Woman Hit With $9,000 Water Bill After City Refuses To Believe Her

Woman Hit With $9,000 Water Bill After City Refuses To Believe Her

Rounding out the trilogy that began with the $3,000 cable bill, followed by the $1.3 million power bill, is the story of an Atlanta woman who has spent the last year trying to tell the city’s water department about her wildly increasing bills — and who now faces a $9,000 bill for her efforts. [More]

Three Delta Employees Charged With Smuggling At Least $600K In Drugs

Three Delta Employees Charged With Smuggling At Least $600K In Drugs

Even though it could result in a life sentence and millions of dollars in fines, airline and airport staff continue to think that smuggling drugs is a good way to earn a few extra bucks on the side. [More]

7-Year-Old Walmart Shopper Fights Off Attempted Kidnapping In Toy Aisle

I can’t be the only one whose mother used tales of in-store child abductions in an attempt to keep me from wandering off during trips to Sears and Bradlees. She also instructed me to scream like something that screams really, really loud if anyone ever tried to do anything sketchy. A 7-year-old girl in Georgia seems to have learned that same lesson. [More]

Bank Of America Plaza So Close To Becoming Epicenter Of Irony

Bank Of America Plaza So Close To Becoming Epicenter Of Irony

Ever since it stupidly acquired Countrywide Financial — and all of that company’s toxic home loans — the Bank of America name has become synonymous with rampant, and occasionally screwed-up, foreclosures. Now the tallest building in Atlanta is facing foreclosure — and it just happens to bear the BofA name. [More]

Chase Decides Not To Evict 103-Year-Old Woman After Deputies & Movers Refuse To Help

Chase Decides Not To Evict 103-Year-Old Woman After Deputies & Movers Refuse To Help

The folks at Chase have really gotten into the holiday spirit. The bank has announced it won’t be forcing a 103-year-old Atlanta-area woman and her 83-year-old daughter from their home. Of course, this change of heart only happened after local news outlets reported that sheriff’s deputies and the moving company hired to remove her stuff refused to do so. [More]

Atlanta Working With Bank To Sell Foreclosed Homes To Cops & Firefighters

Atlanta Working With Bank To Sell Foreclosed Homes To Cops & Firefighters

One of the biggest problems with the huge number of foreclosures in the years since the housing boom went ka-boom is that banks can be left holding houses for which they can’t find a buyer. This can sometimes lead to entire neighborhoods that look like ghost towns. But the mayor of Atlanta says the city will soon be announcing a deal that will not only get some of those homes sold, but will also bring firefighters and police officers back into the city limits. [More]

Don't Rob A Convenience Store With A Cop Standing Right Behind You

Don't Rob A Convenience Store With A Cop Standing Right Behind You

While we at Consumerist never, ever, ever condone crime. We have covered enough retail crime stories to have gleaned a few tips on what not to do. For example, if you plan on robbing a convenience store, you might want to check that a police officer is not standing a few feet behind you the entire time. [More]

Mother Of 10: Kroger Manager Refused To Take My Mountain Of Coupons

Mother Of 10: Kroger Manager Refused To Take My Mountain Of Coupons

Here’s the latest dispatch from the front in the battle between the growing armies of extreme couponers and the beleaguered retailers who are beginning to fight back. An Atlanta-area mother of 10 children says a manager at her local Kroger just said no to taking her pile of clipped coupons. [More]

Cellphone Stops Bullet, Saves Man's Life

Cellphone Stops Bullet, Saves Man's Life

A valet in Atlanta was leaving the club he works at when he got caught in a crossfire between two armed patrons. A stray bullet went through his jacket and would have seriously injured or killed him, had he not happened to have his HTC Droid Incredible Evo 4G in his breast pocket. The phone’s battery stopped the bullet, saving his life. The only questions is whether Asurion covers “hail of hot lead” damage. [More]

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Arrest Warrant Issued For JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon

Last week, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was a wanted man in the city of Atlanta. The city solicitor issued a warrant for his arrest. [More]

Broken FAA Computer Causing Delays Across The US

Broken FAA Computer Causing Delays Across The US

USAToday is reporting that a broken FAA computer in Atlanta is causing widespread delays across the country. In particular, “Washington National, Baltimore/Washington and Newark Liberty are all listed as having severe flight delays, according to the FAA.”

TSA Takes Baby Away From Mother?

TSA Takes Baby Away From Mother?

UPDATE: The TSA has posted their CCTV video of the incident from 9 different angles. In the video, the child is never picked up by TSA agents or removed from the mother’s sight.

Hey, There's Listeria In The Eggo Waffles

Hey, There's Listeria In The Eggo Waffles

Well, %#$% there is listeria in the Eggo Waffles. A sample of buttermilk Eggo waffles tested positive for listeria, says the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The product wasn’t shipped to the marketplace, but they’re recalling a few batches that did — just in case.

Ask The Consumerists: A House Divided Forgot Its Permits

Ask The Consumerists: A House Divided Forgot Its Permits

Jeffrey and his wife found their dream house. Except they failed to realize the difficulty that one tiny problem with the house might give them. The difficulty? Well, the previous owners doubled the size of the house. Only they sort of forgot to get permits for any of the additions or renovations.

74-Year Old's American Airlines Ordeal

74-Year Old's American Airlines Ordeal

Nobody told 74-year-old Mrs. Reynolds her American Airlines flight was canceled until she was on-board the wrong one. Her tale of sprinting, being stranded, and customer service failure, inside…

Man Jailed After Letting His Girlfriend Eat Off Of His Plate

Man Jailed After Letting His Girlfriend Eat Off Of His Plate

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that a man was jailed for two days after letting his girlfriend eat from his plate — and then refusing to pay for two $7 buffet meals.

Two More Weeks Of Gas Shortages In The South?

Two More Weeks Of Gas Shortages In The South?

The New York Times has quoted an expert from Rice University who thinks that the gas shortages in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee could continue for two more weeks.

Desperate Atlantans Use Twitter To Find Gas

Desperate Atlantans Use Twitter To Find Gas

There’s a gas shortage in Atlanta, GA, so consumers are using Twitter to help each other find gas. They’re tagging their posts #atlgas whenever they spot some and letting others know the price and location, as well as tossing out requests for information. The tag was created by Tessa Horehled who writes the DriveAFasterCar blog.