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Costco’s Clever Plan To Sell Both Gas & Liquor In D.C. Results In Death Threats

In Washington, D.C., you can’t sell alcoholic beverages and gasoline at the same business. But when Costco came to town, it didn’t throw up its hands and do away with one or the other parts of its business. Instead, it got clever and figured out a way to sell both booze and discount gas, a move that hasn’t gone over well with other gas stations in the city. [More]

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D.C. Mayor Vetoes Higher Minimum Wage, Re-Opening Door For Walmart

Earlier this summer, city lawmakers in Washington, D.C., passed legislation that would raise the minimum wage in the city for workers at certain large retailers from $8.25/hour to $12.50/hour. It was seen as a direct challenge to Walmart, which had planned to open new stores in the nation’s capital, and which threatened to pull out if the bill was enacted. But now that’s a non-issue, as Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed the legislation. [More]

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Report: City Screw-Ups Put Thousands Of D.C. Homeowners At Risk For Foreclosure

We’ve written several articles over the years about how a small unpaid property tax or public utility bill can result in homeowners losing their homes to foreclosure, but a new investigative report from the Washington Post shows how systemic ineptitude in Washington, D.C., city offices has repeatedly left homeowners fighting against liens that shouldn’t exist in the first place. [More]

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E-mails and resumes have been flowing in steadily since we mentioned that we’re looking for a freelance contributor based in or around Washington, D.C., but time is running out for interested writers and reporters to be considered. So if you dream about covering the consumer world from our nation’s capital, send your C.V. and clips (or links to published stories) to dc@consumerist.com by the end of the day Monday, July 29.

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Because Of A Typo And A Parking Scofflaw, I Can’t Go To Washington D.C. Anymore

Reader Cliff doesn’t have $17,000 worth of erroneous toll violations like the motorist whose story we shared yesterday, but he does have a lot of parking tickets, and they aren’t his. [More]

Consumerist Is Looking For A DC-Based Contributor. Maybe It’s You

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Even though Consumerist covers the lawmakers and regulators in Washington, D.C., it’s been several years since we’ve actually had anyone based in our nation’s capital. Hopefully that will soon change, as we’re hoping to find a contributor who can cover the federal beat. [More]

In D.C., This Pepsi Machine Dispensed Malt Liquor

In D.C., This Pepsi Machine Dispensed Malt Liquor

Imagine a wonderful, magical world where you could walk up to a soda machine and buy a bottle of malt liquor. That paradise on earth (for the underage) briefly existed in the Trinidad neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Since the booze cost $3, more than at nearby retail outlets, its customer base were all either underage or had exceptionally poor math skills. [More]

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Comcast Decides Maybe It Shouldn’t Have Put Those Ugly Metal Boxes In Historic Neighborhood

About a month ago, we told you about the uproar over the gray-green, refrigerator-size boxes Comcast apparently time-warped straight from 1953 to the sidewalks of D.C.’s historic Georgetown section. But things are calming down now that Comcast has decided to move that hardware underground. [More]

DC Driver's "NO TAGS" Vanity Plate Leads To $20,000 In Tickets

Usually when someone regrets getting a vanity plate it’s because they picked a stupid pun or dated pop culture reference. But one driver’s attempt at license plate levity has him regretting his decision to the tune of $20,000 in parking tickets that aren’t even his. [More]

DC Bus Driver Caught On Video Tossing Passenger Onto Street

DC Bus Driver Caught On Video Tossing Passenger Onto Street

A bus driver for Washington, D.C.’s Metro service could be in some hot water with his superiors after he was caught on video forcibly removing a passenger from his bus over the weekend. [More]

Restaurant Requires You To Sign Contract Forbidding Use Of
Phones & Cameras

Restaurant Requires You To Sign Contract Forbidding Use Of Phones & Cameras

The biggest hassle of dining at a buzzed-about restaurant is usually just trying to score a reservation. But one eatery in Washington, D.C., is going the extra step and requiring diners to fill out and sign a two-page contract that covers everything from its cancellation policy to cell phone use. [More]

Watch This Malfunctioning Escalator Fling Its Passengers

Watch This Malfunctioning Escalator Fling Its Passengers

For me, malfunctioning escalators are the stuff of nightmares. I still secretly fear that up escalators are going to eat me. So this people-flinging Metro station escalator from the day of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” last year has given me a whole new category of escalator malfunctions to fear. [More]

Priceline Restores Insanity, Moves Hotel Reservation To Different City

Priceline Restores Insanity, Moves Hotel Reservation To Different City

Priceline has a very different understanding of what a “hotel reservation” is than Shane does. He and his wife and children planned to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C. to attend this past weekend’s Rally To Restore Sanity And/or Fear put on by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. They reserved a hotel room in a close suburb, near a Metro station, correctly assuming that traffic would make driving into the city a bad idea. [More]

Woman And Her 30,000 Lbs Of Stuff Get Evicted

Woman And Her 30,000 Lbs Of Stuff Get Evicted

30,000 pounds of belongings stretched up and down the DC sidewalk. They all belonged to one woman who was evicted after she couldn’t make rent. [More]

Scram! DC Shops Install Device That Emits Annoying Sound Only Kids Can Hear

Scram! DC Shops Install Device That Emits Annoying Sound Only Kids Can Hear

A DC shop on one of the busiest retail strips has installed a “Mosquito” device in order to drive away teenagers who often loiter and fight there. The unit emits an annoying beeep beeep beeep at 17.5 kilohertz, which is at the upper range of audibility for 13-25 year olds. The business owners like it, but one passerby remarked, “It’s classism and ageism. And it’s sad.” [More]

DC Airports Get Super Cute Pet Bathrooms

DC Airports Get Super Cute Pet Bathrooms

DC’s Dulles and Reagan airports have just opened new “pet relief areas” for your pooch’s pooping pleasure prior to plane-boarding. [More]

Like Pizza? Maybe You Should Work For The TSA

Like Pizza? Maybe You Should Work For The TSA

One would think that in these tough economic times, placing a help-wanted ad in the paper or online would be sufficient for netting employers a pile of resumes. But the Transportation Safety Administration has decided to target a very specific demographic in the Washington, D.C., area — pizza eaters. [More]

Ben Popken On WJLA Warning About Robocall Scammers

Ben Popken On WJLA Warning About Robocall Scammers

UPDATE: Here’s the video. If you live in the DC area, tune into ABC 7 tonight at 5:45 pm to see a Consumer Alert I shot with local reporter Kris Van Cleave. Apparently, this morning like six of their reporters all got scam robocalls on their cellphones with a recording saying their ATM card had been deactivated and they needed to call the bank back. Hello, scam! [More]