Samsung Galaxy Catches Fire Under 13-Year-Old Girl’s Pillow

Samsung Galaxy Catches Fire Under 13-Year-Old Girl’s Pillow

It’s not all that unusual to fall asleep with your smartphone under your pillow: they make fine alarm clocks, and can hold so much important information that you don’t want it out of your reach, even while unconscious. Yet a Samsung smartphone woke up a 13-year-old girl near Dallas in the middle of the night when it began smoldering. [More]

Comparison Shopping At Target Would Be Easier If They Could Do Math

Comparison Shopping At Target Would Be Easier If They Could Do Math

A common strategy when comparison shopping is to use the unit prices that are often available on the shelf to help consumers. This is a pretty solid strategy…except, apparently, at reader MZ’s local Target, where the retailer doesn’t feel the need to make sure that their unit pricing reflects reality at all. [More]

Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight Because Of Dad’s Tweet

Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight Because Of Dad’s Tweet

It’s pretty great when your customer complaint over social media receives a swift, decisive response from the target company. What is not so great is when that response is to boot you and your elementary-school-age children off a plane before takeoff because you complained about a specific employee’s actions over Twitter. [More]

(AJENT.MSG)

Being In New Verizon Wireless Rewards Program Means Giving It Your Phone’s Location, Web Browsing Info

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so it comes as no surprise that companies want a little something in return when they reward customers for staying loyal. Thus, the tradeoff at the center of Verizon Wireless’ new Verizon Smart Rewards system: Customers opt in to the company’s location-tracking/marketing program, Verizon Selects, and then earn points toward discounts on “brand-name” merchandise and deals at local restaurants, stores and offers on travel. [More]

(Nicholas DiMaio)

Shoplifter Tries To Steal From Macy’s, Leaves Shirt, Bra, And Purse Behind

The woman suspected of shoplifting last night at a Macy’s store in California may be a little confused about how this whole “shoplifting” thing works. Police say that a loss prevention officer spotted the woman slipping items into her purse, and tried to detain her. Her shirt and bra came off during the altercation, and she fled the mall topless. [More]

Starbucks Employees Getting Really Tired Of Your Free Drink Record Attempts

Starbucks Employees Getting Really Tired Of Your Free Drink Record Attempts

We track and post attempts to make the largest possible Starbucks beverage on a single free drink coupon because the “competition” amuses us, and because we report on unusual things that happen in commerce. These record attempts are really unusual because, the online chatter indicates, Starbucks recently reminded their “partners” that Frappuccinos are not to be served by the free vat. [More]

(Gawker)

There Is No Limit To the Unlimited Appetizer Promotion At TGI Friday’s

Caity Weaver of our estranged former parent site Gawker made a deal with her editor: if she could stay at TGI Friday’s from the start of the lunch hour until 1 A.M., munching on a single order of all-you-can-eat appetizers, she would get a week’s vacation. Apparently, eating mozzarella sticks is an endurance sport. At least at TGI Friday’s, where, Weaver reports, the sticks are bland and not good. At least you can get a lot of them? [More]

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]

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]

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]

$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]

Here’s What Happens When You Ask A Starbucks Barista To Surprise You

Here’s What Happens When You Ask A Starbucks Barista To Surprise You

You probably can’t visit your local Starbucks and convince them to create a record-breaking $54 beverage in a giant flower vase, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask the people there to blend up a menu-bending creation for you. You’ll have to pay for the privilege of enjoying a Neapolitan Frap or a breakfast shake with an entire blueberry muffin blended into it. [More]

(LG)

LG Introduces House Arrest Wristbands For Small Children

We adults enjoy quantifying our every move with wearable technology like pedometer wristbands and other fitness-tracking gadgets, so why leave our kids out of the fun? Yesterday, LG announced that they’re introducing a wristband for kids that’s a hybrid of a tracking anklet used by the criminal justice system and your child’s first cell phone. [More]

Year seven, still going strong.

Meijer Gives Video Game History Lesson, Plays Mass Effect Trailer On Loop For 7 Years

This bit of video game lore in a discount store isn’t fodder for the Raiders of the Lost Walmart, because it isn’t something for sale. It’s not a retail antiquity, exactly, but a display in the video games section of a Meijer store that features a bafflingly old game. [More]

What Happens To Your Plane Ticket When There’s A Death In The Family?

(frankieleon)

There are all kinds of reasons why you might not be able to fly when you were planning to, or need to make a change in a scheduled itinerary. Unfortunately, one of those might be the death of a loved one. But now that most domestic airlines don’t offer special bereavement fares, many fliers find themselves dealing with airlines after they’ve already bought tickets to try to make changes. But because airlines don’t want just anyone to pull the “my grandma died,” often customers are finding the process of changing or canceling flights in these situations daunting, confusing, and well, a bit tacky. [More]

(The.Comedian)

Southwest’s International Flights Start Taking Off Today To Caribbean Destinations

Until now, Southwest Airlines has had its wings spread exclusively over American soil. But starting today, the carrier will start flying outside of the country, adding flights to the Caribbean first and other international destinations later this summer and into the fall. [More]