Forty-Year Family Feud Leads To Empty Shelves At 70 Supermarkets, Protests In Two States

Forty-Year Family Feud Leads To Empty Shelves At 70 Supermarkets, Protests In Two States

A weird situation in New England is getting weirder. Regional grocery store chain Market Basket, which operates 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, is finding itself at the center of a massive controversy, with employees, executives, customers, and even local lawmakers all getting involved. The core issue? The board ousted good-guy CEO Arthur Demoulas to replace him with perceived money-grubber Arthur Demoulas, and the resulting furor has led to strikes, boycotts, and empty shelves. [More]

(Jonathan Coffey)

AirBNB Guest Refuses To Leave Condo, Tries To Air-Condition The Desert

An AirBNB “guest” is taking advantage of gaps between the site’s policies and California rental law to squat indefinitely in a Palm Springs condo. Does that sound like a sharing economy nightmare? It is. [More]

Even Millionaires Can’t Urinate On The Candy At CVS

Even Millionaires Can’t Urinate On The Candy At CVS

Even if you’re a wealthy real estate heir who has previously been acquitted of murder charges, you will probably get arrested if you decide to expose your private parts to CVS employees… and then use said private parts to urinate on the store property and products. [More]

Irish Cafe Tells “Loud American’s” & Other Tourists To Stay Away

(Twitter: @mauricecampbell)

Perhaps it’s a form of anti-publicity that the owners hope will turn them into the next Amy’s Baking Company, with people just coming by to see what all the hubbub is about, but a restaurant in Ireland has irked a good portion of its potential customer base with a sign telling tourist — and specifically American tourists — to get lost. [More]

15 Product Trademarks That Have Become Victims Of Genericization

(Brandon King; kellogg; joseph a)

Sometimes, we hurt the ones we love. Which is why even if we didn’t mean to be so harsh, many products we use every day have become the victims of trademark genericization, meaning they’ve morphed from a single product identified under a name to an entire product category. And when courts get involved it becomes “genericide,” which sounds even more murderous. Can’t you just imagine Law & Order: Genericized Trademarks? [dun dun] [More]

Subway Worker Claims She Was Forced To Make Sandwiches While Throwing Up

Subway Worker Claims She Was Forced To Make Sandwiches While Throwing Up

While people, especially those who get paid by the hour, might be tempted to play down an illness in order to make it through a shift, anyone in food service who is throwing up because of a stomach virus should be kept far away from the kitchen. But one former Subway worker in Texas claims her boss forced her to work through her illness. [More]

Former Deputy Charged In Shoplifting Incidents That Got Target Worker Fired

(pdxmac)

Yesterday we told you about the Target worker in Virginia who was fired after he reported an alleged shoplifter believed to be a law enforcement officer. Today comes the news that a former sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged, while the Target worker remains unemployed. [More]

(Cpt. Brick)

Restaurant Says Smartphones, Not Lazy Staff, Are To Blame For Slow Service

Does it feel like you’re spending an inordinate amount of time sitting at the restaurant table before you actually eat? The tendency might be to blame it on bad service or a slow kitchen, but one NYC restaurant points the finger at customers’ smartphone obsession. [More]

Community Colleges That Don’t Offer Federal Loan Access Put Nearly 1 Million Students At Risk

Community Colleges That Don’t Offer Federal Loan Access Put Nearly 1 Million Students At Risk

Compared to private loans, federal student loans may be a preferred, and sometimes safer option, when it comes to financing one’s higher-eduction. But for a large section of American students those loans are out of reach because their schools simply don’t offer the option. [More]

EPA Wants Car Companies To Test Gas Mileage In Real World

EPA Wants Car Companies To Test Gas Mileage In Real World

Over the last few years, car makers have had to fork over more than $500 million in refunds to customers because of exaggerated fuel economy estimates on new vehicle stickers. In an effort to provide more accurate mileage information to consumers, the Environmental Protection Agency wants car companies to do their mpg testing on the road instead of in the lab. [More]

Secret Service Warns Against Keylogging Malware At Hotel Business Centers

Secret Service Warns Against Keylogging Malware At Hotel Business Centers

Here’s one that should be added to the earlier list of possible hotel scams. The U.S. Secret Service has sent out a warning to hotel operators, asking them to check shared computers in their business centers for malware that can log keystrokes and steal sensitive information from users. [More]

(The Caldor Rainbow)

Home Shopping Network CEO Says No Thanks To Job At JCPenney

Not so many years ago, the idea of an executive choosing to stick with Home Shopping Network over one of the nation’s most well-known retailers would have seemed like madness. But with the two businesses headed in very different directions, it’s not really a surprise that HSN CEO Mindy Grossman has, like much of America, decided to stay home rather than go to JCPenney. [More]

(me and the sysop)

Target Security Worker Claims He Was Fired For Reporting Shoplifting Suspect Who Might Be A Cop

The job of a retail loss prevention officer is pretty clear — don’t let people steal stuff, and if you see someone who is, call the cops. But one Target security worker claims that after he reported a shoplifting suspect who may or may not be a police officer, he was fired. [More]

Illinois Files Suits Against Debt Settlement Companies That Allegedly Scammed Student Loan Borrowers

Illinois Files Suits Against Debt Settlement Companies That Allegedly Scammed Student Loan Borrowers

We already know that some debt settlement programs provide little relief for debtors, and consumers who contributed to the $1.2 trillion student loan debt tab appear to be the top target for these companies. Today, the Illinois Attorney General announced lawsuits against a pair of debt-settlement companies that targeted, and allegedly misled, student loan borrowers. [More]

Crumbs To Rise From The Ashes… And Become Just Another Treats Shop

Crumbs To Rise From The Ashes… And Become Just Another Treats Shop

Three years ago, cupcake chain Crumbs went public, based on the notion that its monstrously large treats were so unique that consumers would want a Crumbs store in every city, town, and hamlet from Portland to Portland. But since just about anyone can bake a decent cupcake and throw a bunch of sweet stuff on top of it, people started their own cupcakeries instead of buying into the Crumbs model, and the company’s stock price nosedived from an initial high of around $13 to just a few pennies, all before Crumbs shuttered its stores last week. But the chain might have a savior — who sees Crumbs’ future… as just another store to sell sweet junk food. [More]

Police: Please Stop Pooping On Roofs Of Passing Trains

Police: Please Stop Pooping On Roofs Of Passing Trains

The police in Uxbridge, Massachusetts have a request. Someone out there is standing on train bridges and defecating on passing locomotives, and the police would like these people to stop. [More]

Chia Pet Makers Now Selling Jars Of Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seeds

Chia Pet Makers Now Selling Jars Of Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a hot food item now, but Joseph Enterprises was ahead of its time. They put chia seeds in millions of American homes starting three decades ago. Of course, there’s one key difference: we were all smearing those seeds on the exterior of a terra cotta animal, not sprinkling them on top of our breakfast granola. Until now. [More]

Dish Asks FCC To Block Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

Dish Asks FCC To Block Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

If you could be any player in the pay-TV industry these days, you probably wouldn’t choose to be Dish Network. It’s being sued by broadcasters for its DVR; its one competitor in the satellite market is trying to merge with AT&T, which puts Dish’s future in doubt. So it’s little surprise that Dish isn’t thrilled about the potential marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. [More]