So you’re thinking of getting a dog and then you see an ad using the local airport’s logo, images and letterhead saying you can get a pooch from the airport’s kennels; you just have to pay hundreds of dollars in advance before you pick the puppy up. It might seem like an obvious scam to you, but plenty of people are falling for it. [More]
Since the dawn of Yuppies, people have been asking for egg-white omelets and other egg-white only options for their breakfasts. It took a while, but McDonald’s is finally dipping its toes into the egg white water with tests of something called the Egg White Delight. [More]
If you have Comcast and live in the Atlanta area, expect to be paying more after Oct. 1, as the cable company is increasing rates — for the second time this year — on customers in the region by anywhere from 3% to 17%. [More]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.”
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.
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.
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.