Don’t Get Too Excited About McDonald’s Chicken & Waffles Just Yet

Last week we told you about a McDonald’s eatery in California that was testing out a “McD’s Style Chicken & Waffles” dish with questionable waffle content. Since then, the folks at HuffPo got the lowdown from McDonald’s HQ that this is “simply one franchisee who experimented with a limited time offering of his version of chicken and waffles,” which explains why it looks like a few Mighty Wings with a pancake. [via HuffPo]

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Yelp Sues Law Firm Over Allegedly Bogus Reviews

The folks at Yelp have decided to get tough with what they believe are businesses that post fake reviews on the site in order to appeal to customers or to counteract genuine, negative feedback from actual customers. The company has sued a small San Diego-based bankruptcy law firm, alleging that it filled its profile with false, positive reviews. [More]

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Tests Find Cancer-Causing Chemical In 98 Personal Care Products

Cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA) is a chemically-modified form of coconut oil, sometimes used as a thickener or foaming agent in a number of products. It has also been listed by the state of California as a known carcinogen, meaning manufacturers are required to include a warning on the label. But recent tests found 98 shampoos, soaps, and other personal care products, that contain the chemical but don’t have any warning. [More]

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Bank Of America Continues Deducting Fees, Even After Death

Perhaps showing its firm belief in the afterlife, Bank of America has continued to charge fees to the bank account of a man it knows died nearly half a year ago. [More]

DirecTV Bills Elderly Couple $198 For Porn They Didn’t Rent 5 Years Ago

DirecTV Bills Elderly Couple $198 For Porn They Didn’t Rent 5 Years Ago

Cable customers frequently complain that they are being charged for porn they didn’t order — and cable companies often shrug and insist that someone must have ordered the erotic flicks. But a couple of married septuagenarians in California say DirecTV recently tried to charge them for 18 porn titles rented in a single day — in 2008. [More]

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Man Drops $900 In Home Depot Parking Lot, Actually Gets It Back

Too often we hear about unlucky souls who accidentally drop large amounts of cash, only to have it snatched up by some heartless goon who believes “finders keepers” is the law of the land. So on this lovely Friday afternoon, we bring you a story with a much happier ending. [More]

Smartphone Amber Alert Freaks Out Everyone In California

Smartphone Amber Alert Freaks Out Everyone In California

Russ went to bed early, setting “do not disturb” mode on his iPhone so no one could wake him up. His phone did wake him up, though, screeching and lighting up with an Amber Alert message about abducted children in a different part of the state. He asked Consumerist: how can he make these unwanted text messages stop? [More]

House-Painters Rip Down Customer’s Patio Cover Because They Thought That’s What She Wanted

House-Painters Rip Down Customer’s Patio Cover Because They Thought That’s What She Wanted

Get it in writing. Those are four words you need to repeat to yourself over and over whenever you have someone doing work on your house. Just ask the California woman who learned that her house-painters had torn down her patio cover, not because they were clumsy or reckless, but because that’s what they thought she’d asked for. [More]

Facebook Fans Identify And Shame Thief Of Customer Loyalty Stamp

Facebook Fans Identify And Shame Thief Of Customer Loyalty Stamp

It’s the definition of small-time crime: a thief who was apparently in a hurry to get some free frosty snacks allegedly walked off with the frequent-customer stamp at a California shaved ice stand. He also grabbed some cash from the tip jar while he was at it. The owners put their faith in the power of public shaming and posted the surveillance video on their Facebook page. [More]

DMV Error Leads To $17,000 In Toll Violations For Truck Owner

DMV Error Leads To $17,000 In Toll Violations For Truck Owner

Back in 2008, a California man bought a truck but after getting a mysterious toll violation from a county 400+ miles away, he realized that the Dept. of Motor Vehicles had goofed and the license plate listed on his registration did not match the plate on his vehicle. The DMV sent him new plates but has done nothing to help him fight the thousands of dollars in toll road violations being racked up by some other driver. [More]

City Claims 80-Year-Old Couple Used 440,000 Gallons Of Water In A Month

City Claims 80-Year-Old Couple Used 440,000 Gallons Of Water In A Month

An 80-year-old California man concedes that it’s entirely possible that he has used 440,000 gallons of water in one month, and that he and his wife really do owe the city $11,000. It’s possible if the city has been pumping dehydrated water into his house. [More]

Security cameras show the the thief walking into the restaurant just as the customer realizes he is short $2,200.

Update: El Pollo Loco To Help Out Customer Whose $2,200 Was Stolen In Parking Lot

Last week, we told you about the unlucky El Pollo Loco customer who accidentally dropped $2,200 in the parking lot, only to have it stolen by another customer who then sat and ate his meal while his victim undertook a frantic search for the cash. Now we hear there is some good news, as the eatery plans to gift the money back to him. [More]

We assume this photo will not be on the young man's resume when he applies for work at Burger King.

Taco Bell In Process Of Firing Taco-Licker, Crosses Heart And Swears Shells Were Thrown Out

The saga of the Taco Bell taco-licker (as opposed to Mr. Banana Grabber) continues, with the fast food chain announcing today that the employee now infamous for dragging his tongue along a stack of taco shells has been suspended and is going to be looking for work elsewhere soon. [More]

AMC’s Location Surcharges Take Shine Off Some Gold And Silver Discount Passes

AMC’s Location Surcharges Take Shine Off Some Gold And Silver Discount Passes

If you’re one of the many people who buy bundles of discounted Gold and Silver tickets to see movies at AMC theaters, you might think that you’re done paying for your passes when you hand over your cash at the store. In many cases, you’d be right, but regular AMC theatergoers in Southern California would be wise to bring some extra money to the cinema, as the nation’s second-largest theater chain is about to slap discount pass users with “location surcharges.” [More]

Taco Bell Now Investigating Taco-Licking Photo

Taco Bell Now Investigating Taco-Licking Photo

Hours after many Consumerist readers woke up to the photo of a Taco Bell employee rubbing his tongue across a stack of taco shells, the fast food chain has released a statement regarding the caught-on-camera incident. [More]

Painting Your Own Crosswalk Is Probably Not A Good Idea

Painting Your Own Crosswalk Is Probably Not A Good Idea

If you feel the intersection by your house is dangerous for pedestrians, you may want to take your case to the authorities, or get the story out there to the local media. What you don’t want to do is take matters into your own hands and paint a crosswalk by yourself… because you’ll probably get in trouble. [More]

Security cameras show the the thief walking into the restaurant just as the customer realizes he is short $2,200.

El Pollo Loco Customer Drops $2,200 In Parking Lot; Second Man Pockets Cash, Eats While Watching Frantic Search

UPDATE: Though authorities have not been able to apprehend the thief, the owner of the El Pollo Loco franchise is gifting $2,200 to the customer so that he’s no longer strapped for cash. [More]

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Fannie Mae Staffer Accused Of Taking Kickbacks Says He’s Not The Only One

Since 2009, bailed-out mortgage-backer Fannie Mae has sold nearly three quarters of a million repossessed properties. And considering that there are plenty of investors and speculators looking to snap up bottom-dollar homes with the hopes of eventually reselling at a profit, someone with inside information could be tempted to put a premium on that data, even if doing so is against the law. [More]