Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Steven Depolo)

Here are seven 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]

Soft Drink Companies Fund Fitness Programs, Ungrateful Governments Campaign Against Soda Anyway

Soft Drink Companies Fund Fitness Programs, Ungrateful Governments Campaign Against Soda Anyway

Soft drink companies have an important message to get across to the public: their products can be part of a healthy lifestyle when used occasionally, and when you burn off that Mountain Dew with regular exercise. They’ve even been nice enough to fund fitness programs in many cities, and those ungrateful cities respond by proposing taxes and warning labels for their products. [More]

Maybe Warehouse Clubs Have Influenced Our Shopping Even More Than E-Commerce

Maybe Warehouse Clubs Have Influenced Our Shopping Even More Than E-Commerce

Americans’ shopping habits have changed somewhat over the last few decades, but that’s not necessarily because of e-commerce. Two economists at the University of Chicago argue that the rise of warehouse clubs is what has really changed Americans’ shopping habits and the retailscape. [More]

Hackers Swipe 225,000 Jailbroken iPhone Users’ Account Information

Hackers Swipe 225,000 Jailbroken iPhone Users’ Account Information

Jailbreaking your Apple device, or using illicitly obtained software to customize it in ways that Apple never intended and install unauthorized apps, is something that most users thought was against the rules but innocent, even if it does void your Apple warranty. Now Apple is facing a good news/bad news situation: a hack involving jailbroken iPhones validates their policies, but also means that the phrase “iPhone hack” is all over the news. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Michael)

Here are eleven 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]

Failed Kickstarter Project Ships Cards 3 Years Late After State Of Washington Sues

Failed Kickstarter Project Ships Cards 3 Years Late After State Of Washington Sues

You may remember that last month, we reported that the first legal action against a crowdfunded project ended with the state of Washington imposing $54,851 in restitution, civil penalties, and the attorney general’s costs and fees on the company, based on the number of backers who lived in Washington state at the time of the Kickstarter campaign. Now there’s a complication: the company is actually starting to ship stuff. [More]

(Michelle Rick)

Workers Say UK Restaurant Chain Keeps Their Tips, Makes Them Lie To Customers About It

When you’re eating at a restaurant and they impose a “service charge,” where do you assume that money goes? While laws regarding the pay of tipped workers are different in the United Kingdom than here, they do have the custom of tipping. Except at the chain restaurant Côte, which reportedly imposes an optional service charge which isn’t distributed directly to waitstaff. [More]

(Gilbert Mercier)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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]

iPhone Theft Victim Seeks To Locate Possible Thieves Using Selfies

iPhone Theft Victim Seeks To Locate Possible Thieves Using Selfies

A woman whose iPhone was stolen from her bag at an amusement park in Ohio wants to find the people who have her phone, and they’re helping her out with it. Not intentionally, of course. However, the phone is still attached to her cloud storage account, which means that the selfies they snap turn up on the woman’s other devices. [More]

Angry Sephora Customers Invent Mass Returns As A Form Of Consumer Protest

Angry Sephora Customers Invent Mass Returns As A Form Of Consumer Protest

What happens when a retailer encourages customers to buybuybuy in order to rack up rewards points for a special event, and then that event turns out to be a massive disappointment? If you’re the super-loyal, big-spending Sephora customers who tried to take part in the beauty retailer’s recent Epic Rewards promotion, you pack up all of your recent purchases and bring them back to the store. [More]

Fox Offers Viewers Choice: Watch Traditional Commercials, Or Watch Just One Ad

Fox Offers Viewers Choice: Watch Traditional Commercials, Or Watch Just One Ad

If you had the choice to watch just one commercial before a program begins, then watch the rest uninterrupted, would you consider it? Fox is beginning an experiment with that idea this week. Viewers of Gordon Ramsay’s kiddie cooking contest, MasterChef Junior, will have the choice to watch one minute-long interactive ad before the show begins, or regular old ad breaks during the program. [More]

Starbucks Announces Actual Pumpkin Will Be Added To Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks Announces Actual Pumpkin Will Be Added To Pumpkin Spice Latte

Well, it’s August, and we all know what that means: several more weeks of summer! Oh, and also that pumpkin spice lattes will soon be hitting your nearest Starbucks, because that happens well before fall begins. This year, Starbucks is drawing attention to the annual event by changing the recipe up a bit, removing caramel coloring and changing to a pumpkin sauce that has a small amount of pumpkin purée in it. [More]

(Mike Matney)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are seven 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]

Two Men, Two Colostomy Bags, Two Shoplifting Accusations, Three Steaks, One Arrest, One Apology

Two Men, Two Colostomy Bags, Two Shoplifting Accusations, Three Steaks, One Arrest, One Apology

Two men on different continents who have similar medical problems and have undergone the same surgery, and recent trips to these ended poorly for both of them. They both have colostomies, and store employees mistook both of their bags for stolen merchandise and became suspicious. The difference: one of them men was allegedly trying to leave the store with $75 worth of steak stuffed in his colostomy bag, and the other was innocent. [More]

(WDAF-TV)

Family Says HOA Threatening To Sue Over Purple Play Set In Their Backyard

Is the color purple harmonious with nature? That depends on who you ask: one Missouri homeowners association says a purple play set in the backyard strikes a discordant note with its environment, but the family who owns it says it fits in perfectly with fall foliage. The family says the HOA has threatened to sue them over the swing set and slide. [More]

(Janet Ulliott)

Customer Turned Down For Loan, Threatens Kia Dealership With Handgun

There are many ways to deal with the situation when you’re turned down for a car loan. You could, for example, try a different dealership, or apply for financing through your own bank or credit union first. We do not recommend the tactic that one man in Kansas took last week, which was to pull out a handgun and threaten Kia dealership employees with it. [More]

(Robert S. Donovan)

Butter Can Be Bad For Your Health, Concludes Study Paid For By Dairy Industry. Wait, What?

When an industry funds a scientific study of what they do or produce, you can roll your eyes and safely assume that the data will show that the phenomenon being studied is healthy or at least not actively harmful. Right? No, not necessarily. A study evaluating the health effects of eating butter regularly surprised cynics by showing that the substance raised study participants’ cholesterol. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Joachim Rayos)

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]