When Cell Tower Workers Die, OSHA Now Tracks Which Telecom Sent Them Up

When Cell Tower Workers Die, OSHA Now Tracks Which Telecom Sent Them Up

Almost two years ago, ProPublica and Frontline investigated the deaths of tower climbers, the brave souls who scale cell towers so that we can make emergency phone calls on the highway and stream Netflix in our dentists’ waiting rooms. Nineteen climbers have died on the job since the beginning of 2013, and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is paying close attention. [More]

eBay Issues $10 Non-Coupon, Not An April Fool’s Day Joke

eBay Issues $10 Non-Coupon, Not An April Fool’s Day Joke

Recently, a lot of eBay users received a great coupon in their e-mail: $10 off if you complete a sale on the site. It expires on April 6, this coming Sunday. What a great idea: it will encourage customers to make eBay purchases! Well, it would have been if it worked, at least. Instead, customers were told that the coupon had “no remaining funding.” Oh. [More]

Walgreens Customer Mistaken For Homeless Person, Kicked Out Of Store

Walgreens Customer Mistaken For Homeless Person, Kicked Out Of Store

An overzealous Walgreens security guard and a case of mistaken identity led to what the drugstore chain is calling “an unfortunate situation” in Chicago. A 62-year-old man, a Vietnam War veteran, claims that he entered the store and a security guard asked him to leave or face arrest. The guard had mistaken him for a homeless man who had caused problems at the same store. [More]

Starbucks Customer Claims Barista Gave Her Satanic Latte Art

Starbucks Customer Claims Barista Gave Her Satanic Latte Art

Usually, it adds extra cheer to your day when the person who made your coffee beverage adds a decorative flourish to the cup, whether it’s traditional latte foam art or a pretty caramel drizzle. One Starbucks customer in Louisiana says that a barista served up two beverages adorned with a pentagram and the number 666 in caramel syrup. [More]

(Adam Gerard)

Americans Drinking Fewer Soft Drinks, More Sweetened Fake Fruit Water And Energy Drinks

Maybe Americans are finally figuring out that fizzy soft drinks are delicious sweetener bombs and we should maybe roll back our consumption a little. Or we’re broke and cutting out the sugar water. Whatever the case, nationwide, carbonated soft drink sales are down 3%. What’s taking their place? Well, not tap water. [More]

Kmart And JCPenney Join eBay Now Because Why The Heck Not

Kmart And JCPenney Join eBay Now Because Why The Heck Not

It used to be be that eBay was the place where you could go to buy obscure collectibles and sell the remain of your broken computer. Instead of all of those regular civilian consumers, though, eBay is more interested in dealing with big retail brands these days, offering a concierge service that will deliver your purchases to you within mere hours. [More]

Dunkin’ Donuts Sticks Marshmallow Peeps On Donuts, Calls It Breakfast

If you really need to get moving in the morning, try the new seasonal offering from Dunkin’ Donuts: flower-shaped donuts with a layer of colorful frosting, topped with a marshmallow Peep. You could also call it a sugar-coated pastry with a sugar-encrusted sugar blob on top. “As America’s donut leader, we are always seeking new and innovative donut varieties to help our guests celebrate special moments and occasions,” Dunkin’ Brands Executive Chef Stan Frankenthaler says in a press release, because of course Dunkin’ Donuts has an executive chef.

At The Melting Pot, Kids Eat Free For $15

At The Melting Pot, Kids Eat Free For $15

At Erica’s local Melting Pot, they have what sounds like a super fun event, a Little Chefs dinner where kids can cook macaroni and cheese fondue and a chocolate dessert fondue, while wearing chef hats and learning the magical ways of cheese and chocolate. That sounds fun…but Erica received an e-mail from the restaurant that made this all seem very confusing. [More]

Sad About Losing SiriusXM ’40s On 4? Try Asking For A Refund

Sad About Losing SiriusXM ’40s On 4? Try Asking For A Refund

When we posted on Friday about SiriusXM temporarily bumping their station ’40s on 4 to make room for a station that’s 24/7 Billy Joel, we didn’t realize how many people enjoy rocking out Greatest Generation-style in their cars. One fan was able to get a small concession from SiriusXM, and this might work for others, too. [More]

(design boner)

Time Warner Cable Glitch During “The Walking Dead” Finale Infuriates Upstate NY Customers

Last night, the season finale of “The Walking Dead” aired on AMC. Viewers were glued to their televisions as they always are during a major television event, but something terrible happened last night. In the Syracuse, NY area, the AMC signal cut out about 38 minutes into the broadcast. [More]

Coke And Mentos Geyser Tests The Limits Of A Condom

Coke And Mentos Geyser Tests The Limits Of A Condom

It probably isn’t necessary for us consumers to test the structural integrity of our condoms, but this video published last week features a bold Italian experimenter doing just that. [More]

You Cannot Grow Bananas In Ohio

You Cannot Grow Bananas In Ohio

Bananas thrive in a subtropical climate: a place where the temperature is warm, the humidity is high, and there’s about twelve hours of sunlight per day. You know, like Ohio. [More]

(Groupon)

Groupon’s “Salebration” Leads To Confused, Voucherless Customers

Groupon is running a shady deal, readers told us. They recently sent a 20% off coupon code to customers, promising 20% off a local deal. Neat. Jenny nabbed three $12 vouchers for a local store, spending only $18. Yet her 20% coupon only got her a discount of $1.20. She was disappointed that it was only taking ten percent off, and complained to Groupon and to us. The deal, it turns out, wasn’t shady at all. [More]

Does Less Cash Mean Less Crime?

Does Less Cash Mean Less Crime?

This might seem like a completely backwards question, especially when you consider the recent mega-breach of credit and debit card numbers at Target. But it could be that the wider adoption of credit cards and electronic payments contributed to huge decreases in crime rates in the United States in the 1990s. [More]

Right Guard Shrink Rays Aerosol Can By 15%

Right Guard Shrink Rays Aerosol Can By 15%

Bob currently works in China, and stocks up on his favorite deodorant, one that he isn’t allergic to, during his visits to the United States. Historically, a can of the stuff has lasted him a year. That’s not going to be the case anymore, since each 10-ounce can has lost 1.5 ounces. [More]

SiriusXM Swaps ’40s Music For Billy Joel, Learns That People Really Love ’40s Music

SiriusXM Swaps ’40s Music For Billy Joel, Learns That People Really Love ’40s Music

If you’ve never had SiriusXM satellite radio, you might not be familiar with their station “’40s on 4.” It’s exactly what it sounds like: songs from the first half of this century that your grandparents or great-grandparents might sing along with. You might assume that this sort of station wouldn’t be popular enough in 2014 to prompt a public outcry when it’s taken away. You would be wrong. [More]

Driver-Licenses.org Is Not Where You Renew Your Driver License

Driver-Licenses.org Is Not Where You Renew Your Driver License

Here’s the thing with modern Web browsers: they cater to our innate laziness by making the address bar dual-use. You can type a URL in, or you can type a search term. If you do that while trying to renew your driver’s license online, you may run into trouble. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Amanda SG)

Here are ten 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]