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Roving Band Of Miscreants Flipping Over Smart Cars Around San Francisco

Do you live in San Francisco? Cool, I hear it’s a nice city. Oh, do you own a Smart Car? You might want to check outside and see if it’s resting on all four wheels as it’s supposed to, after police say a roving pack of vandals has been going around the city overturning the teensy little vehicles. [More]

Someone Out There Really Hates This PetSmart Store

Someone Out There Really Hates This PetSmart Store

Just like most major retailers, PetSmart has been the subject of more than a few complaints. But though some of you may have wanted to do so, no Consumerist readers have taken out their PetSmart-related anger with the assistance of their car — and a baseball bat. [More]

Hey, Who Cut My Comcast Line?

Hey, Who Cut My Comcast Line?

Jim can’t prove that a technician working for Verizon cut his cable line. He didn’t see it happen, and the vandal didn’t leave a signature or anything. All the perpetrator left behind was a dug up, severed Comcast cable, some fiber optic cable, and a conduit. Less than a week before, Jim had booked a tentative FiOS installation a month ahead of time, pending the approval of his housemate. Instead, this turned out to be one of those very rare Consumerist stories where the hero is… Comcast. [More]

Marijuana Dispensaries In Montana Firebombed

Marijuana Dispensaries In Montana Firebombed

Some residents of Billings, Montana are pretty upset at the burgeoning medical marijuana industry there–CNN says the town of 100,000 has had about 90 applications for storefronts since the state legalized it in 2004, and that the businesses operate with little regulation. On consecutive mornings this past weekend, someone spraypainted “Not in our town” on the sides of two establishments, then threw rocks through the front doors followed by Molotov cocktails. And then they probably chilled out for a while. [More]

Anonymous Protestor Leaves Pile Of Manure In Chase ATM Vestibule

Anonymous Protestor Leaves Pile Of Manure In Chase ATM Vestibule

Someone who was fed up at Chase made a special deposit on the floor of one of their ATM vestibules in NYC a couple of days ago. Fortunately for the clean-up crew, it looks like it was manure and not actual human poop. [More]

Anus Burgers Run Wild Across America’s Restaurant Signs

Anus Burgers Run Wild Across America’s Restaurant Signs

We got a tip from someone today with a funny pic of a misspelled McDonald’s sign at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO. We thought we’d do a Google search to see if this was old news or not. What we found out was that “Angus” is too ripe a target for word vandals, or even just opportunistic photographers, to pass up.

Are You A Hotel Trasher? Don't Stay In Australia

Are You A Hotel Trasher? Don't Stay In Australia

Guests Behaving Badly (GBB) is an Australia-only customer blacklist that hotels there can use to weed out potentially bad guests. From their FAQ:

Vandals Stick It To Business That Cheat On Credit Card Rules

Vandals Stick It To Business That Cheat On Credit Card Rules

When businesses sign up to allow credit card use, they sign merchant agreements that say they won’t force customers make minimum purchases or, in some states, charge additional fees to credit card customers. As we’ve reported before, businesses don’t always hold up their end of the agreement.

Geek Squad Cuts The Cables Inside Your Computer Instead Of Backing Up Your Data?

Geek Squad Cuts The Cables Inside Your Computer Instead Of Backing Up Your Data?

Reader Kevin forwarded us this story from Dave, a I.T. consultant friend of his who helps people with their computer problems in exchange for hardware donations to the school he works at. Dave’s “propane guy” said he recently took a desktop computer to Geek Squad after it failed, and “great Geek Squad guys were AWESOME and had been able to retrieve all of his family pictures for him,” before selling him a new laptop. Dave offered to take a look at the desktop and try to retrieve the rest of the important files– the “7 years of QuickBooks 2005 data” that Best Buy wasn’t able to save, but when Dave opened up the computer he says he was surprised to see that someone had cut some important cables.

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]

http://consumerist.com/2008/05/29/okay-who-decided-it-would/

Okay, who decided it would be funny to hack Comcast? DSLReports says, “Though there’s no indication that user privacy is jeopardized, you may want to avoid using Comcast webmail until things have been completely cleared up. [DSLReports]

Facing Foreclosure Some Owners Trash The House Before Leaving

Facing Foreclosure Some Owners Trash The House Before Leaving

The Wall Street Journal says that about half of foreclosed homes nationwide have “substantial” damage ,much of it inflicted by bitter former homeowners who tried their best to destroy the property before being forced to leave.

King of Jews, King of Brews

King of Jews, King of Brews

He walked on water, He cured the festering and the blind, He turned water into wine. But after a hard day on the cross, even the King of Kings needed a frosty cold one. But two thousand years later, theologians still wrestle with a truly massive question: what would Jesus drink?

When Wikipedia Breaks Down: McDonald’s Menu Items Descriptions

When Wikipedia Breaks Down: McDonald’s Menu Items Descriptions

Opening Up the Corporate Monologue So The iPod Silhouettes Can Tell You They’re Gay

Opening Up the Corporate Monologue So The iPod Silhouettes Can Tell You They’re Gay

The Bubble Project, a rather fun public vandalism project wrapped up in a Sunday Times’ worth of overwrought anti-corporate mumbo-justification.