(Nicholas Eckhart)

Report: Wendy’s May Be Latest Victim Of Credit Card Data Breach

A burger and some chili or a baked potato seems like a great meal idea in this miserably snowy winter weather so many of us are having. Unfortunately, reports are saying that if you bought that tasty treat from Wendy’s with a credit or debit card recently, it may come with an unwanted side of fraud. [More]

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‘Tis The Season For High Energy Bills: Tips To Keep Warm And Lower Costs

Unless you enjoy living in a dark icebox, the winter months can be a real drain on your wallet, especially if you’re still reeling from holiday shopping. But keeping warm doesn’t mean you might as well throw money on a bonfire (seriously, don’t do that).  [More]

T-Mobile Execs Say YouTube Is “Absurd” For Complaining About Downgraded Video Quality

T-Mobile Execs Say YouTube Is “Absurd” For Complaining About Downgraded Video Quality

The war of words between T-Mobile and YouTube continues, with executives from the wireless company claiming it’s “absurd” that the streaming service should care so much about T-Mo downgrading the quality of YouTube videos. [More]

Another Year That Shouldn’t Have Been: The 50 Most Embarrassing Stories From 2015

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The end of the year is a time to reflect on the good times, bad times, and those that just made you scratch your head in disbelief. While there were plenty of really great – and not so great – things that happened in 2015, we’re here to remind you of some of the most baffling, embarrassing, and gaffe-worthy business and consumer stories that graced the pages of Consumerist in the last 12 months.  [More]

Pepsi will install thousands of health-focused vending machines across the country next year.

Pepsi’s New Hello Goodness Vending Machines Offer Only “Healthy” Options

PepsiCo wants consumers to know that it is taking their health seriously, and to demonstrate that, the company says it plans to install vending machines offering only healthy products around the country.  [More]

Man Uses LifeLock To Track Ex-Wife; Company Didn’t Care

Man Uses LifeLock To Track Ex-Wife; Company Didn’t Care

Imagine you found out that your former spouse had opened a fake LifeLock credit monitoring account in your name, and then used it to follow your every financial move for two years? Then imagine that no one at LifeLock will take your query seriously, even after the police get involved. [More]

AirBNB Apologizes For Passive-Aggressive Ads Making City Budget Suggestions

AirBNB Apologizes For Passive-Aggressive Ads Making City Budget Suggestions

In the last 24 hours or so, AirBNB has learned a few important lessons about passive-aggressive advertising and about how much people love public schools and libraries. Shortly before voters in San Francisco decide whether to severely restrict residents’ ability to rent out their property on a short-term basis, the company put out an ad campaign to remind the city of how much tax revenue those stays generate. The backlash was swift and angry. [More]

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Scarcity Of Public Charging Stations In California Is Turning Electric Vehicle Owners Against Each Other

Electric cars are pretty popular in California right now, but there’s one major problem facing all those owners — there aren’t enough charging stations for all those new vehicles hitting the streets. This has led to some bad behavior at the plug, so to speak. [More]

98-Year-Old Traveler Says Airline Rolled Her Into Baggage Claim, Forgot About Her

98-Year-Old Traveler Says Airline Rolled Her Into Baggage Claim, Forgot About Her

Every year, a 98-year-old woman who lives in Spain flies to Texas to visit her daughter. She took American Airlines this year, and everything went well until she arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth airport, where she was supposed to be met by an attendant. A miscommunication meant that instead, she was left in the baggage claim, strapped to a wheelchair and unable to find anyone to help her. [More]

Photos from the lawsuit: On the left, a worker fills a jug with blue juice using a hose that should be hooked into the bottom of the plane; Right, a worker dumps blue juice in an airplane lavatory.

Lawsuit Claims American Airlines Workers Use Water Cooler Jugs To Ferry “Blue Juice” To Airplane Toilets

Anyone who’s ever been in an airplane lavatory has probably noticed that the water in the toilet often isn’t clear — it’s blue, because of a cleaning chemical airlines use to keep the facilities as fresh as possible for the large numbers of travelers who will pass through the bathroom during a flight. But a new lawsuit claims American Airlines isn’t servicing its toilets properly at Philadelphia International Airport, and instead of fixing a valve used to pump cleaning chemicals into airplane toilets, it has workers allegedly carting around water cooler jugs filled with the so-called “blue juice.” [More]

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Yet Another Shopper Finds Black Widow Spider In Grapes, This Time From Walmart

A Michigan woman’s scary run-in with a creepy, crawly spider serves as a great reminder of the importance of washing your fresh produce when you bring it home, because there could be a black widow spider just hanging out in that bunch of grapes, you know, just waiting for you. [More]

(Juan Rodriguez - PMI/LEPA)

EasyJet Passenger Shot With Stun Gun During Carry-On Bag Dispute Involving His “Man Purse”

There are many arguments one might have about a “man purse,” but most don’t end with police intervention: a traveler defending his right to carry the bag on a recent EasyJet flight found himself on the painful end of a stun gun when he allegedly got abusive and refused to leave the plane. [More]

An Illinois couple claim they received this rag instead of a burger from a local McDonald's restaurant.

Couple Says They Ordered A McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger, Got A Rag Instead

When placing an order at a fast food restaurant it is, unfortunately, not entirely uncommon to receive the wrong – but still edible – item. However, one Illinois couple visiting McDonald’s this week says that was not the case.
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There’s A Preservative That Can Give You An Awful, Itchy Rash — And It’s Probably In Your Bathroom

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On Lucy’s* eighth birthday, she woke up to a surprise. It wasn’t a cool toy or a fun game, the kind of things kids often look forward to on days like this. Instead, her back and stomach itched so badly she was crying. [More]

Not the plane in question. (don buciak)

FAA Investigating Cluster Of 11 Laser Hits On Planes Flying Near Newark Airport

They might seem like harmless flashes of light to those of us on the ground, but lasers can seriously disrupt planes in flight, most notably when they hit pilots in the eyes, potentially causing injuries. That’s why the Federal Aviation Administration is taking reports of 11 separate laser incidents near Newark Liberty International Airport in one night very seriously. [More]

Time Warner Cable Must Pay Nearly $230,000 For 153 Robocalls To The Wrong Person

Time Warner Cable Must Pay Nearly $230,000 For 153 Robocalls To The Wrong Person

We can all agree that automated robocalls are an annoying interruption. But you know what’s worse? Receiving those automated calls meant for someone else, telling the company to place you on the Do Not Call list and then continuing to receive a total of 153 prerecorded messages. [More]

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FBI Opening Investigation Into IRS Breach That Affected 100,000 Taxpayers

After the news yesterday that the Internal Revenue Service reportedly suspects Russian identity thieves were behind a breach that allowed thieves to access information for approximately 100,000 taxpayers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it’s now investigating the incident. [More]

(Rendering of World Cup venue in Qatar; via FIFA)

Visa, Coca-Cola Respond To Human Rights Concerns About Qatar World Cup; Not Pulling Out As Sponsors

Since the mysterious cabal that is FIFA announced that the 2022 soccer World Cup would be played in Qatar, there have been rumors of graft, concerns about the exceedingly high temperatures, and most importantly multiple reports of human rights abuses at worksites for the new stadiums and other facilities being erected around the country. As more people call on the event’s largest sponsors to pull their support, some are responding, though none are giving any indication that they won’t slap their name on the wildly popular tournament. [More]