State Farm Ordered To Pay $350 Million To Overcharged Customers

State Farm Ordered To Pay $350 Million To Overcharged Customers

A judge in Texas has sided with the Lone Star State’s insurance commissioner, upholding an order for State Farm Insurance to pay out $350 million to over one million overcharged customers. [More]

Texas Pols Want To Outlaw Full-Body Scans & Pat-Downs By TSA

Texas Pols Want To Outlaw Full-Body Scans & Pat-Downs By TSA

Politicians in the Texas state legislature have authored a pair of bills they hope would keep the TSA from using full-body scanners and enhanced pat-downs at airports in the Lone Star State. [More]

Bad Weather Leads To Rolling Blackouts Across Texas

Bad Weather Leads To Rolling Blackouts Across Texas

No matter what Punxsutawney Phil might have declared this morning, this storm-filled winter can’t end soon enough. Just ask the citizens of Texas, where the frigid temperatures have forced power providers to implement rolling blackouts statewide. [More]

Suspected ID Thief Helps Police By Posing For Sam's Club Photo

Suspected ID Thief Helps Police By Posing For Sam's Club Photo

If you’re going to use someone else’s identity to go on a shopping spree, you might as well go hog-wild and hit some upscale stores. At the very least, don’t go shopping at a discount warehouse store where you’ll need to have your picture taken for your membership card. [More]

Rush To Snag New Air Jordans Leads To Maced Shoppers

Rush To Snag New Air Jordans Leads To Maced Shoppers

In a scene similar to some of the bloodthirsty throngs at post-Thanksgiving doorbuster sales, shoppers at a Texas mall grew impatient with waiting for Nike’s new Air Jordan 11 Retro sneakers to go on sale. And thanks to some rotten apples, many in the crowd ended up with mace in the face. [More]

Motorola Droid 2 Screen Shatters In Man's Ear, Blood Everywhere

Motorola Droid 2 Screen Shatters In Man's Ear, Blood Everywhere

A Texas man showed up at the hospital with blood streaming down his ear after his Motorola Droid 2 screen shattered in his ear. [More]

Coca Cola Launches Recycling Machine That Does The Sorting For You

Coca Cola Launches Recycling Machine That Does The Sorting For You

Situated outside a Kroger in Arlington, TX, is a new structure that resembles a slimmed down drive-thru restaurant or the world’s longest ATM. It’s actually the first of Coca-Cola’s “Reimagine” recycling machines that allows customers to dump aluminum cans and #1 PET plastic containers in all at the same time. [More]

Gas Station Chain Slapped With $30 Million Verdict For Shortchanging Drivers

Gas Station Chain Slapped With $30 Million Verdict For Shortchanging Drivers

A jury handed down a $30 million verdict agains gas station chain Sun Mart for leaving their customers a little light at the pump. The Texas Department of Agriculture found in an investigation that the chain was routinely shortchanging customers with improperly calibrated pumps. [More]

Taco Bell Secretly Tests Lower Sodium Items, No One Notices

Taco Bell Secretly Tests Lower Sodium Items, No One Notices

Fine people of the Dallas-Forth Worth area, you have been tricked! No, not about Wade Phillips being a good football coach; but about the amount of sodium in your Taco Bell. [More]

Don't Shop At Target When It's Raining If You Don't Want Your Car To Get Crushed

Don't Shop At Target When It's Raining If You Don't Want Your Car To Get Crushed

A few weeks ago, as Tropical Storm Hermine breezed through Texas, a pregnant mother of two exited a San Antonio Target store to find her car crushed beneath a fallen parking lot light pole. And now, she says, the retail chain has left her to foot the $10,000 repair bill herself. [More]

Store Says Mother Is "Too Fat" To Enter Warehouse

Store Says Mother Is "Too Fat" To Enter Warehouse

Alexis said she went to an appliance store and was invited to come into the back warehouse to look for a washer, but her mother was forbidden as she was “too fat.” [More]

Brownsville, Texas, The Latest Place To Ban Plastic Bags

Brownsville, Texas, The Latest Place To Ban Plastic Bags

Shoppers in Brownsville, TX, should start investing in reusable shopping bags. Starting Jan. 5, most stores will be banned from using plastic bags and people will be charged an extra dollar for every transaction in which they use plastic bags. [More]

Man Gets Time Warner Bill Lowered More Than He Even Thought He Could

Man Gets Time Warner Bill Lowered More Than He Even Thought He Could

Nathan was paying $48.99 for Time Warner Cable internet and saw they were advertising the same service at $43.99. It wasn’t very hard to find, they put it right on his bill! When he called up to ask to get the same rate, they told him he could only get it if he bundled it with cable TV. So he hung up and called back again, using a different Time Warner Cable number. [More]

Quiznos Employee Lets Her Little Kid Help Fix My Sandwich

Quiznos Employee Lets Her Little Kid Help Fix My Sandwich

Consumerist reader Silver and his wife made a trip to their local Quiznos in Ft. Worth the other day and came face to face with an employee who may have taken the whole “bring your child to work day” thing too seriously. [More]

Top 10 States With Highest Closing Costs

Top 10 States With Highest Closing Costs

In terms of closing costs, these little transactional costs needed to process the signing of your new home, how does your state stack up? Bankrate did a survey to find out. [More]

Continental Airlines Testing Self-Boarding In Houston

Continental Airlines Testing Self-Boarding In Houston

While it’s been used overseas for years, Continental Airlines has become the first airline to try out self-boarding — i.e., scanning your own boarding pass as you board a plane — at a U.S. airport. [More]

Should College Students In Dorms Have To Buy Their Own Toilet Paper?

Should College Students In Dorms Have To Buy Their Own Toilet Paper?

Often, one of the perks of living in a dorm at college is the housekeeping, which dumps the trash, hoses down the bathroom and refills depleted toilet paper rolls in the stalls. But at Texas A&M, students in dorms may soon be responsible for having to supply their own TP. [More]

Score Free Coffee Grounds At Starbucks For Your Compost Heap

Score Free Coffee Grounds At Starbucks For Your Compost Heap

Living in the big city and not having access to any sort of garden of my own, composting is the last thing on my mind when I step into a Starbucks. But for those of you who could use some material for your compost heap, the coffee giant will apparently hand over their used grounds free of charge. Just ask the 94-year-old man in Texas, who does this every single day. [More]