1994 Tax Billing Error Forces Woman Into 5-Year Legal Battle To Save Her House

1994 Tax Billing Error Forces Woman Into 5-Year Legal Battle To Save Her House

Back in 1994, a Georgia woman received two county tax bills in the mail — one addressed to her, and a second addressed to a man with the same, incredibly common last name, but whom she’d never heard of and whose address was invalid. She paid off the former immediately and ignored the latter. Little did she know that, 13 years later, this goof by the county would land her in court trying to save her house from being taken away from her. [More]

Speak Farsi At The Apple Store And They Might Say You Can’t Buy An iPad

Speak Farsi At The Apple Store And They Might Say You Can’t Buy An iPad

While no one in Iran can order a computer from a U.S. Apple store — and there are limitations on these electronics being brought into Iran — there is no legal reason a U.S. citizen should be barred from buying an iPad just because she speaks Farsi. And yet customers at Apple stores in Georgia are being told they can’t shop there because the government won’t allow it. [More]

Report: Georgia To Deny KKK Application To Adopt Highway

Report: Georgia To Deny KKK Application To Adopt Highway

Yesterday, we told you about how the state of Georgia was trying to decide whether to accept an “adopt-a-highway” application from a local Ku Klux Klan group or risk facing a lengthy legal battle by denying it. Now It looks like the state’s Dept. of Transportation has opted for the latter. [More]

KKK Applies To Adopt Stretch Of Georgia Highway

KKK Applies To Adopt Stretch Of Georgia Highway

When you see a stretch of road that has been “adopted” by a group or business that helps to remove litter from the highway in return for recognition from the state, the sponsor is often some civic group, union or social club. Occasionally, you get something like the stretch of I-95 near the Pennsylvania/Delaware border sponsored by a gentlemen’s club. But legislators in Georgia now find themselves in a bit of a pickle, having to pick between allowing the Ku Klux Klan to adopt a highway or facing a potentially lengthy and pricey legal battle. [More]

Popeyes Apologizes To Customer With Service Dog

Popeyes Apologizes To Customer With Service Dog

Yesterday we brought you the story of a Georgia man who said he was wrongly kicked out of a Popeyes restaurant because of his service dog. And while the restaurant chain is sticking by its side of the story, it has released an official apology to the customer. [More]

Report: Judges Collect More Than $1 Million In Traffic Fines By Calling Them 'Court Costs'

Report: Judges Collect More Than $1 Million In Traffic Fines By Calling Them 'Court Costs'

Imagine you’re caught speeding — or driving recklessly, or driving without a license — and you appear in traffic court all set to pay the fine. But then the judge tells you that he’s not only knocking your offense down to a warning, but also discounting your penalty and collecting the lesser amount as “court costs.” You’d probably be very happy. Only problem is, it’s probably illegal and it keeps bad drivers on the road. [More]

Georgia Woman Arrested For Removing Illegal Roadside Sign

Georgia Woman Arrested For Removing Illegal Roadside Sign

While two cities in Florida are using robocalls to go after the people who litter their roadsides with illegal “snipe” or “bandit” signs advertising everything from home-flippers to roofers to tax assistance, their neighbors to the north arrested a woman who took the law into her own hands. [More]

Georgia Welfare Recipients Will Have To Pass Drug Test

Georgia Welfare Recipients Will Have To Pass Drug Test

Almost six months after a federal judge halted similar legislation in Florida, the governor of Georgia has signed off on a new regulation that will require certain welfare recipients to pay for and pass a drug test. [More]

Hard-Up College Students Turning To Food Stamps

Being in college and having an empty wallet tend to go hand-in-hand. A full course load can make it difficult for students to find steady work, and in many college towns the work that’s available isn’t going to pay for very much. But while my fellow students were undergoing (legal) drug trials and donating whatever bodily fluid they could get a few cents for, some in the current generation of cash-strapped collegians are turning to food stamps. [More]

Judge Rips Into U.S. Bank For Taking Bailout Money But Denying Mortgage Modifications

Judge Rips Into U.S. Bank For Taking Bailout Money But Denying Mortgage Modifications

A judge in Georgia is quickly becoming an internet folk hero after he publicly slammed U.S. Bank for taking billions in government bailout money and all the while refusing mortgage modifications for homeowners in need of help. [More]

If You're Going To Rob 85 Storage Units, Don't Leave Behind A Pizza Box With Your Address On It

If You're Going To Rob 85 Storage Units, Don't Leave Behind A Pizza Box With Your Address On It

We know — or rather, we assume — that breaking open and stealing items from more than 80 storage units is exhausting work that can leave even the stoutest criminal with a deep hunger. But you can’t let your rumbling stomach trick you into forgetting that the key to being a successful robber is to not get caught. [More]

Saggy Pants Fines Bring City $3,916.49

Saggy Pants Fines Bring City $3,916.49

Albany, Georgia is raking in the dough by fining people who violate the city’s saggy pants ban. [More]

This Pawn Shop Is Very Up Front With Its Feelings About Crack Smokers

This Pawn Shop Is Very Up Front With Its Feelings About Crack Smokers

Last week, we brought you a marketing ploy by one Albany pawn shop looking to expand its customer base by giving spurned mothers a way to get back at their exes. Now, Consumerist reader Brady sends us a photo of a Georgia shop that is trying to limit certain people — namely those who smoke crack cocaine — from entering. [More]

1 Dead, 9 Sick From Fumes Inside A McDonald's

1 Dead, 9 Sick From Fumes Inside A McDonald's

An 80-year old woman is dead and nine are sick after succumbing to fumes emanating from a Georgia McDonald’s bathroom. [More]

Police Bust Tweens For Operating Unlicensed Lemonade Stand

Police Bust Tweens For Operating Unlicensed Lemonade Stand

It’s the middle of summer, and we all know what that means: adorable kids learning the basics of capitalism by running lemonade stands. Among those basics: you need to lay down a few hundred bucks at City Hall before you even think about buying lemons and paper cups. Three Georgia girls thought they would earn money for a trip to the water park by selling lemonade in their neighborhood. They were successful…until the police chief happened to drive by, and shut them down for selling lemonade without business and food vendors’ licenses totaling $180. [More]

HOAs Feeling The Financial Sting Of Abandoned Houses

HOAs Feeling The Financial Sting Of Abandoned Houses

With a sea of homes left empty by erstwhile homeowners who couldn’t afford the mortgage, a number of homeowner associations around the country have are stuck having to pay for the upkeep on vacant properties lest the value of the remaining homes be harmed any further. [More]

Georgia Program Replaces Migrant Farm Workers With Ex-Cons

Georgia Program Replaces Migrant Farm Workers With Ex-Cons

Recent immigration crackdowns in Georgia have left the agricultural sector with a labor shortage. A big one. An unscientific poll puts the gap as high as 11,000 workers, but plants still have to be harvested. The governor responded to farmers’ complaints with a new program that puts people on probation to work in the fields at minimum wage, with bonuses for high production. This seems like an ideal match: probationers have a higher unemployment rate than the general population, and farmers need people in the fields. It turns out, though, that hard work, hot weather, low pay, and inexperienced workers don’t make for a very bountiful harvest. [More]

Walmart Employee Arrested After Driving Her Car Into The Store

Walmart Employee Arrested After Driving Her Car Into The Store

Early morning shoppers at a Georgia Walmart got a little more than a nice elderly person greeting them at the entrance this morning when a store employee drove her vehicle into the building. [More]