Chef Apologizes For Calling Yelper “Mentally Ill Raging Alcoholic”

Chef Apologizes For Calling Yelper “Mentally Ill Raging Alcoholic”

Oh Yelp, thou art a ceaseless font of stories about restaurant customers overreacting to bad meals and service and the chefs who make headlines by flipping the f&@! out on social media about a review that most people would probably have ignored to begin with. [More]

‘Boston Massacre’ Nike Shirts Garner High Asking Prices On eBay After Being Pulled From Stores

‘Boston Massacre’ Nike Shirts Garner High Asking Prices On eBay After Being Pulled From Stores

In the wake of recent events, it’s not surprising that Nike would want to stop selling shirts that feature the phrase “Boston Massacre,” complete with blood-stained letters. So of course it probably comes as little shock that folks who have these shirts are now trying to unload them for high prices on eBay. [More]

(Bharath Gunapati)

More Than 125 Sketchy Domains Registered Within Hours Of Boston Marathon Explosions

Yesterday, many of us stopped giving a hoot about — at least for a few minutes — about problems with our wireless bills and cable connection to watch with concern as news reports tried to piece together exactly what happened during and after the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon. Then there were those jerks who, as will all high-profile tragedies, sought to cash in. [More]

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Pizza Franchisees Say Chain Owners Took Groupon Money But Didn’t Share

Back in August, the owners of New England’s Upper Crust chain of pizzerias ran two offers on Groupon, selling more than 6,000 $12 vouchers that could be redeemed for $25 in food. But some franchisees who run independently own Upper Crust stores say they were not told in advance about the Groupons and that they never saw a lick of that cash. [More]

(Corey Templeton)

With Planes And Trains Out Of Service, Dr. Pays $750 For Cab Ride From Philly To Boston

We’ve heard a number of stories in recent days of people whose flights or train trips between various cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic were canceled or delayed for days as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Many of them stuck it out, while others rented cars to get to their destinations. But one UK doctor chose to hail a cab to make the 300+ mile trip from Philadelphia to Boston. [More]

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Silly Trojan! Boston Mayor Doesn’t Want Any Of Your Free Vibrators In His Public Plazas

Trojan is having a hard time building up a buzz over its free vibrators promotion — first New York City put the smackdown on the company in August after its giveaway got out of hand, and now Boston’s mayor is asking that Trojan Vibrations not set up shop in a public plaza. Mayor Tom Menino’s office wrote a letter to Trojan’s marketing company stressing the “family-friendly” atmosphere of the City Hall Plaza in a bid to put the brakes on the promo. [More]

If You Steal A Bike From The Store, Don't Go Back Right Away To Buy A Lock

If You Steal A Bike From The Store, Don't Go Back Right Away To Buy A Lock

They say that crime doesn’t pay. But we have a feeling that this is mostly due to the fact that a lot of criminals happen to be really stupid people. [More]

Verizon’s Deal To Buy Spectrum From Cable Companies Could Mean Fewer Cable Options For Consumers

Verizon’s Deal To Buy Spectrum From Cable Companies Could Mean Fewer Cable Options For Consumers

It seems like it’s been oh, about eight months since Verizon Wireless announced its proposal to buy billions of dollars worth of wireless spectrum from cable companies who aren’t using it anyway. At first glance, it seems like a not-horrible idea, as Verizon Wireless doesn’t compete directly with the likes of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. But with regulators nearing a decision on the deal, several high-profile folks have come forward to voice their concerns about how Verizon might be sacrificing the growth of its FiOS business in favor of its wireless network. [More]

Bloomberg Comes Out Against Boston & Chicago Mayors’ Anti-Chick-Fil-A Messages

Bloomberg Comes Out Against Boston & Chicago Mayors’ Anti-Chick-Fil-A Messages

While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a supporter of same-sex marriage, he says he disagrees with the way some of his fellow mayors have responded to the ongoing Chick fil-A controversy. [More]

Here’s The Letter Where Boston Mayor Tells Chick Fil-A To Stay The Cluck Out Of His Town

Here’s The Letter Where Boston Mayor Tells Chick Fil-A To Stay The Cluck Out Of His Town

The controversy surrounding Chick fil-A and its leadership’s stance on same-sex marriage will likely not die down anytime soon, especially now that the Internet has the actual letter sent by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to the eatery’s president Dan Cathy. [More]

Forget Food Trucks And Rolling Retailers; This Guy Operates His Gym From The Back Of His Pickup

Forget Food Trucks And Rolling Retailers; This Guy Operates His Gym From The Back Of His Pickup

Yesterday we told you about retailers who were following the food truck model of taking their wares to customers on the city streets. But that’s nothing compared to the guy who decided the best way to get customers to his gym was to bring his gym to the public — in the back of his pickup truck. [More]

Comcast Tech Saves Sleeping Customer From Fire

Comcast Tech Saves Sleeping Customer From Fire

A woman in Boston says she has a Comcast tech to thank for her being alive today, after he alerted her to a fire in her building. And before you ask, no, the tech did not start the fire. [More]

Boston Mayor To FCC: Please Don't Listen To Comcast

Boston Mayor To FCC: Please Don't Listen To Comcast

In April, cable subscribers in Boston were offered a glimmer of hope after the FCC ruled that the city would once again, after a decade of price increases from Comcast (the only cable company in town), be allowed to regulate cable pricing. But the war isn’t over, as Comcast has asked the FCC to rethink its ruling while Boston’s mayor has asked the FCC to just please not listen to Comcast. [More]

Parking Lot To Offer Discount To Hybrids & EVs, Charge More For SUVs

Parking Lot To Offer Discount To Hybrids & EVs, Charge More For SUVs

It’s one thing for a parking lot to simply offer a discount to people who choose to drive fuel-efficient hybrid and electric vehicles. But does that lot go too far when it charges a premium for people to park their SUVs and Jeeps? [More]

FCC Gives Boston Go-Ahead To Regulate Cable Prices Again

FCC Gives Boston Go-Ahead To Regulate Cable Prices Again

It’s been 11 months since the mayor of Boston asked the Federal Communications Commission if he could pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top be allowed to regulate what cable companies charge in his fair city. Well, it appears the FCC Entmoot has finally wrapped up and Boston can once again rein in soaring cable rates. [More]

JetBlue Selling "Boston All" Passes Through Thursday

JetBlue Selling "Boston All" Passes Through Thursday

If you fly frequently through Boston, here’s a deal for you. Now through Thursday night, JetBlue is selling $1,999 passes that give you three months of unlimited travel, as long as you fly to and from Boston. When offered earlier this month, the “Boston All” passes sold out within a week. [More]

"Foreclosure Factory" Draws Critics

"Foreclosure Factory" Draws Critics

It’s a one-stop foreclosure shop. Under one roof is a law office, title company, and auction house. They act as their own notaries and can foreclose. Its owner and several of his top attorneys are even VPs at the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc (MERS) which gives them the ability to transfer mortgages from owner to the other. The Boston Globe profiles a local law firm that has attracted criticism from homeowners and consumer advocates for its vertically integrated approach to foreclosure that can speedily ride over homeowners who thought they were in the middle of working out a deal with the bank. [More]

Restaurant Apologizes For Mistake With Free Chocolate Cake
For New Mother

Restaurant Apologizes For Mistake With Free Chocolate Cake For New Mother

A little bit of kindness will get you far. A little bit of chocolate cake will get you even farther, as one restaurant manager, a husband, and his wife who had just given birth found out. [More]