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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Arizona Pizza Huts Let Customers Pack Heat, But Not Employees

Arizona Pizza Huts Let Customers Pack Heat, But Not Employees

Arizona passed a law that will allow people to carry concealed weapons without permits, which has nudged the state’s restaurants to draft up policies about whether or not they’ll let customers pack their nines as they grab grub. Pizza Huts in the southern part of the state decided to let customers tote their firearms inside, but won’t let employees do the same.

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Arizona Restaurants Choose Sides On Letting Diners Bring Guns To The Table

Arizona Restaurants Choose Sides On Letting Diners Bring Guns To The Table

Arizona has a lot of gun lovers. Almost anyone in the state over 21 will be able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit starting June 29th, but some pro-gun advocates are already visiting local businesses with their weapons in plain sight in an attempt to make the practice more socially acceptable. Arizona lets businesses ban guns at their discretion, so this weekend the Arizona Star looked at how restaurants and bars are deciding who to piss off more: gun carriers or the people who feel uncomfortable around them.

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AriZona Iced Tea: Don't Hate Us, We're From New York

AriZona Iced Tea: Don't Hate Us, We're From New York

While there’s much heated discussion about Arizona’s controversial new immigration laws, the folks at AriZona Iced Tea have somehow found themselves caught in the crossfire, with some even calling for a boycott on the beverage brand. That’s why one of the founders of the company wants everyone to know that, just like inauthentic picante sauce, they’re originally from New York City.

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If You Bring Your Gun To Walmart, Please Don't Play With It

If You Bring Your Gun To Walmart, Please Don't Play With It

An Arizona man (not Consumerist’s Phil Villareal, in case you were wondering) is under arrest after he discharged a handgun at his local Walmart. And no, he wasn’t robbing the place; he was just nervously fidgeting with his firearm.

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Family Kicked Off Flight For Misbehaving Kids, No Refund

Family Kicked Off Flight For Misbehaving Kids, No Refund

An Arizona mom says she was flying to Billings, Montana for her birthday — but never got off the ground because the airline kicked her — and her unruly kids off the flight. They were told they could take another flight — if they paid for it. The airline says it’s their policy not to offer refunds.

Newsflash: The Next Tsunami Of Aggressively Irresponsible Loans Didn't Magically Disappear

Newsflash: The Next Tsunami Of Aggressively Irresponsible Loans Didn't Magically Disappear

We’ve been talking about the next wave of the mortgage crisis for quite some time now, and it seems that, as predicted, it’s cresting and about to hit. We are, of course, speaking of Option-ARM loans — considered the riskiest of all mortgages due to their ability to grow rather than shrink. Yes, there actually exists a mortgage that allows the borrower to pay less than the interest that is accruing on the loan.

Don't Bother Visiting The Grand Canyon Skywalk

Don't Bother Visiting The Grand Canyon Skywalk

Update: We asked the Skywalk to confirm that they have a “no-refunds” policy. Their answer is at the bottom of this post.

Do Not Back Your Car Into A KFC Employee Because She Forgot Your Condiments

Do Not Back Your Car Into A KFC Employee Because She Forgot Your Condiments

Here’s some advice for you. If the KFC employee forgets your condiments, do not back your car into her. This is an overreaction on your part.

Scorpions On A Plane: Southwest Passenger Bitten By Venomous Beast, Panic Ensues

Scorpions On A Plane: Southwest Passenger Bitten By Venomous Beast, Panic Ensues

Doug Herbstommer and his 10-year-old son were preparing to disembark from a Phoenix flight when a three-inch poisonous bark scorpion dropped from the overhead compartment and bit Doug on the hand. On closer inspection, five more scorpions were found nestling nearby. Passengers started to scream and jump up onto their seats. Why, is there something scary about a bunch of poisonous scorpions whose bite can cause extreme pain, frothing at the mouth, and temporary paralysis??!?

Wells Fargo Teller Explains The Ways Of The Desert To Customer

Wells Fargo Teller Explains The Ways Of The Desert To Customer

A misinformed bank teller at a Wells Fargo in Arizona was determined to explain how desert life worked to a woman who just wanted to buy some GPB (pounds sterling, aka British money).

US Airways Employee Helps Roommate Smuggle Gun Aboard To Avoid Checking It

US Airways Employee Helps Roommate Smuggle Gun Aboard To Avoid Checking It

The AP is reporting that the employee charged with smuggling a unloaded handgun and ammunition aboard a US Airways flight was trying to help his roommate avoid checking it.

Arizona May Legalize Fireworks, Putting Fools Throughout The State In Grave Danger

Arizona May Legalize Fireworks, Putting Fools Throughout The State In Grave Danger

Consumer-grade fireworks are currently illegal in Arizona, but the sate government is considering passing a bill that would give the fire marshal the power to regulate the sale of them. This has caused an outcry from anti-fireworks types who say that even the less powerful consumer-grade products are too dangerous. Unfortunately, one of the most publicized opponents is a guy who was severely burned in 2004 because he was launching mortar-style fireworks from his moving car, and one blew back in through the window and set his stash on fire.

Comcast To Give $5 To Every Accidental Penis Viewer?

Comcast To Give $5 To Every Accidental Penis Viewer?

How much would someone have to pay you to have your kids watch a penis? Comcast answers that question by giving a $5 one-time discount to every subscriber in Tucson, AZ who had their cerebellum gelatinized by seeing the porno movie that accidentally cut into the Super Bowl last night, according to a rumor a reporter we know overheard in their newsroom.

Porn Interrupts Comcast Super Bowl Broadcast

Porn Interrupts Comcast Super Bowl Broadcast

Comcast customers in Tucson, AZ watching the Super Bowl saw more pigskin than they bargained for when 30 seconds of a porno movie cut in to the final minutes of the big game. “I was watching the game with my family, Larry Fitzgerald scores the go ahead TD – then bam, penis,” writes reader David. A Comcastic Fight Club homage, perchance?

Walmart Sells You An Empty Box Instead Of A Laptop — But You Bought It With Stolen Credit Cards

You know how sometimes in football both teams will screw up on the same play and the penalties will offset? We’ve just found the fraud version of that situation. Three men brought a laptop computer box to Walmart and said that they’d been sold an empty box. Walmart thought they were being scammed, so they called the police. That’s when all hell broke loose.

Toys"R"Us: You Are Too Young For A Grandparent's Discount

Toys"R"Us: You Are Too Young For A Grandparent's Discount

“It’s discriminatory,” Peters said. “How do you put an age on a grandparent or a mother or a father, for that matter?”