Is Target Shaving Workers’ Hours So It Doesn’t Have To Insure Them?

Is Target Shaving Workers’ Hours So It Doesn’t Have To Insure Them?

Earlier this week, Target announced that it would no longer offer health insurance to part-time employees (those who work fewer than 32 hours per week), while at the same time claiming that it would not be trimming employees’ schedules so that they no longer qualify as full-time workers. However, some Target employees tell Consumerist that company execs aren’t telling the truth. [More]

Target Zaps Itself With Shrink Ray To Create Teensy TargetExpress

Target Zaps Itself With Shrink Ray To Create Teensy TargetExpress

A decade ago, the trend in big retail stores like Target was to get larger and larger, with mega-sized SuperTargets popping up around the country. Then the country’s over-mortgaged house of cards collapsed and smaller was all the rage, resulting in CityTarget stores in 2012. But that’s apparently not small enough, with the retailer set to go even smaller with new TargetExpress stores. [More]

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Please Don’t Shoot At The Pizza Delivery Guy If You Think Your Pie Is Too Small

Among the myriad acceptable ways to resolve a complaint with a pizzeria, you won’t find listed “Pull out a gun and begin shooting.” Someone should have told this to the man in Minnesota who is now facing second-degree assault charges for doing just that. [More]

Are Retail Trucks The Next Wave Of Shopping?

Are Retail Trucks The Next Wave Of Shopping?

As anyone who lives or works in a major city can attest to, the last few years have seen a huge growth in the number of quality food vendors selling their items from trucks parked on city streets. While the food truck trend might be at or nearing its peak, it may have blazed a trail for other businesses to think about going mobile. [More]

Minneapolis Looking To Stop Cabbies From Using Cell Phones

Minneapolis Looking To Stop Cabbies From Using Cell Phones

Most of us who’ve lived in major city for long enough have had those experiences of sitting in the backseat of a cab, irritated and possibly concerned by the driver’s incessant yammering on his/her phone. Wouldn’t it be nice if such distracting chit-chat was illegal? [More]

Home Depot Salt Pellet Deal Shrivels Under Scrutiny

Home Depot Salt Pellet Deal Shrivels Under Scrutiny

Whether it’s a signage error or a stacking error, this pile of salt pellets is not what it seems at first blush. [More]

TSA Forgets To Tell Police It's Running A Bomb Test, Hilarity Ensues

TSA Forgets To Tell Police It's Running A Bomb Test, Hilarity Ensues

One of the keys to running a successful test of a TSA agent’s ability to detect a bomb in a traveler’s suitcase is to give the heads-up to the authorities that a drill is being run. That way, when — or rather if — the screener finds the device in question, their call to the police won’t have the cops drawing their guns in the middle of an airport. [More]

Woman Who Tried To Air Mail Puppy Won't Get Dog Back

Woman Who Tried To Air Mail Puppy Won't Get Dog Back

Many of you have been following the saga of the Minnesota woman who was charged with animal cruelty after trying to ship a four-month old poodle-schnauzer mix puppy to Atlanta via air mail. The latest update: Officials in Minneapolis have shot down her appeal to get the puppy back. [More]

47 Passengers, Including Two Babies, Trapped On Continental Flight For 11 Hours

47 Passengers, Including Two Babies, Trapped On Continental Flight For 11 Hours

When will airlines realize that when a flight gets diverted and things go wrong — you just should not force people to stay on an airplane for 11 hours with only a bag of pretzels to eat. What was ExpressJet’s (operator of the Continental flight) excuse? The TSA screeners had gone home for the night, so they couldn’t let anyone get back on the plane if they let them off. Oh no!

It's Tough Being The Only Popeye's In Minnesota

It's Tough Being The Only Popeye's In Minnesota

What happens when you mix a chicken promotion, a national ad buy, and a franchisee not taking part in the promotion? You get a lot of hungry and annoyed people. And, last Thursday in Minneapolis, you have to call the police.

Honey, Was That PotBelly's Sandwich $4.23 Or $858,432?

Honey, Was That PotBelly's Sandwich $4.23 Or $858,432?

Sorry PotBelly Sandwich Works customers, you can’t order the Chicken Salad Sandwich unless you qualify for a mortgage. Ashley’s husband thought his usual lunchtime meal cost $4.23, but, as his wife discovered when trying to pay their credit card bill, the sandwich actually costs $858,432.06.

Burger King: Your House Burned Down?! The Red Cross Is Coming?! Get Out!

Burger King: Your House Burned Down?! The Red Cross Is Coming?! Get Out!

Burger King ejected 25 low-income residents who were waiting for the Red Cross to arrive after their Minneapolis apartment caught fire and burned to the ground. An assistant manager explained that the fire had slowed foot traffic to “virtually nothing,” and that the crowd had to either wait somewhere else or deal with the police.

http://consumerist.com/2008/02/25/some-minnesota-bars-are-getting/

Some Minnesota bars are getting around smoking bans by holding “theater nights” and proclaiming everyone in the bar an “actor.” State law allows performers to smoke during theatrical performances. [Star-Tribune via BoingBoing]

Big Story In This Sunday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune…

Read this coming Sunday’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune. There’s gonna be a big story in there. About a company we’ve talked a lot about. We’ve been in close contact with the reporter. Some of it is following up and looking deeper into information you read here first. Pretty neat. Who said bloggers and journalists can’t be friends?

The Pantheon of American Consumerism, Reborn!  Mall of America to Double in Size

The Pantheon of American Consumerism, Reborn! Mall of America to Double in Size

The Mall of America, once the largest mall in the USA, and already chock full of retail with its 520 stores, will be doubling in size, in an effort to reclaim the title.

Hot Tub Dealer Sets Up “Competitive” Fair Where It’s The Only Seller

Much like the pearl buyers in Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Master Spas in Minneapolis sets up a hot tub fair promoted with the line, “15 manufacturer’s compete for your business!” However, the only business actually selling at the convention is Master Spas. KSTP investigates.