[consumeristforums.com] (Thanks to Brian!)
- Do all smoke detectors work the same? A reader sings the praises of photo-electric smoke detectors.
- 3M replaced a defective scrapbook tape applicator with another defective unit. However, with excellent customer service, they were able to keep the customer.
- Read about the first and definitely the last Volkswagen this reader will ever buy.
- A reader’s Emerson TV bought from Wal-Mart is emitting a strange noise. Other readers chime in about the poor quality of modern TVs.
Consumerist Forums moderator Brian is moderating a problem of his own. His mother, who is mourning the recent loss of their dog Mandy, is receiving a relentless flood of spam email from 1-800 PetMeds with titles such as: “Take Mandy on a picnic this Memorial Day Weekend!” and “Summer showers are around the corner, make sure Mandy is dressed properly!” Considering the fact that Mandy passed only a few days before, the emails are causing Brian’s mother a great amount of grief and tears. He has set up email filters to block the email, but like an intelligent virus the email changes its signature to bypass the filters. Unfortunately, he cannot simply filter the word “Mandy” because his mother is still sending and receiving email regarding her demise. His letter, inside…
At some undefined point in our fast food history, there was a brief flash and the 2 Hamburger Extra Value Menu slipped into extinction. One theory is that it is McDonald’s attempt to involuntarily up-sell us to cheese. The casual observer might conclude that the customer must certainly be able to order a 2 Cheeseburger Extra Value Meal minus the cheese, even if said customer has to pay for the cheese. It is not that easy. “At McDonald’s, if there’s no button for it on the register it doesn’t exist,” says “Bagumpity,” a Consumerist Forums reader. Not content with letting McDonald’s play God with his 2 Hamburger Extra Value Meal, Bagumpity discusses the strange world of confusion and twisted logic he is forced to enter each time he tries to order a 2 Cheeseburger Extra Value Meal with no cheese. His letter, inside…
A reader wonders if there a way to legally “bump up” their income to meet the minimum required to receive money from the upcoming stimulus package. What about income from E-bay?A Honda CR-V owner makes a costly discovery.
- A reader has an encounter with an elite security commando a.k.a. “a mall cop.” The reader is forced to remove his hoodie for some urgent yet vague reason. Is this even legal?
- A reader’s mother gets her business’ website “stolen.” A similar business is using her photos and content and passing it off as their own work. What can she do?
- Netflix knock-offs are cropping up everywhere. A reader has some advice about using Intelliflix: Avoid like it’s a dented can!
- An AT&T DSL customer encounters many speedbumps when attempting to receive the speed that she paid for. Are these types of incidents isolated or widespread?
A reader gets his oil over-filled at a lube shop only to break down on the road. He then receives excessive friction when he asks for a refund.
Superbowl Sunday has come and gone. So what were your favorite ads?
• BOTULISM ALERT: Throw away 10-ounce cans of Castleberry’s, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with “best by” dates from April 30, 2009, through May 22, 2009.
• Would-be iPhone scalper mom buys kid’s 1st place in line for $800, thinking she could buy $100,000 worth of iPhones and flip them on eBay. Too bad the limit was one per customer.
• Amazon.com offers $30 credit if you get their Visa card. Are there reasons not to get it?
• Man confronts Mercedes service department, on tape, about his broken moonroof. Mercedes quotes $6500 for replacement and claims it cannot be fixed. Man gets it repaired down the street for under $200.