(frankieleon)

Why Doesn’t Tesla Just Use Dealerships To Sell Its Cars?

Earlier this week, auto dealers in Michigan successfully manipulated the state’s lawmakers to clarify that the only way any car company can sell any vehicles in Michigan is through franchised auto dealers. A handful of other states have similar laws banning Tesla or any other car company from selling their products straight to consumers. So why doesn’t Tesla just give in and work with dealers? [More]

Michigan Joins List Of Tesla-Hating States; Bans Direct Sales Of Cars

Michigan Joins List Of Tesla-Hating States; Bans Direct Sales Of Cars

Even though only a few dozen Teslas have been sold to people in Michigan, and even though the electric vehicle maker has no storefront display operations in the state, the home of America’s auto industry has decided it needed to pass a law actually banning carmakers from selling automobiles to Michigan consumers without first going through a franchised dealership. [More]

Walgreens Gives Teen Wrong Prescription, Shrugs

Walgreens Gives Teen Wrong Prescription, Shrugs

It’s bad enough that a Michigan Walgreens pharmacy gave a 14-year-old customer someone else’s prescription, but the teen’s family says the drugstore chain made the situation much worse by demanding that the family go out of pocket to finally obtain the correct drug. [More]

(Evan Jackson)

Former Nursing Home Manager Accused Of Stealing $460K From Residents

Authorities in Michigan say that a manager of a nursing home spent several years siphoning off residents’ funds, making herself wealthier to the tune of nearly half a million dollars in the process — and she wasn’t caught until after she’d already been fired. [More]

Michigan May Be Latest To Ban Direct Sales Of Teslas

Michigan May Be Latest To Ban Direct Sales Of Teslas

Because car dealerships don’t want to move beyond an era of gladhanding salesman upselling customers on unnecessary add-ons — and because they apparently want to give electric car company Tesla as much free advertising as possible — they are pushing for Michigan to enact legislation preventing carmakers from selling directly to consumers in the state. [More]

(jimmywayne)

Michigan Man Wins The Right To Have “WAR SUX” On His License Plate

War? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, some might say, while others might put that opinion out in the open for anyone to see. But one man had to sue Michigan’s Secretary of State to express himself with “WAR SUX” on his license plate, after the state said the word implied hanky panky that’s unsuitable for children. [More]

This elephant is not dead. (Mike Matney Photography)

There’s A Dead Elephant Buried At This Dead Mall

Someday in the far future, the fortunes of suburban Detroit might improve, and someone will redevelop the site of Summit Place Mall in Waterford, Michigan. When that happens, the new owners may excavate the site and wonder what the skeleton of an elephant is doing in suburban Detroit. That will be a very good question. [More]

(Mummified in Michigan)

Body Found After 5 Years Of Auto-Paid Bills Finally Identified As Homeowner

The story of a woman in Michigan whose mortgage and other bills were paid automatically out of her five-figure checking account balance account while friends and family assumed that she was doing her own thing captured the public’s imagination. The idea that anyone could die and not be missed is chilling. Now DNA tests have confirmed that the homeowner was indeed the mummified body found in the back seat of her Jeep. [More]

After Fire, Comcast Probaby Won’t Make Low-Income Seniors Pay For Burned Cable Boxes

After Fire, Comcast Probaby Won’t Make Low-Income Seniors Pay For Burned Cable Boxes

The good news was that no one was killed or injured when a fire destroyed an apartment building for low-income senior citizens in Battle Creek, Michigan last week. The bad news is that the seniors’ cable provider, Comcast, can’t rule out that they’re going to charge the residents for the Kabletown-owned cable boxes that were destroyed in the fire. [More]

Michigan Town Foots The Bill To Send Students To State Universities, Community Colleges

Michigan Town Foots The Bill To Send Students To State Universities, Community Colleges

Community is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. For one Michigan city that characteristic would be generosity, as in the $50 million anonymous donors have spent to send the town’s high school graduates to college. [More]

How Did Woman Who Died in 2008 Vote In 2010 Election?

How Did Woman Who Died in 2008 Vote In 2010 Election?

We’ve been following the story out of Michigan of the woman who disappeared into her own house for more than five years, with no one noticing her absence because all of her bills were on auto-pay. As investigators try to figure out what happened to her, they’ve found another mystery: she appears to have voted in 2010, even though the evidence shows that she died in 2008. [More]

Michigan Woman’s Death Unnoticed For 5 Years Because Her Bills Were On Autopay

Michigan Woman’s Death Unnoticed For 5 Years Because Her Bills Were On Autopay

Last week, a woman in Michigan who was found dead in the backseat of her Jeep, which was parked in her garage. No neighbors remembered seeing her around since maybe 2008, and the bank started foreclosure proceedings. A contractor making repairs on behalf of the bank found the homeowner, who lived alone and was estranged from family. How could such a thing happen? [More]

McDonald’s Customer Gets Wrong Burger Twice, Fires Gun Into Window

McDonald’s Customer Gets Wrong Burger Twice, Fires Gun Into Window

Yes, it can be deeply disappointing when a fast-food joint doesn’t prepare your burger exactly how you ordered it. There are many ways to deal with that situation: ask for a manager, complain to corporate, demand that they re-make your meal immediately…or fire a pistol into the window of the restaurant. You could do that, too. [More]

College Senior Hopes To Pay Off Student Loans By Selling Ads On Graduation Cap

College Senior Hopes To Pay Off Student Loans By Selling Ads On Graduation Cap

A student at the University of Michigan-Flint looked into the crystal ball and saw visions of student loan debt. But what if he could figure out a way to pay off that pile of debt before he even enters the job market? And so the young man started a campaign to sell advertising space on the top of his graduation cap. [More]

Taco Bell Gives In, Reinstates Free Tacos For Michigan State Basketball Fans

Taco Bell Gives In, Reinstates Free Tacos For Michigan State Basketball Fans

Taco Bell has a long tradition of giving away free food tied to the results of certain sporting events, like the World Series. But only weeks after pulling the plug on its 14-year free chalupa promo with the Portland Trail Blazers, the Bell angered Michigan State basketball fans by ending the deal that offered free tacos to everyone in the arena if the Spartans scored at least 70 points. [More]

McDonald’s Worker Will Have 29 Months Behind Bars To Regret Spitting In Cop’s Snack Wrap

McDonald’s Worker Will Have 29 Months Behind Bars To Regret Spitting In Cop’s Snack Wrap

In case any of you out there were considering depositing some saliva in a customer’s food today (or at any point in the future), remember that it’s not just gross, it’s illegal. And if you’re caught, you’ll lose your job and possibly your freedom. Just ask the former McDonald’s employee who will spend at least two years in jail for adding some secret sauce to a customer’s food. [More]

Company Markets Stun Gun iPhone Case In Detroit, Where It Would Be Illegal To Use

Company Markets Stun Gun iPhone Case In Detroit, Where It Would Be Illegal To Use

A company that sells iPhone cases that double as low-powered stun guns has selected Detroit as a target market, disregarding the fact that such a device appears to be illegal in Michigan. [More]

Walmart Worker Fired For Stopping Assault On Customer Won’t Go Back To Old Job

Walmart Worker Fired For Stopping Assault On Customer Won’t Go Back To Old Job

You may remember last week’s story of the Walmart employee in Michigan who was fired after he intervened to stop an assault against a customer in the parking lot. The retailer subsequently decided to offer him the chance to return to work, but he’s not biting. [More]