Pepsi Plant Leaks Stinky Green Fluid That Isn't Mountain Dew

Pepsi Plant Leaks Stinky Green Fluid That Isn't Mountain Dew

According to reports out of the region, there was a “bright green, foul-smelling” liquid leaking out of a Pepsi bottling plant in Maryland on Sunday — and no, it wasn’t Mountain Dew. [More]

BJ's Wholesale Ordered To Give Refunds For Deceptive Coupons

BJ's Wholesale Ordered To Give Refunds For Deceptive Coupons

The Maryland AG’s office says that BJ’s Wholesale Club charged customers for items that were supposed to be free. Naughty! [More]

Reach Verizon Wireless Northeast Executive Customer Service

Reach Verizon Wireless Northeast Executive Customer Service

Got a Verizon Wireless problem that regular customer service won’t fix? Try escalating it to this guy. Just remember to be PP2P: polite, professional, and to the point.

Walmart Enlists Help Of Local Police Officer To Force You To Show Receipt

Walmart Enlists Help Of Local Police Officer To Force You To Show Receipt

One would think that Walmart would have had enough of the drama that results from receipt checking — but according to reader Eric, that’s just not the case. He says he politely declined to show his receipt to the Walmart employee who asked to see it because, unlike with Sam’s Club, he had not signed an agreement obligating him to show it. Walmart didn’t see it that way.

Man Gets $10,000 Back From Insurance Company Thanks To Metafilter

Man Gets $10,000 Back From Insurance Company Thanks To Metafilter

We readily admit that there are places on the Internet other than Consumerist where one can harness the Internet hive mind to solve consumer issues. Ask Metafilter user Jason sought help when his former insurance company wouldn’t stop auto-billing him, and emerged victorious, collecting the $10,000 he was wrongly charged…plus interest!

Maryland Comptroller Unveils "Real Taxpayers Of Genius"

Maryland Comptroller Unveils "Real Taxpayers Of Genius"

Remember those Bud Light Real Men of Genius commercials? So does Maryland’s Comptroller, Peter Franchot, and he’s commissioned a cringe-inducing parody to encourage Marylanders to use the state’s e-file system for their taxes. Behold: “Mr. Frustrated Taxpayer.” We’re pretty sure he recorded the backing vocals.

How Many Jobs Did We Lose In 2008? As Many As If We'd Fired The Entire State of Wisconsin

How Many Jobs Did We Lose In 2008? As Many As If We'd Fired The Entire State of Wisconsin

The numbers are in and we lost 2.6 million jobs in 2008, making it the worst year since 1945. How do you picture 2.6 million jobs? Well, by looking at Wisconsin. Or Missouri. Or Maryland.

Sixth Circuit Overturns Arbitrator Who "Showed A Manifest Disregard Of The Law"

Sixth Circuit Overturns Arbitrator Who "Showed A Manifest Disregard Of The Law"

Earlier this week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an arbitration decision in a dispute between Coffee Beanery and a franchisee. The court found that the arbitrator, hired by the American Arbitration Association, “showed a manifest disregard of the law” by siding with Coffee Beanery.

Giant Foods Cashier Said I Had To Be 30 To Buy Zyrtec!

Giant Foods Cashier Said I Had To Be 30 To Buy Zyrtec!

Reader Amie had an odd encounter with a Giant Food cashier today. As she was checking out the cashier asked if she was 30 because he wasn’t supposed to sell Zyrtec to anyone under 30.

Castle Toyota Rescinds Scholarships After Students Decide To Mourn Their Dead Teacher Instead Of Staging A Commercial

Castle Toyota Rescinds Scholarships After Students Decide To Mourn Their Dead Teacher Instead Of Staging A Commercial

Poor Howard Castleman. All he wanted was a little PR for his car dealership. Castleman planned to give four scholarships to students at Patterson High School in Baltimore, but instead of honoring Castleman’s charity by inviting the media and displaying his dealership’s banner at the senior’s farewell ceremony, the school instead decided to honor a long-time teacher who recently died of a heart attack…

Man Accused Of Gutting Computers, Returning Them To Best Buy So You Can Buy Them

Man Accused Of Gutting Computers, Returning Them To Best Buy So You Can Buy Them

Have you purchased a computer from Best Buy, only to find that it had no internal parts? No hard drive. No video card. No motherboard? If so, you (allegedly) have Joseph Denice of Silver Spring, MD to thank for your gutted PC. His hobby is buying computers from Best Buy, removing the parts, and then returning the empty shell. Best Buy’s employees would then put the computer husks back on store shelves where they would be repurchased by unwitting consumers such as… you.

The Legend Of The $1.549 Gas

The Legend Of The $1.549 Gas

Tony was pumping gas at a Maryland convenience store when he noticed something awesome: the gas, advertised for $3.54, was only $1.54. He then did the right thing and told the store about it. “My friends are ridiculing me for informing the store clerk of the error,” writes Tony, “but the way i figure it – I would be complaining if it had been ringing up at $4.54/gallon instead so how would it be any better if i tried to rip them off?” Good point Tony, and good consumering! Though, it sounds like not everyone was honest as Tony. He adds, “By the way, i noticed the place was unusually busy today. I imagine a few people informed their friends who told their friends…” What would you have done? Select your answer from our morality poll inside…

Circuit City Designates Handicapped Parking Spots "Web Order Pickup" Zone

Ever wanted to park in the handicapped spots but didn’t because of pesky laws and social norms? Well, if you place your online Circuit City order for pickup at the Cantonsville, Maryland store, you can! Reader Andy discovered that the store is flagrantly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by using the handicapped spots as the special web order pickup zone. Andy then went inside and discovered that Circuit City ignores all kinds of policies, including their own price match guarantee.

Comcast Fined $12,000 For Having Crappy Customer Service

Comcast Fined $12,000 For Having Crappy Customer Service

Comcast has been fined $12,000 for having crappy customer service by Montgomery County, Maryland..

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Banks lost the paperwork and checks of a Maryland taxi driver who never missed a mortgage payment, and now, his his fourth appeal and stands to still lose his house to foreclosure. His lawyers have vowed to file more appeals. [Baltimore Sun]

Power Company Apologizes For Charging Customers For Sending Them CFLs They Didn't Ask For

Power Company Apologizes For Charging Customers For Sending Them CFLs They Didn't Ask For

No doubt “taking” the backlash “seriously,” the Maryland power company that sent customers unsolicited CFL lightbulbs, and then silently charged them $.96/month for it, has apologized. The company will appear before the Maryland Public Service Commission tomorrow for a hearing. “We stand ready to take whatever corrective actions are deemed necessary by the commission,” Allegheny Power President said. Yes, they’re probably going to tell you to refund people’s money, you jackasses.

Maryland Electric Company Sends You Unsolicited Light Bulbs, Charges $12

Maryland Electric Company Sends You Unsolicited Light Bulbs, Charges $12

An electric company in Maryland, Allegheny Power, sent its customers some CFL light bulbs as part of a consumer education program. Sounds nice until you find out that they customers were charged $0.96 a month (about $12 a year) for the two light bulbs.

Royal Farms Gas Pump Charges You Even After The Gas Stops Flowing

Royal Farms Gas Pump Charges You Even After The Gas Stops Flowing

Royal Farms refuses to fix a broken gas pump that charges customers even after the gas stops flowing. The pump in Abingdon, Maryland has overcharged Tom on five separate occasions, and Royal Farms refuses to issue a promised refund.