Angry Driver Buys Police Department's Website, Launches Anti-Speed Camera Site

Angry Driver Buys Police Department's Website, Launches Anti-Speed Camera Site

Brian McCrary in Bluff City, TN received a $90 speeding ticket in the mail earlier this year, thanks to an American Traffic Solutions speed camera the police department turned on in January. McCrary says when he looked up information to call the police department with questions about the ticket, he discovered something else: that their website’s domain registration was about to expire. So he bought it. [More]

Coffee Shop Owner Throws Cop Out Of Joint Because He's A Cop

Coffee Shop Owner Throws Cop Out Of Joint Because He's A Cop

Many small businesses like to have police officers as clientele because their presence is a deterrent to would-be criminals, but a Portland, Ore. coffee shop owner threw a cop out of his shop because he feared the officer would start a game of Taser tag. [More]

Ohio Cops Can Guesstimate Your Speed To Ticket You

Ohio Cops Can Guesstimate Your Speed To Ticket You

Ohio cops have been granted superpowers by the state’s supreme court, which has ruled that officers needn’t bother with such needless trivialities as radar guns. A visual estimate of speed is all that’s necessary to give a driver a ticket, the court decided in a 5-1 vote. [More]

Police Officer Prepares Orders At McDonald's

Police Officer Prepares Orders At McDonald's

Wherever Craig lives, that’s where the most Hamburgler-proof McDonald’s in the country is located. He says he was there the other night and a police officer got up from the seating area, went around behind the counter, and prepared his order for him. When Craig asked why the officer was also a McDonald’s employee, the officer followed him outside and asked why he cared. That officer probably thought you were the Hamburglar, Craig. [More]

CVS Employee Strangles Shoplifter

CVS Employee Strangles Shoplifter

A CVS employee in Chicago chased a 35-year-old shoplifter out of his store and held him in a chokehold for “several minutes” on Saturday morning until police came. The thief–who had stolen tubes of toothpaste–was taken to a hospital and initially described as in “fair-to-serious” condition, but then declared dead about 45 minutes later, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The death is being ruled an accidental homicide, and the police aren’t going to press charges against the employee. [More]

Wendy's Employee And Customer Reenact Jerry Springer Episode At Drive-Through

Wendy's Employee And Customer Reenact Jerry Springer Episode At Drive-Through

Wendy’s employee Lorissa Mendez and Wendy’s customer Ashley A. Roberts have been feuding over the father of Mendez’s child. Ashley and her two friends pulled up at the drive through at 1 a.m. Sunday morning while Lorissa was working, and according to Lorissa they started “talking shit” about her. Lorissa responded by throwing a cup of fruit punch in Ashley’s face. The police were called once Ashley tried to climb through the drive-through window to get at Lorissa. Meanwhile someone at the counter was probably wondering why his Frosty order was taking so long to fill. [More]

Pretending To Sell Kids On Craigslist Not Considered Funny By Police

Pretending To Sell Kids On Craigslist Not Considered Funny By Police

The New York State Police do not think it is funny when you place a listing for your two sons on Craigslist. [More]

Brooklyn Police Close 6 Stores On The Same Street For Selling Pot

Brooklyn Police Close 6 Stores On The Same Street For Selling Pot

Up until today, if you lived near a certain street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and wanted some pot, you just had to go to the nearby variety store. Or the music store. Or the take-out restaurants. MyFox New York says police “made a sweep of the neighborhood” today and shut down six businesses for selling drugs either in the back or right alongside the regular merchandise. They also arrested 8 people, including a few store owners and employees, and are planning more arrests. Video below. [More]

Watch Out, The J.C. Penney Security Guard Has A Gun!

Watch Out, The J.C. Penney Security Guard Has A Gun!

