When Things Get Crazy, Rumors Get Even Crazier

When Things Get Crazy, Rumors Get Even Crazier

We received a tip today that Bank of America supposedly plans to close nearly all of its customers’ credit cards on October 1st, but the only source we can find for this rumor is a single post at iReport.com, CNN’s public journalism free-for-all. Everything else online that mentions this is traced back to that one short post. So, until we find out more, we’re going to say this one is bunk—and a great example of how wild rumors can pop up during desperate times. (Thanks to Joseph!)

This Is Probably Not A Good Place To Look For A Job Right Now

This Is Probably Not A Good Place To Look For A Job Right Now

Sidd snapped this photo at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, NY over the weekend. “Flexible hours” in this case might mean a lot of free time very soon.

http://consumerist.com/2008/09/09/astroland-the-coney-island-amusement/

Astroland, the Coney Island amusement park, is closing for good this Sunday, says its owner. You can buy the rides at www.rides4u.com. Sorry, the wooden Cyclone coaster and the Wonder Wheel are part of another amusement company and won’t be sold (they’ll continue to operate). [New York Times]

A Complete List Of Starbucks Locations That Will Be Closing

A Complete List Of Starbucks Locations That Will Be Closing

Starbucks has released the complete list of stores that will be closing. You can browse the full list, organized alphabetically by state, inside.

http://consumerist.com/2008/07/08/behold-a-map-of-the/

Behold! A map of the Starbucks locations that are rumored to be closing. If you know of a location that’s getting the ax, you can submit your information to the Seattle Times. [Seattle Times via Starbucks Gossip]

http://consumerist.com/2008/07/07/if-youre-wondering-which-600/

If you’re wondering which 600 Starbucks locations are going to be closed, well, you can just keep on wondering. [Bizjournals via Starbucks Gossip]

Starbucks To Close 600 Stores, Cut Up To 12,000 Jobs

Starbucks To Close 600 Stores, Cut Up To 12,000 Jobs

MSNBC says that Starbucks has announced that it will be closing 600 locations in the US and could eliminate up to 12,000 full and part-time jobs. Previously, the company had announced that it would close only 100 stores.

http://consumerist.com/2008/05/23/airlines-arent-just-hiking-fees/

Airlines aren’t just hiking fees to cover fuel costs—they’re also reducing the number of places where they’ll fly. Nearly 30 cities across the country have lost their scheduled service over the last year, making it just a little harder to get to sparsely populated areas. [New York Times]

Closing: An Employee Report From Inside The Wilson's Leather Bloodbath

Closing: An Employee Report From Inside The Wilson's Leather Bloodbath

Reader L is an employee of Wilson’s Leather and has the following to report from inside the liquidation. Everything and everyone must go.

Crackpot Restaurant Closes Abruptly After Selling Thousands In Gift Cards

Crackpot Restaurant Closes Abruptly After Selling Thousands In Gift Cards

Neil Smith, owner of two Crackpot Restaurants in Maryland, recently shut down one of them and left employees without pay and gift card holders without compensation.

Polaroid Instant Film Is Dead

Polaroid Instant Film Is Dead

”We’re trying to reinvent Polaroid so it lives on for the next 30 to 40 years,” Tom Beaudoin, Polaroid’s president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said in a phone interview Friday.

Macy's Is Closing 9 Stores

Macy's Is Closing 9 Stores

Well now you’ve done it, shoppers of America: your refusal to spend enough money at Macy’s is forcing the department store chain to shutter nine “underperforming stores in Indiana, Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Utah and Texas,” reports Reuters. Seriously, what does it take to get you to buy stuff from them? They gave out coupons!

http://consumerist.com/2007/12/15/compusa-has-publicly-announced-their/

CompUSA has publicly announced their consumer hotline for repair questions: 1-877-520-8324. (It’s the same as the number in the letters they’re mailing out to customers.) You can also visit a new website, www.compusaconsumerhelp.com. [Dallas Business Journal]

LEAKS: CompUSA Warranty Information

LEAKS: CompUSA Warranty Information

Dear Valued CompUSA Customer,

Blockbuster To Close 282 Stores

Blockbuster To Close 282 Stores

The AP is reporting that Blockbuster will be closing 282 stores nationwide and will beef up spending on its online DVD rental service in order to compete with industry-leader Netflix. From the AP:

“Traffic is just not what it used to be when Blockbuster was the big rooster in the hen house,” said Andy Cross, senior analyst with The Motley Fool.

CompUSA Won't Honor Rebates For Items Purchased At Closing Stores

CompUSA Won't Honor Rebates For Items Purchased At Closing Stores

Effective immediately, customers in closing stores are not eligible for CompUSA rebates, and manufacturer rebates will not be available. If an item was purchased prior to 2/27/07, and qualifies for a rebate, please follow the normal submission instructions located on your rebate form. The closing store will not participate in CompUSA’s national ads. However, the closing stores will have their own sales; pretty much every item in the store will be on sale, and the closing stores may have their own ads too.

Well, at least “pretty much every item in the store will be on sale.” You just don’t see enough use of the phrase “pretty much every” in store policies these days.—MEGHANN MARCO

GAP CEO's Email Address

GAP CEO's Email Address

According to a tipster, this is the email address for the CEO of GAP: Bob_fisher_ceo@gap.com

Goodbye, Forth & Towne, We Hardly Knew You…

Goodbye, Forth & Towne, We Hardly Knew You…

Forth & Towne, designed to appeal to women between the ages of 35 and 50, was launched in August 2005. The stores featured larger, centrally located dressing rooms and were stocked with accessories, including handbags and shoes, to help women put together full outfits and drive impulse purchases.