(Mummified in Michigan)

Body Found After 5 Years Of Auto-Paid Bills Finally Identified As Homeowner

The story of a woman in Michigan whose mortgage and other bills were paid automatically out of her five-figure checking account balance account while friends and family assumed that she was doing her own thing captured the public’s imagination. The idea that anyone could die and not be missed is chilling. Now DNA tests have confirmed that the homeowner was indeed the mummified body found in the back seat of her Jeep. [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]

(Carbon Arc)

The FDA Asks That You Please Not Ingest Pure Powdered Caffeine

People have been drinking caffeinated beverages for centuries, and popping caffeine pills for decades, and the Food and Drug Administration currently puts no hard limit on caffeine content in food. But the recent death of an Ohio teen who ingested the pure powdered form of caffeine has the FDA warning consumers against the incredibly potent stimulant. [More]

Man Accused Of Burglarizing Chicken Restaurant, Returning For Lunch

Man Accused Of Burglarizing Chicken Restaurant, Returning For Lunch

We aren’t in the business of giving advice to criminals, but a man in Costa Mesa, California might want to rethink his brand loyalty to El Pollo Loco. After you burglarize a place, it’s probably a good idea if you don’t return for lunch on the same day. At minimum, change your clothes first. [More]

It's you! On bread.

Yes, There Is A Toaster That Will Toast Your Likeness Onto Bread

As if splashing your selfie over social media isn’t enough, self-indulgence can now be obtained to an even higher degree by literally indulging in your own face, by way of toast. A novelty toaster company is selling custom toasters that sear your likeness onto bread, thereby providing an easy way to eat your own face, covered in butter. This is getting weird, sorry. [More]

Kate Cox

From AT&T To Verizon: What The Web’s Biggest Players Told The FCC About Net Neutrality

The FCC originally planned to stop taking comments about their net neutrality proposal on Tuesday. But after demand overwhelmed and crashed their antique IT system, they extended the deadline to 11:59 p.m. (EDT) tonight. As of yesterday, well over one million comments had been entered, and that number’s still going up. Clearly, the public cares — but what is the public saying? [More]

Police: Woman Harasses Customers, Drops Pants At Restaurant, Gets Arrested

Police: Woman Harasses Customers, Drops Pants At Restaurant, Gets Arrested

No shirt, no shoes, no pants, no service? A Seattle-area drive-in may want to consider the addition after a woman allegedly harassed customers, assaulted employees, then dropped her pants. [More]

California City Will Fine Couple $500 For Not Watering Brown Lawn, State Will Fine’em $500 If They Do


When you’re in a steady relationship, communication is clear. Because when mom says to do one thing, and dad says another, the kids get really confused. Such is the case in California, where the state has issued rules for homeowners to conserve water in the midst of extreme drought, with fines of $500 per day or violating those guidelines, but one city is threatening to fine a couple $500 — unless they water their lawn. [More]

Kia Recalls 52,000 Kia Soul Hatchbacks Because Loss Of Steering Can Cause A Crash

Kia Recalls 52,000 Kia Soul Hatchbacks Because Loss Of Steering Can Cause A Crash

Not even the adorable – and now buff – Kia hamsters would be able to maneuver the 2014 Kia Soul if the steering system failed. But that shouldn’t be the case much longer, now that the car company has issued a recall of nearly 52,000 vehicles. [More]

The meltiest of times. (@karen_g)

A Tale Of Two Uber Ice Creams: It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Meltiest Of Times

I scream, you scream, we all want to make loud noises over that frozen dessert made of sweetened milk fat. So hearing that Uber is offering an on-demand ice cream delivery in certain cities today is no doubt quickening many hearts. But at $5 a pop, is the stuff even good? [More]


July Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – More Salmonella Smoothies

In our July Recall Roundup for food, the Great Chia Seed Recall of 2014 continues, ice cream has mismatched flavor labels, and there are mysterious substances in the ham. Oh, and Foster Farms finally recalled some of the chicken blamed for a recent salmonella outbreak. [More]

Your Corinthian-Operated School Is Closing, But You Might Not Be Completely Screwed

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It’s not everyday that a higher education institution shuts down or announces it might be sold. But for the thousands of students attending Corinthian College Inc. (CCI) schools — like Everest University, WyoTech, or Heald College –– that’s their new reality, and it’s one that leaves more questions than answers. [More]

Netflix Is So Slow On FiOS That It’s Faster To Watch Videos Through VPN

The latest data speed chart from Netflix shows that FiOS continues to get slower and slower.

Even though Netflix and Verizon supposedly made a deal — in April — that was supposed to result in improved streaming speeds for FiOS users, Verizon customers are still seeing sub-DSL speeds, which have only gotten worse in recent months. For one user, who pays extra to Verizon for faster service, it was actually faster to stream Netflix by connecting through a VPN. [More]

Black Friday can now be anytime, any month.

Dear Petco: If You Insist On Pushing Black Friday In July Promos, At Least Make It An Awesome Deal

If you’re getting an email from Petco trumpeting a “Black Friday In July!” promo that’s only serving to tick you off, you’re not alone. Consumerist readers Matthew and Kelso both forwarded their sighs along with a Petco email that is very, very excited about a not-so-great deal that just serves to make people cranky. Because it’s not Black Friday. It’s just Friday, in July. [More]


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]

If You’re Going To Follow Shopper Around A Store, Don’t Walk Into Video Of You Following Them

If You’re Going To Follow Shopper Around A Store, Don’t Walk Into Video Of You Following Them

The key to being a stealthy follower is remaining undetected. So if the person you’re following around the convenience store is repeatedly able to catch you on camera behind him, pretending to do busy work, then you need to brush-up on your sneakiness skills. [More]

Close, cat. Close. (i eated a cookie)

“Pastafarian” Man Touts The Right To Wear A Colander On His Head In Official Photos

You want to wear a colander on your head in your driver’s license photo and call it a form of religious expression as a Pastafarian of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Go for it, say Austrian authorities. But first, you might have to prove you’re sane enough to be driving in the first place. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Juan Cabanillas)

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]