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AT&T U-Verse Freaks Customers Out With Bogus Emergency Alert Message

This morning, some AT&T U-Verse subscribers woke to an alarming message displayed on their TV screens declaring a vague emergency, without any mention of it being a test. [More]

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Enormous Beach Vacation Home Built On Wrong Lot

How do you accidentally build a beach house in the wrong place? We wondered that back in June, when sharing the story of a $1.8 million home in Rhode Island that was accidentally built on public park land. Meanwhile, in Florida, a couple spent $680,000 building a custom beach house…on the lot next door to the one that they actually own. [More]

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This Supermarket Poster Was Not Meant To Be Seen By The Public

We all know that businesses have motivational signs and slogans that managers use out of sight of the public. But someone at this supermarket is probably going to get the boot after posting a sign on the front window encouraging employees to wring more cash out of customers. [More]

Urban Outfitters Sorry You Were Offended By “Blood-Spattered” Kent State Sweatshirt

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Last night, Urban Outfitters took a lot of heat for selling a “Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt” on its website that looked like it was splattered in blood. To some, this seemed like a disturbing, reference to the infamous 1970 incident at the Ohio school in which National Guard members fired on unarmed protesters, killing four. But according to the retailer this is all a big misunderstanding. [More]

Delta Hands Over 7-Year-Old Passenger To Wrong Person

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Delta has got some explaining to do. Not only did the airline hand over a 7-year-old unaccompanied traveler to the wrong person when she arrived at her destination, but that wrong person happened to be the mother who recently got out of jail for kidnapping and beating the girl back in 2008. [More]

KFC Apologizes For Workers Who Said Scarred Girl Was Scaring Customers

KFC Apologizes For Workers Who Said Scarred Girl Was Scaring Customers

Wow, this weekend was full of big companies apologizing to traumatized girls. First came the JetBlue incident with the youngster barred from using the bathroom, now comes a “Sorry about that” from KFC, which is having to do damage control after the family of a little girl in Mississippi claimed they were told to leave the restaurant because their daughter’s facial scars were scaring other customers. [More]

Target Says Glitch That Caused Sunday’s Long Lines Was Not Result Of Hack

Target Says Glitch That Caused Sunday’s Long Lines Was Not Result Of Hack

If you shopped at Target yesterday evening, there’s a chance your wait in the checkout line was longer than usual after a vague “glitch” caused long delays at a number of stores around the country. The retailer is now proactively trying to calm concerns by saying that the hiccup was not related to any sort of data breach. [More]

GM Is Super Sorry It Sent Recall Notices To Families Of Crash Victims

GM Is Super Sorry It Sent Recall Notices To Families Of Crash Victims

By this point, most owners of recalled General Motors vehicles don’t need a notice from the car maker to know their ignition switches need work. One group of people who definitely don’t need reminding of this fact are the families of those who died in crashes tied to the ignition defect. [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]

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Travel Agency Spells Couple’s Last Name Wrong On Plane Tickets––Twice

International air travel and typos don’t mix. A California couple booked the tickets for their vacation in Cancun over the phone. If they had made the reservations online, at least they would have been the ones to blame for their last name being spelled incorrectly. The agency assured them that two transposed letters in their last name would be no problem. Aeromexico, the airline they’ll be flying, disagrees. [More]

SDOT has since apologized for, and removed, this Tweet attempting to mine some humor from a Monday morning traffic jam.

Seattle Apologizes For Labeling Stuck-In-Traffic Drivers As “Scumbags”

When government organizations try to be funny on social media, it usually falls flat. And when that attempt at humor is directed at people who are likely in a humorless mood — like, say… people stuck in a traffic jam — it will probably end in an apology. [More]

GM CEO & NHTSA Director Admit Maybe They Messed Up This Ignition Recall

GM CEO & NHTSA Director Admit Maybe They Messed Up This Ignition Recall

This afternoon, two people who inherited the crud-storm that is GM’s ongoing, massive ignition-related recall sat before lawmakers in Congress and tried to both defend their respective organizations while admitting that mistakes were made, resulting in at least 13 deaths. [More]

Senate Report: Target Missed Multiple Warning Signs Leading Up To Data Breach

Senate Report: Target Missed Multiple Warning Signs Leading Up To Data Breach

A new Senate staff report from the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee released last night charges Target with missing multiple warning signs before hackers stole the personal information of up to 110 million customers late last year. [More]

Carnival Sends Out E-Mail With Boarding Advice For Cruise You Didn’t Book

Carnival Sends Out E-Mail With Boarding Advice For Cruise You Didn’t Book

It’s nice to get helpful advice from a cruise operator in advance of departure. But it can be alarming when that advice is for a cruise that you know nothing about and a ship you never booked travel on. [More]

Dear Five Guys: Don’t Copy Customer On E-mail Where You Call Him A “Douche”

Dear Five Guys: Don’t Copy Customer On E-mail Where You Call Him A “Douche”

Have you ever penned a harshly worded e-mail about someone and then panicked for a moment when after you hit “send” out of fear that you may have copied the target of your vitriol on the message? 99.9% of the time, you did not… but when it does happen — and when you represent a major fast food chain — the results make for good Internet. [More]

Bank Of America Addresses Junk Mail To “Lisa Is A Slut”

Bank Of America Addresses Junk Mail To “Lisa Is A Slut”

Only a couple weeks after OfficeMax sent out some junk mail addressed to “Daughter Killed in Car Crash,” a California woman says a mailing from Bank of America showed up at her mother’s home with her name printed as “Lisa Is A Slut” McIntire. [More]

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Verizon Wireless To Honor Unintentional Upgrades For Unlimited Data Customers

There are still some Verizon Wireless customers holding on to the unlimited data plans the company killed off in 2012. Over the weekend, VZW accidentally allowed some of these customers to upgrade to new phones without requiring that they switch to a new, shared data plan. In a move that makes the company look slightly less evil, it has decided to honor these upgrades without forcing the subscribers to change plans. [More]

Bank Cleans Out, Forecloses On Wrong House

Bank Cleans Out, Forecloses On Wrong House

The crew got their orders from the bank: a house was getting repossessed, and it was their job to clean it out. They did. What they didn’t know was that they had the wrong house. The real target was a home on a street with the same name in a different town. Who screwed up? The repo crew? The bank? The person who named the streets? [More]