Subway Celebrates 50th Anniversary By Changing HQ Street Name To ‘Sub Way’

Subway Celebrates 50th Anniversary By Changing HQ Street Name To ‘Sub Way’

Subway, the seemingly ubiquitous sandwichery, turns 50 this year. Happy birthday, Subway! The company has decided to celebrate by renaming the Milford, Connecticut street where its headquarters is located in its own honor, and local government has agreed to the change. The new name: Sub Way. Of course. [More]

(John Karakatsanis)[

T-Mobile Hands Over ‘Refurbished’ Phone Full Of Someone Else’s Data, Shrugs

A T-Mobile customer bought the un-carrier’s “Premium Handset Protection” when getting a new phone, and eventually had to use it when his Nexus 5 stopped working. The phone swap was a bigger hassle than he anticipated, but that wasn’t really the problem: the problem was that the phone was still full of the previous owner’s stuff, and logged on to her social media accounts. [More]

At Target And Walmart, Save More Money By Not Buying In Bulk

At Target And Walmart, Save More Money By Not Buying In Bulk

Target has its own special variety of math, where putting an item on sale means raising the price, and buying in bulk means that you pay more per unit. This strange method of calculating prices isn’t exclusive to Target, though: you can find it at other retailers, too. [More]

Unhappy Subway Customer Hurls Sandwich, Soda, And Car At Employee

Unhappy Subway Customer Hurls Sandwich, Soda, And Car At Employee

There are many ways to express your dissatisfaction when you aren’t happy with a product or service, but we do not recommend any of the methods that a woman in California used earlier this week when a sandwich displeased her. According to local police, first she hurled words at the employee, then her sandwich, then her beverage. After that, things got even worse. [More]

(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]

(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]

(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]

(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]

When Life Makes Too Much Sense, Just Apply Target Math

When Life Makes Too Much Sense, Just Apply Target Math

Here is how buying in bulk is supposed to work: you go to the store. You buy a multi-pack of an item, so the retailer makes more money from your shopping trip. In turn, the retailer charges you less for the multi-pack than you normally would have paid. That’s how this works…except when stores apply Target Math. [More]

Walmart Marks Defunct Multiplayer Game Down To Only $15

Walmart Marks Defunct Multiplayer Game Down To Only $15

Back in 2010, we pointed out something kind of silly and unfair that happened at one reader’s local Walmart: there was an old computer game on the shelves. This happened to be a multiplayer game, which required access to servers to play. Those servers were shut down in 2009, making the game completely useless if purchased in 2010, or in 2013, and it’s just as useless now. [More]

Pizza Hut Officially Announces Pizza Surrounded By Pigs In Blankets

Pizza Hut Officially Announces Pizza Surrounded By Pigs In Blankets

Over the last eight years and in multiple countries, Pizza Hut has been carefully developing their “hot dog stuffed in a pizza crust” concept. An early version stuffed only the ends of a regular-length hot dog inside the crust, creating a pretty flower shape. Then the frankfurters lay horizontally along the crust, like the ropes of cheese. Now the crust has finally come to America, as the Hut hinted earlier this week. [More]

Get Your Free Iced Tea At Teavana June 10 To Celebrate Another Nonsense Holiday

Did you know that there’s a National Iced Tea Day? It’s tomorrow, June 10 and yes, it is a self-promotional event, but the important thing is that you can celebrate this non-holiday by picking up a free 16-ounce iced berry-pineapple herbal tea at Teavana. There’s no purchase required, but if you go, be sure to avoid the upsell if fancy implements for making loose-leaf iced tea aren’t really your thing. [Starbucks Melody]

(The Impulsive Buy)

Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Crust Monstrosity Is Coming To America

Wacky menu items that international chain restaurants add at their overseas outlets are are sometimes strange regional one-offs, and sometimes items being tested for larger markets. After a pizza crust stuffed with hot dogs appeared at Pizza Huts in Luxembourg, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Yes, we’re hearing reports that Pizza Hut will bring the crust stuffed with hot dogs home to America. [More]

Sears Leadership Still Convinced That Rewards Program Will Save The Company

Sears Leadership Still Convinced That Rewards Program Will Save The Company

Shop Your Way Rewards is not a difficult program to join. The process consists of giving your e-mail address to a cashier at Sears or Kmart, and…that’s pretty much it. It doesn’t cost anything. Yet the leadership of Sears Holdings Corporation remains fixed on the program and the idea of having “members” rather than customers, and we still can’t figure out why. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Ancient And Mysterious Feature Phone

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Ancient And Mysterious Feature Phone

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are a brave band of explorers who comb the darkest corners of the world’s discount stores to find the ancient gadgets with inappropriately high prices. We call these finds “retail antiquities,” and share the explorers’ field notes with the world. [More]

Reader Notices Target Math, Gets $4.99 Off Price Of Lamp

Reader Notices Target Math, Gets $4.99 Off Price Of Lamp

Target is a discount store, but also a strange and mystical place where Doritos are refrigerated, sale items are simultaneously 50% off and free, and customers are notified when something isn’t on sale. As a Consumerist reader, Erin knew to look out for Target’s strange version of reality, and was able to get an item for the lower shelf tag price rather than the higher “sale” price. [More]

Sears Shareholders Sue, Claim CEO Is Stripping Company For Parts

Sears Shareholders Sue, Claim CEO Is Stripping Company For Parts

For many years here at Consumerist, we developed a theory that the venerable department store Sears was secretly a vast anti-capitalist prank, which actively avoided selling merchandise. Its goal was something else: perhaps waiting for the retail real estate market to turn around and cash in the land and buildings that it owns. A group of Sears Holdings shareholders are starting to think the same thing, and they’ve filed a lawsuit against the company and its manifesto-writing CEO, Eddie Lampert. [More]

This McDonald’s Asks Drive-Thru Customers To Bend The Laws Of Physics

This McDonald’s Asks Drive-Thru Customers To Bend The Laws Of Physics

McDonald’s is trying all kinds of new things to attract younger customers and sling fries at them, but we’re not so sure about their plan to increase drive-thru traffic in the United Kingdom by bending the laws of physics. “Please use both lanes to place your order,” a new sign says. Both? [More]