Didn't Pay $75 Fee? Firefighters Watch Your Home Burn To Ground

Didn't Pay $75 Fee? Firefighters Watch Your Home Burn To Ground

A Tennessee man watched in horror last week as flames consumed his house. Also watching? The local subscription-based fire department. The man had not paid his $75 firefighting fee, so the firemen would not lift a finger or a hose. [More]

Reader Reviews White Castle's Pressed Sandwich Experiment So We Don't Have To

Reader Reviews White Castle's Pressed Sandwich Experiment So We Don't Have To

Last week, two adventurous Consumerist readers took us up on our challenge to test out White Castle’s experimental BBQ and noodle menus being tested at single restaurants in Indiana and Ohio, respectively. Now, we complete the White Castle Trilogy with a reader’s impressions of the chain’s Decker’s pressed sandwich menu in Lebanon, TN. [More]

Domino's Pizza Held Up By The Most Polite Robber Ever

Domino's Pizza Held Up By The Most Polite Robber Ever

Somewhere near Cookeville, TN, a very polite man has just saved his house from foreclosure. But what the bank doesn’t know is that he got at least some the money for the late mortgage payments from the cash register of a local Domino’s Pizza. [More]

Nashville Is Flooded! Here's How You Can Help

Nashville Is Flooded! Here's How You Can Help

The waters of the Cumberland River burst all over Tennessee this Sunday, submerging Nashville and leaving much of the state underwater. At least 29 are dead and thousands have been evacuated. If you want to pitch in, Nashvillist has rustled up a slew of shelters and donation-takers who would be glad to have your aid or volunteer hours. Pitch in! It feels good. [More]

Tackling, Stabbing, & Fake Heart Attacks: A Walmart Shoplifting Gone Awry

Tackling, Stabbing, & Fake Heart Attacks: A Walmart Shoplifting Gone Awry

A Tennessee couple tried to bum-rush the exit of a Walmart with a cart packed with $2000 worth TVs and a computer. When an off-duty police officer showed his badge after the man tried to muscle past the greeter, the would-be five-finger discounter said it was fake and tried to push through. The cop tackled the man and cuffed him. Then it got even better: [More]

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.

Tennessee Pushes Back Against Late Fees By Credit Card Companies

Tennessee Pushes Back Against Late Fees By Credit Card Companies

Although it has yet to pass into law, the Tennessee Senate Commerce Committee has approved a bill that requires creditors to count the postmark date of a payment as the payment date, not the day they say they receive it.

Walmart Greeter Attacked By Cop During Receipt Check Suing For $21 Million

Walmart Greeter Attacked By Cop During Receipt Check Suing For $21 Million

Remember the Walmart greeter that got attacked by a cop during a receipt check? Well, he’s suing for $21 million, says Chattanooga’s News Channel 9.

Two More Weeks Of Gas Shortages In The South?

Two More Weeks Of Gas Shortages In The South?

The New York Times has quoted an expert from Rice University who thinks that the gas shortages in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee could continue for two more weeks.

85% Of Gas Stations In Nashville, TN Are Without Gas Right Now

85% Of Gas Stations In Nashville, TN Are Without Gas Right Now

East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee both primarily receive fuel supplies through spurs of the Colonial pipeline, which carries refined gasoline from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Northeast. [Hurricane] Ike damaged and knocked out power to many of those refineries, cutting the amount of gasoline fed into the pipeline.

15 Victims Of The Grocery Shrink Ray

15 Victims Of The Grocery Shrink Ray

The Grocery Shrink Ray continues its miniature spree across the supermarket aisles of America. Here’s 14 more victims that have surfaced in the past week, as spotted by our watchful bands of deputized Consumerist reader-investigators…

Paying Your Verizon Bill With Cash? That'll Be $3.99 Extra

Paying Your Verizon Bill With Cash? That'll Be $3.99 Extra

Employees at the Verizon store in Millington, Tennessee told reader Josh it would cost an extra $3.99 to pay his bill with cash. According to the employees, the charge was to offset the cost of “new money software.”

Walmart: Santa Brings A MP3 Player Full Of Porn To A 10-Year-Old Girl

Walmart: Santa Brings A MP3 Player Full Of Porn To A 10-Year-Old Girl

Daryl Hill of Cookeville, TN purchased an MP3 player from Walmart for his 10-year-old daughter. He handed the player over to his daughter thinking it was new, when in fact the previous owner had filled the player with pornography.

Home Depot Fires Another Employee For Stopping A Thief

Home Depot Fires Another Employee For Stopping A Thief

Attention Home Depot Employees: They really will fire you if you attempt to stop a crime in progress. That’s what happened to 24-year-old Dustin Chester. He worked at a Home Depot in Murfreesboro, Tennessee until he caught and restrained a thief who he caught prying open a soda machine with a crowbar. Now he’s unemployed.

Tweeter To Close, Liquidate 49 Stores

Tweeter To Close, Liquidate 49 Stores

Tweeter is closing 49 locations, joining the ranks of stores capitulating to competition from Best Buy and Walmart. The restructuring will leave the consumer electronics retailer without a presence in California, Tennessee, Alabama, or New York. According to CEO Joe McGuire, surviving Tweeter locations will sport Consumer Electronics Playgrounds offering high-end home theaters.

“Since our Playground stores are clearly resonating with consumers and articulate our vision so well, we will continue to execute this concept in our remaining 97 traditional stores by taking what we have learned from our current Playground stores and rolling it into our existing fleet.”

Stores on the chopping block will immediately offer liquidation sales. The complete list of closures, inside.

American Airlines Lets Al Gore Skip The Security Checkpoint

American Airlines Lets Al Gore Skip The Security Checkpoint

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority spokesperson Lynne Lowrance said an American Airlines employee took Gore and two other passengers from the airline’s ticketing counter through a door in the baggage claim area where only “badged employees” can enter. The door led to a tunnel and then to a ramp that accessed an American Airline’s gate beyond the airport’s security checkpoint.

UPDATE: Drove My Chevy to the Levy But The Dealer Left Me Dry

UPDATE: Drove My Chevy to the Levy But The Dealer Left Me Dry

An investigation into the Bill Heard used car dealership reveals a history of complaints over customer intimidation and harassment.

Drove My Chevy to the Levy But The Dealer Left Me Dry

Drove My Chevy to the Levy But The Dealer Left Me Dry

Unlike Mark’s Prius story, there’s no confusion in this truck twister from Tennessee. Except, how did the dealership think they would get away with it?