queue, and he’s in for a “very long wait” for most of them. He wonders: is this because Netflix is trying to slowly kill its DVD business? [More]

They are not baby-sitters. (Kevin A. Hinkle)

Attention Parents: The LEGO Store Is Not A Day Care Center

LEGO stores are fun and amazing places for children, collectors, and for human beings in general. However, there is one thing they are not: a child care service where parents can ditch their kids while they shop. A mother from Long Island learned this earlier this week after she was arrested when she returned to the store to pick up her 7-year-old son. [More]

AOL Raises Prices, Still Manages To Have 2.3 Million Subscribers

AOL Raises Prices, Still Manages To Have 2.3 Million Subscribers

When you’re reporting your results to investors, it’s good to focus on the good news. For example, AOL is now taking in more money per subscriber each month: $20.86 compared to $20.03 at the same time last year. What’s that? Yes, of course AOL still has subscribers. [More]

Credit Card Fraud Suspect Doesn’t Have ID, Poses For Picture With Card Instead

Credit Card Fraud Suspect Doesn’t Have ID, Poses For Picture With Card Instead

A suspected credit-card thief was caught thanks to the quick thinking of a cashier at a beauty-supply store in Florida. He didn’t quite feel comfortable with the purchase, and the customer didn’t have any photo identification on her that matched the name on the card. Instead of turning the customer away, he asked her to pose for a photo while holding up the card. She did. [More]

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Who Wants To Live In A Former Hershey Cocoa Bean Silo?

Last year, mega-choco-corp Hershey’s closed its longtime factory and moved operations to a new facility. There’s a limited market for massive chocolate factories, and most of the site has been torn down to have new, non-candy-related things built on it. One relic of the factory that will stay is the row of massive cocoa bean silos, which have new owners and are going to become…something. [More]