Scam Victim’s Grandson Isn’t In Jail, Doesn’t Need $10,000 In iTunes Gift Cards

Scam Victim’s Grandson Isn’t In Jail, Doesn’t Need $10,000 In iTunes Gift Cards

The basic story seemed plausible enough: a Chicago woman’s grandson got on the phone and said that he was in jail because he caused a car accident because he was texting while driving. Kids today definitely do that, right? The problem was that the “grandson” was an impostor, there was no accident, and he didn’t have a lawyer who was collecting iTunes gift cards to cover his bail. [More]

Yes, Real-Life Fabletics Stores Just Exist To Sell More ‘VIP Memberships’

Yes, Real-Life Fabletics Stores Just Exist To Sell More ‘VIP Memberships’

People love to get deals, and we love to feel like we’re part of a special club. That’s why Fabletics, a sort of Columbia House for sports bras, is apparently succeeding in its expansion into real-life retail, and plans to open as many as 100 new stores. [More]

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Volkswagen Begrudgingly Complied With Regulators’ Request For Takata Airbag Recall

Earlier this week, Volkswagen announced the recall of 840,000 Audi and VW-branded vehicles equipped with shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags. But according to documents recently posted by regulators, the already embattled carmaker resisted the safety initiative.  [More]

Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses Are An Actual Thing, Available At Walmart

Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses Are An Actual Thing, Available At Walmart

What are the flavors of Easter? We know that the flavors of Valentine’s Day are red velvet and strawberry shortcake, and the flavors of fall are pumpkin spice and caramel apple, but the Easter candy season apparently needs more novelty flavors. That’s why Hershey has brought us white chocolate-based carrot cake kisses. At least they aren’t plain carrot cake flavor? [More]

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Homeowner Claims Neighbor Used A False Identity To Rent Apartment On Airbnb, Then Refused To Move Out

We’re no strangers to Airbnb rental horror stories, but we’re still surprised at how intricate and complicated some of these rental disputes can be. Case in point: the landlord of a San Francisco apartment says the neighbor she’s been feuding with rented her unit by using a fake name, lived there with his mom and a friend, and then refused to move out after the original Airbnb stay was over. [More]

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House Passes Bill Weakening Rules For Menu Calorie Counts In Restaurants

Hey, remember how the Food and Drug Administration gave restaurants a yearlong extension on the deadline for getting their act together regarding calorie counts on menus nationwide? They were supposed to get their acts together and post that information on menus nationwide by December of this year. Now, though, a new bill passed in the House of Representatives seeks to change that before eateries are forced to comply. Which wouldn’t be for another few years. [More]

Google Shutting Down Picasa Photo Service

Google Shutting Down Picasa Photo Service

Nearly 12 years after acquiring Picasa, Google announced plans to shut down the service, asking customers to use its new Google Photos service instead.  [More]

Police: Would-Be Macy’s Thief Pepper Sprayed, Bit Worker So Accomplice Could Get Away

Police: Would-Be Macy’s Thief Pepper Sprayed, Bit Worker So Accomplice Could Get Away

Sure, Consumerist has covered many a story of a thief who tries to get away from store employees by biting into arms and occasionally chomping off the odd finger. We’ve also heard several tales of would-be thieves and bad customers using pepper spray to get their way. But an alleged shoplifting duo recently combined the two tactics while attempting to steal from a Pennsylvania Macy’s.  [More]

IKEA Would Only Allow ‘Deadpool’ Writers To Use Joke About Furniture If It Was Authentic

IKEA Would Only Allow ‘Deadpool’ Writers To Use Joke About Furniture If It Was Authentic

IKEA is totally cool with people poking fun at the sometimes frustrating experience of assembling its flat-pack furniture, but if you want to write a joke about it into a movie like Deadpool, there’s one requirement: it’s got to be true to the real thing. [More]

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Do Not Set The Date On Your iPhone To Jan. 1, 1970

While it might be tempting to take a “wild ride” into the past, do not set the date on your iPhone to Jan. 1, 1970, despite what a hoax image circulating recently says. That is, unless your idea of a wild ride is having a phone you can’t use anymore. [More]

American Airlines Will Give You Free Treats At The Gate If Your Flight Is Delayed For At Least Two Hours

American Airlines Will Give You Free Treats At The Gate If Your Flight Is Delayed For At Least Two Hours

Would a bag of pretzels or a can of soda placate you if your flight were delayed for two hours? American Airlines hopes that’s all it’ll take.  [More]

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Kenya Is Now The World’s 4th Largest Flower Grower

If you give or receive any flowers this Valentine’s Day, they were most likely imported from somewhere with a much warmer climate and lower wages than the United States. On Valentine’s Day, when tradition demands that massive amounts of roses be ready all at once, many of the flowers delivered or aavailable for sale may have come from Kenya, which has a great climate for delivering roses in mid-February, and has less demand from its recent biggest customers. [More]

Uber To Pay $28.5M To Settle Allegations It Misled Customers On Safety Practices

Uber To Pay $28.5M To Settle Allegations It Misled Customers On Safety Practices

Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to more than 25 million customers, and rename its so-called “safe ride fee” in order to settle a class-action lawsuit that the company misled consumers about its “industry leading” safety procedures.  [More]

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Ohio Company Sells Etch A Sketch Rights To Canadian Toymaker

The company behind the toy that has been teaching children about the impermanence of the human condition for more than 50 years has decided to shake things up and sell the rights to make Etch A Sketch to a Canadian toymaker. [More]

Senators: No More Federal Funding To For-­Profit Colleges That Strip Students Of Legal Rights

Senators: No More Federal Funding To For-­Profit Colleges That Strip Students Of Legal Rights

If your college breaks the law, you should be able to pursue a legal action in court. But ­­following the lead of banks, wireless providers, and cable companies some for-profit colleges have been stripping students of their legal rights and forcing them into arbitration. These schools should not receive federal funding, says one group of lawmakers. [More]

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NYC In Need Of A Dairy Hero As Rash Of Ice Cream Pint Thefts Threatens City’s Häagen-Dazs Supply

Go into your freezer, grab that pint of Häagen-Dazs and hold it tight, New Yorkers: someone out there is targeting high-end ice cream in a series of thefts that may or may not be indicative of a dairy shoplifting ring. [More]

Of Course Everyone Wanted To See Burger King’s Hot Dog Training Video Starring Snoop Dogg

Of Course Everyone Wanted To See Burger King’s Hot Dog Training Video Starring Snoop Dogg

Call us cynical, but we’re pretty sure that Burger King’s new Grilled Dogs training videos were never intended as an “internal use only” tool to train employees on how to top and sell the chain’s new grilled hot dogs. The company claims that once word got out that the videos existed, the public clamored to see them. It’s believable that people wanted to see the videos, but maybe less believable that this wasn’t their plan all along. [More]

AT&T Will Test 5G Service In Texas This Year; Could Be Up To 100 Times Faster Than LTE

AT&T Will Test 5G Service In Texas This Year; Could Be Up To 100 Times Faster Than LTE

For most people, the term “5G” is still some ineffable promise of lightning-fast wireless data that will — like the cable arrive sometime between two and five… years from now. AT&T is hoping to get a better idea of exactly what this next generation of wireless connectivity will be when it starts testing in Texas later this year. [More]