Every Time Dell Touches My Laptop It Gets A Little More Broken

Every Time Dell Touches My Laptop It Gets A Little More Broken

Reader tking says his laptop started out with a bad power jack — but has slowly escalated in brokenness with each Dell intervention.

Apple: Cosmetic Damage Keeps Us From Replacing Your Battery!

Apple: Cosmetic Damage Keeps Us From Replacing Your Battery!

Apple claims that they can’t replace reader MTW’s MacBook battery because the laptop’s case is chipped. The minor cosmetic damage doesn’t affect the computer’s functions and isn’t even on the same side as the laptop’s battery, which stopped holding a charge months after the case cracked.

Direct Express Auto Transport Responds To Bad Reviews By Posting Reviewers' Personal Information Online

Direct Express Auto Transport Responds To Bad Reviews By Posting Reviewers' Personal Information Online

We write often about companies’ sleazy approaches to online reviews. Some companies bribe users for positive feedback. Others sue over negative reviews. Direct Express Auto Transport, however, is the first company we’ve seen that responds to bad reviews by sharing users’ personal information.

AT&T Sells You A Service They Don't Offer, Denies It, Bills You Anyway

AT&T Sells You A Service They Don't Offer, Denies It, Bills You Anyway

This is like one of those ghost stories where the hero joins up with a fellow traveler, and then at the end of his journey discovers that his travel companion never existed. Oooooo! Only it’s about AT&T, so instead of being spooky it’s just annoying. Especially the part at the end where he receives a bill.

Verizon Isn't Really Sure How Much Their DSL Service Costs

Verizon Isn't Really Sure How Much Their DSL Service Costs

Brian begged and pleaded but Verizon simply wouldn’t tell him how much his DSL would cost after taxes and fees, unless he signed a one-year contract. The customer service representatives staffing Verizon’s operation centers claimed that it was too difficult to figure out all that math nonsense for every jurisdiction. When Brian pushed and insisted that surely they had to know how much their service cost, he was told that “there wasn’t anyone in Verizon that knew the answer.”

Help, Starbucks Towed My Car While I Was Sipping A Latte!

Help, Starbucks Towed My Car While I Was Sipping A Latte!

Andrew’s car was towed from Stabucks’ parking lot as he sat inside enjoying his drink. The Portland Starbucks apparently has a contract with a local predatory towing company that allows them to walk in, call out a bunch of license plate numbers, and tow any car whose owner doesn’t speak up.

Royal Caribbean To Levy Late-Night Room Service Charge

Royal Caribbean To Levy Late-Night Room Service Charge

Royal Caribbean’s odd “steak fee” proved to be such a success that the bleed-‘em-dry cruise line has decided to add yet another extraneous charge to their “all-inclusive” service: a late night room service fee! Gone are the days of waking up from a seasick-induced nightmare at 3 a.m. to the comforting thought of, “well at least I can order a cheeseburger.” Now, seasickness cures ordered between midnight and 5 a.m. cost $3.95.

Is It Ever Acceptable Not To Tip At A Restaurant?

Is It Ever Acceptable Not To Tip At A Restaurant?

Society has determined that service at a restaurant is worth between 15%-20% of the final bill, but is it ever acceptable not to tip?

Are Female Diners Second-Class Citizens At Fancy Restaurants?

Are Female Diners Second-Class Citizens At Fancy Restaurants?

The New York Times has an article today about gender and dining-out. They interviewed Steve Dublanica, author of “Waiter Rant,” and he had some unpleasant things to say about how groups of female diners are treated at restaurants.

Make Time Warner Pay For Shoddy Service By Demanding Free Premium Channels

Make Time Warner Pay For Shoddy Service By Demanding Free Premium Channels

According to a tipster, Time Warner Cable resets their complaint list every three months, allowing users with shoddy service to continually request perks like free premium channels year-round without reprisal.

Hamilton Beach Insists The Broken Part On Your Coffee Maker Doesn't Exist

Hamilton Beach Insists The Broken Part On Your Coffee Maker Doesn't Exist

Jim needed to replace the gold-tone filter on his $70 Hamilton Beach coffee maker, but the filter recommended by Hamilton Beach’s website clearly didn’t fit. When Jim called to complain, a customer service representative insisted that Jim’s coffee maker didn’t come with a gold-tone filter, and that if Jim thought otherwise, he was entirely out of luck and would need to buy a new machine.

California Tortilla Cashier Screams At Disabled Customer Who Accidentally Spilled Tray

California Tortilla Cashier Screams At Disabled Customer Who Accidentally Spilled Tray

Update: The owner of the California Tortilla left an excellent response, republished inside in full.

Consumerist's 4 Most Frequently Given Ways To Kick Ass

Consumerist's 4 Most Frequently Given Ways To Kick Ass

There’s four things we say over and over to readers writing in with problems who have gotten their legitimate claims spurned by regular customer service. They just keep working! They’re EECB, Executive Customer Service, Chargeback and Small Claims Court. Inside, what these tools mean and how to get started using one.

Best Buy Questions Your Ability To Plug In A Computer

Best Buy Questions Your Ability To Plug In A Computer

Mike’s friend gave Best Buy $200 to install anti-virus software and an HDMI input, but Best Buy somehow sent him home with the wrong power adapter. Mike works in IT and knows how to feed and bathe himself, but Best Buy insisted that he had the right adapter and that Mike had to be “doing something wrong.” Guess how this ends…

DirecTV Installer: You Can't Have DirecTV. Stop Trying.

DirecTV Installer: You Can't Have DirecTV. Stop Trying.

Mark had an impossible request for DirecTV: a one-line DVR and a SWM (Single Wire Multiline) Dish. Sure, it might seem like a normal work order, but the subcontracted installer, Bluegrass Satellite, couldn’t secure permission to install the necessary components even after several three-way calls with DirectTV. One exasperated installer explained that Mark wasn’t eligible to receive the equipment and gently told him: “[You] cannot have DirecTV and should stop trying.”

Megabus Might Honor Your Prepaid Reservation, But Only If You Chase The Bus Halfway Across Philadelphia

Megabus Might Honor Your Prepaid Reservation, But Only If You Chase The Bus Halfway Across Philadelphia

A Megabus driver claimed that Chris’ prepaid reservation was actually a standby ticket, and refused to let him board unless he met the bus at the next stop halfway across Philadelphia. The driver was apparently worried that the bus would be full after the second stop, but he wouldn’t let Chris ride along to find out.

Sprint Extends Yet Another Contract Without Permission

Sprint Extends Yet Another Contract Without Permission

Sprint signed David up for a two-year contract without permission after he transferred his service between a Motorola RAZR 2 and a Sanyo 8400. David owned both phones when he made the transfer last month, long after his contract had expired. Sprint recently decided to send him a letter, charmingly called “keeping you in the know,” which showed that he was the proud new owner of a surprise contract extension.

Time Warner Cable Responds To World Of Warcraft Disconnections

Time Warner Cable Responds To World Of Warcraft Disconnections

Jeff Simmermon, the Digital Communications Director for Time Warner Cable, has responded to the charges that TWC is responsible for the lags and disconnections plaguing East Coast World of Warcraft players. He took a look at the traceroutes posted on Blizzard’s user forums and sent the response.