The Times of India

Older Model Samsung Phone Disregards Plane’s ‘No Smoking’ Signs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is currently under recall following reports of smoking and exploding batteries, but as we noted in previous stories on this matter, consumers have raised similar overheating and smoking concerns about earlier Galaxy devices. Now comes a report that the battery on a Galaxy Note 2 began to smoke during a commercial airline flight.  [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are nine 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]

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State, Federal Agencies Crack Down On Companies That Allegedly Facilitate Mail Fraud Of Elderly

Each year, millions of elderly consumers are lured into mail fraud schemes by all-too-attractive claims that they have won unimaginable prizes, like millions of dollars or trips around the world. Today, the U.S. Department of Justice took unprecedented steps to ensure these scammers no longer victimize older Americans by announcing action against companies that they allege are some of the little-known perpetrators of the alleged schemes: the payment processor, mailer printers, and lead generators.

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Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream Due To Listeria Linked To Cookie Dough Supplier

You might see the words “Blue Bell,” “Recall,” and “Listeria” together in a headline, but don’t worry. Blue Bell Ice Cream isn’t headed for another long period of sanitization and pulling the ice cream from stores, as it did last year. This recall is specific to just a few flavors, and the company has linked the contamination to an ingredient from an outside supplier: cookie dough nuggets. [More]

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Christmas Creep Season Kicks Off Nationwide

Every holiday has two seasons: its actual season, and its creep season. The latter is that time of year during which people complain that it’s too soon to be selling decorations, cards, costumes, or other items for that holiday. Even things that aren’t really holidays can creep up, like back-to-school season. Here are some Christmas Creep sightings from across the country, so you’ll know where to pick up an artificial evergreen in mid-September for future reference. [More]

Netflix Wants Half Its Library To Be Original Content

Netflix Wants Half Its Library To Be Original Content

There are basically two ways Netflix can get streaming content: it can either license TV shows and movies, or it can make its own original stuff. The company would like that balance to be an even split, with one executive saying Netflix is working toward the goal of having half its library be original content over the next few years. [More]

Chipotle Shows Off New Food Safety Measures In Effort To Win Back Customers

Chipotle Shows Off New Food Safety Measures In Effort To Win Back Customers

Still reeling from a string of food-borne illnesses in 2015, Chipotle is making a big public push to alert customers to its improved safety measures. [More]

The First Choice Amazon Gives You To Buy Isn’t Necessarily The Cheapest

The First Choice Amazon Gives You To Buy Isn’t Necessarily The Cheapest

E-commerce giant Amazon prides itself on being a customer-centric company, but in Amazon’s world, that generally means encouraging its shoppers and its third-party merchants to buy more services from Amazon. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing for consumers, but it doesn’t mean that we get the cheapest prices, either. [More]

Mike Mozart

PetSmart Takes Part In T-Mobile Tuesdays, Forgets To Limit Freebie To T-Mobile Customers

Here’s the problem with releasing a coupon on the internet: without disclaimers or digital limits on the coupon itself, it can be infinitely reproduced, used over and over, and used by people it wasn’t intended for. That’s what reportedly happened when T-Mobile offered a restriction-free coupon for $7 worth of stuff at PetSmart as part of its T-Mobile Tuesdays promotion that was a little too unrestricted. [More]

Burger King, KFC & 14 Other Restaurant Chains Still Earning “F” Grades For Antibiotics Policies

Burger King, KFC & 14 Other Restaurant Chains Still Earning “F” Grades For Antibiotics Policies

Last year, a coalition of public health advocates released a report card grading the nation’s 25 biggest restaurant chains on their antibiotics policies. An astounding 20 of these chains earned “F” grades, usually for completely failing to address this issue. The newest report card shows that a number of restaurants have inched their way out of the basement, but the large majority of these companies appear to be completely ignoring antibiotics concerns. [More]

Kellogg’s Recalls Some Eggo Waffles Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Kellogg’s Recalls Some Eggo Waffles Over Possible Listeria Contamination

If you’ve yet to sit down at the table for a morning meal, you might want to make sure it doesn’t include a certain kind of Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles. After all, listeria is neither tasty, nor safe to consume.  [More]

Ashlee Kieler

Did Target Stop Selling Miracle Whip? Depends On Where You Live

Reader Krystal went to her local Target store to look for a pretty mundane grocery item: Miracle Whip, the “salad dressing” that many Americans sub in for mayonnaise. Employees told her that Target was no longer selling it at all, and she turned to Consumerist for help, wondering what Target had against Miracle Whip. “Why would they discontinue selling a pantry staple?” she asked. It’s more complicated than that, but Target hasn’t ditched the spread chain-wide. [More]

At Least 24 More Kmart Stores To Close By End Of 2016

Nicholas Eckhart

At the end of last week, employees at Kmart stores across the country received bad but not entirely unexpected news: their stores are closing by the end of 2016, and they will lose their jobs. We can confirm that 12 locations in 11 states plan to close on or before Dec. 11, and will most likely add more locations to this list later today or later this week. [More]

Olive Garden Unlimited Pasta Passes Hit eBay With Prices Up To $4,500 Because Of Course

Olive Garden Unlimited Pasta Passes Hit eBay With Prices Up To $4,500 Because Of Course

Despite the fact that Olive Garden put 21,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes up for sale yesterday, 19,000 more than it offered last year, those passes sold out immediately. Demand remains, it seems, as there are already listings for the passes on eBay with asking prices up to $4,500. [More]

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Artist Claims Lane Bryant Ripped Off Her Work For T-Shirt Design

Here we go again: another retailer accused of ripping off yet another independent artist without permission, and without offering any kind of payment. This time, a T-shirt sold by Lane Bryant is at the center of the brouhaha. [More]

Great Beyond

Ruptured Gas Pipeline In Alabama May Mean East Coast Fuel Shortages

A spill of gasoline from the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama could mean higher gas prices and even shortages on the East Coast, since the line brings fuel north from refineries in Houston all the way up to New York Harbor. The governors of Alabama and Georgia have declared states of emergency as the pipeline’s repair was delayed, and it may not be back online until next week. [More]

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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]

Instagram Now Lets Users Auto-Save Content, “Mute” Others’ Stories

Instagram Now Lets Users Auto-Save Content, “Mute” Others’ Stories

Last month, Instagram took a page from Snapchat by launching a “stories” option that allows users to compile photos or video for sharing on their profiles. Today, the company attempted to slightly differentiate its feature, enabling an auto-save function and mute option.  [More]