Do Not Report Debit Card Holding Your Fraudulent $2 Million Tax Refund Stolen

Do Not Report Debit Card Holding Your Fraudulent $2 Million Tax Refund Stolen

Yes, it is tempting to lie about your income and taxes already paid on your tax return and collect a huge refund. It’s even more tempting to get that massive undeserved refund on a debit card. But that’s totally unusual, and would get the government’s attention, right? Not in Oregon, where a woman has been charged with filing fraudulent return using Turbotax, and spending the $2.1 million prepaid debit card holding her refund. [More]

Lawsuit: KFC Franchisee Fired Employees For Refusing To Serve Expired Chicken

Lawsuit: KFC Franchisee Fired Employees For Refusing To Serve Expired Chicken

A former manager at a KFC eatery in Oregon alleges that the owner of his franchise not only ordered employees to serve expired chicken, but also that employees who refused to do so were fired. [More]

Woman Sues Wells Fargo For Telling Police She Was Contemplating Suicide

An elderly Oregon woman has filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo, alleging that a bank employee harassed her by telling the police she was threatening suicide — and running up a $1,055 hospital bill in the process. [More]

Customer Says Grocery Stores Wouldn't Accept $32 In Quarters

Customer Says Grocery Stores Wouldn't Accept $32 In Quarters

Any number of stores have policies against accepting cash in denominations higher than $20 or $50 bills, but what about loose change? A woman in Portland (the one on the left side of the country) says her local grocery stores refused to let her use quarters to pay for $32 in groceries. [More]

Planting Trees Increase Value Of Rentals By $21 A Month

Planting Trees Increase Value Of Rentals By $21 A Month

A new study by the U.S. Forest Service found that planting trees along the perimeter of a rental property increase the rates the landlord could charge by $21 a month. [More]

Bus Driver Accused Of Giving The Boot To Mom & Crying Baby

Bus Driver Accused Of Giving The Boot To Mom & Crying Baby

While we’ve done many stories about crying babies on airplanes, we’ve never really looked into how people handle screaming tots on that lowest level of the public transportation food chain, the city bus. [More]

Bikini-Clad Walmart Shopper: I Was Booted From Store And Told I Was Violating Health Codes

Bikini-Clad Walmart Shopper: I Was Booted From Store And Told I Was Violating Health Codes

A woman in Oregon says she’ll never shop at Walmart again after she was allegedly kicked out of the store for violating health codes by wearing a bikini top in the store. [More]

Portland (The One In Oregon) Jumps On The Plastic Bag Ban-Wagon

Portland (The One In Oregon) Jumps On The Plastic Bag Ban-Wagon

In recent years, a growing number of cities all over the country have been moving to put an end to — or at least curb — the use of plastic shopping bags. Last night, in a unanimous vote, the Portland, OR, City Council approved legislation that bans the use of these bags at larger grocery stores and big-box retailers. [More]

UPDATE: Officials Say Little Kids Don't Need Health Dept.
License To Run Lemonade Stand

UPDATE: Officials Say Little Kids Don't Need Health Dept. License To Run Lemonade Stand

Earlier today, we brought you the tale of a girl in Oregon whose lemonade stand was shut down by health inspectors for lack of proper permits. Realizing the error of their ways, county officials have now issued an apology, meaning the little girl’s horribly unsafe lemonade can be unleashed upon the world once more. [More]

Wells Fargo Holds Your ATM Card Hostage In Portland. You Live In Bolivia.

Wells Fargo Holds Your ATM Card Hostage In Portland. You Live In Bolivia.

John is in Bolivia. His money is not, thanks to Wells Fargo incompetence that has him making $10 phone calls to executive customer service and his friend wiring him thousands of dollars. [More]

Saks Closing Two Oregon Stores, Maybe More To Come

Saks Closing Two Oregon Stores, Maybe More To Come

Fans of high-end retail shopping may be in for some sadness. The CEO of Saks & Company says they are definitely closing two Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Portland, OR, and that other underperforming stores may soon be on the chopping block. [More]

Mouse Builds Expensive Nest Inside ATM

Mouse Builds Expensive Nest Inside ATM

A mouse snuck into an ATM at a gas station in eastern Oregon and made what had to have been an adorable little home out of sixteen $20 bills. Nobody knows how Scrooge McMouse got into the ATM, but after giving the station attendant a good scare, he was fished out of his money pit and set free.

Crazy Landlord Fights Heat Wave With Air Conditioning Ban

Crazy Landlord Fights Heat Wave With Air Conditioning Ban

An Oregon landlord refuses to let his tenants install air conditioners because he thinks they “look tacky.” Tenants of the Arbor Creek complex in Aloha who choose to sacrifice aesthetics for comfort have ten days to correct their mistake before facing eviction. One tenant’s kid already landed in the hospital thanks to heat stroke.

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Shopping tip: If a strange man asks you to try on some shoes “for his wife,” say “NO.” [Mail-Tribune]

Ask The Consumerists: When An "As-Is" Car Isn't What It Seems

Ask The Consumerists: When An "As-Is" Car Isn't What It Seems

Trisha in Oregon bought a great new-to-her car from a used car dealership. Unfortunately, the problem with buying a car “as-is” is that the dealer may not be up-front with you about how the car actually is.

Oregon To Consider Predatory Towing Ban After Meals-On-Wheels Is Almost Towed During Delivery

Oregon To Consider Predatory Towing Ban After Meals-On-Wheels Is Almost Towed During Delivery

Remember Andrew? His car was towed from Starbucks while he was inside sipping a latte. He isn’t alone. In mid-August, a predatory tow-truck driver set up shop outside a retirement community and waited for local meals-on-wheels driver Marie Phillippi to leave her car. As she made her deliveries, the tow-truck driver latched on and prepared to tow. He was stopped only when a retiree ran out and splayed herself across the car’s hood until the Marie could return. The tow-truck driver’s actions were entirely legal under Oregon law, although that may soon change…

16-Hour Flight From Hell – "You Can Either Stay Onboard, Or Get Arrested"

A six-hour flight from Mexico to Seattle turned into a 16-hour ordeal after intense fog caused the flight to be rerouted to Portland.

Help, Starbucks Towed My Car While I Was Sipping A Latte!

Help, Starbucks Towed My Car While I Was Sipping A Latte!

Andrew’s car was towed from Stabucks’ parking lot as he sat inside enjoying his drink. The Portland Starbucks apparently has a contract with a local predatory towing company that allows them to walk in, call out a bunch of license plate numbers, and tow any car whose owner doesn’t speak up.