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California Teen Allegedly Sets Christmas-Themed Stuffed Animals On Fire At Walmart

In the past we’ve reported on some very disturbing behavior when it comes to consumers, stuffed animals, and Walmart (remember the humping incident?). The weirdness continued early this morning at a California store when a teen allegedly started a fire with the toys. [More]

Postal Carrier Told He Can No Longer Wear Santa Suit On The Job

Postal Carrier Told He Can No Longer Wear Santa Suit On The Job

For more than a decade, a postal carrier in Bellevue, WA, has spread Christmas cheer along his mail route by donning a Santa Claus costume over his uniform for a few days leading up to Dec. 25. But after someone complained to the USPS about his Kris Kringle getup, the Santa costume will have to remain in his closet this year. [More]

Activists Warn Stores: No Christmas Gear Until November – Or Else

Think you’ve had enough of Christmas Creep? Welcome to the U.K., where the Movement for the Containment of Christmas is fighting back against the ever-growing holiday retail season. While some of the group’s efforts are civil, it has engaged in guerrilla tactics, including gluing the lock of a shop that had begun selling Christmas cards in August.

Retailers Beg You To Spend Some Money This Christmas

Retailers Beg You To Spend Some Money This Christmas

Holiday spending seen flat [Reuters]

You Will Not Escape Toys R Us This Christmas

You Will Not Escape Toys R Us This Christmas

One good thing about the bad economy: There are plenty of empty storefronts in malls across the country, and the owners are more than happy to rent them to short-term tenants during peak seasons. And, this year, you can add Toys R Us to the usual gang of Halloween and Christmas stores that pop up suddenly in your local Simon, and disappear in the night a few weeks later. Jeffrey and his posse are expected to open 80 temporary stores next month, along with new toy sections in 260 Babies R Us shops.

Vonage Says Merry Christmas By Raising Rates On Cheapest Plan

Vonage Says Merry Christmas By Raising Rates On Cheapest Plan

William got an email from Vonage yesterday telling him they’re raising his bill starting in February.

Progressive Has No Notion of Christmas Spirit, Announces Yule-tide Rate Increase

Progressive Has No Notion of Christmas Spirit, Announces Yule-tide Rate Increase

According to an Email received by reader Jessica, Progressive Auto Insurance is increasing rates for New York Customers by nearly 20%. And the best time to announce this? Christmas day, of course!