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McDonald’s Testing Guaranteed 60-Second Drive-Thru Lunch Service (Sort Of)

Surveys show that the average service time at a McDonald’s drive-thru is longer than three minutes, but some McDonald’s in Florida believe they can cut a chunk of time off of that time — or your next meal is free. [More]

Mayors Beg DOJ To Pretty Please Let US Airways/American Airlines Merger Happen

Mayors Beg DOJ To Pretty Please Let US Airways/American Airlines Merger Happen

While US Airways and American Airlines have had to indefinitely postpone their nuptials because the Justice Dept. decided the union might result in problems for consumers and the airline industry, the mayors of those cities that would be most positively affected by the merger are now pleading with Attorney General Eric Holder to see that these two companies obviously love each other and should be allowed to be together. [More]

Aereo Announces Launch Dates For Service In Miami, Houston, Dallas

Aereo Announces Launch Dates For Service In Miami, Houston, Dallas

Even while it’s being sued by all the major broadcast networks, video-streaming service Aereo continues to expand into new markets with the announcement today of launch dates for customers in the Miami, Houston, and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas. [More]

(Bill Binns)

When Flying, Maybe Leave Your Grenade-Shaped Lighter At Home

You might find your novelty weapon-shaped cigarette lighter hilarious and totally innocent, but do you know who doesn’t agree with you? The Transportation Safety Administration. This didn’t occur to a passenger changing planes in Miami on his way to Haiti from Boston, and an entire concourse at Miami International Airport got shut down briefly this morning when the TSA noticed a grenade-shaped object in his carry-on. [More]

Copper Thieves Disable 40 Blocks Of Street Lights, Leading To Near-Fatal Car Crash

Copper Thieves Disable 40 Blocks Of Street Lights, Leading To Near-Fatal Car Crash

Miami police are placing partial blame for a car crash that threw a woman through a windshield on a recent spree of people stealing copper from street lights. In the neighborhood, there are 40 straight blocks where all the street lights are dark because of copper thieves. [More]

FBI Busts "B-Girls" For Luring Miami Tourists To Rack Up Huge Bar Bills

FBI Busts "B-Girls" For Luring Miami Tourists To Rack Up Huge Bar Bills

The con was pretty straightforward. Sexy eastern European women working the South Beach strip in Miami would pick up guys at hotels who looked like they had money and entice them back to private clubs with champagne bottle service. The man would think that he was paying a couple of hundred dollars, but actually his credit card was getting swiped for thousands. In one instance, the bill came to $43,000. Now the FBI has swooped in and arrested 17 people connected to the “b-girl” scheme, reports the Miami Herald. [More]

Cash-Strapped Miami Approves 500-Foot Tall Billboards

Cash-Strapped Miami Approves 500-Foot Tall Billboards

Miami is about to get a taste of Times Square, now that the city’s commissioners have given their okay to a plan that would erect a pair of towering electronic signs. [More]

Angry Customer Shoots Taco Bell Employee Because They're Closed

Angry Customer Shoots Taco Bell Employee Because They're Closed

So, you roll into Taco Bell at 3:30 am. They’re closed. Sure, you’re upset, but do you need to shoot the person working there? One guy in Miami thinks so, and he’s apparently still at large after shooting a Taco Bell employee in the leg simply because the restaurant wasn’t open.

American Airlines Cancels Flight Because Their Customers Are Too Pissed Off To Fly

American Airlines Cancels Flight Because Their Customers Are Too Pissed Off To Fly

Can it actually be unsafe to fly a plane full of seething, rage-filled passengers from Florida to New York? Apparently so. Flight 1908 from Miami to LaGuardia was delayed because the flight crew didn’t arrive on time. When they did finally show up, the angry passengers started to boo.

Drunk Passenger Gets Jail Time, Has To Reimburse American Airlines $7,757

Drunk Passenger Gets Jail Time, Has To Reimburse American Airlines $7,757

The first sign that Russell Petrie was too drunk to fly was probably when he boarded the plane and yelled “let’s party and have some drinks!”

Dead Bugs Found In Health Valley Soup

Dead Bugs Found In Health Valley Soup

I bought a Health Valley split pea soup at Publix Supermarket in Miami, FL on Friday 01/11/08 in the morning before coming in to work. Around 12:30 or so when I finally felt ready to have lunch, I opened the soup only to find it infested with dead bugs.

The Best Alternate Airports In America

The Best Alternate Airports In America

Flying to one of America’s numerous satellite airports can be faster and easier than charging into a congestion clogged airport that suffers delays on the sunniest days. Travel guru Peter Greenberg and his staff compiled a list of unlikely airports that can save you from the long lines and endless waits that plague traveler’s nightmares.

Customer Shoots Wendy's Manager Over Packets Of Chili Sauce

Customer Shoots Wendy's Manager Over Packets Of Chili Sauce

Police said a man in the drive-through argued with an employee because he wanted more packets of the condiment. The worker told the customer that restaurant policy prohibited a customer from getting more than three packets.

Hotels.com Succeeds Where Priceline Fails

Hotels.com Succeeds Where Priceline Fails

Jim traveled to Miami to pick up a car he was importing from abroad. He booked stays at several hotels through Priceline and Hotels.com for the drive home, but when customs wouldn’t clear his car on schedule, Jim needed to change his plans. Priceline didn’t help, but Hotels.com did.

Ginger from customer care took my call. I explained my situation and let her know that I was aware that these cancellations were last minute, but asked if there was any way to cancel or get a voucher or possibly reschedule. Right away she told me that booking for the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel had a no cancellation policy, but offered to see what she could do. *Bonus* Before putting me on hold she let me know that it may take a long time, but reassured me that if I hung on she would be back. She was back about 5 minutes and told me that she was able to cancel the Sheraton and give me a full refund. She put me on hold again to look into the booking for today. A few minutes later she came back to let me know that she was able to cancel and refund that booking as well.

Jim’s full story, after the jump…

Designer Of Walmart’s Nazi Shirt Found. He’s Jewish.

Designer Of Walmart’s Nazi Shirt Found. He’s Jewish.

The Miami Herald found the designer of Walmart’s Nazi tshirts, a man of Jewish persuasion. [More]

Ripped-off Ford Customer Torches Dealership, Kills Self

Ripped-off Ford Customer Torches Dealership, Kills Self

t screw your customers over: they may blow you up.