The Pita Pit Offers Free Pita If You Get Their Stolen Chair Back

The Pita Pit Offers Free Pita If You Get Their Stolen Chair Back

The Hits Keep Coming: Hot Topic Is Selling Another Eerily Familiar Design

The Hits Keep Coming: Hot Topic Is Selling Another Eerily Familiar Design

We really hope there’s a good explanation for this. Hot Topic is selling Twilight perfume, a fragrance that comes in a bottle very similar to Nina, by Nina Ricci.

Best Buy Also Falls Victim To Embezzling Buyers

Best Buy Also Falls Victim To Embezzling Buyers

Another electronics store was taken for millions by an invoice-fixing scheme: a buyer for Best Buy and a vendor have been charged with overcharging Best Buy $31 million over four years.

Hot Topic Steals Yet Another Design And Sells It As Its Own

Hot Topic Steals Yet Another Design And Sells It As Its Own

Once again, Hot Topic is selling someone else’s art as original work. The mallternative retail chain purchased the supposedly original design from Newbreed Girl, which has its own history of ripping off designs.

DirecTV Installer Tips Himself By Stealing Your Roll Of Quarters And Gun

DirecTV Installer Tips Himself By Stealing Your Roll Of Quarters And Gun

Reader Angel writes that a DirecTV installer in Oklahoma added a cable to her house, and subtracted $10 in quarters and a nine millimeter.

Dog Shoplifts Bone From Grocery Store

Dog Shoplifts Bone From Grocery Store

What kind of world do we live in where even dogs have started shoplifting? A mildly amusing world, that’s what kind.

Citibank Must Pay Back The $14 Million It Stole From Customers Over A Decade

Citibank Must Pay Back The $14 Million It Stole From Customers Over A Decade

Between 1992 and 2003, Citibank operated an “automatic sweeping” program that would without notice remove positive balances from customers’ credit card accounts—mainly those of the poor and the recently deceased—and pocket the money. Now it’s paying back $14 million dollars to the affected customers, plus another $3.5 million in penalties to California, thanks to that state’s Attorney General.

FedEx Turns Shipment Of DVDs Into Can Of Old House Paint

FedEx Turns Shipment Of DVDs Into Can Of Old House Paint

John at Needcoffee.com writes that he’s come to expect the occasional “damaged in transit” theft of items from packages he ships or receives, at least through the U.S Postal Service. With private carriers, however, he notes that he’s always had better luck. But last week he opened a box of DVDs shipped to him via FedEx to discover a rusty can of $5 house paint.

http://consumerist.com/2008/06/18/heres-a-new-excuse/

Here’s a new excuse for bad service: AT&T is being plagued by copper thieves in Tennessee. The thefts of copper cables “has caused disruptions to voice and data communications, as well as emergency calls, company officials said.” [The Tennessean]

Credit Card Skimmers Attack Arco Gas Stations In California

Credit Card Skimmers Attack Arco Gas Stations In California

UPDATE: $300,000 Credit Card Skim Was “Model Employee” Scam

Suspected Hat Stealer Drops Dead In Macy's

Suspected Hat Stealer Drops Dead In Macy's

Last Thursday, a 400-pound man in his early thirties was confronted at a Macy’s in Oakland, California, and accused of shoplifting a hat from the men’s department. According to CBS News in San Francisco, “Security officers at the mall then attempted to arrest and detain Gomes, who allegedly resisted and assaulted security personnel, according to police.” The police were called, but on their way to the mall they received a follow-up report that the man had become unresponsive. He died later that evening at a hospital.

Shoplifting in Supermarkets: People Steal Meat and Analgesics

Shoplifting in Supermarkets: People Steal Meat and Analgesics

The Freakonomics Blog had an interesting piece the other day about shoplifting in supermarkets. Theft of “Health and Beauty” items (usually the most stolen category) is down this year. The category has been surpassed by “meat and analgesics.” When we’re broke we want to eat a steak and get numb, right? That’s the American dream, right there.