Domino’s Japan: Have A Synthetic Pop Star With Your Chain Pizza

Cute...like Hatsune Niku!

Here at Consumerist, we’re fond of cross-cultural exchanges that involve fast food. Okay, we just like anything that involves fast food. We particularly relish news of menu items and promotions that American fast-food joints don’t offer in their home country, like the seven-patty Whopper. Domino’s Japan has taken a great step forward by combining a famous artificial pop star, an iPhone app, an incredibly awkward YouTube video, and what we can only guess are songs about pizza. [More]

Domino’s Online Pizza Ordering Now Featuring Pick Your Own Price Option

But WHICH should he choose?

We write a lot about fuzzy math here at Consumerist, mostly because if you’re observant, you can often get what you want for a lower price than perhaps the retailer intended to sell it for. Case in point: Consumerist reader Tyler was gearing up to order pizza online from Domino’s the other night, and noticed some bizarro pricing. [More]

You never know unless you ask. Glen scored a free pizza from his hosting company just by asking on Twitter.

My Web Host Bought Me A Domino’s Pizza Just Because I Asked

Glen is a web developer in Northern Ireland. He recently switched back to using a web-hosting company he’d left about a year before. And when the provider asked if it could help with anything else and Glen jokingly requested a pizza, he was in for a surprise. [More]

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Pizza Deliverer: If You Live In A $650K House And Don’t Tip, There’s Something Wrong With You

Tipping waiters at a restaurant is relatively easy — so long as you know how to calculate the standard 15-20% — but tipping for delivery is always a topic of much debate, as there are factors involved like the cost of the meal, the weather, how long you had to wait, and how much was being carried. [More]

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Fast-Food Workers Reportedly Walked Off The Job Today During NYC Strike Over Wages

Fast-food diners in New York City today might’ve been greeted with a smaller staff than usual, as the “Fast Food Forward” campaign said strikes were scheduled at franchises around the city to protest low wages for employees. Striking workers want to up their hourly pay from the minimum of $7.25 to almost double, $15 and to demand the right to form a union. [More]

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Walmart Workers Toss iPads Around, Post Video Online, Get Fired

We should be grateful that stupid people are often stupid across the board. This makes them easier to identify. That was the case with some night-shift warehouse employees at a Kentucky Walmart who thought that it would be fun to toss around what they claimed were iPads, dropping the boxes a few times like [insert name of your least favorite football team here.] Their poor judgement means that they thought it would be a fantastic idea to take a video of the shenanigans and post it on YouTube. [More]

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Domino’s Franchisee Finally Forced To Pay Up After Treating Workers Like Indentured Servants

Did you know that the days of indentured servitude are gone? Yes, it’s true! There is such a thing as a federal minimum wage and regulations regarding how you treat your employees. As such, a Domino’s Pizza franchisee is on the hook for $371,675 in back wages after an investigation by the Labor Department unearthed some disturbing patterns in how it treated its workers. [More]

I Want My Trans Fats Back: Consumerist Readers Speak Out About Recipe Changes

I Want My Trans Fats Back: Consumerist Readers Speak Out About Recipe Changes

Last week, we asked you, the members of the Consumerist Hive Mind, what prepared food items you’ve abandoned or fallen out of love with due to a recipe or ingredient change. What we learned from reading the responses: Consumerist readers love their junk food almost as much as Consumerist editors do. [More]

Big Pizza: Calorie-Count Menu Boards Make No Sense For Our Product

Big Pizza: Calorie-Count Menu Boards Make No Sense For Our Product

With the FDA still fiddling with rule changes that require chain restaurants to post calorie information for the products on their in-store menu, the country’s largest pizza chains have stopped fighting each other and banded together to fight federal regulators. [More]

Wendy's Thinks No Bread Means A Few Crumbs Stuck To Bottom Of The Burger

Wendy's Thinks No Bread Means A Few Crumbs Stuck To Bottom Of The Burger

It seems Domino’s isn’t the only fast food chain trying to figure out how exactly to deal with the challenges of its customers’ gluten intolerances. Bill writes in to relay the story of a disappointing encounter he had with Wendy’s, which is usually pretty good at working with his wife’s celiac disease. That translates to a severe sensitivity to wheat gluten, meaning, no bread. Not even a little bit. [More]

Should Domino's Be Held Accountable For Franchisee's Robocalls?

Should Domino's Be Held Accountable For Franchisee's Robocalls?

Where do you place the invisible line of responsibility that separates a national fast food company from the actions of its franchisees? That was the question facing a judge in Washington state, who found that Domino’s Pizza should not be held liable for the questionable telephone marketing employed by one of its franchisees. [More]

Texas Farm Bureau Applauds Domino's For Keeping Pigs In Small Cages

Texas Farm Bureau Applauds Domino's For Keeping Pigs In Small Cages

Just how much room pigs need to root around and snuffle is a hotly debated topic. And while some fast food chains have moved to phase out confining gestation crates for pigs, Domino’s recently decided to continue using the controversial devices — and is receiving some love from the Texas Farm Bureau for doing so. [More]

Domino's Gluten-Free Pizza Not For People Who Need Gluten-Free Pizza The Most

Domino's Gluten-Free Pizza Not For People Who Need Gluten-Free Pizza The Most

While there are a number of people out there trying to cut down on the amount of wheat gluten they consume, it’s people with celiac disease that truly need to avoid the protein. So while Domino’s Pizza has been touting its new gluten-free crust option, the pizza people admit it shouldn’t be eaten by those with celiac. [More]

Branded Vrooming Noises Are Way Better Than An Internal Combustion Engine

Branded Vrooming Noises Are Way Better Than An Internal Combustion Engine

I can’t be the only one around here who read The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary as a child and was disappointed that toy vehicles that move if you make vrooming sounds don’t exist in the real world. Domino’s in the Netherlands, on the other hand, has taken this concept and made it a reality. Except backwards. Which is why your pizza can now be delivered on a scooter that makes human-recorded vrooming sounds and advertises Domino’s as it rolls down the street. [More]

Congratulations, America: We've Got The Saltiest Fast Food

Congratulations, America: We've Got The Saltiest Fast Food

You are so salty, America. Salty enough to snag the title of the world’s saltiest fast food nation! Congratulations, U.S. pizza, burgers, fried chicken, fries, tacos and more — you’re loaded up more than anywhere else on this little green and blue ball we call home. [More]

Domino's New Ads Tell Customers You Can't Have Artisan Pizza Your Way

Domino's New Ads Tell Customers You Can't Have Artisan Pizza Your Way

You don’t want chicken on that Chicken & Bacon Carbonara pizza from Domino’s? Too dang bad — the pizza chain is preemptively shushing all customer requests for removing or adding toppings on its artisan line of pies with a new ad campaign. So no, you will not be getting it your way. [More]

Rite-Aid Delivery Guy Saves Elderly Customer's Life

Rite-Aid Delivery Guy Saves Elderly Customer's Life

Automated prescription refills and deliveries have probably saved patients’ lives by insuring that they got their medication on time. But this time, it wasn’t the pills in the bottle that saved a Pennsylvania woman; it was the man who delivered them. [More]

Papa John's Receipt Identifies Asian Customer Using Racial Slur

Papa John's Receipt Identifies Asian Customer Using Racial Slur

In a busy food-service establishment, it’s understandable to refer to customers by nicknames or a shorthand. However, problems arise when these nicknames actually appear on the customer’s receipt. Just ask a New York Papa John’s that’s been plagued with prank calls since a receipt identifying a customer of Asian descent as “Lady Chinky Eyes” hit Twitter. [More]