Reporter Caught Shoplifting Says She Was On The Job

Reporter Caught Shoplifting Says She Was On The Job

A TV traffic reporter in Connecticut was snagged walking out of a Sears carrying several items she allegedly didn’t pay for. But, says the journalist, everything should be cool, because it was all part of a story she was working on. [More]

Man Spoils Price Chopper Opening By Stripping & Threatening To Kill People

Man Spoils Price Chopper Opening By Stripping & Threatening To Kill People

Grand openings are occasionally not so grand, but that’s usually because of bad weather or poor turnout. It’s not usually due to a drunk shedding his clothes and hurling threats at employees. That is, unless you’re talking about the grand opening of the Price Chopper in Cromwell, CT, this week. [More]

Woman Allegedly Fired For Carrying Breast Cancer Gene

Woman Allegedly Fired For Carrying Breast Cancer Gene

A Connecticut woman is suing her ex-employer for firing her because she was genetically at a higher risk for developing breast cancer, according to her lawsuit. [More]

Is Your Parking Garage Ripping You Off?

Is Your Parking Garage Ripping You Off?

Next time you get your ticket from the parking garage dispenser, better grab a clock. [More]

Efficient (But Dumb) Bank Robbers Call Ahead To Place Order For Pick-Up

Efficient (But Dumb) Bank Robbers Call Ahead To Place Order For Pick-Up

There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in line at the bank, right? That’s why a pair of impatient would-be robbers did the most sensible thing when they attempted to hold up a Connecticut bank yesterday — they called ahead. [More]

Woman Crashes Toyota Into Church, Blames Stuck
Accelerator

Woman Crashes Toyota Into Church, Blames Stuck Accelerator

Another day, another report of a Toyota crash being blamed on a stuck gas pedal. This time, it’s a 76-year-old woman in Connecticut claiming her recalled Toyota Camry went nuts on her and — in spite of her best efforts to stop it — crashed into a church. [More]

Comcast Employee Found With Throat Slashed — Just A Workplace Accident

Police in Branford, CT say they are no longer investigating an incident where a Comcast employee was found unconscious with his throat slashed inside the fenced-off parking lot of a service center. Apparently, the knife-wound was simply a workplace accident. [More]

Connecticut Bathroom Access Law Now In Effect

Connecticut Bathroom Access Law Now In Effect

Connecticut shoppers with bowel disorders, rejoice! Now, there’s a sentence we never expected to write. In order to prevent humiliating and undignified restroom access debacles for people with verified medical conditions, Connecticut has passed a law guaranteeing their access to otherwise off-limits restrooms in public places. The law went into effect on October 1st.

Consumer Columnist Sues Paper, Says Advertiser Criticism Squelched

Consumer Columnist Sues Paper, Says Advertiser Criticism Squelched

Consumer watchdog George Gombossy this morning filed a 1st Amendment lawsuit against his former employer, Tribune-owned Hartford Courant. There’s some gangbusters stuff in the filing, like the part where he says the new owners told him to “be nice” to one of their key advertisers:

Was Consumer Columnist's Demise Due To Editorial Cutbacks Or Advertising Interference?

Was Consumer Columnist's Demise Due To Editorial Cutbacks Or Advertising Interference?

The story of consumer columnist George Gombossy‘s departure from the Hartford Courant has become a “he said”/”company said” argument that seems like something out of a consumer affairs column. Was Gombossy let go for reporting on an advertiser, as he alleges, or was the elimination of his position simply part of the cutbacks taking place all over the Tribune Company?

Webloyalty Reservation Rewards Under Investigation

Webloyalty Reservation Rewards Under Investigation

The Connecticut Attorney General’s office is investigating the infamous Webloyalty “Reservation Rewards” program, reports WalletPop. Consumers have been complaining about unexpected charges on their credit card from this company for years…

Gift Card Settlement Refunds Quarter Million Dollars In Inactivity Fees

Gift Card Settlement Refunds Quarter Million Dollars In Inactivity Fees

A Connecticut mall has to pay $259,000 in settlement fees to consumers who bought gift cards that had monthly inactivity fees.

Throwdown! Connecticut Sues Countrywide For Deceptive Lending

Throwdown! Connecticut Sues Countrywide For Deceptive Lending

Someone ring a bell because Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has just sued Countrywide (and, of course, Bank of America) for deceptive lending practices. They’re seeking damages of $100,000 for each violation, as well as “up to $5,000 per violation of state consumer protection laws, disgorgement of all ill-gotten gains and an order compelling the company to cease its illegal practices.”

Limited New iPhones At ATT Stores, Latecomers Pay Extra To Have Phones Shipped

Limited New iPhones At ATT Stores, Latecomers Pay Extra To Have Phones Shipped

Only the first lucky clutch of people in line today at AT&T stores will walk out with a new iPhone 3G in-hand. There were only 30 phones available in total at the the biggest AT&T store in Waterbury CT, at the Brass Mill Center, according to a store employee. Reporting from the line, reader Kevin says that everyone else was given an option to buy a slip of paper for $226.79 (see a scan of it posted inside), have the phone shipped from the warehouse to you, then you come back to the store to activate the phone. Customers will have to pay for the shipping charges for this favor.

It's Been 4 Months, GEICO, Where's My Money?

It's Been 4 Months, GEICO, Where's My Money?

Jonathan writes:On January 1st, a friend of mine went to visit another friend in CT (I am from NJ), and unfortunately hit black ice, and proceeded into a guardrail.

Dumpster Diver Finds Customer Financial Information In Bank Trash

Dumpster Diver Finds Customer Financial Information In Bank Trash

For four months, James Hastings searched through trash bins outside People’s United Bank branches in Fairfield County. He pulled out bags of paperwork with private information, including customers’ Social Security numbers and account information.

"Help, I've Been Ripped Off By A Gas Station!"

"Help, I've Been Ripped Off By A Gas Station!"

My wife and I stopped at the Sunoco that is located on Route 1 in Stonington the other night, because they had their lighted sign showing a price of $3.35 a gallon for premium fuel. It was night time and we did not notice until we were halfway thru pumping that the digital readout on the pump read $3.47 a gallon, which is obviously $.12 cents a gallon different.

When Telephone Companies Scam

When Telephone Companies Scam

“Competing by cheating has become a way of life for … many of these corporations, many of the most reputable of them. Because it’s done by AT&T, MCI, or Sprint, people are reluctant to use that word, but when all is said and done … these are scams.”