Delta Responds To JFK Clusterfracas

Delta Responds To JFK Clusterfracas

Reached for comment about the big mess I and others observed at their JFK terminal today, Delta said they are working hard to add capacity and find flights home for the stranded passengers whose outpouring of anger at yet further delays required police intervention: [More]

JFK Delta Terminal A Living Hellhole, Cops Called To Quell Crowds

JFK Delta Terminal A Living Hellhole, Cops Called To Quell Crowds

Around 9:30 this morning, NYPD descended on the JFK Delta Terminal to calm an unruly mob of holiday travelers. I myself escaped the same terminal 2 hours earlier, and I could already tell at that point that something was going to go terribly wrong. [More]

Walmart Shuts Down For 3 Hours After Shoppers Go Crazy

Walmart Shuts Down For 3 Hours After Shoppers Go Crazy

The Los Angeles Times says that a Walmart in Upland, California had to kick everyone out and shut down for 3 hours this morning, because shoppers lost their damned minds. [More]

Watch Out Criminals: That Craigslist "Customer" Might Be The Police

Watch Out Criminals: That Craigslist "Customer" Might Be The Police

The Chicago Sun-Times says that three men have been charged with “stealing cash and property at gunpoint from victims thinking they were meeting to buy televisions and other electronics advertised on Craigslist.” The suspects were arrested after police saw “suspicious” postings on Craigslist and contacted the sellers posing as an interested customer.

College Students Arrested For Refusing To Pay Tip

College Students Arrested For Refusing To Pay Tip

Should you be required by law to pay a gratuity if you don’t think the restaurant’s service was worth it? The police in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania think so, and they arrested two college students for refusing to pay a $16.35 tip over what they claim was poor service. Update 11/23/09: the charges will be dropped.

Never Follow A Security Guard Into The Back Of The Store

Never Follow A Security Guard Into The Back Of The Store

Here’s some advice for you, the regular customer who doesn’t shoplift: never go into the back of a store with a security guard, store manager, rent-a-cop, etc. Never. Someone posted the following story in the Janesville, Wisconsin CraigsList over the weekend. Because the poster cooperated in good faith with the security personnel at her local Menards home store, she had to pay $150 to avoid having the police called on her.

Walmart Goes Crazy On Couple Suspected Of Shoplifting

Walmart Goes Crazy On Couple Suspected Of Shoplifting

Walmart can try to spin itself as being on the side of good all it wants, but if it ever suspects you of shoplifting, you may find that you’re powerless to fight back. In the case of a couple accused of shoplifting some Bic lighters in Niles, Michigan this past August, Walmart detained them, the police came and cuffed one of them, their two kids were taken to a security room, and—after a review of security footage proved the couple’s innocence—they were banned for life from all Walmarts. To top it off, Walmart’s legal team has sent the couple a letter asking to be reimbursed for 10 times the value of the lighters, even though the police determined no shoplifting had taken place.

Tavern On The Green Plays Halloween Trick On Thousands Of Partiers

Tavern On The Green Plays Halloween Trick On Thousands Of Partiers

Melissa is one of thousands of people who showed up at the bankrupt Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park on Saturday night for a ticket-holders-only Halloween party. She was forced to wait outside at the front of an increasingly agitated mob because the restaurant had sold too many tickets, or because someone had sold fake ones, it’s still unclear. The Daily News says one reveler waited 5 hours before he was finally let in, just before 1:30 am—which was when the party was shut down by police. Now they all want their money back, but Tavern on the Green and the party promoters are blaming each other.

Airline Employees Call Police On Angry CEO Who Chewed Them Out

Airline Employees Call Police On Angry CEO Who Chewed Them Out

This story combines two immutable laws of nature in a surprising twist: that executives don’t always know what their front-line employees are doing, and that airline employees don’t give a f*ck who you are and will call the police if you annoy them.

Suspicious Stain Removal Advice Sought From Home Depot

Suspicious Stain Removal Advice Sought From Home Depot

Sure, there’s probably a perfectly innocuous explanation why a woman called the Home Depot in Jacksonville, Illinois and asked how to remove a large quantity of blood from her carpets. But that doesn’t stop people’s imaginations from running wild, and didn’t stop the employee who took the call from alerting the police.

Man Tries To Sell Tarted Up Oven Door As $100 HDTV

Man Tries To Sell Tarted Up Oven Door As $100 HDTV

This $100 flat-screen TV this random dude is selling out of his car in a Walmart parking lot is a steal! Specifically, he is stealing your money by substituting a sticker-covered oven door for a TV.

8800 Penny Prank Takes Paying In Cash To Extremes

8800 Penny Prank Takes Paying In Cash To Extremes

What do you do with your pennies? Consumer Reports suggests saving them and depositing them in your bank, or exchanging them for a full-value gift certificate in a Coinstar machine. But Jordan had a much better idea. He tried to use them to pay the impound fee after his car was towed. Video inside. Remember: it’s not a real prank until the cops show up.

Get Your Own Ill-Gotten Gains At PropertyRoom.com

Get Your Own Ill-Gotten Gains At PropertyRoom.com

Homer Simpson: Well, I bet there’s drug dresses and drug vacuum cleaners too.

Definitely Not "Free"To-Lay: Woman Arrested For Trading Sex For Chips

Definitely Not "Free"To-Lay: Woman Arrested For Trading Sex For Chips

You know you’re in a recession when you have to barter starchy snacks for oral sex.

Toledo TIckets Residents For Parking In Their Own Driveways

Toledo TIckets Residents For Parking In Their Own Driveways

I live in a city, but in a house with a driveway, which makes me extraordinarily blessed in the parking department. Not so much if I lived in Toledo, Ohio, though. Police The mayor’s office there are is handing out tickets to people for parking in their own driveways.

Wendy's Employee Gets Prison Time For Putting Hair In Burger

Wendy's Employee Gets Prison Time For Putting Hair In Burger

Remember Thomas Bender? He was the Wendy’s employee in West Virginia who garnished a police officer’s sandwich with a ball of pubic hair earlier this year. He’s just been sentenced to 6 months in prison and 2 years probation.

Florida Used Game Shops Required To Take Traders' Thumbprints

Florida Used Game Shops Required To Take Traders' Thumbprints

If you’re trying to sell or trade used games in Florida, expect to be treated like a registered sex offender or a diamond fence. The state legislature passed a law in October that classified video game trade-ins as pawn shop items, requiring businesses to take thumb prints and in-depth personal information from customers. Thew NewTimes Broward-Palm Beach reports a county sheriff is cracking down on game shops to make sure they follow the law.

Man Goes Crazy, Gets Tasered After Store Refuses To Let Him Use Bathroom

Man Goes Crazy, Gets Tasered After Store Refuses To Let Him Use Bathroom

Village Lighting in Bellingham, Washington refused to let a 29-year-old man use their bathroom, and the man retaliated by going completely batshit insane on them.