Sears

Sears Tries Combining DieHard Brand With Auto Centers

Last year, Sears Holdings announced that it would begin looking for new ways to extract money from its best-known store brands: Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. So far, its efforts have included Kenmore televisions, DieHard tires, and selling the entire Craftsman brand. Now it’s lending the DieHard name to a new version of its Auto Center. [More]

Bob Reck

Police Called To Same Chuck E. Cheese’s Twice In Two Months For Brawling Adults

Hey, remember back in December when adults sneaked booze into a Chuck E. Cheese’s and were arrested for attacking cops who came to deal with their illicit drinking? Another brawl broke out at the same restaurant yesterday, sending two guests to the hospital. [More]

WHEC

Restaurant Where 260 Diners Got Ill On Thanksgiving Has Closed Its Doors

Last Thanksgiving, hundreds of people who ate at one western New York restaurant fell ill thanks to what local health officials later determined was gravy containing the bacteria Clostridium perfringens. Some of those sickened diners have now filed lawsuits, and now the eatery is shutting its doors for good. [More]

JeepersMedia

Burger King And Tim Hortons Parent Company To Acquire Popeyes

The first reports that Restaurant Brands International, the Canadian company formed by the merger of Burger King and Tim Hortons, was planning to pursue fried chicken chain Popeyes surfaced, appropriately enough, on Valentine’s Day. Now the company has officially announced that Popeyes has reached an agreement to join the family for $1.8 billion. [More]

United Airlines

United Officially Launches New Plane With Business Class Sleep Cubicles

People like to sleep on long flights, and United Airlines is hoping that people with plenty of money to spend will be interested in napping their way across the country and around the world in comfy isolation pods. That’s the idea behind the airline’s new Polaris business and first-class cabins, which has seats that fully recline and cubicles for napping privacy. [More]

quiroso

Oh Good, Here’s A USB Device That Can Fry Even More Electronics

Hey, remember the USB Killer, a device that looks like a thumb drive and lets you destroy 95% of computers by frying them with a quick jolt of electricity? There’s now an improved version on the market, which is more powerful, looks more like any generic thumb drive, and comes with micro USB, USB-C, and Apple Lightning adapters, allowing you to fry a wider variety of electronics. [More]

Matthew DeWaal

Congressmen From California And Georgia Introduce Bill Against Negative Option Billing

Negative option billing is an especially insidious way to make people keep buying things from you, and it’s an especially big problem online. Most products promising a “free trial” use it, and the method sells products like credit monitoring, college financial aid help, skin care products, weight loss supplements and shoes. Canceling these subscriptions can be a huge hassle, and wouldn’t it be easier if opt-out subscriptions just weren’t a thing? [More]

20th Century Fox Now Realizes Fake News Movie Promos Were A Terrible Idea

20th Century Fox Now Realizes Fake News Movie Promos Were A Terrible Idea

Fake news stories — online items that are outrageous but just plausible enough to make people hit “share” on Facebook — have been a hot and controversial topic since last year’s presidential election. A promotional campaign for a movie opening today used made-up news stories about attention-getters like the President and Lady Gaga, not realizing what a terrible idea this was. [More]

Thomas Hawk

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are seven of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

SB

Grocery Industry To Let “Sell-By” Labels Expire

Late last year, we observed that while reforming food labels would be a great idea to cut down on food waste, the grocery industry needs no law or prompting from the government to actually make that happen. However, it could create its own standards without the government helping at all. [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Big Retail Chains Keep Playing Chicken With Their Tax Bills

If a strategy used by a national chain retailer works in one city or state, they’re certain to try it on others. The dark store strategy that has helped retailers in some areas slash their property tax bills by sort-of-but-not-really threatening to close is spreading, and has now reached Wisconsin. [More]

1 Million Pounds Of Vienna Sausages Recalled For Leaving MSG Off The Label

1 Million Pounds Of Vienna Sausages Recalled For Leaving MSG Off The Label

Aren’t Vienna sausages tasty little chicken-based snacks? Apparently, part of what makes some brands of them so tasty is monosodium glutamate, yet in one recent batch, the company left that ingredient off the label. Now it has to recall 500 tons of sausages, which were sold at retailers including Walmart. [More]

UpNorthLive.com

Midwestern Sporting Goods Chain MC Sports Files For Bankrutpcy, Starts Liquidation Sales

In March of last year, sporting goods mega-retailer Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy, apparently kicking off a fad in the industry as smaller chains like Golfsmith and Vestis Retail (twice) filed for bankruptcy protection, and outdoors superstore Gander Mountain is rumored to be considering it. Now a venerable regional chain is joining them: The Midwest’s MC Sports filed for bankruptcy, but is still looking for a buyer. [More]

Ann Fisher

FTC Investigation Finds 23% Of Funeral Homes Don’t Provide Price Lists

The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule is a bit of consumer protection that one doesn’t think about much unless until shopping for funeral services. Fortunately, the FTC sends undercover investigators out across the country to check whether individual funeral homes are treating customers in a way that complies with the rule. [More]

Karen Chappell

Against The Grain Dog Food Recalled For Possible Euthanasia Drug Contamination

Bad news, puppies: More canned dog food has been found to have the sedative and euthanasia drug pentobarbital in it. Another small pet food brand, Against the Grain, has recalled one of its products because it may contain beef contaminated with the drug. [More]

Lidl

Lidl Is The New German Discount Grocer In Town

Consumerist’s readers are mostly huge fans of German discount grocer Aldi, but are you ready to welcome another discount grocer from that country into your heart and your shopping list? European supermarket chain Lidl hopes that’s the case. [More]

Pokemon Go To Add Over 80 New Critters, Some New Features

Pokemon Go To Add Over 80 New Critters, Some New Features

Pokémon Go was an all-ages breakout mobile game hit in the summer of 2016, and it kept on existing even after it was no longer in the headlines. This morning, there was good news for lapsed and loyal players: The game is introducing more than 80 new species of critters, adding more in-game boosts, wardrobe options for players’ avatars, and items that will help players direct the evolution of their Pokémon. [More]

Bala Maniymaran

Why Are Greeting Cards So Expensive, Anyway?

You may have bought or received a few greeting cards this Valentine’s Day, and they all had one thing in common: They were probably really expensive. Why is that? Some industry experts argue that the reason why greeting cards are so pricey is that people are buying so few of them. [More]