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How Three People Died Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Same Motel Room, Six Weeks Apart

Back in April, an elderly couple died while staying in a Best Western motel in North Carolina. The local medical examiner couldn’t find a clear cause of death. The motel continued renting the room to others until last week, when an 11-year-old boy died and his mother was rushed to the hospital. The cause? Carbon monoxide poisoning from the pool heater. [More]

Bank Of America Wants Customer To Travel 1,500 Miles To Close His Mother's Account

Bank Of America Wants Customer To Travel 1,500 Miles To Close His Mother's Account

It hasn’t even been a month since our last dead Bank of America customer story, but here the bank is at it again, refusing to let a woman’s son close her checking account no matter what he does. Although she lived and banked in Tennessee and he lives in Pennsylvania, the latest nonsense has the bank demanding that he visit Texas in person to get a document notarized. [More]

New Hampshire Grandmother Dies After National Grid Cuts Power

New Hampshire Grandmother Dies After National Grid Cuts Power

53-year-old New Hampshire grandmother Kay Phaneuf died this weekend after National Grid cut her power over an unpaid bill. Phaneuf suffered from a heart condition that required her to sleep in an oxygen tent and use a plug-in oxygen machine. The worker who disconnected the power after ringing Phaneuf’s bell and waiting several minutes at the door apparently didn’t notice a big red sign that warned people not to smoke because of the oxygen machine. National Grid is claiming they followed proper procedures, but that isn’t stopping New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commission from opening an investigation. [More]

CVS Employee Strangles Shoplifter

CVS Employee Strangles Shoplifter

A CVS employee in Chicago chased a 35-year-old shoplifter out of his store and held him in a chokehold for “several minutes” on Saturday morning until police came. The thief–who had stolen tubes of toothpaste–was taken to a hospital and initially described as in “fair-to-serious” condition, but then declared dead about 45 minutes later, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The death is being ruled an accidental homicide, and the police aren’t going to press charges against the employee. [More]

The Inventor Of The Easy-Bake Oven Has Died

The Inventor Of The Easy-Bake Oven Has Died

Ronald Howes had an illustrious career as an inventor. While he did some defense work, what we care most about is his work at toy maker Kenner. There, he helped make Play-Doh less toxic, helped create the modern version of the Spirograph, and invented the Easy-Bake oven. He died last week at age 83. [More]

Managing Editor Of ConsumerAffairs.com Has Died

Managing Editor Of ConsumerAffairs.com Has Died

Martin H. Bosworth, the 35-year-old managing editor of the website ConsumerAffairs.com, died on Wednesday after a long illness. We’ll miss his work on behalf of consumer issues, and we offer our condolences to everyone who knew him. [More]

Taco Bell Founder Dies

Taco Bell Founder Dies

Did you ever visit a Taco Bell drive-thru late at night and wonder why it was named Taco Bell? It’s because the very first one was opened in 1962 in California by a Marine named Glen W. Bell. The 86-year-old died this weekend and will be buried in a private ceremony. [More]

Alleged Walmart Shoplifter Dies After Being Tackled

Alleged Walmart Shoplifter Dies After Being Tackled

Walmart’s loss prevention tactics took a morbid turn over the weekend at an Atlanta location, when a suspected shoplifter was tackled by two security personnel and a customer, and then died for mysterious reasons. [More]

Ronald McDonald Is Dead, Unless He Isn't

Ronald McDonald Is Dead, Unless He Isn't

Michael Polakovs, a man credited with creating and playing Ronald McDonald in several 1960s commercials, has passed on to that big play area in the sky, the Telegraph reports. [More]

Toyota Says It's Not Hiding Anything In Runaway Cars Investigation

Toyota Says It's Not Hiding Anything In Runaway Cars Investigation

One of Toyota’s execs said today that the company isn’t covering up information about its suddenly accelerating cars, but the Department of Transportation doesn’t seem to agree.

Blair Recalls More Flammable Clothing After Yet Another Fire

Blair Recalls More Flammable Clothing After Yet Another Fire

“Consumers Urged to Stop Use of Flammable Wearing Apparel,” says the warning on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site. You would think so, wouldn’t you? But Blair, the catalog where your grandmother probably gets all of her clothes, has expanded their recall of chenille sleepwear after nine deaths and another reported chenille fire.

Over 5 Million Window Treatments Recalled Today, While Nation's Peeping Toms Celebrate*

Over 5 Million Window Treatments Recalled Today, While Nation's Peeping Toms Celebrate*

Three children have died after being strangled in the cords of window blinds, so today six companies announced a massive recall of several brands of window treatments.

More Dead Infants Prompt Re-Recall Of Simplicity Bassinet

More Dead Infants Prompt Re-Recall Of Simplicity Bassinet

The CPSC has issued a second recall of convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets made by Simplicity after learning of two additional infant deaths since the bassinets were recalled last August. Here is a Consumer Reports video explaining the dangers of the recalled bassinets.

Airbag Defect Prompts Honda To Recall 440,000 Cars

Airbag Defect Prompts Honda To Recall 440,000 Cars

If you own a Honda and don’t like getting shot in the face with jagged metal fragments, you may want to keep an eye out for a recall notice. The automaker announced yesterday that it would recall 440,000 Civics, Accords, and Acura TL sedans sold between 2001 and 2003.

Billy Mays Dead At 50

Billy Mays Dead At 50

You have to wonder if before going to sleep last night, pitchman Billy Mays thought of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Ed McMahon, and said to himself one last time, “but wait, there’s more!”

Woman Dies In Walmart Parking Lot, Discovered Two Days Later

Woman Dies In Walmart Parking Lot, Discovered Two Days Later

Imagine dying in your vehicle in the parking lot of a 24-hour Walmart. How would anyone know? The couple who discovered Patricia Glasscock’s body yesterday thought she was sleeping, which is probably what anyone who passed by thought.

Acting CFO Of Freddie Mac Found Dead This Morning

Acting CFO Of Freddie Mac Found Dead This Morning

David Kellermann, a former Freddie Mac senior vice president who had been serving as the acting chief financial officer of the mortgage buying company since its takeover by the federal government last September, was found “hanging in the basement of his Reston home, dead from an apparent suicide” early this morning. Police were called to his home by someone inside the house at about 5 am today and found Kellermann’s body.

Bank Of America Blames You And Your Dead Mother For Financial Crisis

Bank Of America Blames You And Your Dead Mother For Financial Crisis

CSR: Oh, that’s really not the way to look at it. I know that if it were my mother, I’d pay it. That’s why we’re in the banking crisis we’re in: banks having to write off defaulted loans.