If security guards start carrying guns at department stores, I’m going to stop referring to them as rent-a-cops. Not because they’ve suddenly jumped up on my respect-o-meter, but because they might open fire. At a mall in Virginia last Sunday, a J.C. Penney security guard pursued a shoplifter into the mall parking lot and fired a gun into the air. The shoplifter was arrested, and the police confiscated the guard’s gun. The store won’t say whether it was owned by the guard or issued by management. [More]

NYPD Officer Says He Has Arrest, Ticket Quota

NYPD Officer Says He Has Arrest, Ticket Quota

The arrest and ticket quota is supposed to be an urban myth, but one NYPD officer told ABCNews that it is anything but. He works in the Bronx and says he’s “not going to keep arresting innocent people.” [More]

Boston Bridal Show Was Massive Scam That Duped Over 6,000 Victims

Boston Bridal Show Was Massive Scam That Duped Over 6,000 Victims

This weekend was supposed to be the Boston 411 Spring Home & Bridal Show, but it was cancelled at the last minute. Now police are saying that the entire thing was an elaborate scam that pulled in money from attendees and vendors, raking in more than $150,000 over the past five months. The scammers used a website, Facebook page and Twitter account to promote the event, used PayPal to accept payments, sold fake hotel room reservations and issued fake conference passes. Boston police and the FBI are investigating, but so far nobody has been taken into custody. [More]

Why Did The Strip Club Throw Me In Jail For Not Giving A Thumbprint?

Why Did The Strip Club Throw Me In Jail For Not Giving A Thumbprint?

Going from strip poles to iron bars in one night, a Consumerist reader says he got tossed in jail when he refused to give a strip club his thumbprint. Their ATM was broken so he had to pay his tab using a credit card cash advance. The club demanded a thumbprint and he refused, so cops that were already there threw him in jail. Was this legal? [More]

Update On Woman Sent To Jail For Using Gift Cards At Best Buy

Update On Woman Sent To Jail For Using Gift Cards At Best Buy

Last month, New York City’s NY1 news channel produced a news segment on the woman who was arrested for paying with AMEX gift cards at a Best Buy. If you read our earlier post with Ilona’s email, you already know most of the basics, but you can see the problematic gift cards and hear Ilona describe the experience in her own words. It turns out that after she was released, she went back to Best Buy for either a refund or the DVD player, but had to leave without either one–she was told she’d have to contact American Express to resolve the problem. [More]

Best Buy Sends Customer To Jail For Paying With AMEX Gift Card

Best Buy Sends Customer To Jail For Paying With AMEX Gift Card

Update: The news channel New York 1 has prepared a video segment about Ilona’s experience with Best Buy and the NYC police.
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A shopper just told us that last night last month at a Best Buy in NYC, she was taken to a back room, then cuffed by police officers and taken to a precinct for “further investigation,” because she tried to pay with an American Express gift card her father had bought for her.

Walmart Manager Takes Customer's DVD Away Because He Won't Show Receipt

Walmart Manager Takes Customer's DVD Away Because He Won't Show Receipt

Yep, it’s another Walmart receipt checker story! At the end of it, the OP asks, “What should I do?” And I sigh. I really don’t know. Don’t shop at Walmart anymore? Try to encourage your friends to not give their business to any company that acts in such a hostile way to honest, albeit uncooperative, customers? Spend a ton of money on a lawsuit that Walmart will use its very deep pockets to fight? [More]

Walmart Holds Another Customer Hostage

Walmart Holds Another Customer Hostage

Kerri (not her real name) says she was detained last week at a Walmart in Utah, after she declined to show the receipt checker her receipt on the way out. She says a police officer blocked her from leaving, told her to show the receipt checker more respect, and then had her go back inside and let Walmart examine her bags while he wrote down the info from her drivers license. [More]

Customer Knows Her Stolen iPhone Is Being Sent To Apple, But Apple Says They Can't Return It

Customer Knows Her Stolen iPhone Is Being Sent To Apple, But Apple Says They Can't Return It

Alisa was robbed on the subway a couple of weeks ago, and now someone else has contacted Apple about replacing the phone due to a software malfunction. Alisa found out about this because her email account is still associated with it, but neither she nor the police can persuade Apple to return the phone to her once the other party sends it in for replacement. [More]

Fight At Delta JFK Among Passengers, Not Directed At Airline?

Fight At Delta JFK Among Passengers, Not Directed At Airline?

Remember that passenger fight at Delta JFK last week? According to an airport employee who witnessed the fight, it wasn’t passengers venting on airport employees. Rather, the travelers (described as “the entire nation of Haiti”), who, yes, had been waiting for their flight to Haiti for four days, started to “brawl” amongst themselves. When a few TSA employees tried to break it up, “they got thrown around.” [More]