Best Buy Employees Fired For Attempting To Stop Knife-Wielding Shoplifters

Best Buy Employees Fired For Attempting To Stop Knife-Wielding Shoplifters

If you work at Best Buy, don’t tackle any knife-wielding shoplifters or you’ll be fired. That’s what happened to two Best Buy employees who chased a couple shoplifters who were fleeing with armloads of merchandise towards a waiting car.

One-Armed Abercrombie & Fitch Worker Wins Wrongful Dismissal Case

One-Armed Abercrombie & Fitch Worker Wins Wrongful Dismissal Case

A former UK Abercrombie & Fitch employee whose prosthetic arm didn’t comport with the store’s “look policy” has won a case against the clothier for wrongful dismissal and emotional trauma.

Petland Employees Drowned Rabbits, Posted Photos on Facebook

Petland Employees Drowned Rabbits, Posted Photos on Facebook

We’ve written about pet store chain Petland before, due to their documented use of puppy mills and snarky response to groups that protested said use of puppy mills. Now PETA claims to have found photos on a Petland employee’s Facebook page that show her grinning while holding up the wet, lifeless bodies of two rabbits she had just drowned.

Taco Bell Chihuahua Mascot Dies

Taco Bell Chihuahua Mascot Dies

Gidget, the tiny Chihuahua star of Taco Bell‘s “Yo Quiero Taco Bell” ad series in the ’90s, in addition to other ad and film work, died yesterday of an apparent stroke. She (yes, she) was fifteen years old.

Don't Threaten To Kill Telemarketers

Don't Threaten To Kill Telemarketers

We know how you feel; telemarketers suck. But no matter how much they’re in the wrong, please don’t threaten to burn down their place of business and then kill them and their families—even if they call you a jackass—because they may report you to the police. Then, if your police are anything like the ones in St. Louis, Missouri, you’ll likely be arrested and charged for making terrorist threats, like poor Charles Papenfus.

Awful Movers Move Woman To Tears

Awful Movers Move Woman To Tears

Moving is never easy, but San Francisco resident Carleigh thought her transplant from a one-bedroom apartment to a one-bedroom condo wouldn’t be so tough. Ron, a customer service rep from Starving Students movers, talked a good game, convincing Carleigh the company could pull off the move in the three-hour time window the HOA demanded.

Slim Jim Shortages Cause Widespread Turmoil, Healthy Sodium And Cholesterol Levels

Slim Jim Shortages Cause Widespread Turmoil, Healthy Sodium And Cholesterol Levels

If you’re noticing a lack of mechanically separated chicken and hydrolyzed corn gluten in your diet, you’re not alone. The tragic ConAgra factory explosion that killed three people near Raleigh, N.C. ended Slim Jim production until this fall. [Update: The factory is reopening on July 27.] It was the only place where the snack sticks are manufactured.

Billy Mays Likely Died Of Heart Disease

Billy Mays Likely Died Of Heart Disease

A Florida medical examiner says that beloved pitchman Billy Mays suffered from hypertensive heart disease and likely died of a heart attack. A day earlier, Mays bumped his head during a rough landing on a US Airways flight — but the autopsy showed no head trauma.

Man Dies Trying To Stop Verizon Van

Man Dies Trying To Stop Verizon Van

The Washington Post says that a 79-year-old widower died after trying to stop a Verizon technician from pulling out of his drive way. The man was apparently extremely frustrated with his service, in addition to being quite lonely since his wife passed away from a stroke.

Continental Pilot Dies Midflight, Crew Lands Jet Safely

Continental Pilot Dies Midflight, Crew Lands Jet Safely

CNN is reporting that the pilot of Continental Flight 61 from Brussels to Newark died midflight, forcing a relief pilot to take over the controls of the Boeing 777.

Sorry, Your Prosthetic Arm Doesn't Fit With Abercrombie & Fitch's "Look Policy"

Sorry, Your Prosthetic Arm Doesn't Fit With Abercrombie & Fitch's "Look Policy"

UPDATE: One-Armed Abercrombie & Fitch Worker Wins Wrongful Dismissal Case

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/27/consumer-reports-safety-has-information/

Consumer Reports Safety has information (including a video) on how to prevent the type of home exercise equipment accident that caused the horribly, horribly sad death of Mike Tyson‘s 4-year-old daughter.

Comcast Wants You Back, Leaves Comcastic Love Notes

Comcast Wants You Back, Leaves Comcastic Love Notes

Kevin abandoned Comcast and switched to FiOS. Since then, his jilted cable/Internet company has made it quite clear how badly they want him back. They can’t believe it when they hear that he won’t see them. Denial is tough to watch.

Settlement In Shopper Stampede Case; Wal-Mart Avoids Criminal Charges

Settlement In Shopper Stampede Case; Wal-Mart Avoids Criminal Charges

Wal-Mart will not face criminal charges in the death of temporary holiday worker Jdimytai Damour at its Valley Stream, NY store. Damour was posted at the front of the store when the out-of-control early morning crowd broke the door down, and he was trampled to death.

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/06/the-onion-is-killing-their/

The Onion Is Killing Their West Coast Print Editions “Unfortunately, despite healthy readership in both Los Angeles and San Francisco (readership has actually risen despite our reduction in copies in recent months) the advertising in both cities has been abysmal,” CEO Steve Hannah said in a memo. [Gothamist]

Woman Dies In Walmart Parking Lot, Discovered Two Days Later

Woman Dies In Walmart Parking Lot, Discovered Two Days Later

Imagine dying in your vehicle in the parking lot of a 24-hour Walmart. How would anyone know? The couple who discovered Patricia Glasscock’s body yesterday thought she was sleeping, which is probably what anyone who passed by thought.

Impoverished High School Seniors No Longer Able To Finance Gaudy Proms

Impoverished High School Seniors No Longer Able To Finance Gaudy Proms

The recession continues to rot America’s cultural core, this time by attacking one of our most cherished traditions: prom. Gone are the ice sculptures and $1,000 dresses. America’s children are now buying dresses off racks and trading limos for the family car. Imagine!

Tennessee Couple Gets $5,000 Loan, 59% Interest Rate

Tennessee Couple Gets $5,000 Loan, 59% Interest Rate

Kay and Lewis Brown wanted some quick cash so they could make a moderate addition to their home. They turned to CashCall, an online loan service, after seeing the ads on TV. The company lent them $5,000 — at 59% interest. Now the couple is on the hook for $20,830.