NYC Sanitation Dept. Doesn't Care About Destroying Your Car

NYC Sanitation Dept. Doesn't Care About Destroying Your Car

I don’t think we’ve ever had a municipal service division make it into the Worst Company In America tournament, but New York City’s Sanitation Department seems to be gunning for a wild card slot this year. First, they tried to fine someone thousands of dollars for picking up a discarded air-conditioner from the curb, then there was the to-do over the woman ticketed $100 for throwing out a small bag of garbage in a public trash can. Now, as millions of New Yorkers attempt to dig out from one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the city, the Sanitation folks have been caught on camera destroying a snowbound car. [More]

Nominate The Biggest Business Debacles Of 2010

Nominate The Biggest Business Debacles Of 2010

With so many disasters, debacles and let-downs to choose from, we’re asking the savvy readers of Consumerist to help us winnow down this year’s list of embarrassing business debacles to five nominees that you’ll vote on later this week. [More]

Duncan Hines Pulls "Hip Hop Cupcakes" Video Over Blackface Allegations

Duncan Hines Pulls "Hip Hop Cupcakes" Video Over Blackface Allegations

Duncan Hines has managed to stick its foot deep into the hornet’s nest with a YouTube video for its Amazing Glazes product that features “hip hop” cupcakes that some say resemble minstrels in blackface. [More]

Walmart: Where 'Rollback' Actually Means 'Price Increase'

Walmart: Where 'Rollback' Actually Means 'Price Increase'

How does Walmart stay profitable when they’re always announcing “rollbacks” on the prices of the stuff it sells? Judging by this photo, they do it by actually increasing the price. [More]

Chase Sends Me Updates On Bank Account I Don't Have

Chase Sends Me Updates On Bank Account I Don't Have

Consumerist reader Jesse has recently started receiving account balances and deposit info via e-mail for a bank account with Chase. This would be wonderful and helpful — if Jesse had an account with Chase. [More]

Hacked Card Readers Found At Aldi Stores In 11 States

Hacked Card Readers Found At Aldi Stores In 11 States

Late last week, discount grocery chain Aldi revealed that customers’ banking info may have been compromised by card readers that had been illegally tampered with at stores in 11 states. [More]

Phone Number On Chad Ochocinco's Cereal Box Is Actually Sex Line

Phone Number On Chad Ochocinco's Cereal Box Is Actually Sex Line

We love football player/reality star/social media whore Chad Ochocinco (nee Johnson), even if he plays for he Bengals. In fact, we’d buy his Ochocinco’s cereal if it were available here in NYC. Alas, it’s not… And now it’s being taken off shelves at grocery stores in Ohio because a phone number intended to push people to a kids charity actually belongs to a phone sex line. [More]

Orkin Man Uses Sippy Cup To Sprinkle Poison, Leaves It Behind In House With Little Kids

Orkin Man Uses Sippy Cup To Sprinkle Poison, Leaves It Behind In House With Little Kids

An Orkin exterminator’s decision to use a child’s sippy cup as a pesticide dispenser has gotten him suspended from his job after he left it behind in a house with three young children. [More]

Why Is There A Dollar Sign In This Jewly Bandz Chanukah Set?

Why Is There A Dollar Sign In This Jewly Bandz Chanukah Set?

The makers of Jewly Bandz, a Jewish-themed knockoff of those Silly Bandz things that kids today are into, are having to do some explaining after the Internet noticed that, along with recognizably Jewish icons like a menorah and a dreidel, there is also a dollar sign included in its Chanukah Set. [More]

Chase Bank's Website Crashes, Is Being Bailed Out By Tech Support

Chase Bank's Website Crashes, Is Being Bailed Out By Tech Support

UPDATE: Chase.com has finally come back from the dead. [More]

What's Wrong With This Walmart Sign?

What's Wrong With This Walmart Sign?

A reader over at AZfamily.com was driving by this Walmart in Scottsdale, AZ, the other day when something caught her eye. [More]

Strip Club Nearly Blinds Southwest Pilots At Love Field

Strip Club Nearly Blinds Southwest Pilots At Love Field

Strip clubs and cockpits don’t mix, at least not when there’s a spinning search light involved, says the FAA. The agency has asked Bombshells, a club near Love Field Airport in Dallas, TX, to keep its newly installed rooftop light turned off after the pilot for a Southwest flight reported his cockpit was flooded with light while trying to land the plane. The pilot feared that it was a laser strike, which can cause temporary blindness. [More]

Petroleum Platform Explodes In The Gulf Of Mexico

Petroleum Platform Explodes In The Gulf Of Mexico

Because the water in the Gulf of Mexico wasn’t screwed up enough as it is, now come reports that an offshore petroleum platform has exploded and is on fire in the Gulf Mexico, approximately 80 miles off the Louisiana coast. [More]

Loan Applicant Receives Rejection Letter Calling Her 'One Crazy Ass Bitch'

Loan Applicant Receives Rejection Letter Calling Her 'One Crazy Ass Bitch'

When the owner of a Seattle beauty salon had her application for a loan from the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund denied last year, that was bad enough. When she later received what appeared to be a second rejection letter for the same loan application, she discovered that the reason for her inability to get the loan was that she is a “crazy ass bitch.” [More]

Airline: Please Disregard That Last "We're Going To Crash" Announcement

Airline: Please Disregard That Last "We're Going To Crash" Announcement

So you’re flying several thousand feet above the North Sea when you hear a voice over the intercom say, “This is an emergency announcement… We may shortly need to make an emergency landing on water.” That’s what happened to 275 passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Hong Kong earlier this week. But there’s a semi-happy ending — the announcement was a mistake. [More]

Krispy Kreme Accidentally Gives Customer $5,000 Box Of Donuts

Krispy Kreme Accidentally Gives Customer $5,000 Box Of Donuts

The manager of a Krispy Kreme in North Carolina protected each day’s haul by hiding it in a donut box. Krispy Kreme just happens to sell donuts by the boxful to its customers, so it’s clear that absolutely nothing could go wrong with this plan. [More]

Seattle Cop Gives Parking Ticket To Corpse, Doesn't Notice He's Dead

Seattle Cop Gives Parking Ticket To Corpse, Doesn't Notice He's Dead

A parking enforcement officer apparently lacked the ability to distinguish between the sleeping and the dead after she gave a ticket to a man who had shuffled off this mortal coil hours earlier. [More]

Be Sure To Update Citi iPhone App To Delete Sensitive Info

Be Sure To Update Citi iPhone App To Delete Sensitive Info

It looks like Citi doesn’t just do a crappy job of protecting customer info in the mail. The bank admitted yesterday that its Citi Mobile iPhone app was storing sensitive data in a hidden file on users’ phones and possibly their computers. [More]