Cracker Barrel Waitress Scores Ultimate Tip: A Car

Cracker Barrel Waitress Scores Ultimate Tip: A Car

After seeing the woeful state of their waitress’s car parked outside the Branson, MO, Cracker Barrel where she worked, a couple from Arkansas decided to leave her a pretty nice tip — in the form of a car. [More]

States’ Attempts To Reform Payday Lending Are Often Just Smoke & Mirrors

States’ Attempts To Reform Payday Lending Are Often Just Smoke & Mirrors

Payday lending has been getting a makeover of sorts recently. A number of banks, including Wells Fargo, have discontinued their payday-like direct deposit advance programs after federal regulators tightened their guidance over the high-cost products. Now, a number of state legislatures are discussing payday lending reform bills, which they say will make short-term loans safer for consumers. But are they truly helpful to those who need them? Not quite, say consumer advocates. [More]

Judge Stops Town From Punishing Drivers Who Use Headlights To Warn Others Of Speed Traps

Judge Stops Town From Punishing Drivers Who Use Headlights To Warn Others Of Speed Traps

Flashing your headlights is a well-established means of communicating any number of things to other drivers on the road. It could be a reminder for the other driver to turn on their lights (or turn off their brights). Maybe it’s a call to your traveling partners in another car to pull off at the next exit. It’s also a way for some people to alert other drivers about a police speed trap up ahead. Some towns have outlawed that practice, but a federal judge says that’s going too far. [More]

Brewpub Shows Starbucks “The F Word” After Legal Demand To Stop Selling “Frappicino” Beer

Brewpub Shows Starbucks “The F Word” After Legal Demand To Stop Selling “Frappicino” Beer

Still stinging from yet another legal defeat against a small New Hampshire coffee company over the “Charbucks” brand, the Starbucks legal team appears to be going after lower-hanging fruit, sending a cease-and-desist letter to a small Missouri brewpub that dared to sell something called Frappicino beer. [More]

How Does A $1,000 Loan Blow Up Into $40,000 Of Debt?

How Does A $1,000 Loan Blow Up Into $40,000 Of Debt?

We’ll never advise that anyone take out a payday or installment loan with an interest rate of 240%, but if you do find yourself taking out one of these ridiculously high-interest loans, know that defaulting on the payments can land you in the courthouse, where you could end up buried beneath a mountain of debt from which you’ll never dig out. [More]

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Sonic Is Really, Really Sorry About That “Scalp The Redskins/Feed Them Whiskey” Sign

Someone at a Missouri Sonic Drive-in chose to express both their support for the Kansas City Chiefs and their utter ignorance by using the restaurant’s sign to post a message that combined nearly every offensive Native American stereotype into one garbled statement. [More]

Scammer Charged With Renting Out Home She Didn’t Own Six Times In A Few Weeks

Scammer Charged With Renting Out Home She Didn’t Own Six Times In A Few Weeks

While we don’t condone scamming in any form, we’ve written enough about inept scammers over the years to pick up a few tips on how to avoid being caught so easily. For example, if you’re going to try to swindle people out of thousands of dollars in bogus rental deposits, don’t get greedy and try to hoodwink six different tenants in just a matter of a few weeks. [More]

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Jury Awards Former Student $13 Million In Lawsuit Against For-Profit College

One of the more common complaints against for-profit colleges is that the institutions make promises to prospective students about job placement and salary that the schools don’t make good on. A woman in Missouri recently sued one such for-profit school, saying it misled her about its medical assistant program. She had been seeking somewhere between $2-4 million in damages, but the jury went ahead and awarded her $13 million. [More]

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Frontier Airlines Decides You Really Shouldn’t Go To Disney World This Year

Only three months ago, Frontier Airlines started offering flights from Columbia, MO, to Orlando, so of course travelers began booking tickets for trips to Disney World and other area attractions. Now Frontier is pulling the plug on the route, leaving customers to scramble for new travel plans. [More]

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Walmart Consultant Caught On Camera Bad-Mouthing Town Council

If you’re near a live camera and microphone, it’s good advice to be on your best behavior, even when you think no one is watching. Just ask the consultant for Walmart who was recently filmed referring to a Springfield, MO, city councilman as “a dipsh*t.” [More]

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Lawsuit Accuses Big Pharma Of Using Bogus Expiration Dates To Trick Customers Into Buying More Meds

When it comes to over-the-counter pain pills, many people don’t even think to look at the expiration date on the side of the bottle. But a new class-action lawsuit claims that three of the biggest names in the (legal) drug business are deliberately putting early expiration dates on their products to encourage customers to throw them out and buy new ones. [More]

Florida, Other States Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion Four Years Before They Are Expected To Pay A Dime

Florida, Other States Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion Four Years Before They Are Expected To Pay A Dime

Even though the expansion of Medicaid to cover several million more low-income Americans isn’t slated to begin until January 2014 — and even though states aren’t scheduled to begin contributing anything to the expansion until 2016 — some states have already declared their intention to not take part in the program. [More]

It’s Probably Best To Not Bring Your Mini Meth Lab Into Walmart With You

It’s Probably Best To Not Bring Your Mini Meth Lab Into Walmart With You

We understand that a lot of people have hobbies — I like to bake bread; I’ve also been known to craft elaborate leather outfits for my carrier pigeons — but while it may be acceptable to knit as you stroll the aisles of your local retailer, cooking up a batch of meth in your purse is really just going to end badly. [More]

After Media Exposure, Insurance Firm Reverses Claim Denial Against Tornado Hero

After Media Exposure, Insurance Firm Reverses Claim Denial Against Tornado Hero

After an AP story ran about it, an insurance company has reversed its decision to deny paying the medical bills of a man who barely survived the Joplin tornado while he tried to safeguard three developmentally disabled adults in the group home where he worked. [More]

Hero Social Worker Barely Survives Tornado, But Workers' Comp Gets Denied

Hero Social Worker Barely Survives Tornado, But Workers' Comp Gets Denied

Social worker Mark Lindquist almost gave his life to try to save the three developmentally disabled adults in his care when the big tornado hit Joplin, Missouri in May. But despite being impaled by metal in the course of his work and suffering other near-fatal injuries, his insurance company has denied his worker’s comp claims. [More]

Starbucks In Wrongful-Death Lawsuit After Tip Jar Dispute

Starbucks In Wrongful-Death Lawsuit After Tip Jar Dispute

The estate of a Starbucks customer who lost his life after attempting to chase down a tip jar thief has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the java giant, alleging that the company invited crime by having an unsecured tip jar on the counter. [More]

Man With Shotgun Demands Food From Closed McDonald's, Blames Hungry & Pregnant Wife

Man With Shotgun Demands Food From Closed McDonald's, Blames Hungry & Pregnant Wife

A 27-year-old man in Missouri has been arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and driving while intoxicated after he allegedly used a shotgun to threaten employees at McDonald’s, demanding the restaurant reopen and give him some food to take home to his pregnant wife. [More]

Screw The Heat; Sears Wants To Sell You Christmas Crap Now

Screw The Heat; Sears Wants To Sell You Christmas Crap Now

While we were surprised last week that Macy’s is already hyping up Santa’s impending arrival, they’ve got nothing on Sears, which has already gotten up full Christmas-themed displays, just in time for Labor Day. [More]