Lawsuit: Capital One Sent Me Letter Demanding $286 Million

Lawsuit: Capital One Sent Me Letter Demanding $286 Million

A woman in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against Capital One after a dispute over a few thousand in credit card debt spiraled out of control until, she alleges, it culminated in the credit card company sending her a letter demanding the immediate payment of more than $286 million. [More]

Man: I Assaulted Mom Because Costco Pepsi Machine Made Me Do It

Man: I Assaulted Mom Because Costco Pepsi Machine Made Me Do It

A 33-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment after allegedly assaulting his 68-year-old mom. The reason: The Pepsi machine at their local Costco made him do it. [More]

Debt Collection Firm Accused Of Setting Up Phony Courtroom

Debt Collection Firm Accused Of Setting Up Phony Courtroom

Call it “theater of the real.” A debt collection firm is accused of setting up a fake courtroom, complete with a raised “bench” and judge in black and other decorations and furniture, to trick and holding bogus hearings to extract payment from debtors. [More]

Want To Be A Zombie In Harrisburg? That'll Be $450.00

Want To Be A Zombie In Harrisburg? That'll Be $450.00

Some economist eggheads might believe that the recession is over, but try telling that to the zombies of Harrisburg, PA, who had to move their march of the undead after the city tried to squeeze them for some fees. [More]

Our Water Is Totally Fracked Up

Our Water Is Totally Fracked Up

An independent lab found fracking chemicals in the well water of “almost everybody” living in one neighborhood in Pennsylvania. Fracking is not a typo or a joke or a TV reference, it refers to “hydrofracking,” in which chemicals are pumped into the ground to create cracks and fissures that increase the output of oil and gas wells. The neighbors point their fingers at nearby drilling company Cabot, who has countered that the chemicals, like methane, were in some of the wells already before they began fracking everything up. [More]

You Can Get Unemployment Payments On A Debit Card That No One Accepts

You Can Get Unemployment Payments On A Debit Card That No One Accepts

Many states no longer issue unemployment checks. You can receive your payments through direct deposit, or using a Visa or Mastercard-branded debit card. That’s the state of affairs in Pennsylvania, where reader Sam lives. He tells Consumerist that this method would be less of a racket for banks and more useful for people on unemployment if there were any places other than fee-happy ATMs that actually accepted the darn things. [More]

Get Your Wine From A Vending Machine In Pennsylvania

Get Your Wine From A Vending Machine In Pennsylvania

Having grown up in Pennsylvania, I always assumed you could only buy beer at a bar, restaurant or beer distributor and that wine and liquor had to be purchased at “state stores.” So it comes as a bit of a surprise to this kid from the Philly burbs that PA recently became the first state to begin selling wine out of large in-store “kiosks.” [More]

Burger King Employee Clocks Out, Then Clocks Customer

Burger King Employee Clocks Out, Then Clocks Customer

Here’s a lesson for all food service workers who intend on punching out a customer — be sure to clock out before you unleash your fists of fury in the parking lot. [More]

Park Rules Prohibit "Unlicensed Guns" In State That Doesn't License Guns

Park Rules Prohibit "Unlicensed Guns" In State That Doesn't License Guns

Here’s a problem for the Lackawanna County park system: They’ve passed new rules that prohibit “unlicensed firearms.” Sounds reasonable until you notice that the park is in Pennsylvania where they apparently don’t license guns.

Awkward! [More]

Do You Trust Gas Stations To Self-Inspect Their Pumps?

Do You Trust Gas Stations To Self-Inspect Their Pumps?

Pennsylvania is considering privatizing its Bureau of Weights and Measures to save money, reports CBS affiliate KDKA. This would mean gas stations would be responsible for making sure their pumps gave out the right amount of gas, and supermarkets would take over the certification for their deli scales. A consumer advocate calls this a “fox in the henhouse situation” that would make cheating far too easy. [More]

Bus Driver Told To Keep Making Stops Despite Dying Man On Board

Bus Driver Told To Keep Making Stops Despite Dying Man On Board

The City of Brotherly Love certainly lived up to its name as a bus driver in Philadelphia was told by her dispatcher to keep on making stops, in spite of the man dying on her bus. [More]

Acme Sells Me Edy's Ice Cream, 8 Months Past Expiration

Acme Sells Me Edy's Ice Cream, 8 Months Past Expiration

Last week, Consumerist reader Aaron went to his local Acme supermarket outside of Philadelphia to pick up some yummy, delicious, Edy’s ice cream. Except what he brought home was neither yummy nor delicious because it was 8 months past its sell-by date. [More]

Poll: Would You Donate A Kidney For Cash?

Poll: Would You Donate A Kidney For Cash?

Donating a kidney or part of a liver is a risky proposition, even when you’re giving the donation to a loved one or family member. But a new study asks whether or not people would be more willing to part with an organ if tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars were offered. [More]

Soda Tax Failing In NY, Big Joke In Philadelphia

Soda Tax Failing In NY, Big Joke In Philadelphia

Several states and cities around the country consider taking part in the latest trend of levying a “soda tax” on high-calorie beverages. But in New York state, the measure looks certain to die a quiet death in the state house, while the folks in Philadelphia are looking at a loophole that could render the whole “combatting obesity” thing nonexistent. [More]

Man's Water Bill Jumps From 4,000 To 23,000 Gallons Per Month

Man's Water Bill Jumps From 4,000 To 23,000 Gallons Per Month

Reader Jim just got a water bill that says his usage has jumped up to 19,000 23,000 gallons per month from his usual 4,000. This is a guy who lives in a one-bath, one-toilet, one-sink house. “Must be that swimming pool I filled in the middle of winter in Western PA,” he says. So far, the utility has dismissed all his requests for explanation, or logic, and demanded he pay up immediately. [More]

Video: Drexel Shaft Demolished, In Beautiful Slo-Mo

Video: Drexel Shaft Demolished, In Beautiful Slo-Mo

This is a slow motion video of yesterday’s demolition of the Drexel smokestack in Philly, set to “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap. It is sad. Bye bye, factory economy, hello, glass tower economy (affordable office space now available).

Philadelphia's Public Libraries Not Closing After All

Philadelphia's Public Libraries Not Closing After All

Lovers of books, free Internet access, and community gathering spaces, rejoice. The Philadelphia Free Library will not be closing on October 2nd, as previously threatened.

Philadelphia To Close All Public Libraries October 2nd

Philadelphia To Close All Public Libraries October 2nd

UPDATE: Philadelphia’s Public Libraries Not Closing After All