Optician Takes 2 Years Of Bungled Prescription Very Seriously

Optician Takes 2 Years Of Bungled Prescription Very Seriously

WHO: Specsavers
WHAT: A little girl suffered blurred vision, headaches, and nausea for two years after opticians mixed up the prescriptions for her left and right eyes. When the mother took the glasses back, the staff told her it was a normal reaction to the new glasses and would soon pass.

Middle Class Shoplifting To Keep Up Appearances

Middle Class Shoplifting To Keep Up Appearances

Shoplifting is up 20% in the UK as choice cuts of meat, fresh fish and fancy cheeses are increasingly getting stolen, mostly by middle-class women from boutique food emporiums and convenience stores

Schwarzenegger Asked To Close Prostitution Ratings Website

Schwarzenegger Asked To Close Prostitution Ratings Website

At Punternet.com you can rate UK prostitutes, find out about British massage parlors, and participate in a bulletin board about all things prostitutey. (“Punter” = “john” in British slang.) Yesterday a British government minister asked Arnold Schwarzenegger to shut it down, because although it concerns the British sex industry—where prostitution isn’t illegal—it’s based in California.

Closed-Minded Retailer Tesco Bans Jedi Religious Garb

Closed-Minded Retailer Tesco Bans Jedi Religious Garb

The persecution never ends for the Jedi, does it? First, they were nearly all murdered by one of their own. Then, just when they’ve built a presence on modern Earth, a grocery store in Wales tells a practicing Jedi that he can’t wear the hood of his robe up in their stores. Bigotry!

Customer Bills Companies For Time Wasted — Pret A Manger Actually Pays Up

Customer Bills Companies For Time Wasted — Pret A Manger Actually Pays Up

Pret A Manger is a sandwich shop. Paul McCrudden is an eater of sandwiches. The relationship seems uncomplicated. It probably was, at least until Mr. McCrudden decided to log all of his activity for six weeks and then send invoices for the time he spent interacting with brands. Some might call this an interesting social experiment. Others, a dick move. All we know is that Pret A Manger decided to pay him, and the letter they sent is hilarious. Oh, and the check is nice too.

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.

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

Range Rover Protests Its Own Existence Outside Dealership

Range Rover Protests Its Own Existence Outside Dealership

Sure, if you’re dissatisfied with your vehicle, you could complain to the company. You could write to Consumerist, or even start your own Web site. Or you could park it in front of the dealership that it came from, with a list of the vehicle’s flaws and a warning to potential buyers plastered on in vinyl letters. A man in Colchester, England did just that.

Woman Barricades Repairman Until He Fixes Her Washer

Woman Barricades Repairman Until He Fixes Her Washer

A British woman locked a repairman in her washer room and said she wouldn’t let him out until he fixed her washer.

Mom Finds Scorpion In Bananas

Mom Finds Scorpion In Bananas

A young mom found an Israeli Gold scorpion in a pile of bananas she picked up from ASDA, a UK supermarket chain owned by Walmart.

http://consumerist.com/2008/10/24/a-man-in-the-uk/

A man in the UK has been sued by an eBay seller for leaving negative feedback. [Daily Mail] (Thanks, Everyone!)

Grocery Shrink Ray Hits UK

Grocery Shrink Ray Hits UK

The Grocery Shrink Ray has expanded its range and is no longer just hitting the US. Pint-sized woe has befallen the the UK snack section. For one, the Dairylea triangle is shrinking from 180 to 160g per cheese wheel. Other shrunken products include Rolo, Palmolive, Olvatine, Dairy Milk, Mars bars, Yorkie chocolate bars, and Pringles.Check out the company double-talk as they tried to explain away the changes, sometimes with verbal softshoe, others with oddly pugilistic rebuttals:

British Airways' New Hi-Tech Baggage System Routes All Luggage To A Big Pile

British Airways' New Hi-Tech Baggage System Routes All Luggage To A Big Pile

British Airways is having trouble with its new baggage system—namely, that it doesn’t actually sort and route the baggage to the correct flight. On Sunday they claimed that 15,000 bags had missed their flights and were now being stored at Heathrow. However, the UK’s Aviation Minister said yesterday that the number was closer to 28,000.

I'm Sorry, But We Didn't Order The "Suck My Dick Fuck Face."

I'm Sorry, But We Didn't Order The "Suck My Dick Fuck Face."

The BBC is reporting that a restaurant owner has apologized to some customers who received the above-pictured bill.

Survey Says: Half Of UK Men Would Give Up Sex For 50-Inch Plasma TV

Survey Says: Half Of UK Men Would Give Up Sex For 50-Inch Plasma TV

A British electronics retailer asked 2,000 men and women what they’d give up in exchange for a 50″ plasma TV, and according to them, “47 percent of men would give up sex for half a year.” Among women, the number drops to about a third who are wiling to forgo sex. We’re not going to pretend for a second that this study is in any way scientific, but still—six months? Seriously?

Facebook's Privacy Practices Under Investigation In U.K.

Facebook's Privacy Practices Under Investigation In U.K.

Facebook is being investigated by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over their jacked-up cancellation policies, which keeps your user data on Facebook’s servers even after you’ve closed your account. Facebook says its privacy policies are well within ICO regulations, and that they are taking the “concerns of the ICO and our user’s privacy very seriously.”

When Business Traveling In London, Watch Out For Naked Sleepwalkers

When Business Traveling In London, Watch Out For Naked Sleepwalkers

Travelodge, which runs more than 300 budget business hotels in the UK, is training its staff on how to respond to the 70% surge in the past year of naked men sleepwalking through their hotels: “One tip in the company’s newly released ‘sleepwalkers guide’ tells staff to keep towels handy at the front desk in case a customer’s dignity needs preserving.” The sleepwalkers have been reported asking questions like, “Where’s the bathroom?,” “Do you have a newspaper?” and “Can I check out, I’m late for work?”

http://consumerist.com/2007/09/25/this-month-marks-the/

This month marks the 50th year of Which?, a British magazine that conducts Consumer Reports-style independent product tests and campaigns on behalf of consumer rights in the UK. [Easier Finance]