Coffee Shop Owner Uses Twitter To Ban Breastfeeding In His
Store, Seems Surprised By Reaction

Coffee Shop Owner Uses Twitter To Ban Breastfeeding In His Store, Seems Surprised By Reaction

Yesterday, a coffee shop called The DoubleShot in Tulsa, OK sent out a tweet announcing that breastfeeding was now banned on the premises: “Notice: No breastfeeding at the DoubleShot. Thank you.” (The tweet has since been removed, but a tipster saved it for us.) This set off a torrent of angry reactions on Twitter, partly because everyone loves to fight about breastfeeding and partly because it’s World Breastfeeding Week. [More]

Massachusetts Fast Food Chains Must Now Display Calorie Counts

Massachusetts Fast Food Chains Must Now Display Calorie Counts

Massachusetts has approved a new regulation to list calorie counts at fast food eateries and other chain restaurants throughout the state.

TweetCongress Lets You Succinctly Shout At Your Congresspeople Online

TweetCongress Lets You Succinctly Shout At Your Congresspeople Online

Missouri Senator and prolific Twitterer Claire McCaskill called our attention to TweetCongress which lets you look up your representative and senators and talk to them.

Chicago To Lease Parking Meters To A Company That Will Charge $6.50 An Hour?

Chicago To Lease Parking Meters To A Company That Will Charge $6.50 An Hour?

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago is trying to get “quickie” approval for a proposal to privatize the city’s parking meters. Under the 75 year lease, Chicago’s 36,000 parking meters would be controlled by a partnership that includes Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and LAZ Parking. This partnership will, naturally, raise prices. Critics of the proposal say that charging $6.50 an hour by 2013 to park downtown would hurt local businesses.

FDA: Pardon Me, But Your Bakery Warehouse Is Full Of "Rodent Excreta Pellets"

FDA: Pardon Me, But Your Bakery Warehouse Is Full Of "Rodent Excreta Pellets"

We’d never stopped to think about it before, but we were not surprised to learn that our government had a polite term for rodent feces. It’s “rodent excreta pellet,” and apparently a warehouse belonging to Capitol Cake, a Baltimore bakery specializing in fruitcake and pound cake, is full of them.

Grocery Shrink Ray Hits Publix, Yoplait Yogurt

Grocery Shrink Ray Hits Publix, Yoplait Yogurt

Where did those two ounces of yogurt go? The dreaded grocery shrink ray has blasted them to oblivion, my friends. Not even store brands are safe.

http://consumerist.com/2008/03/13/wondering-where-the-tax-money/

Wondering where the tax money you pay into the NYC public school system is going? Well, part of it goes to pay the salaries of about 700 teachers who are forced to sit in special rooms that are located all over the city. All day. And do nothing. Sometimes for years at a time. [Rubber Room via BuzzFeed]

NYC Subway Gets More Expensive For Most Riders

NYC Subway Gets More Expensive For Most Riders

NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to raise subway fares today.

http://consumerist.com/2007/11/27/the-folks-at-npr-would/

The folks at NPR would like you to know that they’ve added a “Green Room” to the NPR Shop. In addition to not wrecking the planet, your purchase supports NPR’s general awesomeness. The glassware made from recycled wine bottles looks pretty darn cool. [NPR]

NYC May Require You To Obtain Permit To Shoot Vacation Movies?

NYC May Require You To Obtain Permit To Shoot Vacation Movies?

The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting is considering new rules that would require any two or more people who plan to shoot for more than 30 minutes in a public location to obtain a permit and $1 million in insurance.

LA: City-Wide Free WiFi By 2009

LA: City-Wide Free WiFi By 2009

From the LA Times:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outlined plans Tuesday to blanket Los Angeles with wireless Internet access in 2009, in what would be one of the nation’s largest urban Wi-Fi networks.

Walmart, Edelman, And The Future Of Flogs

Walmart, Edelman, And The Future Of Flogs

Reader something_amazing pinged us on our thoughts of the fallout over Edelman, Walmart, PR and blogs. It serves as a nice excuse to vent on this subject so we thought we would share them with you.

Krempasky vs. Consumerist Blog Roundup

Krempasky vs. Consumerist Blog Roundup

PR Agency Steps Up About Wal-Mart Blogging

PR Agency Steps Up About Wal-Mart Blogging

We emailed Steve Rubel, a PR blog maven who recently was hired by Edelman, the same PR agency handling the Wal-Mart blog apparatchik. We asked him what he thought of the Wal-Mart blog affair. He passed our email along to Marshall at Blue World Wide, the advertising division of Edelman, who wrote us a nice note…after the jump.