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GM Testing Self-Driving Chevy Bolts In Arizona

It’s only been five months since General Motors announced it would acquire self-driving car startup Cruise Automation, but the new partnership is already working to expand its tests of autonomous Chevy Bolts from San Francisco to Arizona.  [More]

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Walmart Shoplifter Uses Scooter To Fight Off Employee, Make Getaway

Those electric scooters at Walmart aren’t just for shopping. They can also apparently be used to shoplift, shake off store employees, and make a clean, if slow, getaway.
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Scammy Used Car Dealer Also Employed By IRS

Scammy Used Car Dealer Also Employed By IRS

The owner of a former used car dealership in Arizona that admitted to defrauding dozens of customers just so happens to also be a long-time employee of the federal government, helping consumers with financial issues through an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.  [More]

Man Uses LifeLock To Track Ex-Wife; Company Didn’t Care

Man Uses LifeLock To Track Ex-Wife; Company Didn’t Care

Imagine you found out that your former spouse had opened a fake LifeLock credit monitoring account in your name, and then used it to follow your every financial move for two years? Then imagine that no one at LifeLock will take your query seriously, even after the police get involved. [More]

Burger King “Franchisee Of The Year” Cashes In Prize Corvette To Pay Bonuses To Workers

Burger King “Franchisee Of The Year” Cashes In Prize Corvette To Pay Bonuses To Workers

When the Arizona-based owners of two dozen Burger Kings was given the “Franchisee of the Year” award from the folks at BK HQ for his restaurants’ high marks on service and cleanliness, they could have just kept the new Corvette and Rolex watch they received for the honor. Instead, the owners turned those prizes into cash that they then paid out to more than 100 employees. [More]

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Arizona Sues GM For $3B, Claiming Auto Maker Defrauded Consumers

So far this year General Motors has been party to a slew of lawsuits related to its massive ignition switch recall involving millions of vehicles with the potentially deadly defect. The latest case against GM was filed Wednesday by the State of Arizona, which alleges that the carmaker defrauded consumers out of an estimated $3 billion by knowingly selling defective vehicles. [More]

Wells Fargo Refusing To Honor Widow’s 30-Year-Old CD

Wells Fargo Refusing To Honor Widow’s 30-Year-Old CD

In 1984, an Arizona man invested more than $18,000 in a Certificate of Deposit at First Interstate Bank, and then placed that CD away in his family’s personal records where it sat for 25 years. Then in 2009, after he passed away, his widow discovered the CD and attempted to cash it out, only to be denied by First Interstate’s new owner, Wells Fargo. [More]

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Woman Attacked For Keeping Taco Bell Customer From Getting Breakfast

If you show up at a Taco Bell with only a few minutes to go before the deadline for placing breakfast orders, don’t get mad if a delay in front of you prevents you from getting the food you crave. And, more importantly, don’t pursue and then assault the customer you blame for preventing you from ordering breakfast. [More]

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Why Would Arizona Allow Direct Tesla Car Sales? To Get A Tesla Factory In The State, Of Course

While other states like New Jersey are moving to ban direct sales of Tesla cars, Arizona is mulling over the idea of allowing the automaker to cut out the middleman. So what’s different in Arizona? [More]

Apple Asks Arizona Governor To Veto Bill That Would Let Businesses Refuse Service To Gay Customers

Apple Asks Arizona Governor To Veto Bill That Would Let Businesses Refuse Service To Gay Customers

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a few days to decide whether to veto or approve SB 1062, a piece of legislation that would allow businesses in the state to refuse service to a customer based on religious grounds. Following pleas from big players in the travel industry, Apple is the latest to ask the governor to put an end to the legislation. [More]

Arby’s Restaurant Processes Six Months Worth Of Purchases In Single Night

Arby’s Restaurant Processes Six Months Worth Of Purchases In Single Night

You know how sometimes you’ll make a debit or credit card purchase and it doesn’t show up on your statement right away? Some businesses process their transactions in batches, so it’s just a matter of time until it pops up. But what about when there is a six-month delay on those transactions being processed? [More]

Arizona Price-Matcher Was Banned From Walmart For Allegedly Threatening To Beat Up Employees

Arizona Price-Matcher Was Banned From Walmart For Allegedly Threatening To Beat Up Employees

You might remember the national story from earlier this week about a man who went to the media with his tale of woe about how he was banned from Walmart for life just for bringing other retailers’ ads to price match. We thought there might be more to the story, and there was. Gosh, there was. [More]

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McDonald’s Customers, Employee Call 9-1-1 On Each Other Over Missing Hash Browns

The dispute over a couple of missing hash browns escalated quickly — I mean, it really got out of hand fast — at a Mesa, AZ, McDonald’s recently, with at least three different people calling the police and claims of assault-by-tossed-food being made by employees. [More]

Walmart Workers Don’t Understand Store’s Return Policy, But Think They Do

Walmart Workers Don’t Understand Store’s Return Policy, But Think They Do

In the retail shopping realm, there are few things worse than running up against an employee who is not only mistaken about his or her store’s policies, but insists that you are the one who does not understand the finer points of that retailer’s rules. [More]

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Safeway Doesn’t Seem To Care That It Repeatedly Overcharged Customer

Safeway is no stranger to overcharging customers. In fact, the supermarket chain has twice been sued by the state of California for failing to have the prices on the shelf match what shows up at the register — and even a court order, it’s continued to screw up. And while Safeway corporate claims to care about accurate prices, that message is not getting through to some stores. [More]

Amy of Amy's Baking Company on My 103.9 in Phoenix this morning.

Owners Of Amy’s Baking Company Say Yelpers Are Endangering Their Lives

After their appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares catapulted them from being the cranky owners of a Scottsdale, AZ, restaurant to worldwide infamy, the owners of Amy’s Baking Company haven’t really been talking to the media, except to occasionally shout at the cameras that they can’t talk to the media. Then this morning Amy and husband Samy sat down for a local radio interview with another person who has Gordon to thank for her few minutes of fame. [More]

Amy’s Baking Company Needs To Hire 30 People, Held Weekend Job Fair

Amy’s Baking Company Needs To Hire 30 People, Held Weekend Job Fair

The unemployment rate in the Phoenix metropolitan area is lower than the national rate, at only 6.4%. So it’s interesting that the next step in the comeback plan of the restaurant-cafe-Internet trainwreck was a massive job fair yesterday afternoon, in order to get staff in place for tomorrow’s grand re-opening.

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Amy’s Baking Company To Re-Open May 21, Hires Damage-Control Publicist

Amy’s Baking Company To Re-Open May 21, Hires Damage-Control Publicist

The saga of previously anonymous Amy’s Baking Company of Scottsdale, AZ, continues, with the eatery — which came out of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares looking like a heretofore undocumented circle of Hell — scheduling a “Grand Re-Opening” next Tuesday night and hiring a publicist known more for damage control than for shilling restaurants. [More]