Telemarketers Took Millions From Senior Citizens In Medicare Card Scam

Telemarketers Took Millions From Senior Citizens In Medicare Card Scam

There’s now one less unsavory, immoral, disrespectful group scamming senior citizens of their savings, as federal regulators took action against the operators of a scheme in which telemarketers pretended to be Medicare representatives in order to bilk millions of dollars from older consumers. [More]

Dutch Prosecutors Open Criminal Investigation Into Uber Following Violations Of Banned Service

Dutch Prosecutors Open Criminal Investigation Into Uber Following Violations Of Banned Service

Uber’s latest hurdle to provide service in Europe, where many cities and countries have banned the ride-sharing service, comes in the form of a criminal investigation by Dutch prosecutors. [More]

Germany Bans Uber For Second Time, Fines Company $264,825 For Each Violation

Germany Bans Uber For Second Time, Fines Company $264,825 For Each Violation

Uber’s fight to transport customers in Germany hit yet another roadblock today as it was banned from operating within the country for the second time in 12 months. And this time, if the company breaks the imposed injunction, it can expect to pay a hefty to the tune of $264,825 per violation. [More]

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Smithsonian Museums Ban Use Of Selfie Sticks, Still Encourage Selfies

When documenting a trip to the nation’s capital, tourists might enjoy having a few photographs of themselves against the backdrops of the memorials and monuments that fill the city. But if you were thinking of using a selfie stick to get just the right angle while posing in front of the Hope Diamond at the Natural History Museum, you might want to think again.  [More]

South Carolina Orders Uber To Cease Operations Until Proper Certificates Are In Place

South Carolina Orders Uber To Cease Operations Until Proper Certificates Are In Place

The list of cities, states and countries that have ordered ride-sharing service Uber to halt operation in their area continues to grow. The latest service issue comes from South Carolina as the state’s Public Service Commission sent the company a directive to cease and desist service immediately. [More]

Doughnut Shop Bans “Rude” 4-Year-Old Boy For Asking Woman If She Was Pregnant

Doughnut Shop Bans “Rude” 4-Year-Old Boy For Asking Woman If She Was Pregnant

Little kids ask questions. Unfortunately, they don’t always realize that their questions may be insensitive or inappropriate. Lots of adults let kids slide for their occasionally tactless queries, but the mother of one 4-year-old says a local doughnut shop is taking a hard line regarding her son’s behavior. [More]

Long Island Mall Bans Elderly Mall-Walker For 6 Months

Long Island Mall Bans Elderly Mall-Walker For 6 Months

The menace of loitering senior citizens in the New York City metropolitan area continues. First, a McDonald’s in Queens kicked out a group of neighborhood seniors who used the restaurant as an all-day coffee house, and politicians brokered a peace. This time, a 73-year-old man who walked laps around a Long Island mall has been banned from the property for trespassing. [More]

Town Thinks Ban On Dogs Might Revitalize Business District

Town Thinks Ban On Dogs Might Revitalize Business District

To some folks in Beaver Falls, PA., the sagging sales and foot traffic in the downtown business district isn’t a result of a depressed economy or consumers opting for online retailers and big box stores. No, it’s too many people walking their dogs down the sidewalk. So apparently the solution is to ban dogs from the area. [More]

No More Plastic Bags Anywhere In Hawaii

No More Plastic Bags Anywhere In Hawaii

Quite a few municipalities have managed to ban the practice of giving out non-biodegradeable plastic bags at checkout, including three of Hawaii’s four counties. Last month, the Honolulu County Council passed its own ban, making Hawaii the first state where single-use plastic bags in stores are verboten. [More]

Video Game Emulators Vanish From Android Market

Video Game Emulators Vanish From Android Market

A number of hot-selling paid apps that let gamers play modified versions of old-school video games were yanked from the Android Marketplace. The vanished apps, which were presumably pulled due to intellectual property violations, allowed gamers to turn their phones into sketchy conduits to relive the magic of the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and other ancient consoles. [More]

Government Bans Drop-Side Rail Cribs

Government Bans Drop-Side Rail Cribs

In order to prevent kids from dying, the government has issued a ban on selling or making traditional drop-side cribs. If the gate or slate on the side of the crib gets loose, a baby can fall in there and get trapped, eventually hanging themselves to death. [More]

Xbox Bans Man For Living In "Fort Gay." Except, That's Where He Lives.

Xbox Bans Man For Living In "Fort Gay." Except, That's Where He Lives.

UPDATE: Microsoft admitted they made a mistake and has updated their training policy.

Ok, now this is getting redonkulous. Xbox has been suspending gamers for some time for mentioning or otherwise referencing their sexual orientation in their gamer profiles, but now they’ve gone ahead and banned a guy because he said he lives in “Fort Gay.” Huh huh, Beavis indeed, but there is a real town called Fort Gay. It’s in West Virginia, and that’s where the guy really lives.

CPSC Votes To Ban Drop-Side Cribs, Pottery Barn Recalls 82,000 Of Them

CPSC Votes To Ban Drop-Side Cribs, Pottery Barn Recalls 82,000 Of Them

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that due to 153 deaths in the last four years, they have voted (5-0) to ban drop-side cribs. [More]

Target Ignores Its Own Ban, Lets Petitioners Annoy Shoppers

Target Ignores Its Own Ban, Lets Petitioners Annoy Shoppers

Target has a ban on any sort of petitioning or fund-raising activities in front of its stores, even in California, but G says that yesterday he went to the Target in Vallejo, CA and ran into a group of petitioners at the entrance (see photos). [More]

Buy Your Giant Snakes While They're Still Affordable

Buy Your Giant Snakes While They're Still Affordable

Wired reports that the government is considering a ban on the import of Burmese pythons and eight other “injurious species” of snake, because loser pet owners in Florida keep releasing them into the wild where they breed and take over. If enacted, the ban would only affect imports, not sales by breeders in the US, but prices will probably shoot up. [More]

Possible Class-Action Suit Alleges Xbox Bans Result Of Vast Redmond Conspiracy

Possible Class-Action Suit Alleges Xbox Bans Result Of Vast Redmond Conspiracy

Microsoft has declared that the owners of banned Xbox consoles have no recourse and no choice but to buy new consoles. Some users see this as unfair and a vast Redmond conspiracy, and law firm AbingtonIP is fighting back with a class-action lawsuit. God bless America.

Xbox Gamer Says He Was Banned Online For No Reason

Xbox Gamer Says He Was Banned Online For No Reason

Jeff can no longer play his two Xbox 360s online because Microsoft has banned him with no explanation. When he calls customer service, he says he’s accused of modding his consoles, which he insists he hasn’t.

11 Things Banned By Walmart

11 Things Banned By Walmart

From a practical standpoint — our Walmart overlords decided what we can and can’t have. MentalFloss has put together a list of 11 things they did not approve of — or were forced to remove because others did not approve.