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]

Waitress Fired By Amy’s Baking Company Tells All

Waitress Fired By Amy’s Baking Company Tells All

In less than a week, Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, AZ, has gone from a local eatery with a reputation for a touchy owner to an Internet sensation (of the worst kind) after appearing on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and then apparently going a bit bonkers online in response to all the negative feedback. Now one of the waitresses fired during the making of that Kitchen Nightmares episode is telling all. [More]

How Not To React To Internet Criticism: The Epic Facebook Meltdown Of Amy’s Baking Company

How Not To React To Internet Criticism: The Epic Facebook Meltdown Of Amy’s Baking Company

It appears that the owners of Amy’s Baking Company in Arizona expected an appearance on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” program to vindicate them. They believed that they serve quality food, that they have been unfairly slandered by the entire Internet. Maybe they had never seen the reality program, which features last-ditch efforts to save failing restaurants run by people who are delusional or incompetent…and frequently both. [More]

Authorities say that the Basha's payment system was hacked.

Grocery Store Chain Tied To 400+ Credit Card Fraud Reports Since Jan. 18

Customers of Arizona-based grocery store chain Basha’s should be checking their debit and credit card accounts. Authorities say that, just since Jan. 18, there have been more than 400 reported cases of fraudulent charges being made to accounts of people who had shopped at Basha’s. [More]

Berating A Chick Fil-A Employee On Video Is Not A Good Way To Get Your Point Across

Berating A Chick Fil-A Employee On Video Is Not A Good Way To Get Your Point Across

As we’ve mentioned before during this whole Chick fil-A standoff thing, it’s the fast food chain’s employees who have been unfairly drawn into a cultural tug of war. For example, there’s the Tucson, AZ, executive who thought it would be a hilarious idea to post a video of himself berating a Chick fil-A staffer. Not only did he fail to effect any change, he’s the one who is now out of a job.

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Bank Of America Gives Loan Modifications To People Who Won't Complain About Them On Facebook

Bank Of America Gives Loan Modifications To People Who Won't Complain About Them On Facebook

As we’ve previously reported, Bank of America’s loan modification program (for want of a better phrase) is being sued by the state of Arizona. But the AZ Attorney General says the nation’s second-largest bank is hindering his investigation by quietly negotiating settlements with underwater homeowners — or at least those who will pledge to keep their mouths shut about the bank.

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Couple Sues Cox After Cable Guy Kills Their Son

Couple Sues Cox After Cable Guy Kills Their Son

An Arizona family is suing Cox cable company after one of the cable companies’ outsourced technicians executed their son in a botched break-in. That ex-contractor is now sitting on death row.

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Lime Mexican Grill Turns Arizona Immigration Controversy Into Marketing

Lime Mexican Grill Turns Arizona Immigration Controversy Into Marketing

Among the many hot-button debates of the last few years has been the state of Arizona’s controversial proposals to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. But while both sides of the debate take the topic very seriously, the folks at Southeastern restaurant chain Lime Mexican Grill have decided to have some fun with it.

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Who Is The First Moron To Break His TV With The
Kinect?

Who Is The First Moron To Break His TV With The Kinect?

All those shattered TVs and cut-up hands that resulted when the Nintendo Wii first came on the scene sorta made sense. People were flailing their limbs around holding a plastic controller with a flimsy strap. But the new Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360 should have cut down on at least some of the damage done by removing the controller completely. And yet, some moron in Arizona has already ruined a perfectly good TV with his recklessness.

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Private Prisons Worked To Pass AZ Immigration Law

Private Prisons Worked To Pass AZ Immigration Law

A new NPR investigation uncovers evidence that the controversial Arizona immigration law came to pass thanks in large part to an intense lobbying campaign by a group that stood to profit from its enactment: private prisons.

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Woman Mistakes Superglue For Eyedrops; Not As Funny As It Sounds

Woman Mistakes Superglue For Eyedrops; Not As Funny As It Sounds

It sounds like the sort of prank a bratty little brother would pull in a wacky Hollywood comedy from the ’80s, but it’s not. A woman in Arizona recently reached for what she thought was eyedrops, only to end up squirting superglue into her eye.

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What's Wrong With This Walmart Sign?

What's Wrong With This Walmart Sign?

A reader over at AZfamily.com was driving by this Walmart in Scottsdale, AZ, the other day when something caught her eye.

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Cop Fired After Threatening To Arrest KFC Employees Over Refund Policy

Cop Fired After Threatening To Arrest KFC Employees Over Refund Policy

A once high-ranking police officer in Arizona now finds himself out of a job — and all because of the chicken at KFC.

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Breastfeeding Moms Stage "Nurse-In" At Arizona McDonald's

Breastfeeding Moms Stage "Nurse-In" At Arizona McDonald's

A manager at a McDonald’s in Glendale, AZ, recently asked a woman to leave the building after she began nursing her baby in the restaurant. That manager is obviously not a reader of Consumerist, or else they would have been prepared for the inevitable backlash, which came this weekend in the form of dozens of moms staging a “nurse-in” inside the McD’s.

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Cancer Patient Loses Coverage For Earning $4.25/Month Too
Much

Cancer Patient Loses Coverage For Earning $4.25/Month Too Much

Over at the Phoenix New Times, they have the harrowing story of a young man who endured multiple surgeries and treatments for a rare type of brain tumor — and who was told by his health plan that they could no longer cover him because he and his wife had earned $4.25 too much to qualify for aid.

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Are Travel Boycotts Hurting Arizona Hotels? Will They?

Are Travel Boycotts Hurting Arizona Hotels? Will They?

The controversial immigration law passed by Arizona’s government back in April has lead to over 20 organizations (including cities, towns, school districts, churches and universities) joining a travel boycott of the state. But is it hurting business? Too soon to tell, says USAToday.

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Arizona Becomes 16th State To Punch Payday Lenders In The Face

Arizona Becomes 16th State To Punch Payday Lenders In The Face

Arizona is about to say goodbye to predatory payday lenders who issue loans with annual interests exceeding 460%. On Thursday a decade-old law will expire, capping interest rates at 36%. The predatory lenders begged to keep the law in force, but voters and the legislature just sat back and gave the industry a big, slow, deserved punch right in the face.

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Would You Like Fries With Your Lion Burger?

Would You Like Fries With Your Lion Burger?

By now, you’ve probably heard about the small Mesa, Arizona, restaurant that caused an up-roar this week by making a limited-time addition to its menu — Lion Burgers. If you hadn’t heard about it, well now you have. But putting any judgment aside for the moment, one has to ask — Where in the world do you get lion meat from?

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