Bakery Says It Will Finally Get Around To Cleaning Neighbor’s Flour-Covered House

Bakery Says It Will Finally Get Around To Cleaning Neighbor’s Flour-Covered House

Last week, we told you about the New Jersey homeowner whose house had been dusted with a flour and cornmeal mixture ever since a pipe burst at a neighboring bakery back in January — and how the bakery refused to make good on its initial promise to take care of the mess. After her problem caught on with the media, the bakery is suddenly waking up and swearing it will tidy up after itself. [More]

The homeowner, looking through her flour and cornmeal-crusted front door.  See more photos at NJ.com. (photo: William Perlman/Newark Star-Ledger)

Burst Bakery Pipe Covers Home In Flour; Bun-Bakers Won’t Fork Over Dough To Clean Mess Up

For years, an elderly New Jersey woman lived in peace next door to a bun-baking factory. But that’s all changed in the past year, following two incidents that have left her property covered in flour and cornmeal and stuck her with the cleanup bill. [More]

New Jersey Mistakenly Tells 2,000 People They Underpaid On Taxes, Doesn’t Tell Them About Error

New Jersey Mistakenly Tells 2,000 People They Underpaid On Taxes, Doesn’t Tell Them About Error

It’s one thing for a state with nearly 4 million people filing tax returns to screw up on a couple of thousand of those filings. It’s another when the state realizes it screwed up but doesn’t make any effort to let people know of the error. [More]

Despite 18 Years Of Life Insurance Premiums, Cigna Refused To Pay Widow

Despite 18 Years Of Life Insurance Premiums, Cigna Refused To Pay Widow

Two decades ago, a man in New Jersey had a job that included a life insurance benefit. When he left that job, he was able to keep that policy if he continued to pay all the premiums on his own, which he did for 18 years. So why did the insurance company refuse to pay this man’s widow after he passed away? Hint: It rhymes with stupidity. [More]

New Jersey Thinks 4G And Wired Broadband Are The Same, Lets Verizon Off The Hook

New Jersey Thinks 4G And Wired Broadband Are The Same, Lets Verizon Off The Hook

Someone at Verizon is wearing a party hat and celebrating this week, as the telecom titan convinced the state of New Jersey to let it wriggle out of a decades-old obligation to provide broadband throughout the entire Garden State, because apparently 4G wireless broadband is the same as a to-the-home wired connection, and broadband competition is completely unnecessary. [More]

Stories You Might Have Missed Because You Were Too Busy Being Awesome

Stories You Might Have Missed Because You Were Too Busy Being Awesome

We post a lot of stories during the week, and we know that most of you have jobs, families, lives, hobbies, nagging itches and other more important things to do than read every single thing we write. So for those who might be playing catch-up on the weekend, here are some of the things you might have missed… [More]

NJ Driver Sues After State Rejects Her “8theist” License Plate

NJ Driver Sues After State Rejects Her “8theist” License Plate

A woman in New Jersey claims the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission is biased in favor of Christians after rejecting her request for a vanity plate that reflected her atheist beliefs while allowing plates that express a driver’s Christian identity. [More]

Verizon Brings Fake Grassroots Campaign To New Jersey To Claim Support For Not Bringing Real Broadband

Verizon Brings Fake Grassroots Campaign To New Jersey To Claim Support For Not Bringing Real Broadband

New Jersey might not be that large a state, but its geography and its dense population make it easy to understand how running a broadband connection to 100% of residents could be a cumbersome and expensive project. So what’s a corporation stuck with a twenty-year-old public interest obligation to provide those broadband connections to do? Create a fake tidal wave of public support for their attempt to weasel out of it, of course! [More]

New Jersey Votes To Block Direct Sales Of Tesla Vehicles

New Jersey Votes To Block Direct Sales Of Tesla Vehicles

The two Tesla stores in New Jersey might soon be locking up their doors, after the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission unanimously approved a proposal yesterday that blocks the electric-car maker from selling vehicles directly to customers. [More]

How Giving Your Contact Info To “Yellow Page USA” Turns Into Legal Threats And An Invoice For $1,200

How Giving Your Contact Info To “Yellow Page USA” Turns Into Legal Threats And An Invoice For $1,200

What do you do when your company receives a free solicitation for a business listing and Facebook page? You might be tempted to snatch up a good deal, but there’s a good chance that deal will land you in the middle of a widespread scam. That seems to be the case for a New Jersey business owner as he faces threats of lawsuits and other action that could damage his credit. [More]

Bank Robbery Foiled When Teller Asks For ID

Bank Robbery Foiled When Teller Asks For ID

A man who might be the least-effective bank robber on the planet should consider another line of work after his hold-up attempt ground to a halt when the teller demanded a copy of his photo ID. [More]

State Demands Man Repay $15,000 In Benefits He Never Received, Takes His Tax Refund

State Demands Man Repay $15,000 In Benefits He Never Received, Takes His Tax Refund

If the state accidentally pays you $15,000 in unemployment benefits, you’ll probably have to pay that money back. But what about when the state demands repayment of that money, even though you never received it in the first place? [More]

Dick’s Sporting Goods Sues Modell’s CEO For Allegedly Posing As Dick’s VP

Dick’s Sporting Goods Sues Modell’s CEO For Allegedly Posing As Dick’s VP

When you think of corporate espionage and snooping, you probably think of big manufacturers — electronics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, packaged food — trying to learn what the competition is working on. One industry that is unlikely to come to mind is retail sporting goods. [More]

Burglar Steals Sound System, Returns 30 Mins. Later To Grab Remote

Burglar Steals Sound System, Returns 30 Mins. Later To Grab Remote

Have you ever packed for a big road trip, gotten everyone into the car and then realized a short while later that you forgot something stupid like a phone charger or your contact lenses? This story is basically the petty criminal version of that head-slapping moment. [More]

City Doesn’t Believe Man About Suspicious $800 Water Bill, Now He Owes $76,000

City Doesn’t Believe Man About Suspicious $800 Water Bill, Now He Owes $76,000

A New Jersey man says that when the water bill on his rental property jump from an average of $200 to $800 in a single billing cycle, the city said nothing was wrong, leaving him to chalk it up to a careless tenant who must love long showers. But no non-whale tenant in the world could explain how his next bill soared up to $76,000. [More]

Travel Club Scammer Sentenced To 7 Years Behind Bars

Travel Club Scammer Sentenced To 7 Years Behind Bars

We told you last summer about the New Jersey couple who pleaded guilty to charges they swindled millions of dollars from consumers through bogus “travel clubs” that promised discount travel deals but never delivered. Today, the husband was sentenced to seven years in prison while his wife got off with five years of probation. [More]

Property Tax Soars After Appraiser Adds Mythical Luxury Bathroom & 660 Sq. Ft.

Property Tax Soars After Appraiser Adds Mythical Luxury Bathroom & 660 Sq. Ft.

A family in New Jersey says they have no choice but to sell their home after years of paying sky-high property taxes that resulted from the fertile imagination of a town appraiser who inexplicably added on hundreds of square feet and a luxury bathroom (complete with two sinks, just like on HGTV!), and that there’s little chance they’ll ever get any of that money back. [More]

NJ Walmart Kept Tanks Full Of Dead, Dying Fish In Full View Of Customers

NJ Walmart Kept Tanks Full Of Dead, Dying Fish In Full View Of Customers

We’ve written before about Walmart failing to keep its shelves stocked, but here’s a story about a different kind of neglect at the nation’s largest retailer. Shoppers at a New Jersey Walmart say the store was allowing the live fish in its pet department to fester in dirty, unfiltered water with dead fish sitting on the bottom of the tanks. [More]