Sears Closer To Goal Of Becoming Landlord, Leases Parts Of Seven Stores To Primark

Sears Closer To Goal Of Becoming Landlord, Leases Parts Of Seven Stores To Primark

Back in June, we pointed out something interesting about Sears and Kmart: part of the company’s amazing comeback plan is to rent or sell any stores that it can. Vacant buildings seek new owners or tenants, and stores that will remain in business want to sublet part of their space to a roommate to keep the lights on. Today, Sears announced that they’re renting seven spaces to Primark, shutting down one department store to rent out instead. [More]

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Will You Avoid Data-Breached Retailers This Holiday Season?

The massive 2013 holiday data breach of Target, which siphoned off the personal and payment information for more than 100 million shoppers, provided an eye-opening moment for consumers who had previously assumed that this sort of ID theft mostly happened when shopping online. The Target debacle was followed by attacks on big-name businesses like Home Depot, Dairy Queen, P.F. Chang’s, Jimmy John’s, Kmart, and the Albertsons/Jewel-Osco/ACME, Shaw’s chains of supermarketstwice. But will all these lapses in security actually drive shoppers elsewhere this holiday season? [More]

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After Taking Away Some Employees’ Insurance, Walmart Care Clinics To Offer $40 Doctor Visits

Less than two weeks after the nation’s larger retailer and private employer decided it would discontinue health insurance for many part-time employees, the company announced its new health care centers would provide doctor visits for around $40, or as low as $4 for Walmart employees and their families. [More]

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Rent-To-Own Stores Are Like Blockbusters For Couches

It’s not a good sign for the prospects of the American working class when the president of a rapidly-expanding rent-to-own household goods company observes that items are coming back to his stores so quickly that it’s “like a Blockbuster.” Yes, it could be that a family just wanted to rent a big-screen TV for a special event, but items are more likely to come back because a customer couldn’t make their payments. [More]

Kevin Hart Begs National Car Rental To Not Fire Driver Who Took Photo With Him

Kevin Hart Begs National Car Rental To Not Fire Driver Who Took Photo With Him

Even during my darkest days of working in the celebrity news trenches (a time in my life I’d like to forget), I still found myself occasionally starstruck, posing for poorly snapped cellphone photos with celebrities like Salma Hayek and Love Boat’s Jill Whelan. Thank heavens I wasn’t a bus driver for National Car Rental, or I’d have been suspended from my job. [More]

One of the suspects caught on camera allegedly stealing a bag from the Sea-Tac baggage claim.

Couple Accused Of Stealing $45K Worth Of Luggage From Airport

Did you have a bag go missing at the airport last spring? If the airport was Sea-Tac International in Washington, we have a pretty good idea what might have happened to it. [More]

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Cleaning Supply Sales Are Up As Americans Freak Out Over Ebola

Ebola is a terrifying disease affecting parts of Western Africa right now, and some health care workers who cared for an infected visitor to Dallas from Liberia without being provided proper infection control equipment are being treated or quarantined for the disease. Naturally, this means that it is time for a nationwide freakout wherein we stock up on disinfectants and treat everyone with suspicion. [More]

Authorities in Nashville say a teen stole a tour bus and took it for a joyride picking up passengers along the way.

Teen Allegedly Steals Mini Tour Bus, Picks Up Passengers During Joyride

Earlier this week a disgruntled mining company employee allegedly stole and crashed his employer’s train. While that was obviously a very dangerous situation, the train was more or less confined to the actual railroad. Know what’s not contained to a single road? The Nashville tour bus allegedly commandeered and taken for a joyride by a 19-year-old. [More]

Lottery Winner Wears A Bright Yellow Bear Costume To Collect $85M Reward, As One Does

Lottery Winner Wears A Bright Yellow Bear Costume To Collect $85M Reward, As One Does

Look around at all the lottery winners you’ve seen on TV in the United States — a smiling person, human in features, not covered in bright fur. We are tamer than tame when compared with the tradition of dressing up in crazy costumes to claim lottery winnings in China, like a guy who just wore a huge, bright yellow bear costume to pick up his check for $85 million. [More]

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FedEx Delivery Mistake Leads To Huge Drug Bust

If my neighbor accidentally gets my FedEx or UPS package, the worst that could happen is they find out about my pedestrian reading tastes or that I might order too many video games. Then again, no one is shipping me parcels full of illegal drugs. [More]

Pizza Hut Singapore Apologizes For Receipt Calling Customer “Pink Fat Lady”

Pizza Hut Singapore Apologizes For Receipt Calling Customer “Pink Fat Lady”

Pizza-makers have to keep track of which pizzas belong to which customers somehow, but generally it’s better for everyone when they do not use potentially offensive descriptors of their customers. For example: even if a customer is fat, and is wearing pink, you probably should not write “Pink Fat Lady” on the ticket for her pizzas. [More]

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Kmart Announces Credit And Debit Card Breach That Began In September

Remember how this morning, we explained why it is inevitable that if you shop anywhere, your payment data or personal information will be part of a hack? On Friday evening, Kmart dropped the news that they have also been hacked, with malware installed in their in-store payment system. They have not yet announced how many customers have been affected. [More]

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iPhone 6 Demand Delaying Production On New iPads

The good news for Apple is that the success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is restoring some of the luster to the brand that had faded following the candy-colored disappointment that was the iPhone 5C. The bad news is that keeping up with demand for the new devices is delaying production on new iPads. [More]

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Outlet Stores May Not Be What You Think They Are

Old-school outlet shopping involved visiting clothing factory towns and digging through bins of slightly irregular underpants in a rough store space that was sometimes just off the factory floor. Today, outlet stores are nicely designed stores in special malls and in regular malls alike, thousands of miles away from where the clothes are made. [More]

San Francisco Officials Vote To Legalize Airbnb Rentals

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San Francisco is kissing and making nice with Airbnb, after city officials voted to legalize short-term rentals under 30 days — with some restrictions. [More]

Facebook Reportedly Planning An App Where Nobody Knows Your Name

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At the moment where you might be suffering from Facebook fatigue — knowing that that girl from your biology class in high school has a craving for froyo gets exhausting — the social media company is reportedly planning a mobile app that’d be separate from Facebook, and would allow users to interact under pseudonyms. That way you’ll know when a stranger has a craving for froyo instead. Much more interesting. [More]

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Should Uber Be Responsible If A Driver Attacks A Passenger?

When you think about things that could go wrong while paying an amateur cabdriver to drive you around, there aren’t a lot of possibilities. Maybe there could be a car crash, you could be bitten by a spider in the car, or the driver might grope you. One problem you may not have anticipated: the driver hitting you with a hammer. [More]

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New Dating App Bills Itself As “Tinder, Minus The Poor People”

With so many online dating sites and apps to choose from when seeking the love of your life/tonight, newcomers on the scene must make sure to set themselves apart. One way of doing that? Immediately informing potential customers that only rich people are allowed on your app. [More]