Private Prisons Worked To Pass AZ Immigration Law

Private Prisons Worked To Pass AZ Immigration Law

A new NPR investigation uncovers evidence that the controversial Arizona immigration law came to pass thanks in large part to an intense lobbying campaign by a group that stood to profit from its enactment: private prisons. [More]

Woman Mistakes Superglue For Eyedrops; Not As Funny As It Sounds

Woman Mistakes Superglue For Eyedrops; Not As Funny As It Sounds

It sounds like the sort of prank a bratty little brother would pull in a wacky Hollywood comedy from the ’80s, but it’s not. A woman in Arizona recently reached for what she thought was eyedrops, only to end up squirting superglue into her eye. [More]

What's Wrong With This Walmart Sign?

What's Wrong With This Walmart Sign?

A reader over at AZfamily.com was driving by this Walmart in Scottsdale, AZ, the other day when something caught her eye. [More]

Cop Fired After Threatening To Arrest KFC Employees Over Refund Policy

Cop Fired After Threatening To Arrest KFC Employees Over Refund Policy

A once high-ranking police officer in Arizona now finds himself out of a job — and all because of the chicken at KFC. [More]

Breastfeeding Moms Stage "Nurse-In" At Arizona McDonald's

Breastfeeding Moms Stage "Nurse-In" At Arizona McDonald's

A manager at a McDonald’s in Glendale, AZ, recently asked a woman to leave the building after she began nursing her baby in the restaurant. That manager is obviously not a reader of Consumerist, or else they would have been prepared for the inevitable backlash, which came this weekend in the form of dozens of moms staging a “nurse-in” inside the McD’s. [More]

Cancer Patient Loses Coverage For Earning $4.25/Month Too Much

Cancer Patient Loses Coverage For Earning $4.25/Month Too Much

Over at the Phoenix New Times, they have the harrowing story of a young man who endured multiple surgeries and treatments for a rare type of brain tumor — and who was told by his health plan that they could no longer cover him because he and his wife had earned $4.25 too much to qualify for aid. [More]

Are Travel Boycotts Hurting Arizona Hotels? Will They?

Are Travel Boycotts Hurting Arizona Hotels? Will They?

The controversial immigration law passed by Arizona’s government back in April has lead to over 20 organizations (including cities, towns, school districts, churches and universities) joining a travel boycott of the state. But is it hurting business? Too soon to tell, says USAToday. [More]

Arizona Becomes 16th State To Punch Payday Lenders In The Face

Arizona Becomes 16th State To Punch Payday Lenders In The Face

Arizona is about to say goodbye to predatory payday lenders who issue loans with annual interests exceeding 460%. On Thursday a decade-old law will expire, capping interest rates at 36%. The predatory lenders begged to keep the law in force, but voters and the legislature just sat back and gave the industry a big, slow, deserved punch right in the face. [More]

Would You Like Fries With Your Lion Burger?

Would You Like Fries With Your Lion Burger?

By now, you’ve probably heard about the small Mesa, Arizona, restaurant that caused an up-roar this week by making a limited-time addition to its menu — Lion Burgers. If you hadn’t heard about it, well now you have. But putting any judgment aside for the moment, one has to ask — Where in the world do you get lion meat from? [More]

Arizona Pizza Huts Let Customers Pack Heat, But Not Employees

Arizona Pizza Huts Let Customers Pack Heat, But Not Employees

Arizona passed a law that will allow people to carry concealed weapons without permits, which has nudged the state’s restaurants to draft up policies about whether or not they’ll let customers pack their nines as they grab grub. Pizza Huts in the southern part of the state decided to let customers tote their firearms inside, but won’t let employees do the same. [More]

Arizona Restaurants Choose Sides On Letting Diners Bring Guns To The Table

Arizona Restaurants Choose Sides On Letting Diners Bring Guns To The Table

Arizona has a lot of gun lovers. Almost anyone in the state over 21 will be able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit starting June 29th, but some pro-gun advocates are already visiting local businesses with their weapons in plain sight in an attempt to make the practice more socially acceptable. Arizona lets businesses ban guns at their discretion, so this weekend the Arizona Star looked at how restaurants and bars are deciding who to piss off more: gun carriers or the people who feel uncomfortable around them. [More]

AriZona Iced Tea: Don't Hate Us, We're From New York

AriZona Iced Tea: Don't Hate Us, We're From New York

While there’s much heated discussion about Arizona’s controversial new immigration laws, the folks at AriZona Iced Tea have somehow found themselves caught in the crossfire, with some even calling for a boycott on the beverage brand. That’s why one of the founders of the company wants everyone to know that, just like inauthentic picante sauce, they’re originally from New York City. [More]

If You Bring Your Gun To Walmart, Please Don't Play With It

If You Bring Your Gun To Walmart, Please Don't Play With It

An Arizona man (not Consumerist’s Phil Villareal, in case you were wondering) is under arrest after he discharged a handgun at his local Walmart. And no, he wasn’t robbing the place; he was just nervously fidgeting with his firearm. [More]

Family Kicked Off Flight For Misbehaving Kids, No Refund

Family Kicked Off Flight For Misbehaving Kids, No Refund

An Arizona mom says she was flying to Billings, Montana for her birthday — but never got off the ground because the airline kicked her — and her unruly kids off the flight. They were told they could take another flight — if they paid for it. The airline says it’s their policy not to offer refunds.

Newsflash: The Next Tsunami Of Aggressively Irresponsible Loans Didn't Magically Disappear

Newsflash: The Next Tsunami Of Aggressively Irresponsible Loans Didn't Magically Disappear

We’ve been talking about the next wave of the mortgage crisis for quite some time now, and it seems that, as predicted, it’s cresting and about to hit. We are, of course, speaking of Option-ARM loans — considered the riskiest of all mortgages due to their ability to grow rather than shrink. Yes, there actually exists a mortgage that allows the borrower to pay less than the interest that is accruing on the loan.

Don't Bother Visiting The Grand Canyon Skywalk

Don't Bother Visiting The Grand Canyon Skywalk

Update: We asked the Skywalk to confirm that they have a “no-refunds” policy. Their answer is at the bottom of this post.

Do Not Back Your Car Into A KFC Employee Because She Forgot Your Condiments

Do Not Back Your Car Into A KFC Employee Because She Forgot Your Condiments

Here’s some advice for you. If the KFC employee forgets your condiments, do not back your car into her. This is an overreaction on your part.

Scorpions On A Plane: Southwest Passenger Bitten By Venomous Beast, Panic Ensues

Scorpions On A Plane: Southwest Passenger Bitten By Venomous Beast, Panic Ensues

Doug Herbstommer and his 10-year-old son were preparing to disembark from a Phoenix flight when a three-inch poisonous bark scorpion dropped from the overhead compartment and bit Doug on the hand. On closer inspection, five more scorpions were found nestling nearby. Passengers started to scream and jump up onto their seats. Why, is there something scary about a bunch of poisonous scorpions whose bite can cause extreme pain, frothing at the mouth, and temporary paralysis??!?